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Students and educators from Louisiana will travel to Nova Scotia
this summer to study French immersion for five weeks at the
Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point.

Special Policy Advisor on Acadian and Francophone governance
Allister Surette made the announcement today as part of a
cooperative educational venture between the State of Louisiana
and the Department of Education and Culture. Students from
Louisiana have studied at Sainte-Anne since 1989. However, the 30
or so expected this year is the largest contingent ever.

"This venture builds on Nova Scotia's international reputation as
a provider of educational services and strengthens our position
as a leader in the area of French language education," said Mr.
Surette. "It's also a wonderful way to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of summer immersion programs at Sainte-Anne."

Nova Scotia is already recognized as a leader in the area of
distance education, offering a range of French language programs
at the university or community college level and will begin pilot
programs at the secondary level in the fall. Nova Scotia
currently provides French language programs to community college
students in Prince Edward Island. Beginning this summer,
Sainte-Anne will offer distance education courses in french
language training and professional development to teachers in

"We have a particular expertise in this area," said the president
of Universite Sainte-Anne, Dr. Harley d'Entremont, Education and
Culture Minister John MacEachern, executive director of Acadian
Affairs Paul Gaudet and executive director of Acadian and French
Language Services Dr. Charles Gaudet travelled to Louisiana this
spring to follow-up discussions concerning educational ventures
initiated during a similar trip in 1995. Through talks with
educators and state officials, several proposals were developed
including another first, the recruitment of Nova Scotia
candidates for teaching positions in Louisiana.

There are currently 4,000 French first-language students in Nova
Scotia. By providing programs to students and educators in
Louisiana, Nova Scotia will increase the number of French
language students it serves, providing cost efficiencies when
purchasing textbooks and educational resources.

"There is a special historical and cultural bond between Nova
Scotia and Louisiana," added Mr. Surette. "Providing students and
teachers in Louisiana with opportunities to discover and learn
the French language will strengthen this bond."


NOTE TO EDITORS: There is an accent aigu on the second "e" in
Universite (Universite Sainte-Anne).

Contact: Lisa Bugden  902-424-2795

trp                     May 24, 1996 - 1:35 p.m.