BCATML has written to Minister of Education, Honourable Rob Fleming, requesting that the Ministry of Education consider adding a Languages 11 course requirement for high school graduation. This letter comes on the heels of another letter earlier this month submitted by the Standing Committee On Language Articulation (SCOLA) - one of the sub-committees of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) for postsecondary education. Click here to view this post from earlier this month.
BC's redesigned curricula explores the qualities of the Educated Citizen both implicitly and explicitly, especially within the Core and Curricular Competencies of second languages curricula. BCATML believes that these qualities need to be encouraged and explored over the continuum of learning beyond the currently mandated Grade 8 year. The inclusion of a Language 11 course requirement (and beyond) will help foster life-long learners who will benefit immensely from learning an additional language and acquire many skills that will enhance society. BCATML believes that now is the critical time to lobby the Ministry considering the number of reports published recently advocating for the improvement and support of French programmes in British Columbia as well as other world languages.
In the last six months, the Ministry has received reports and letters from Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon Branch, the Standing Committee On Language Articulation, the BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages, and the Senate Committee on Official Languages. In May 2017, the Senate Committee released its report, Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia encouraging the BC government to work with French-language stakeholders to implement 17 important recommendations, with federal government support for the sustainability and enhancement of French language programmes throughout British Columbia.
BCATML will inform members once the Ministry responds. View the letter below.
The British Columbia Francophones Federation has launched a provincial public consultation on the need for French-language services in British Columbia. British Columbia is the only province left in Canada without a policy on French-language services.
Your opinion matters! Please take the survey. Share it with your local partners through email and social media.
All British Columbia residents can take part either in English (survey.ffcb.ca) or in French (sondage.ffcb.ca ).
It only takes a few minutes!
La Fédération a lancé sa grande consultation communautaire pour les services en français en Colombie-Britannique. On vous invite à participer à ce sondage et à le faire suivre dans vos réseaux (courriel, siteweb et médias sociaux) pour que nous ayons un nombre convainquant de participants.
Tous les résidents de la province peuvent participer en français sondage.ffcb.ca ou en anglais survey.ffc.ca.
Cela ne prend que quelques minutes.
Cet exercice de consultation nous permettra de faire des propositions concrètes de services en français reflétant vos besoins au gouvernement provincial. C’est d’autant plus important que nous sommes la dernière province sans politique de services en français alors faites entendre votre voix!
In a few weeks Vancouver will elect a new School Board.
This is our chance to press the candidates on their support for quality and accessible French immersion programs. As has been widely reported the Vancouver School Board cut one quarter of the entire French immersion program back in May. Because of the cuts, this September 136 children were turned away from this life-changing educational opportunity. This is in addition to the estimated 400 students who were already on waiting lists in Vancouver. Unfortunately many more will be turned away in the years to come.
CPF BC & Yukon is fighting alongside affected families to get this outrageous decision reversed as soon as possible.
Here are three ways you can help right now.
1. Like the "Vancouver Parents For French" Facebook Page 👍
2. Ask The Candidates Questions 🔍
3. Find out How & Where to Vote ☑️
If you would like more background information, click here for our FAQ.
Canadian Parents for French BC & YK
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Senate Committee on Official Languages makes 17 recommendations to improve French programs in British Columbia
The committee proposes a series of recommendations and observations to the federal government in order to:
The report recommends that the BC government, with support from the federal government, should work with French-language education stakeholders to implement these recommendations.
Key recommendations found in the report
View all 17 official recommendations in full detail by clicking here.
Full details of the Senate Committee on Official Languages' report can be found by visiting:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Japan Foundation, Toronto no later than May 22, 2017.
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