3 Cebu science high schools to teach their students French

October 6, 2009 10:37 pm 

CEBU CITY, Oct. 7 – Principals and students of science high schools in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue and Minglanilla town are excited to become beneficiaries of the French classes that the government will offer.

The three are among the seven schools in Central Visayas and the 13 in the country which were chosen as pilot schools in the Special Program in Foreign Language by the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus recently signed an agreement with French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Borja de Mozota to introduce French in 13 high schools starting school year 2010-2011.

Learning French early will give Filipino graduates a competitive advantage over people from other countries when they join the workforce, the press release added.

Mandaue City National Science High School principal Rosario Kasilagan said it is timely that the government introduce the language so their 234 students can easily find work abroad.

Cebu City National Science High School principal Severina Chin said students will greatly benefit as French is widely used in Europe and parts of Canada.

At Mandaue City National Science High School, student Steven Tan, 15, already knows how to give his name and birthday in French.

He believes learning the language will give him an edge in the future.

Minglanilla Science National High School principal Eutiquia Alday said her students are also excited about the new language.

Alday said the school has two teachers trained in teaching French –Dr. Adolfo Ermetes and Jacklyn Bucao– will be the ones to teach the language to 278 students in all levels.

Aside from the three, the science high schools in Toledo City, Medellin town, Tagbilaran City in Bohol and Lapu-Lapu City will benefit from the program.

The pilot schools recorded a high mean percentage score in English.

They are expected to serve as lead schools in the regions in mainstreaming the Special Program in Foreign Language, DepEd said.

Aside from preparing students for a culturally diverse global workplace, the program also aims to develop the students’ skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and viewing as basic skills to acquire communicative competence in a second foreign language, it added. (PNA) LDV/EB/re

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