The Tremplin DEC for Allophones as a Measure of Inclusion and Access to Higher Education

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4

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27
Bellemare, Renaud

Collège Montmorency's Assistant Dean of Studies recounts how this CEGEP set up what could become a model in overcoming difficulties such as integrating non-French-speaking students into the school environment: the Tremplin DEC for allophones. Indeed, Bellemare lays out how the institution was able to develop a stream to foster continuity towards higher education among immigrants, while describing the challenges the college faced and successfully dealt with along the way. This article enables us to gauge to what degree, as the author states, "insufficient proficiency with the main instrument used across all higher education programs" (specifically language) hinders or actually prevents academic success. He invites us to reflect on the various means that a college can use to encourage foreign students to develop the language skills needed for higher education. Openness, cooperation, and collaboration appear to be the keywords for any institution that wants to implement concrete solutions to help non-French-speaking students determined to get an education in our province.

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