Modern Languages Coordinator in the ministry of education, Charlene White-Christian, is of the view that introducing foreign languages at the Primary Schools will make students more marketable in the future.
She spoke to DNO at a Primary School French Festival which was held at the Goodwill Primary School on Thursday in observance of Francophone Day or French Day.
The day is celebrated in 56 Francophonie countries across the world.
“Our global society right now is growing and in order to survive out there you need to have a diverse range of languages and the introduction of French and Spanish in the Primary schools is very relevant,” she said.
She pointed out that it is important to study French since Dominica is located between two islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe, which speak the language.
She argues that it is good for students to start studying foreign languages as early as 12 since at that time “they are like sponges.”
She also noted that in her experience students have been eager to learn new languages and joked that, “we have a few students who actually speak in French accents, so the teachers are doing a fabulous job.”
At the festival four persons, who have promoted foreign languages in different schools, were awarded for their efforts.
They are: Dwayne Drigo a teacher from Massacre Primary, Elissa Guiste -Matthew of St. Martin’s Primary, Michele Henderson and Ross Loramol, a former French teacher who works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Certificates and medals were also given to the top french students in schools from around Dominica.
Dominica has been part of the Francophone world since 1979. Every year the International Francophone Organization requests that all 57 Francophone countries celebrate Francophone Day on March 20.
During that day students are encouraged to practice French or French Patois.