The Standing Committee On Language Articulation (SCOLA) - one of the sub-committees of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) for postsecondary education - wrote the Minister of Education, Honourable Rob Fleming requesting that the Ministry consider revising its graduation requirements to include a Language 11 course credit requirement for all high school students in BC.
In her letter, SCOLA Chair Charlotte Jones of Okanagan College (Kelowna), explained how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) model emphasized the increased awareness of the cultures of the languages being taught and the development of intercultural competency amongst learners. She further explained that SCOLA's mandate was to create awareness of a globally recognized language proficiency model and to demonstrate how it might be integrated into existing language programs in British Columbia. It was during this period that SCOLA re-established its partnership with the BCATML Executive in 2014 when the redesign of British Columbia's curricula for second languages began.
At its 2017 Annual General Meeting, SCOLA members unanimously passed a motion endorsing its support for BCATML's initiative to include a Language 11 course credit as a graduation requirement. In May 2017, BCATML wrote a letter to the Ministry requesting the inclusion of a Language 11 course credit for high school graduation. The following day, the Senate Committee of Official Languages released the report, Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia in which it recommends
that the BC government work with French-language stakeholders to implement 17 important recommendations, with federal government support for the sustainability and enhancement of French language programmes throughout British Columbia. Since then, Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon Branch also lobbied government to include a Language 11 course requirement.
With the appointment of Rob Fleming as the new Minister of Education, BCATML has decided to once again lobby the Ministry to require a Language 11 course credit prior to graduating from BC's high schools. BCATML will release its second letter before this month's end.
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