Red Deer students seek diploma from education ministry of France

A collection of Red Deer high school students will try to receive an official diploma from the national education ministry of France next spring.

A collection of Red Deer high school students will try to receive an official diploma from the national education ministry of France next spring.

The Canadian Parents for French, Alberta Branch (CPF Alberta) recently announced that 1,400 Alberta students received diplomas from France.

They ranged from language learning beginners in Grade 4 to Grade 12 students capable of taking post-secondary studies or working in French.

An estimated 25 to 35 students from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and Red Deer Public School District will take the exams, likely in late April, said Michael Tryon, executive director for Canadian Parents for French.

There is no existing tool to show students their proficiency in the French language. This helps students, as well as their parents and teachers, to know, Tryon said.

Diploma exams only ensure that students are meeting curriculum standards, he added.

Canadian post-secondary institutions are looking at officially recognizing the France diplomas, Tryon said.

“They are being recognized by institutions around the world and international corporations are looking at these diplomas, too,” said Tryon.

“It will help students down the line.”

Christine Whitney, president of the Alberta branch for Canadian Parents for French, said parents deserve to know what results French programs are achieving, and employers and post-secondary institutions deserve to know what graduates are capable of doing in French.

Recognized around the world, the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is based on language proficiency benchmarks developed in Europe.

The benchmarks describe degrees of language knowledge for purposes of communication in specific, real-life contexts. They range from the ability to exchange simple, familiar information to the ability to use a language for the most demanding academic or professional purposes.

“Until made-in-Canada diplomas based on these internationally-recognized benchmarks are established, the DELF fulfils a critical need,” said Tryon.

“Terms like ‘functional’ and ‘fluent’ and ‘bilingual’ are far too ambiguous.”

Assessments for the French language diplomas differ from Alberta provincial examinations in several ways. For one thing, they look at listening and speaking as well as reading and writing.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ottawa pledges to match funds raised for families of Iran plane crash victims

TORONTO — The federal government promised Wednesday to match all contributions to… Continue reading

Union fined for violating court order in Regina refinery labour dispute

REGINA — A judge has fined a union that represents more than… Continue reading

Ex-Alberta legislature member on tax strike over unpaid oilpatch property levies

A former provincial Liberal leader and member of the Alberta legislature says… Continue reading

Saudi crown prince’s WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Jan. 22 Downtown House Senior Center (5414 43 St.) in Red Deer… Continue reading

Gardening: Purchase seeds that fit your values and budget

Spring is only a few months away and it is time to… Continue reading

Ottawa pledges to match funds raised for families of Iran plane crash victims

TORONTO — The federal government promised Wednesday to match all contributions to… Continue reading

Union fined for violating court order in Regina refinery labour dispute

REGINA — A judge has fined a union that represents more than… Continue reading

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris closes in on White’s X Games medal record

Mark McMorris is on the verge of Winter X Games history. Winning… Continue reading

Women in all-star event hope it’s a sign of NHL’s deeper interest in a league

More integration of women into this year’s NHL’s all-star weekend is another… Continue reading

Ex-Alberta legislature member on tax strike over unpaid oilpatch property levies

A former provincial Liberal leader and member of the Alberta legislature says… Continue reading

Most Read