The PEI State of French Second-Language in Education: 2016
In 2016 Canadian Parents for French PEI commissioned this research document. The goal of this study was to examine the delivery of French second-language (FSL) education in the Prince Edward Island (PEI) school system. In the document, we have attempted to examine the demographics as well as to understand the strengths and challenges in the current system.
In this report, we:
- Present the methodology for the study, the historical and current context of FSL programming, and examine both French Immersion (FI) and Core French (CF) programs on PEI;
- Share the policy of the DEELC concerning FSL programs;
- Report on the availability of FSL education and distribution across the province;
- Report and examine FSL enrollment, attrition, and trends;
- Explore DELF French competency evaluation in PEI high schools;
- Look at high school graduation requirements including the FSL component in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program;
- Discuss FSL teacher hiring and availability; (NOTE: due to changes in the school system, we have not been able to gather data beyond what was available in the literature review) and;
- Suggest recommendations overcome obstacles and promote bilingualism within highly effective French Immersion (FI) and Core French (CF) programs.