John Wilkinson, an English teacher at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal who is also in charge of his college's intercultural service, proposed two class visits to Vanier so that students from a Francophone college would have the opportunity to visit an anglophone college.
The Learning Centre at Vanier then worked with John and two Vanier Sociology teachers, Janice Paquette and Marilyn Bicher, to arrange the exchange.
At the end of the session, representatives from the different groups were asked to comment on the similarities and differences between the students of Vanier and the students from Vieux. They all agreed that French was the language of love! More importantly, they discovered that, while different, they were basically all the same. The energy was so positive that the students were disappointed when the time ran out and they unanimously voted to have a reciprocal visit to Vieux-Montréal later in the semester.
The Learning Centre is grateful to the Service interculturel collégial (SIC) for being the catalyst for these exciting visits. As well, the Centre extends its thanks to the Ministry of Education and its program Soutien à l'intégration des communautés et à l'éducation interculturelle au collégial.
We invite you now to view some photos taken during the exchange visits.
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