Why Learn Languages?
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act, CASLT launched the Languages Build… Video Contest. Participants of all ages were asked to submit videos sharing their stories of how learning one or both official languages impacted or changed their lives. Participants demonstrated how Canada’s official languages can enrich, empower, and enable all Canadians.
We were impressed by the breadth and depth of the videos and the participants’ efforts to commemorate the anniversary of the Official Languages Act, especially during the unprecedented times of COVID-19. CASLT received videos highlighting the impact languages can have on personal and societal levels in areas including cognition, academic achievement, intercultural competencies, and the economy. The videos also explained how students with exceptionalities can benefit from bilingualism, and how bilingualism helps with the acquisition of additional languages.
The eight winning videos will be used to promote the importance of learning both of Canada’s official languages across the country. Participants have made a significant contribution to the Languages Build… Video Contest and to CASLT’s Why Learn Languages Advocacy Toolkit. We greatly appreciate receiving submissions that provide a snapshot of personal language learning experiences. The participants’ advocacy for bilingualism is to be commended!
Winners are: Mme. Dawe’s Grade 6 class (NL), Shaylin Liu (ON), Chelsey Brassard (ON), Annabella Abbott (NL), Shuaichen Liao (ON), Sydney Drygala (ON), Celina Luk (ON), and Victor Chen (ON).
Visit the Languages Build… Video Contest page to watch the winning videos!
CASLT’s members and second language stakeholders are invited to attend our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Networking Day. The event will be held online on Friday, September 25, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST.
The preliminary schedule and the agenda are now available. If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to participate, please contact us at [email protected].
Registration is still open for attendees and exhibitors at Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020!
Attendees will have access to over 100 high-quality professional development sessions, keynotes, online networking, and a virtual trade show. Exhibitors will be able to promote their products and services to over 600 language educators and stakeholders from across Canada and abroad.
For more information, visit the conference Web pages.
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