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A 'couple more French classes' won't help students | The Corner Booth


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"We teach French very well. Our students learn it, they're proficient, they're fully bilingual," says EMSB chair Joe Ortona.

Giuseppe (Joe) Ortona, chair of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB), on The Corner Booth with Aaron Rand, Bill Brownstein and Leslie Chesterman at the Snowdon Deli in Montreal on Friday May 24, 2024. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

When it comes to teaching French, are Quebec’s English school boards letting their students down?

French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge seems to think so.

But Joe Ortona, chair of the English Montreal School Board, firmly disagrees.

“The truth is, we have very good French programs in our schools,” he told Lesley Chesterman, Bill Brownstein and Aaron Rand in this week’s episode of The Corner Booth.

In fact, Ortona says EMSB students in their advanced French program are scoring higher on exit exams than their counterparts in the French sector.

“The stats don’t lie. The numbers are there.”

Watch the episode to hear more.

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