Montreal School Services Center: Reception and Francization Classes Overview

2024-03-29 00:24:24

One in twelve students is in a reception and francization class at the Montreal School Services Center (CSSDM), said Thursday the director of the organization’s service, Mathieu Desjardins.

“We started the year with 4,600 students in the reception class,” Mr. Desjardins informed in an interview on LCN. We are at 6,400. We probably plan to end the year with 7,500 students in reception classes.”

“Currently at the Montreal School Service Center, we have one student in twelve who is in a francization class,” he adds.

TVA Nouvelles had access to the Louis-Dupire primary school in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal to get an overview of a reception and francization class.

Teacher Josée Dufour, who agreed to show her daily life on LCN, has worked in a reception class for years.

The classroom offers a very diverse image of the Quebec of tomorrow.

“Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria, Tunisia, Haiti, I think I have said it all,” lists Ms. Dufour.

“Ah Jordan, I apologize,” she then says.

Some of the students in his class have only been in Quebec for a few months.

“Before, I didn’t speak. I could only say “hello”, but with Madame Josée, I speak French too well now,” explains one of the students in the class.

Some of them say that they came to Quebec with their family because it is safer than in their country of origin.

“My father told me: ‘I want you, when you grow up, to have a better [avenir] than me,” says a student from Mexico.

The goal is for these students to learn French at their own pace and to eventually be able to join regular classes in the coming years.

“It has changed a lot in the last 5, 6 years,” underlines Ms. Dufour, “because we receive a lot of children who have not been to school and who have great learning difficulties.”

The director of the school, Pascal D’asti, explains that the establishment has 12 of these classes.

“Every Thursday morning, we welcome new students,” he maintains.

Ms. D’Asti explains that children of immigrants represent about 27% of the school’s students.

The CSSDM has 38 primary schools and 11 secondary schools which contain these reception classes.

In total, 428 reception classes are open in the territory of the School Service Center.

***See Andy St-André’s report in the video above***

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