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Bilingualism: bon ou non?

The Story

Maureen Judge talks to students at Toronto's Deer Park Public School, where kids are taking classes taught in both English and French. In this 1979 clip from the youth program Anybody Home? the kids explain how the program works, their favorite French words and the value of becoming bilingual.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Dec. 8, 1979
Host: David Schatzky
Reporter: Maureen Judge
Duration: 4:00
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Anna Bryukhanova

Did You know?

• French is the 11th-most widely spoken language in Toronto according to 2007 statistics. It ranks after English, Italian, Cantonese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Polish, Tagalog and Tamil. Chinese ranks third, but with no specific dialect named.


• Canada has only one officially bilingual province. New Brunswick became so when it enacted its Official Languages Act in 1969.




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