The English language in Canada is growing rapidly.
But with the language also having a history of being spoken in other languages, and a need for better bilingual education, there is a growing interest in learning the English language.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is one of many broadcasters to explore the possibility of making bilingual programs in the country.
It recently launched a documentary series called The Lad.
One of the subjects, former teacher Linda Smith, has had to learn the language from scratch, and says that her experience has been a learning experience.
“I’m actually the only English-speaking person who has had the opportunity to speak English,” Smith told The Canadian Press.
“So it’s an incredibly daunting experience, especially if you’re a new teacher.”
The Lad is available to watch in full on CBC Canada’s website.
Smith is now a professor at the University of British Columbia, and has also taught English and Chinese to young children in the area.
But she says that she still sees a need to improve bilingual education in Canada.
“The language is not a silver bullet, but it’s definitely a tool to teach students, because it is so important,” she said.
Smith has also spoken to her colleagues at the CBC and other organizations, and is working with them to see if they can do something about the problem. “
There’s just no substitute for being able to speak it fluently.”
Smith has also spoken to her colleagues at the CBC and other organizations, and is working with them to see if they can do something about the problem.
“We need to be more ambitious,” she says.
“What if we did have more bilingual resources in the schools?”
With files from CBC News and The Canadian News