Several Hundred Learn French Every Year Through Collège de l'Île
A number of employment sectors are looking for people who speak both official languages in order to properly serve their market. For instance, the demand for French-language services is growing in the healthcare field. That's why Tania McQueen, an occupational therapist at Summerset (where one of the three neighbourhoods is bilingual), Wedgewood and Stewart Memorial Manors, has been learning French at Collège de l'Île since last fall. "I kept coming across patients at work that are reverting back to speaking French and who, understandably, are wanting us to understand them and their needs. I felt hopeless many times and that is when I decided to start learning French so I can better help these people." Tania is taking her language training in Summerside.
For Roger Gordon of Stratford, his decision to learn French came when his grandchildren enrolled in immersion. "By taking the course, I find it to be a fun way to encourage my grandchildren and to interact with them. It's never too late to improve your knowledge. I find it very enjoyable to study French at my age and also a good way to keep active." Roger has been taking language training since the fall in Charlottetown.