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StFX French students awarded honours

April 10th, 2017
L-r, Adam Beck, StFX French professor Dr. Edward Langille and Chelsea MacNeil

It’s good news for two StFX French major students who have been awarded honours. Chelsea MacNeil was recently awarded a prix d'excellence by Alliance Française in Halifax for an essay on computer assisted language learning. Adam Beck was offered a position as an English language instructor for the 2017-18 academic year with the Teaching Assistant Program in France, administered by the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP - French Ministry of Education) and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy (Ottawa).

“I was very excited to hear that I would be the recipient of the prix d'excellence d'Alliance Française. It was a reminder that all the work put in over the years has paid off,” says Ms. MacNeil, a fourth year student from Moncton, NB who will graduate with a BA major in French.

“Alliance Française is recognized and found worldwide, promoting French language culture. My prize for being the recipient is that I now have the opportunity to write a DELF test, which will give me official French certification. As I am going off to do my B.Ed. next year, I think this award will certainly give me an advantage once I am out in the field looking for a job,” she says.

Mr. Beck, a fourth year student from Montague, PEI who will graduate this year with a double major in Canadian history and French, says he wants to continue his studies to become a French teacher, and was looking for an immersive cultural experience. “This year I decided I wanted to find a way to teach in France, and with the support of the StFX faculty, and in particular Dr. Edward Langille, we were settled on pursuing it through the French embassy.

“I’ll have the chance to teach English to primary school aged students in southern France next year, while also immersing myself in a French culture, and the occasional trip across Europe. This will ultimately help me become a better teacher, more confident French speaker, and a well-travelled individual.” 

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