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Week of March 3, 2003
Principal adds her voice to Oxford session
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I'm hoping to get a worldwide view on language learning."
- Rolande Vaillancourt
This year's round table, whose theme is Designing Leadership and Practices for the Future of Public Education, will deal with the current competitive quest for delivering education to the children of the world.
More specifically, issues such as global accountability, new leadership designs and new delivery systems will be discussed.
Selected delegates organize the round table around the presentation of significant ideas. Rumours are Vaillancourt will be asked to address the forum, which she will know for sure in about a month. She is developing two themes just in case: Spirituality in the Workplace and Are Canadians Ready for the Global Community (as far as language learning is concerned)?
"I'm hoping to get a worldwide view on language learning (at the round table)," she said.
"In North America, it doesn't come second nature to us to think about language learning. We seem to think unilingual and think that it's going to be difficult for children to learn a second language whereas elsewhere in the world it is considered something very normal and very natural."
Presentations and responses at the Oxford forum are published and distributed worldwide.
Vaillancourt plans to share the discussions with her colleagues at the Elk Island Catholic School Division.
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