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Languages Canada to hold 2nd Exchange Forum on French as a Second Language

OTTAWA, October 14, 2015 — Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the second edition of the Exchange Forum on French as a Second Language on October 27th. Held at LaSalle Collège in Montreal, the event will bring together Languages Canada members, government, and representatives of the francophonie from Canada and abroad.

“We hope this event will facilitate a collaborative dialogue on the French language education sector in Canada and abroad. This is an excellent opportunity for members and stakeholders to share challenges and opportunities for this growing segment of language education,” said Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director at Languages Canada.

The event will also bring together a unique array of experts and institutions from the field of language education in Canada to offer insights and trends on this evolving market. Guest speaker Ofelia Cervantes Villagomez, acclaimed professor and researcher at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP), will present on opportunities for the development of French as a second language market in Mexico.

“We are very excited about the Forum. Not only will the event facilitate an effective and timely dialogue about the sector, we hope it will bring much-needed awareness to the broad range of French language programs in Canada and the need to come together on common goals and objectives,” says Marie-Christine Morin, French Programs Manager at Languages Canada and forum organizer.

An estimation of Canada’s market share indicates that 3% of French learners abroad chose Canada as their study destination. Although no precise data on the number of French language learners abroad is available, various indications from the individual destinations suggest some 125,000 people learn French outside of their home country every year. How to attract more students of French to Canada is one of the main discussion topics for the forum.

Salle Jean-Paul Morin Centre international de langue de Montréal (CILM)
2000, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (Bureau 1300)
Montréal QC
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Register today!

Languages Canada is a not-for-profit association representing more than 225 private and public language education members that offer accredited English and French programs.

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