Opinion: Improve school language learning

Ask anyone what the best way to learn a language is, and you’ll hear things like, ‘immersion,’ ‘find someone who speaks the language and practice,’ and ‘get an app, and practise speaking.’ The common denominator with all these techniques is speaking. The most natural way of learning a language is hearing it spoken, then repeating what you have heard. Carleton University, and the schooling system at large needs to emphasize a more speech-based approach into language classes. I have taken both Spanish and French at Carleton. Spanish I took as an elective in second year for interest’s sake, with a desire to learn, but I took Intermediate French this past year as part of my genuine efforts to reach fluency. […]

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Former Carleton professor freed from French prison

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, has returned home to Ottawa after being freed from prison in France. On Jan. 17, Diab and his supporters held a press conference at Amnesty International Canada in Ottawa—just one day after he returned home after having spent three years in a French prison on terrorism charges over a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. In an interview with The Charlatan, Roger Clark, a spokesperson for the Hassan Diab Support Committee, described the impact the extradition had on Diab. “He did not even have a chance to say goodbye to his seven-month pregnant wife, or his two-year old daughter. This was despite the fact that the Canadian government had 45 days to enforce the extradition,” he […]

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Hitting the slopes with the Ski and Snowboard Club

With a mission statement of “to shred all the gnars, drink from all the bars, and shoot for the stars,” the Carleton Ski and Snowboard Club has been a mainstay of club activities at the school since its inception in 2004. The club’s main focus is their weekly trip to Mont Tremblant every Sunday, where a bus takes members of the club from Carleton for a day of skiing and snowboarding. “As long as the hill is open, we try and get up there once a week,” said club president Daniel Beamish-Lavoie. The club also hosts “Jib” sessions every Wednesday and Saturday on campus where students can ride the snowpark set up by the club. Originally hosted behind the Ice […]

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Concordia University investigates alleged sexual misconduct by professors

Concordia University is promising to treat allegations of sexual misconduct seriously after former student, Mike Spry, wrote an essay detailing his experiences working at and attending the school. The allegations were made against professors and others in positions of authority specifically in Concordia’s prestigious creative writing program. Spry’s public essay alleges that acts of sexual misconduct have been occurring for over a decade where he silently witnessed situations of “unwanted affection, groping, inappropriate remarks, and propositions,” throughout his 14-year association with Concordia. Alan Shepard, president of Concordia University, issued a statement on Jan. 8 denying any prior knowledge of the circling allegations. “I am disturbed by what I read in the blog post. These allegations are serious, and will be treated […]

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The Kents play memorable Ottawa show

Taking to the stage in Ottawa for the fifth time, The Kents gripped House of Targ on Jan. 11. You did not have to venture far last Thursday to experience the grown-up indie sound that The Kents have recently become known for. Touring for their latest EP Within Waves, the small-town band has got some new tricks. Their sound has transitioned from their early beginning with indie pop to a mature alternative rock that captivates fans and brings Ottawa out, regardless of the winter weather. The Kents’ first EP Waking was produced while the members were in three different cities across North America. But Within Waves is the result of a more personal collaboration.  “Ninety per cent of it was […]

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