In a world where people speak more than one language and in a nation where both English and French are the official languages, why not giving also the chance to your child to be more successful in the future, not only academically but also in his/her career?
Did you know that:
- French and English are the only two global languages?
- Canada is home to around 7 million native speakers of French, most of whom live in Quebec?
- Quebec is the first trading partner of Ontario and France is Ontario’s ninth largest trading partner?
Speaking a new language, like French, helps people to get to know another people and culture, as language and culture go hand in hand. Because language simultaneously defines and is defined by the world around us, learning another language opens one’s mind to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world and new opportunities. Speaking more than one language is a skill which will increase your child’s marketability. That’s the reason why employers tend to prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages. Indeed, students have tremendous advantages when they speak more than one language. It helps them to:
- strengthen their problem-solving, reasoning and creative thinking skills
- develop their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures
- increase their competitiveness in an increasingly global job market (career advancement, professional development, pathway to international careers…)
Even though English is widely spoken in much of the world, the fact is that the global economy depends on communication. When dealing with French speaking partners (Quebec or France for example), someone who speaks French will have an obvious advantage over someone who doesn’t. Therefore, French-language schools like the Alliance Française of Toronto have a mandate to protect, enhance and transmit the French language and culture.
Can your child afford to miss this opportunity?
By: Annabelle Pollet
Annabelle Pollet is the Campus Manager at Alliance Française de Toronto – Mississauga Campus. Alliance Française de Toronto is a registered charitable organization run by a Canadian board of directors. It has a double mission of promoting the use of the French language and developing the appreciation of francophone cultures.It is the largest private French language school in Canada celebrating 111 years years of excellence in French language training. You can find Alliance Française on the web at www.alliance-francaise.ca or on Twitter! or youtube!