Quebec City, February 27, 2017 – Canada’s largest language education association, Languages Canada, and Sentio, Global Education Network, a subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities, are proud to announce a mutually beneficial partnership.
The 220 member programs of Languages Canada can now provide students with the possibility of taking courses with Sentio, and continuing to complete the Global Competence Certificate (GCC), a state of the art educational program that guides participants before, during and after their program to reflect and interact with peers on questions such as cultural identity, power, and privilege. It can also be used by teachers and their Canadian peers.
"We sincerely believe this partnership will benefit all levels of second language education in the country," says Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. "Students will benefit from training that will allow them to better understand and integrate themselves into their environment. Schools will receive additional training. And Languages Canada wins a partner. "
“All too often, second language education is limited to a conventional teaching experience in class”, explains Bert Vercamer, General Manager of Sentio. “Language learning and development of global competence are two sides of the same coin. Thanks to this partnership, tens of thousands of students coming into Canada can better adapt to the new cultural environment in which they find themselves and thus perform better in class and overall in their experience abroad”.
The GCC is a complementary tool to traditional language courses. It is an innovative blended educational program, with engaging videos and opportunities for global peer interaction, before they arrive, while they are in Canada and after they go back home. It is a way to provide improved intercultural learning and cross-cultural adjustment training to increasingly diverse and internationally mobile students/participants. As such, it reduces stereotypes and prejudice and stimulates intercultural dialogue in Canada or any country in the world partnered with Sentio, much needed skills in today’s world.
ABOUT SENTIO, GLOBAL EDUCATION NETWORK
Sentio, Global Education Network, was founded in 2014 as a full subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs. AFS has existed for 70 years as an exchange organization and is successfully creating exchange programs and intercultural learning opportunities for close to 13,000 participants each year, coming from about 100 countries, with 60 AFS Network Organizations globally.