The French language has evolved significantly over the last five centuries. In the last several years, there has been an international movement to bring forth spelling changes to the French language. These orthographic changes are intended to simplify the French language spelling by eliminating certain anomalies or irregularities.
The changes affect approximately 2000 words and are limited to the following five categories:
These orthographic changes have been approved by the Académie française and are official. Nonetheless, it will take time for these new changes to be implemented and to become part of regular usage. As such, both the traditional and the new spelling will be accepted. Neither spelling is considered incorrect.
Since January 2009, all external communications, new programs of study, teacher or student materials developed by French Language Education Services Branch that use the new French spelling are identified with a descriptive sentence or with one of the official logos.
To assist teachers and students in becoming familiar with the new spelling changes, some useful links are provided. Please click on External Links found on the right side of this page.