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Say that in English, please.

Quebec teachers’ union says English CEGEPs are having a ‘negative’ impact on French


 

Despite laws that require non-anglophones to attend French primary and secondary schools, an increasing number of students in Quebec are pursuing post-secondary education in English.

A Quebec teachers’ union commissioned a study to investigate this “worrisome” situation. The results of the study, which were released Thursday, indicate that most students who attend English CEGEP (a two- or three-year program that’s the Quebec equivalent of junior college) are planning on continuing their education in English or working in English.

Although only the children of parents who studied English in Canada are permitted a primary and secondary education in English, after high school students can attend school in any language they want. Faced with this choice, many Quebec students are turning towards English, supposedly with the motivation of becoming perfectly bilingual.

The study concludes that “In light of the results presented in this report, it appears clear that the linguistic impact of English CEGEPs is having negative repercussions on the objective of making French the common language in Quebec society.”

Say that in English, please.
Study finds an increasing number of Quebec students switching to English after high school

Despite laws that require non-anglophones to attend French primary and secondary schools, an increasing number of students in Quebec are pursuing post-secondary education in English.

According to an article from the Canadian Press, a Quebec teachers’ union commissioned a study to investigate this “worrisome” situation. The results of the study, which were released Thursday, indicate that most students who attend English CEGEP (a two- or three-year program that’s the Quebec equivalent of junior college) are planning on continuing their education in English or working in English.

Although only the children of parents who studied English in Canada are permitted a primary and secondary education in English, after high school students can attend school in any language they want. Faced with this choice, many Quebec students are turning towards English, supposedly with the motivation of becoming perfectly bilingual.

The study concludes that “In light of the results presented in this report, it appears clear that the linguistic impact of English CEGEPs is having negative repercussions on the objective of making French the common language in Quebec society.”


 

Say that in English, please.

  1. Since the PQ cannot put a barbed wire fence arounf Québec, keeping francophones unilingual is the next best solution for keeping les québécois in the province.

  2. The study probably really said, “In light of the results presented in this report, it appears clear that the linguistic impact of English CEGEPs is presenting new options to an entire generation of young people that are attractive and meaningful to them.” Maybe the students just want to live in a world of 6 billion, not 6 million. Despite the decades of pure laine ideology, it’s just more proof that the human instinct to look wide and out is more powerful than the tendency to withdraw inwards to the known and familiar. Hionestly, after trying something for this long, it’s time to give up. The debate has been like a couple arguing about the state of their marriage on the doorstep of their house for fifty years, one member constantly threatening to leave, while the neighbours grow and change, knock down old houses and build new ones, move on. It’s what drove me out. That, and the fact that even though I lived there for 30 years, paying taxes, starting a family, buying homes, I was never considered a real Quebecer. In a world where us and them no longer exists, this whole suspicious, small-town way of seeing people, this entire weary situation, is simply a cultural embarassment for Canada, something that must look odd and backwards to a world that sees us as more.

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  4. It it nonetheless comforting to know that the top ranked anglophone university (Medical and doctoral) remains McGill.

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