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The College Welcomes New ASL & LSQ Second-Language Courses

April 01 2021

The Ontario College of Teachers applauds the provincial government's plan to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) as a second language.

"Diversity and inclusion are foundational pillars of the College's mandate," said Paul Boniferro, Transition Supervisory Officer. "We have, and will, always welcome programs that create opportunities to introduce diverse lived experiences to classrooms."

The College is working closely with the Ministry of Education to develop new additional qualifications that will support teachers who will deliver the new ASL and LSQ courses in classrooms this fall.

"It's critical for all of Ontario’s education stakeholders to work together and support student well-being," said Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, Registrar and CEO. "The introduction of these courses is another important step towards that goal. We look forward to continued collaboration with the government on this initiative."

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