Posted May 25, 2016:
Education students at Bishop’s University’s recently opened their hearts and minds to learning about the Indian Residential Schools. What you are about to see is Professor Lisa Taylor’s class fully engaging in visual design, art education, and the history of the Indian Residential Schools era. Ena Greyeyes, Plains Cree artist and Elder (an IRS survivor from the St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan) spoke to them about the arduous but inspiring process of healing the intergenerational trauma that is part and parcel of the IRS legacy. Students in the course had already studied the impact of ongoing settler-colonial policies in Canada and personal family histories of implication.
Charlene Bearhead, Education Lead at the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, launched the project in October by introducing Project of Heart to all levels of teacher-education candidates in the Bishop’s programme, and from the beginning, they were hooked.
Dr. Lisa Taylor’s students have put together an incredible slide-show that tells the story behind each decorated tile. You may even click on parts to hear students speaking. Several Aboriginal students joined the class and painted tiles in response to the Project. Click the link to see, hear, and feel!
Cantonese has been the most prevalent language spoken by the Chinese-immigrant community in Vancouver for decades but now advocates say the language is under threat. More than 389,000 people in Canada speak Cantonese according to a 2012 Statistics Canada report but changes in immigration trends and pressure from the Chinese government to establish Mandarin, the national language, as the dominant tongue in Hong Kong is having a dire effect on the southern-Chinese language. Click here to read more of this article published July 11, 2016 in Vancouver's Metro News.
Today is July 14th. Many francophiles refer to this day as Bastille Day, yet, according to this article by French Today (@frenchToday), the people of France might not know what Bastille Day is since they refer to it as le 14 juillet or la fête nationale.
Have a look at this informative article posted online a few days ago that talks about the significance, brief history, cultural highlights, events and even some useful French vocabulary about France's national holiday.
Click on the image above to read the full article or follow the link below:
Joyeux 14 juillet à toutes et à tous!
The Ministry of Education has finally released the revised Core French curriculum online! The Ministry has also made additional modifications to the functionality of the website. One feature that teachers will likely find useful is the single click option to have each grade exported into a Word or PDF document along with the online elaborations.
Teachers can expect to see instructional samples uploaded over the summer months now that copyright ownership of teachers' instructional samples have been agreed upon by both the BCTF and the Ministry of Education.
View the revised Core French curriculum at by clicking here, or by visiting the link below:
The BC Teachers' Federation closed its call today to select 16 representatives in order to begin work on re-writing the curriculum for American Sign Language, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish as second languages.
BCTF invited BCATML to help nominate candidate representatives to the second languages curriculum team. The BCTF will appoint a total of 16 active BCTF members to the curriculum team; 2 representatives for each language. Where possible, a candidate was selected to represent the elementary voice and another candidate for secondary. It is expected, the Ministry will select representatives from independent schools as well as members from administration to assist. Work is slated to begin over the summer months, or early fall.
It's that time of the year again! Once more, many summer institutes in Intensive French are available across the country. Have a look at those we already announced and check the page often for new ones! You can apply to the B.C. Bursaries for Teachers wishing to work on French-language Professional Development and apply that towards the cost!
-From the Canadian Association of Teachers of Second Languages (www.caslt.org)
Summer Training SessionsEach summer, provinces and territories hold summer institutes to train teachers on the Intensive French program. We will post information here when dates are decided.
AlbertaBy: Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education (IISLE) at Edmonton Public Schools
Title: Leadership Institute for Second Language Educators
Dates: August 18-19, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB
This two-day workshop covers several key topics for lead educators in language programs, including:
SaskatchewanBy: Fédération des enseignants de la Saskatchewan (FES) and Association des enseignants de français de la Saskatchewan (APFS)
Dates: 15 au 19 août 2016
Location: Saskatoon, SK
The Fédération des enseignants de la Saskatchewan (FES), in collaboration with theAssociation des enseignants de français de la Saskatchewan (APFS), offers seminars for Intensive French and Intensive Post-French teachers and counselors, as well as French Immersion and Core French teachers, from August 15-19, 2016 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Please contact Hali Burt to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
OntarioBy: Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)
Dates: July 4-15, 2016
Location: Ottawa, ON
Workshops, guest speakers, and instructional time on:
Training on the Neurolinguistics Approach
Primary and secondary levels FSL teachers: the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) invites you to its training on how to use the neurolinguistics approach in your intensive and core French classes. The training will be held from August 22–26, 2016. For more information, contact Roxanne Rees, FSL/International Languages Consultant for the NCDSB, by email at email@example.com.
Newfoundland and LabradorBy: Memorial University, Faculty of Education
Dates: July 4-29, 2016
Location: St John’s, NL
The Faculty of Education of Memorial University will offer (subject to funding, enrolment, and approval by the Faculty Council) a Graduate Summer Institute for French Teachers (SIFT) during the 2016 summer session at the St. John’s Campus. Applicants will be French teachers, principals, assistant principals, program specialists, etc., who have an undergraduate degree with a major in French or have significant experiences in the French language giving a proficiency level of B2 on the Council of Europe's common reference levels. For more details, please contact Camilla Stoodley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Summer Institutes at UBC
July 4-21, 2016
*NEW Bursary Information *
Our interactive summer institutes focus on the practical application of French through conversation and cultural experiences in a supportive, small group environment. Both three-week and one-week programs are available.
For more information regarding our French Summer Institutes, please visit our website.
We are pleased to announce that bursaries for our French Summer Institutes are now administered directly by UBC Continuing Studies on behalf of the French Education Branch of the BC Ministry of Education. This means that you will no longer need to pay the full tuition amount in advance and apply separately to the ministry.
To be eligible, applicants must have a valid BC Teaching Certificate or Letter of Permission to teach from the Teacher Regulation Branch. Non-certified teachers from independent schools classified under Group 3 may provide a letter from the school administration confirming their employment instead. Current employment with a BC school district is NOT required.
If funds are remaining after June 24, bursaries will be offered to employees of BC school districts who are not certified teachers, but who have regular contact with students in French programs.
Funding is available for both the three-week and one-week programs.
There is lots of funding still available, so if you or anyone you know is interested in improving their French this summer, apply now.
For more details about the bursaries and to apply please visit our bursary information page.
As 18-year-old Bryce Balanuik stood onstage at the Chinese consulate in Vancouver last month, his nerves were evident as he looked down repeatedly at the speech he had prepared and memorized well before the event. But when it came to what drove him to learn Chinese, his storytelling — in Mandarin, no less — was clear: "Next year, I'll be going off to university. I want to go into business and do business with China. [Speaking the language] brings me happiness, and it allows me to meet friends and be more successful in my career."
Read the full Vancouver Sun article by visiting the link below.