Explore, a premier second-language immersion program, celebrates 40 years

News Release - This year marks the 40th anniversary of Explore (formerly the Summer Language Bursary Program), which was created by the federal government and the provinces and territories in 1971 to promote the study of French and English as a second language among young people in Canada.

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REGINA, on Feb. / CNW / - This year marks the 40e anniversary of Explore (formerly the Summer Language Bursary Program), which was created by the federal government and the provinces and territories in 1971 to promote the study of English and French as a second language among young people in the Canada.

Since its creation, Explore has become a real tradition. Each year, thousands of students from across the country pack their bags and go to one of the many universities and colleges that offer Explore, where they leave the intensive five-week immersion course. behind them their mother tongue to embark on a journey of discovery - both of another language and another culture.

Students stay in an on-campus residence or stay with a local family and take part in daily, throughout the day, language learning experiences, which include classroom training, extracurricular activities and community engagement. Since the start of the program, nearlya quarter of a million of young people took up the challenge of learning their second official language and improving their understanding of the cultures of the English and French languages in Canada.

Mme Diane McGifford, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada [CMEC] and Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy for Manitoba said: “I know I speak for all the ministers responsible for education. education when I say how proud I am of the success of Explore. It is now part of our cultural fabric. She adds: "CMEC is committed to continuing Canada's long tradition of providing quality official languages education, both through individual provincial and territorial initiatives and pan-Canadian programs like Explore. "

The 40's gala celebrationse anniversary will take place later today in Regina, Saskatchewan, where program directors from post-secondary institutions that offer Explore are gathered for their annual meeting. Other commemorative events will be held throughout the spring and summer 2011 immersion sessions.

Details about Explore

For more information about Explore, visit the website Explore is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and is administered by the provinces and territories, in collaboration with CMEC.

About CMEC

Founded in 1967, CMEC gives Canada's ministers of education a collective voice and enables them to exercise leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels. The organization assists the provinces and territories in fulfilling their constitutional jurisdiction over education. For more information, visit our website at

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