Guest post by: Amélie Roy, FSL Educational Consultant (K-6) – Conseillère pédagogique FLS, Student Success Department
During the month of March, the OCSB is celebrating la francophonie. La francophonie includes 88 countries that share a common language, French. The International Francophonie Day is recognized every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.
In Canada, with a population of nearly 35 million people, French is the first official language spoken for 22.8% of the population. Almost 10.4 million Canadians can carry on a conversation in French.
We are inviting your family to join the celebration by engaging in some of the following activities.
- Visit any of the Ottawa Public Libraries and borrow some French books to read as a family.
- Read French books online for free on the following platforms: La Bibliothèque des Amériques, La BiblioVirtuelle or Sora.
- Explore IDÉLLO’s resource library and view French videos.
- Stop by Vanier Museopark’s Sugar Shack and sweeten your day during the Sugar Festival in March.
- Have a good time with Claude et Carlos listening to their catchy songs and their funny stories. This free concert will take place at the National Art Centre on March 20.
- Enjoy the winter activities in Gatineau Park (cross-country skiing, snow biking, snowshoeing, winter hiking and walking) and order un bon chocolat chaud in French in a nearby restaurant!
- Take part in the many activities offered throughout the Outaouais region.
- Get entertained as you watch French shows at La Salle Jean-Despréz and at Centre des arts Shenkman.
- Be adventurous and visit a museum in Montreal!