The Canadian Association for French Language Education (ACELF) launched a brand new web series on January 18 called The trainees tell you. The series will make it possible to follow, day after day, the experience of participants in the summer 2010 courses. It includes 10 short episodes which will be put online every Tuesday and Thursday, between January 18 and February 17.
For example, the themes of the first two episodes are:
- Day 1: What are your expectations regarding the professional development courses?
- Day 2: What did you discover today in your workshop?
- Day 3: What tools, discovered today, will you put in your safe?
- Day 4: What are the ACELF advanced training workshops like?
Each year, generally in July, the ACELF organizes refresher courses for workers in French first language schools in French speaking communities in Canada. These meetings are a place of training, exchange and reflection focused on the construction of Francophone identity. They aim to give the workers the opportunity to experience genuine professional and cultural renewal. Four internships are offered: early childhood, primary, secondary and school administration.
The internships, which are not offered to those working in immersion programs, include 2 components, as can be read on the Association's website:
– Interactive workshops. The recommended training method allows trainees to improve their educational and cultural intervention by integrating their own experience into the new content presented.
- Cultural resourcing. Two socio-cultural activities are integrated into the program to allow trainees to immerse themselves in the French fact while creating links: a pedestrian rally in Quebec City and a cultural evening on Île d'Orléans.
“In an environment where French is not the majority language, it becomes important to promote the positive integration of French into the student's experience in order to help them build a Francophone identity, to support their belonging and to arouse its commitment within the local, national and international Francophonie ”, one can read in the press release launching the series.
The ACELF is counting on the support of its partners for the success of the Professional Development Internships: the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Federation of Francophone School Administrators, the Commission nationale des parents francophones and the Center franco-ontarien de ressources pedagogiques. .
The 2011 edition (which will be the 23e!) from Refresher courses is already in preparation. The internships will take place from July 4 to 15, 2011, at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), in Quebec City. It will be possible to register from the end of February on the ACELF website (acelf.ca).