BCATML has written to Minister of Education, Honourable Rob Fleming, requesting that the Ministry of Education consider adding a Languages 11 course requirement for high school graduation. This letter comes on the heels of another letter earlier this month submitted by 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. Click here to view this post from earlier this month.
BC's redesigned curricula explores the qualities of the Educated Citizen both implicitly and explicitly, especially within the Core and Curricular Competencies of second languages curricula. BCATML believes that these qualities need to be encouraged and explored over the continuum of learning beyond the currently mandated Grade 8 year. The inclusion of a Language 11 course requirement (and beyond) will help foster life-long learners who will benefit immensely from learning an additional language and acquire many skills that will enhance society. BCATML believes that now is the critical time to lobby the Ministry considering the number of reports published recently advocating for the improvement and support of French programmes in British Columbia as well as other world languages.
In the last six months, the Ministry has received reports and letters from Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon Branch, the Standing Committee On Language Articulation, the BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages, and the Senate Committee on Official Languages. In May 2017, the Senate Committee released its report, Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia encouraging the BC government to 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.
BCATML will inform members once the Ministry responds. View the letter below.
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