The official languages in Canada are English and French.
However, 20% of the population in Canada say they do not speak English or French as a first language. Official bilingualism is stipulated in the Official Language Act. Therefore, citizens of Canada have the right to receive services in English as well as in French. Schools must also guarantee that they will teach both languages.
60% said English and French were their mother tongues. Overall, 98.5% of all Canadian residents said they spoke English and French. 67.5% only speak English and 13.3% only speak French.
The French stronghold of Canada is Québec. 85% of all French speakers live here. Ontario makes up the second most francophone population. They also live in Alberta, Maintoba, New Brunswick, Akadier, Nova Scotia and on Cape Breton Island. Québec is the only city that has declared French as the sole official language through the Charter of the French Language.
As a general rule in Canada, all schools, courts and government documents must be held in English and French.
In addition to English and French, which can also be learned very well with language trips, other languages have become established in Canada. These include above all Chinese with approx. 1 million speakers, Italian approx. 455,000, German approx. 450,000, Punjabi approx. 370,000 and Spanish with approx. 345,000.
One of the extinct languages of Canada is Canadian Gaelic, which was the third most common language in Canada around the middle of the 19th century. Today this language is spoken by less than 1,000 people, mostly elderly.
Canada – language trips
A language trip to Canada is more than just learning another language. A language trip to Canada is associated with completely new life experiences and overwhelming impressions.
On a language trip to Canada , a distinction must be made between language trips for students and language trips for adults.
Language trips for students
During a language trip to Canada for schoolchildren, the student acquires a new approach to the foreign language. Once in Canada, the real communication is experienced on the spot and the students are immersed in the culture of the country.
A language trip to Canada naturally also includes support throughout the trip from the organizers, the teaching staff and the host families, even if the young person naturally needs the freedom to get to know the language and the country.
The majority of students who take a language trip to Canada choose to stay with a host family or “private accommodation”. School, host family and tour guides take on the duty of supervision for the young people and ensure that they are well looked after. The selected host families naturally also reflect the different ways of life and the young people can experience this for themselves during their stay.
A language trip to Canada naturally includes an extensive leisure program in which the participants can freely choose which activities they choose after class. An attractive leisure program is a matter of course for every language trip to Canada . These include, for example
- basketball, surfing, horse riding, golf, rugby, cricket, tennis
- City trips to Montréal, Toronto or Vancouver
- Disco visits in the evening
- Discovery tours inland, for example to Niagara Falls
- and much more.
Language vacation for adults
In the case of language trips for adults to Canada, there are the following differences to the student language trips.
There is an abundance of offers in the adult sector, ranging from tourist stays with additional language programs to highly intensive individual training.
The courses offered for adults in Canada can be broken down into:
- Holiday courses
About 3 morning courses to learn about the country, the people and the national language.
- Main courses
20 lessons per week and participation in everyday life
- Main courses
About 30 lessons per week for professional development.
courses The participant achieves optimal success in a short time.
The following certificates can be obtained in the courses offered in Canada:
- Cambridge First Certificate
- Certificate in Advanced English
- TOEFL test
A major difference to the student language courses in Canada is that adults do not have to rely on vacation times. Every adult who has had full-time employment in a company for at least six months can apply for educational leave. There is a right to one week of educational leave per calendar year.
The most popular accommodation for adults on a language trip to Canada is also host families or private accommodation . However, it is of course also possible to choose hotels, apartments and studios as accommodation.