A world of resources for French immersion in Canada

As part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie 2017, an educational happy hour on the theme of French immersion was held at the Faculty of Education of the University of Montreal on March 16.

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As part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie 2017, an educational happy hour on the theme of French immersion was held at the Faculty of Education of the University of Montreal on March 16.

This meeting was organized by the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (ACPI) and Learn Quebec, in collaboration with the Quebec Association of Teachers of French as a Second Language (AQEFLS) and the University of Montreal. It made it possible to exchange views on pedagogical practices specific to the context of teaching a language in a minority setting, and to better understand the actions of the partners.

ACPI: promoting French as a language of work and communication

The ACPI participates in the promotion of a bilingual Canada and the enhancement of French as a language of work and communication. This pan-Canadian organization holds numerous activities for this purpose, which we were able to discover during this 5 to 7.

For example, ACPI has been publishing for over 30 years The Immersion Journal / Immersion Journal. The ACPI Electronic Bulletin informs the members of the activities of the Association. The New Teacher Forums offers training and professional development and has developed a series of modules on pedagogy, essential in immersion. There is also a blog where several teachers write. The oral capsules Speaking to learn: oral skills in the service of learning are carried out by teachers for teachers. The competition Immersion Clip is aimed at immersion students of the 3e to the 5e year of secondary school, while the competition Creative professionals invites teachers to present an educational activity carried out in their class.

Don't forget the ACPI Annual Conference, the next edition of which will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from November 2-4, 2017.

In addition, ACPI, in collaboration with Universities of the world, offers for the third consecutive year a development week professional in Nice, France, from July 31 to August 5.

A few other loose ends ...

The Quebec Association of Teachers of French as a Second Language (AQEFLS) will hold its next convention at Center St-Pierre, in Montreal, on April 20 and 21. This organization bridges the gap between theory related to teaching a second language and teachers in the field.

The organism Learn Quebec presented some useful resources to know, including Usito, produced by the University of Sherbrooke, a "living" online dictionary which is enriched every day, as well as Campus, an online space of the National Film Board dedicated to education.

I also discovered on the spot the Odyssey program, a program administered by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). This full-time paid work experience, lasting nine months, allows a student who has completed at least a first year of university to leave their province of permanent residence to become a language instructor. Under the supervision of a teacher, the participant helps young secondary school students in rural or semi-rural Canada to deepen their knowledge of French.

Please feel free to share your best resources for promoting bilingualism and the French language in minority communities in Canada using the comments form below.

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Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise LePage is a pedagogue and museologist who recently came out of premature retirement to be reborn as an educational designation. She has taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke in science education, in addition to working at the Canadian Heritage Information Network as a museology consultant. She also writes for our French friends at Ludomag. She also invites all interested to contact her so that she can talk about you, your students, your school and your particular experiences in digital and computer education.

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