Award of excellence: a chance to study French in Québec
The Olyfran competition is organized each year in Flanders with the support of the Government of Québec to promote the study of French by Dutch speakers. The competition has several categories and is open to secondary and university students as well as teachers. Composed of a multiple choice test and an oral final exam, the competition attracts around 7,000 people annually.
The awards ceremony took place in Brussels on May 13, putting an end to the suspense with the announcement of the names of the winners of a trip to study French in Québec.
This year’s winners are Valérie Boiten and Anneleen Heuleu. Ms. Boiten, an 18-year-old student, will participate in a linguistic development program at Université Laval. Ms. Heuleu, a teacher of French, will take part in a professional development program for French teachers offered by Université de Montréal. Both will complete their development programs during the summer of 2009 and will enjoy the added feature of a number of scheduled cultural activities aimed at broadening the participants’ knowledge of Québec.