April 21 at the Bibliothèque National du Québec
FRENCH FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE
AIMS AT PROMOTING BILINGUALISM
MONTREAL, APRIL 13, 2010—The Bibliothèque National du Québec (475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est) will be the site of the 2010 French for the Future Montreal Conference, beginning at 9 a.m on Wednesday, April 21st. Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme is Respect, Culture and Integration into Québécois society. Over 280 students from eight Montreal high schools and two school boards will be present, while three additional high schools from across Quebec, from two other boards, will participate via videoconference.
Participating schools are: John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, Westmount High School, Marymount Academy in N.D.G., LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, Rosemount High School, and Vincent Massey Collegiatein Rosemount from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB); and Lakeside Academy in Lachine and Pierrefonds Comprehensive will attend from the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
Video conferencing through the Community Learning Centre (CLC) network will be incorporated for the first time to allow Netagamiou and St. Paul's River High Schools from the Littoral School Board and St. Michael's High School from the Western Quebec School Board to participate.
Marie-Ève Marleau, a diver who represented Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China, will deliver the keynote address and be the conference’s honouree. She will speak on her experiences and how bilingualism has helped her achieve her goals. Noted vee-jay Malik Shaheed will moderate a wide range of sessions, including a game show based on Canadian and Quebecois culture, with questions created by local students. Other programs include a presentation by Elizabeth Stronach who will detail the Page program in Ottawa and representatives from Bureau en Gros, who will speak on “Le Francais au travail.” Participants will be treated to a video from Montreal artists called Show Some Luv to Haiti, directed by Great Things Studios and also a traditional Quebecois musical group, Les Queteux.
Francophone hip hop dance group GuettoNest from the Vise Haut dance school rounds out the morning schedule and the conference will conclude with La Ligue D’improvisation Montréalaise performing one of their entertaining skits in the afternoon. The wide variety of programs allowing the students to be immersed in the French language over the course of an entire day will undoubtedly allow them to feel proud of being bilingual, but it will strengthen their connection to the Quebecois culture that surrounds them on a daily basis. For more details log on to www.french-future.org.