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Mount Allison students who can demonstrate a high level of competence in both of Canada's official languages may qualify for a Certificate of Bilingualism. The Certificate, which is awarded upon graduation, attests to the student's ability to speak, understand, and write English and French with ease and proficiency. The formal recognition afforded by the Certificate could prove particularly valuable to graduates seeking employment in the many business and government careers where knowledge of both French and English is a requirement or an asset. Any student may apply to be examined for the Certificate, whether or not she or he has taken French or English courses at Mount Allison. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures administers the Certificate program and any inquiries should be directed to the Department.
Candidates may be of any linguistic background. Candidates must make formal application to take the tests no later than the end of the first term of their final year. Candidates will be examined in both French and English in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The examinations are comprehensive, and may include writing letters and essays or translations; reading literary or other complex texts; and conversation or oral discussion. There is no prescribed sequence of courses in either language leading to the examination for the Certificate. Candidates are invited to profit from the many possibilities offered by the University to improve their language skills.
Candidates must demonstrate their ability in both languages to:
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