Several hundred students from across the Greater Toronto Area will be attending French for the Future Local Forum (formerly Franconnexion) on Thursday, December 7, 2017 to explore the advantages of bilingualism in Canada. Hosted by the Halton District School Board and organized by French for the Future organization, the daylong forum is being held at Country Heritage Park in Milton.
Approximately 300 students (the majority from Halton) from more than two-dozen GTA schools will gather at the event designed to help promote French intercultural understanding and awareness while promoting potential pathways for students.
Through interactive and educational workshops, students will be given the opportunity to practise their French outside the classroom and discover the professional and personal advantages that bilingualism offers. Students will meet French students from other schools and learn French is more than a language but a culture filled with diversity.
The forum will also feature guest speakers including French musician DJ UnPier and Elizabeth Hoerath, Manager of FSL Policy and Implementation in the Field Services Branch for the Ontario Ministry of Education. They will address the importance of French in their lives and what French opportunities they have been able to experience.
There will be storefronts set up by community partners such as Canadian Parents for French, Idéllo, Français pour l'avenir, Glendon College (York University) and Canadian Education Exchange Foundation. They will share ways in which students can experience and use the French language outside of the classroom.
For more information, visit www.french-future.org.
For additional information, contact:
Wendy Wright-Pettersen, Instructional Program Leader
Halton District School Board
905-631-6120, ext. 488