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New funds for French-Language Programs

October 7, 2010

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New federal and provincial funding for the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) will give a boost to SFU’s French-language education programs, many of them unique in Canada.

OFFA will receive $6.8 million—$4.8 million from Ottawa and $2 million from Victoria—to maintain its French-language programs and courses, which have been developed since 2004. They include:
  • The French Cohort Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which students complete a bachelor’s degree in both official languages. As well, students must do an exchange program at a francophone university in Quebec, France or Belgium. The program prepares students for bilingual positions in the federal government, among other options. (at.sfu.ca/dlAunM)
  • A doctorate in educational leadership (EdD) that is completely taught in French and is delivered through the Faculty of Education. This program aims to help B.C. schools deal with new francophone immigration to B.C. (at.sfu.ca/XdLZGe)

Claire Trepanier, director pro-tem for OFFA, says there are currently 65 students enrolled in the French Cohort program, while 12 students are currently writing their EdD thesis. A new EdD cohort will start in January 2011.

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