Barnett explores Prince Edward Island’s Région Évangeline
Je pense que c’est mon devoir comme professeur de français de confirmer à mes étudiants qu’on peut utiliser cette langue pour vivre et que le français se parle beaucoup en Amérique du Nord.
I think that it is my duty as a professor of French to confirm for my students that one may use this language in life and that French is spoken widely in North America.
French is spoken daily in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province? Mais oui, approximately 5% of the island’s inhabitants speak French as their native language and French immersion schools are located in several communities. Therefore, there is a strong French presence, and thanks to financial support from the Yamada Language Center (Bakony grant) and the University of Oregon’s Canadian Studies Committee, Dr. C. Brian Barnett, Instructor of French and Supervisor of Second-Year French spent 4 nights learning about this unique group of insulaires and gathered pedagogical materials for a future advanced language and culture course focusing on the francophone Atlantic (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, & Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). Highlights included visiting the Musée acadien in Miscouche, attending a concert at the Mont Carmel community center (Fayo was one of the performers), tasting traditional Acadian dishes at the Centre Expo-Festival, and chatting with PEI Acadian expert Georges Arsenault. During his visit to PEI (or IPE en français), Barnett also shared his experience with the weekly francophone newspaper: La Voix acadienne. The complete article by Nick Arsenault can be found here.
To hear a sample of French from Île-du-Prince-Édouard, click here
Key word: râpure (traditional Acadian dish made out of shredded potatoes)