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What are United Bilingual Correspondents?

In January, the Bilingual Young Leaders came up with the idea to create a program for youth, by youth. The goal of the United Bilingual Correspondents program is to connect French-speaking youth from across the country who share common interests. It is open to students in Grade 7-12 (Secondary I-Cégep 1) who want to meet other bilingual Canadians, enhance their language skills, or learn more about Canadian diversity! 

How does this program work?

  • Once you apply, you will be matched with another student. In applying, you agree to remain in contact with them until the end of the school year through any method of communication (social media, email, Skype, etc), which you will determine together.
  • You will receive an email each month from the Bilingual Young Leaders with a list of themes to discuss. Through this process, you will be able to learn more about your correspondent and about the Francophonie. All discussions should be in French.

Who can become a United Bilingual Correspondent?

  • The United Bilingual Correspondent program is available for young French speakers from Grade 7 to 12 or from Secondaire 1 to Cegep 1.
  • The communication will be solely in French, but can be written and/or oral. You don’t have to be an expert in French to become a Bilingual Correspondent! This program is here to help you improve.

How do I become a Bilingual Correspondent?

  • To be a part of the United Bilingual Correspondents, you have to fill out a sign-up form online. It includes general questions, questions on your preferences and on how you want to communicate, so that we can help find you a correspondent. 
    • Before signing up, ensure that you have completed the following:
      • Take the Myers-Briggs test before starting your application! The application includes a question asking for your Myers-Brigg personality type, which you can access by following this link. Remember to memorize your four-letter result, because it will be asked in your form.
      • With your parents, carefully read the Parental Consent Form. Print, sign, and scan the form, then upload it on the United Bilingual Correspondents Google Form.
      • Film a video, approximately 30 seconds long, responding to the question “Why do you want to participate in the United Bilingual Correspondents?” in French and upload it to a platform (Youtube, Vimeo). 
        • It can be private, as long as link sharing is on. 

Applications are now open!

Deadline: October 18th, 2019

And then?

Once you finish your application, the Bilingual Young Leaders will match you with another participant. You can expect to learn the identity of your correspondent by the end of October. We will contact you by email to give you their contact information.

FAQ

What should I do if there’s an issue with my correspondent?

If you don’t get along with your correspondent, if they disrespect you, if they don’t contact you, or if there’s another problem, please communicate with us! Contact the Young Bilingual Leaders at jlb@francais-avenir.org so that your issue can be solved quickly.

When will I know if I am selected for the program?

Everyone who meets the requirements and with whom we can find a partner will be able to participate. However, we will send you an email to put you in contact with your correspondent in late October.

When will I know who my correspondent is? How will we be put in touch?

After the application period, we will match correspondents based on the responses submitted on the form. You can expect to know the identity and contact of your correspondent by the end of October. We will be contacting you by email.

What if I want to quit the program?

If you want to quit the program, contact us ASAP at jlb@francais-avenir.org. If you want to, you can let us know the reasons for leaving the program. However, it is important to remember that by signing up for the program, you sign up for a correspondence until the end of the school year. If you think that you will be unable to communicate for the full time, reflect before applying.

What should I use to communicate with my correspondent?

Up to you! You can communicate with your correspondent using whatever medium you prefer the most. We will send you the email of your correspondent, and you can discuss through email what mode of communication (social media, email, Skype, etc.) you prefer.

How often will I communicate with my correspondent?

It depends! You and your correspondent can discuss to see what works best for both of you. We suggest that you communicate at least twice a month.

When does the program end?

The Bilingual Young Leaders will send you emails each month until the end of the school year. If you and your correspondent have become good friends, keep going! You will no longer be part of the program during the summer, but are still encouraged to remain in contact.

I don’t know what else to say to my partner. Do you have any suggestions?

Don’t worry! Each month, you will receive an email with some more ideas on themes to talk about. However, if you still need ideas, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How much does it cost to participate? 

It’s free! 

Still have questions for the Bilingual Young Leaders? Contact us at jlb@french-future.org

Program’s goals

  • Create an environment that fosters improvement and practice of the French language
  • Encourage the creation of connections between participants from 7th to 12th grades
  • Develop an appreciation for the French language and Francophone cultures of Canada
  • Raise awareness about the Canadian Francophonie’s diversity amongst French-speaking youth
  • Promote open-minded thinking about the French language as a tool for personal expression