Valuing and validating bilingualism in canada
Across the globe, the value of knowing more than one language is well understood, as revealed in several national public opinion surveys.
Research conducted internationally clearly indicates that the development of multiple language proficiency is possible, and indeed that is viewed as desirable by educators, policy-makers, and parents in many countries.
Economic gain is generally viewed as the principal motivation for acquiring a second language, a perception widely shared by the Canadian population.
On the whole Canadians tend to support the idea that knowledge of more than one language is important and most would want their children to acquire French as a second language.
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Language knowledge is considered an important element of human capital and an economic asset to the individual.
Approximately six out of ten young Anglophones outside of Quebec believe that high school graduates should be bilingual.
Though the level of bilingualism rose in every province except Manitoba and Saskatchewan, in almost all cases, the rate of increase was lower than or equal to the gain between 19 (the decline in Manitoba and Saskatchewan was related to the decrease in their francophone populations).
Bilingualism has been losing some ground among young anglophones outside Quebec.
There is a fairly large consensus that knowledge of English and French is an economic asset to Canada; a view held by some 71% of Canadas English-speaking youth and 64% of this group residing outside Quebec.
Over eight out of ten English Canadian youth believe that knowledge of English and French improves job opportunities.