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The SEVEC student exchange program: A gateway to Canada

SEVEC has been organizing student exchanges for over 75 years. Since it was created, more than 350,000 young Canadians have participated in these life-changing experiences.

Games of La Francophonie: Celebrating Francophone youth

Focusing on friendship and solidarity, the Games of La Francophonie enable young Francophones and Francophiles, in all their diversity, to demonstrate their talents, creativity and love of the French language. This year, in Nice, over 3,000 young athletes and artists from more than 75 states and...

English-Speaking Seniors in Quebec

Did you know that there are more than 130,000 English-speaking seniors in the province of Quebec and that 60% of them live in the Montréal region?

Canada Summer Games Athlete Spotlight (part two of two)

In part two of the Canada Summer Games Athlete Spotlight, we spoke with two athletes from Quebec, each of whom told us the story behind their bilingualism.

Canada Summer Games Athlete Spotlight (part one of two)

The Canada Games are a great national sporting event and a wonderful occasion for all in attendance to practise both of Canada’s official languages. Before the Summer Games began we had the opportunity to interview a few of the athletes participating to get an inside scoop on how their knowledge of...

Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke: Welcoming you in English and French

As a major sporting event in Canada, the Games give young Canadian athletes the chance to push themselves and to prove themselves at a national-level competition. It’s also a unique opportunity for them to immerse themselves in Canada’s linguistic duality, while building friendships that will last...

2013 Canada Summer Games—Celebrating Canada’s two official languages through sports

2013 Canada Summer Games: Celebrating Canada's Two Official Languages Through Sports

Sports offer a unique and positive gateway for individual exploration and development, two elements that are also at the heart of learning a second language. For this reason, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages will be at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. This year’s Games are being...

Literary themes that transcend the French/English barrier

Over the past 15 years, with the creation of the bilingual Frye Festival in Moncton and Blue Metropolis Festival in Montréal, interactions between English and French literary communities in Canada have been growing. But does that mean Canada’s two literatures have anything in common?

The languages of Nunavut: A delicate balance

n April 1, as Nunavut celebrated its 14th anniversary, the territory’s Official Languages Act finally came into force, five years after it was passed. To mark this historic event, here’s an overview of the unique linguistic situation in Nunavut.

The Languages of Love

English and French abound with fascinating imagery to express the language of love. On this Valentine’s Day, here are a few examples for those who wish to send a bilingual billet-doux to their sweetheart.

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