BCATML wrote to the Ministry of Education on May 31, 2017 requesting a review of the graduation requirements and Language Education Policy surrounding the studying of second languages beyond Grade 8.
Many countries and jurisdictions around the world require high school students to study more than one second language with resounding success. The same can be true for BC students.
In its letter, BCATML claims that changing the current Language Education Policy to make the studying of a second language mandatory to the Grade 11 level would foster and embrace many principles and philosophies found within all nine of BC's second language curricula. The cognitive, academic, economic, societal and intercultural benefits to learning an additional second language would support the ideology of the Educated Citizen found throughout all of BC's redesigned curricula. The letter cites recent research presented by Mary G. O'Brien in the newly published Executive Summary Literature Review on the Impact of Second-Language Learning.
BCATML will update this post with a response from the Ministry of Education. The full contents of the letter sent can be seen to the right as well as downloaded freely.
Date: Friday, July 7 to Monday, July 10, 2017
Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus, BC
Eligible Candidates: The following individuals are eligible to participate in the program:
For the one-day workshop, we are pleased to welcome Ms. Stacia Johnson as our keynote presenter, who will discuss British Columbia's new curriculum. Following this, another session will be led by the Japan Foundation's newly dispatched Japanese Language Specialist, Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami.
The remaining three days are an "overnight camp" workshop, focusing on brushing up participants' Japanese skills using the Japan Foundation's textbook, Marugoto. Participants will get to try each level from A1 to B1, and through experiencing the different levels of Marugoto as "students" they will also learn about teaching using Marugoto. There will also be opportunities outside of the brush-up sessions to discuss language education in the 21st century.
Schedule: Please click here for the schedule.
One-day Workshop: Ms. Johnson's keynote session will be conducted in English and Mr. Murakami's session will be conducted in Japanese (but discussion in English is welcome!).
Brush-up sessions: conducted primarily in Japanese.
Grant Coverage: JFT will bear the following expenses in accordance with its regulations.
The participants will bear the following expenses:
Application Procedures: Applications should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Noriko Saito (email@example.com) at the Japan Foundation, Toronto no later than May 22, 2017.
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