PEI

New partnership expands language training opportunities on P.E.I.

A P.E.I. organization dedicated to helping francophone newcomers integrate into Island society is expanding its offerings to reach all Islanders.

‘People can pick and choose according to their needs’

The new programs can address different needs, says Angie Cormier, director of La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIFÎPÉ). (Submitted by CIFÎPÉ)

A P.E.I. organization dedicated to helping francophone newcomers integrate into Island society is expanding its offerings to reach all Islanders.

The new language training programs are being offered as a partnership between La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIFÎPÉ) and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick.

CIFÎPÉ director Angie Cormier said the partnership will offer a variety of different types of language training programs and tutoring.

"People can pick and choose according to their needs and also according to their status," said Cormier.

"Whether they're an Islander born and raised here, a newcomer from another province, a newcomer from another country, or, you know, someone who wants to perfect their language or practise it for work, there's all kinds of opportunities."

The programs offered include support for francophone newcomers to add to their English skills, and for anglophone parents who want to learn French while their children are being educated in that language.

Anyone interested in participating in the new offerings can contact the co-operative at 1-888-954-5888 or services@cifipe.ca

The group is also hoping to resume French-language conversation circles this spring; they had to be suspended last year due to public health restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Corrections

  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick is the partner with CIF on this project, not New Brunswick Community College, as this story previously stated.
    Mar 26, 2021 8:55 AM AT

With files from Jessica Doria-Brown

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