Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role.
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Which languages get to “count” as bilingual in Canada? And who gets to be the “right” kind of bilingual?
There are a million different ways to be bilingual.
Experts disagree on what makes someone truly bilingual, and how the human brain accesses multiple languages.
Tulips bloom outside the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.
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Pitting the representation of historically marginalized groups on the Supreme Court against another constitutionally protected minority — Canada’s francophones — is a misguided race to the bottom.
People take part in a demonstration in Montréal in November 2020 to protest against government funding for infrastructure projects at two English-language educational institutions and also calling on the city to set up a body to protect the French language.
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The federal government’s ambitious new plan to modernize the 51-year-old Official Languages Act is the most significant proposal on the status of French in Canada since 1982.
According to a recent survey of public servants by the Commissioner of Official Languages, more than 44 per cent of French-speakers are uncomfortable using French at work.
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A recent survey reveals a general uneasiness about using French among both francophone and anglophone public servants in administrative regions where bilingualism is required.
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Studies of bilingualism show that accents and vocabulary can change depending on your circumstances.
Why the benefits of bilingualism aren’t consistent.
Gaelic is traditionally spoken in Scotland across the Highlands and the Hebridean islands, such as Skye.
Gaelic speakers need opportunities to use their language in a wide variety of social and everyday settings to avoid its presence being eroded.
The benefits of a bilingual education are huge.
Dual-language instruction can help children grow up to be bilingual.
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Without the opportunity to learn in dual-language programs, children may lose out on growing up to be bilingual.
Children being educated in French need to be regularly exposed to the language in order to maintain their skills.
Whether kids are from French-language
communities outside Québec in Canada, or are learning French as a second language, ongoing exposure to French is key to maintaining it. Some resources to help.
Education in Gaelic is hugely valuable in keeping the language alive in Scotland.
Being bilingual can delay onset of dementia, but sometimes patients revert to their mother tongue, leaving them isolated.
Why the lives of bilingual dementia patients can be transformed by finding carers who speak their native language.
Contemporary research challenges older ideas that early exposure to a single language is best.
Research shows babies in bilingual environments can track the precursors to words, known as word forms, in two languages.
Québec Premier Francois Legault, left, exchanges hockey jerseys with Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Queens Park, in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2018. Ford’s recent cuts to francophone services in Ontario haven’t spawned nearly the media outrage that Québec language moves have.
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To read English-Canadian media, you would think that Québec’s anglophones are under greater threat than the rest of the country’s minority language communities. Why the selective outrage?
Languages are said to be disappearing faster than endangered species with a different one dying every two weeks.
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The international aid sector’s use of languages needs to change if it is serious about dealing with the issues raised by recent scandals.
Multilingual students have made steady progress in recent years, new research shows.
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Despite reports that multilingual students’ academic progress has ‘stalled,’ researchers find new reasons to be optimistic about how they are faring in US schools.
It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue.
Early exposure to a second (foreign) language will not disturb the children’s language development. Some myths have been explained.
Choosing which languages to teach children in a multilingual family is a tough question.
Parents of autistic children are often encouraged to stick with one language at home - even if they speak several. But should they?