According to a Canadian Parents for French report, it is easier for bilingual Canadians to find employment and they average a 10% higher salary. It is safe to say that having bilingual skills literally pays off. However, just 4 years after high school, only 18% of 21-year-old Anglophone Canadians self-identify as bilingual. This begs the question: how can adolescents continue to learn and maintain their French as they transition into the world of adulthood? Here are 4 ways to continue learning French during, and after high school:
- Seek out bilingual and Francophone events (make it fun)
- Read a favourite book in French (a familiar subject makes it easier)
- Participate in the Explore program (practice makes perfect)
- Pursuing post-secondary studies in French (add scholarship to experience)
Maintaining one’s French is an ongoing life journey that takes extra effort, but the pay off is worth it. At York University’s Glendon Campus, we equip our students with valuable language skills in a safe and welcoming environment. We offer a unique bilingual university education where students can customize their experience to meet their academic, linguistic and entrepreneurial objectives. All twenty-two of Glendon’s undergraduate programs are bilingual, which translates into equipping our students with valuable language skills throughout their post secondary studies.
This winter, our students are hosting a Bilingual Model United Nations Conference and are inviting all high school students in FSL programming to participate. This year’s theme is: ‘The Challenges of The Global South‘ which will focus on the complex issues faced by the Third World. This is a great opportunity for high school students interested in world issues, politics and foreign affairs to meet and collaborate with university students, all while getting to practice their French on a beautiful university campus.
Register your bilingual teen today! The Bilingual Model UN is held between February 21-23, 2020. There will be engaging conversations, food and friends.