Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD August 1973 Survey shows enrolement up in French By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor In every province but Sas- French now is being taught in grade schools. In Quebec and it is offered in some kindergartens. In most provinces It is being taught with the empha- sis on oral French rather than on grammar and text books. In a few areas an immersion French course is available for grade-school children. The hope is that students Trill actually learn to use the language instead of putting in a few years' largely unpro- ductive hard labor over gram- mar books. There is one down-turn on the graph. A Cross-Canada _Survey by The Canadian 'Press indicates that because of expanded enrol- ment in French is high. But at the same it is drop- ping in high schools where it is no longer mandatory. Some of the money to make the changes has come from funds for a federal program begun in 1970 to encourage I Accent on i Youth the teaching of French or English as a second language. The program will have cost million by the time it ex- pires in 1974. PROVIDES MORE The highest enrolment is in Grade with It drops to in Grade but stu- dents at that level were taught in the old with the emphasis on gram- mar. There is speculation that students who have learned more oral French may con- tinue studying it as they go through higher grades. In the percentage studying French has not been as but it was only of- fered from Grade 4 last year. This fall it will be offered in Grade 1. Out of a Grade 10 to 12 school population of about 15.000 were taking Freuch. The numbers plum- met for other as they do in all provinces. Only are taking 414 taking Ukrainian. GRADE 7 MUST British Columbia makes French compulsory in Grade and Saskatchewan in Grades 7 and 8. Saskatchewan is the only province that does not make French available in grade school. The program begins in Grade the begin- ning of junior high. There is a five-year old pi- lot project in Saskatoon and involving about 100 to improve French usage in schools designated bilingual. In British French-speaking parents have been campaigning for a French-language school for their but there has been no pressure from Eng- 1 i s h-speaking organizations for increased French Instruc- tion. In Nova a depart- ment spokesman says in- creasing use is being made of Canadian-produced especially National Film Board films that emphasize Canada's linguistic heritage and problems. About 100 the province's 300 French teachers attended a week-long course this year on new meth- ods in French instruction. The spokesman says almost all of the teachers now are bili- an improvement over former years. In Prince Edward French will be offered in Grade 4 next year and ArthXir in charge of the pro- says it may drop to Grade 3 in a year or two. There has been some pres- sure from parents for im- proved and some immersion courses have been established. A unique version is the Grade 7 immersion course designed for students who started their schooling before the introduction of pri- mary immersion. Marcel Fox of the Protes- tant school board of Montreal says about 30 per cent of the board's students are taking Grade 7 immersion. The province begins a f 100- million program to improve language teaching this fall. It aims to improve the teaching of French as a mother tongue as well as French and Eng- lish as second languages. Roy an education officer in says stu- dents have been dropping French in high school because it is a relatively hard but he says he feels the drop has levelled off. Mr. Jackman says French is not compulsory at any level in Ontario. About are taking it out of an elementary school population of fircstonc Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 STORES ftrcstone 10 POINT DRUM BRAKE. OVERHAUL .90 7. ALL 4 WHEELS True the drums on all four wheels. Arc the new linings for perfect braking contact. 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OFF Ask Andy winner The winner of a 20-volume set of Merit Student Is the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Slingerland cl Diamond City. a Grade 7 stu- dent at Noble-Central School in won with Ihe are light beams in the winter Scout swapping a novelty MORAINE STATE Pa. Hutchison's eyes dart from patch to patch as he studies the table from beneath his mad hatter top hat. His eyes come to rest on an XHI cloth emblem. They then flick to Lodge 279 Order of the patch. one of the more than boy scouts attend- ing the 1973 National Jambor- ee-East glances down at his own horde of pocket corns and neck- erchiefs. As he considers a a Snow Mobile Eagle badge and a Maple patch change hands. a 14-year-old from slides a Canadian down the table to the Lmerioan youth who has ac- the maple leaf patch. Tie American boy closes the deal with a then slides the patch back. Hutchison flips It on the table and his eyes again fall on the Apollo Xin and the Consoke Lodge patch. says their owner as he Hike speeders are Scot-free TORONTO Oper- ators of some vehicles ex- ceed the speed limit by many miles and police can take no Deputy Chief John Murray of the Metropolitan Toronto police force complained Thursday. Deputy Chief Murray was referring to not drivers of cars. He told the Metropolitan Toronto police commission that there is no law against speeding on a bicycle and police think there should be. He said some cyclists can reach speeds of 50 miles an and there's nothing in the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit them from doing so. RESEARCH COSTS In 1971-72 the cost of on-going escarch by federal government cpartments in the North was about million. picks up the Maple Leafs. The deal is clinched. Madhatter Hutchison has struck. want to hold off so you'll get a better says the Canadian lad as he stuffs his prizes into a bulging sack. are only two troops from Canada here and every- one is going to want those Ca- nadian items. It's supply and demand. Keep them scarce and the market's going to go The swapping o f trinkets among scouts is as traditional as their kneesocks. It has helped pass the time here as the youngsters waited for the start of the jamboree which officially got under way. In scout money is not to be although the novelty of foreign currency often draws it Into play. Recently a new rule went into last time they had one of these things national kids were taking off their drawers and swapp- ing them with kids explained Jay Smith of Pat- La. made us cut that Back at the trading Hutchison had struck again. In his possession was a of Waukegan arm emblem. He had had to give up another Maple Leaf but a District Ro- man emblem had been thrown in for good mea- sure. like it's said Hutchison. am going to sew it on my jacket. But I don't think I'll be going to Waukegan any time People want to improve the quality of family life Mass. if you ever have that nagging feeling your kids appreciate take heart. In an alley off Harvard there's an office full of people who are concerned about the quality of family life. They want to improve it. With about in feder- al they've developed a classroom course for teen-agers on the wear and tear of par- enthood.. The place is called the Edu- cation Development the Education for Parent- hood. In the it will be of- fered to United States high school students in 200 in all states except Hawaii and Nevada. asking young people to take some responsibility for the next said Peter one of the pro- gram's architects. Dow has helped develop a classroom curriculum for stu- dents of Grades 7 through 12 who want to explore the world of childhood and learn about the kind of responsibility and responsiveness parenthood in- volves. It's a one-year course CTiit combines classroom instruction with first-hand working expsrii cnce with' children in daycarc pre-school nursery schools and kindergar- tens. The tested in seven has won enthusiastic review from teach- ers and toddlers. Child ren may borrow library pets LOS Children who want to try out a pet for a short time can borrow one for a week from a library here. All it takes is a library card to check out a chame- guinea turtle or rat. In there are 20 pets available for kept in little cages in Ihe children's section of the Los Alamitos Rossmoor Library. got a waiting list of 26 for our Honey and most of the ani- mals are out most of the says Joyce children's section director. A week's supply of food is provided with each animal. It is donated by friends of the library.