January 30, 2023 – CBC PEI: As more people move to Prince Edward Island from other countries and provinces, there’s an increasing need for extra classes to teach English and French.
At a Public Schools Branch (PSB) meeting on Jan. 26, officials said more than 500 new students who need English or French language classes have started class on PEI since September 2022, for a total of 2,750 students in the province.
“That doesn’t count the children that are pre-school, for example, so that would have brought our total up to somewhere around 800 new children and youth,” said Janet Perry-Payne, the PSB’s director of EAL/FAL programs and services.
EAL and FAL are short for English as an Additional Language and French as an Additional Language, terms that have evolved from earlier references to teaching them as a “second language.”
Read the full CBC PEI story by Stacey Janzer here