Beyond Words–Canada's Official Languages Newsletter

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Conversation with Graham Fraser

The Commissioner of Official Languages shares his views on his role, the future of second-language education and the federal bilingual bonus.

Volunteers using the airwaves to broadcast the French language and its culture

This International Volunteer Day, we would like to pay tribute to all those who are actively involved in their community. We are pleased to spotlight CILS-FM, a community radio station in Victoria for local Francophones and francophiles whose success depends mainly on volunteers.

A gift from the heart

November 20th is Universal Children’s Day and Beyond Words would like to mark the occasion with an article on the ever-provocative question of language transfer, or linguistic legacy, particularly in bilingual families.

Marc Arnal: More than a Proud Defender of the French Language

Marc Arnal, Dean of the University of Alberta’s Saint-Jean Campus, shares his thoughts on the importance of recognizing and celebrating the Francophonie’s growing diversity.

Did you get a chance to use your second language on your vacation this summer?

Many readers have responded to our question “Did you get a chance to use your second language on your vacation this summer?” Read their stories!

From Bon Cop, Bad Cop to French Immersion – An interview with Kevin Tierney

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is one of the most popular Canadian films ever made. Beyond Words talked to the film’s producer, Montrealer Kevin Tierney, about his latest big screen project, which takes another entertaining poke at Canada’s cultural idiosyncrasies.

Conversation with Graham Fraser

In this interview, Graham Fraser describes his role as Commissioner of Official Languages and shares his thoughts on several issues.

Escape to the Townships

Ready for adventure? Townshippers’ Day celebrates the vitality and creativity of the Eastern Townships English-speaking community.

Linguistic duality with a Cajun twist

If there has ever been an artist who embodies linguistic duality, it is Zachary Richard. This singer-songwriter/poet from Louisiana explains how the English and French cultures are extremely vibrant and sustain him both personally and artistically.

From Chaleur Bay to the Bayou

Along with the article on Zachary Richard, a proud Acadian, Beyond Words offers you a few historical facts on Acadia, a land without borders.

We asked. You answered.

Knowing more than one language opens up all kinds of opportunities! Hear what our readers have to say about how language has played an important role in their lives.

The quiet ambition of a soccer enthusiast

Marc Dos Santos, head coach of the Montreal Impact soccer team, explains how speaking four languages has played a pivotal role in his career and how it is still a huge asset in his professional life.

A Word from the Commissioner

Our e-newsletter will be coming out more often! And as you can see in this edition, current events sometimes provide inspiration for articles on language.

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