ICT, young Canadians and the French language

A principal and a student from Manitoba review their experience at the last ACELF conference and speak digital French at school.

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A principal and a student from Manitoba review their experience at the last ACELF conference and speak digital French at school.

The Canadian Association for French Language Education (ACELF) held its 69e congress in Quebec last September under the theme "#franconumérique2016". Theevent had various objectives, including that of examining the place of the French language in the digital world and the means to improve technopedagogy.

Shortly after it was held, Rémi Lemoine, principal of the Christine-Lespérance francophone school in Manitoba, and René Piché, a high school student at the Center scolaire Léo Rémillard, took part in a radio interview on Radio-Canada to talk about what 'they withdrew from their participation.

Improve technopedagogy

When we ask Mr. Lemoine what can be done in his opinion to improve technopedagogy, he replies that teaching methods must be at the heart of any action in this direction. It is not enough to simply replace the pencil with a computer, but to adhere to and put forward educational strategies that are aligned with the use of ICT. He mentions, by way of example, active learning, which he believes gives students the opportunity to engage in their learning, to develop their critical thinking and sense of responsibility, while allowing better use of technology.

For this school principal, it is also necessary to seek the expertise of young people. Coming from the digital generation, they have preferences, knowledge and skills in technology. In this sense, they are able to advise on the use of ICT and can act as mentors.

Technology represents, for Mr. Lemoine, one of the concrete ways of engaging young people in their studies. He believes that their engagement can be increased by making greater use of ICT, for example by focusing on virtual platforms, learning environments, applications and software.

Generate interest in learning through the use of ICT

As for him, René Piché, a young student who was part of the youth delegation from ACELF, believes that one of the ways to promote ICT in the Francophone community is to promote tools and applications in French, such as French-language websites. He also believes that one of the ways to engage the younger generation in learning is through greater use of technology. Probably representative of his generation, he says he prefers to open a screen than a book.

The full Radio-Canada interview can be listened to here.


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Dominic Leblanc
Dominic leblanc
A graduate in sociology, Dominic Leblanc is an educational advisor in the Programs and Educational Development Department of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in L'Assomption.

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