Hello BCATML Members & Visitors!
Perhaps you are raring to go for this new remote model of education, or perhaps like myself, you are feeling some trepidation over how to approach your assignment or professional activities. I hope you will therefore find some comfort in knowing that some things never change - well, except for the title of our Newsletter! But all the valuable information inside is still the usual. Read about what's going on in language education and find some uplifting stories and teaching ideas.
BCATML Newsletter Editor
Revisions to the BC Languages Template are finally complete and the Ministry of Education has posted this important document on the Ministry's curriculum website.
BCATML worked with the Ministry of Education in March 2019 to update and align the template to BC’s second languages curricula. This streamlined document is now available for all teachers and school districts who offer a locally developed language program which does not already have a provincial curriculum. This will be an invaluable tool for teachers who currently offer Arabic, Croatian, Russian and even Gaelic to their students.
We encourage you to use this tool and have your language program earn a Ministry-approved curriculum. For full details, information, and the template document, please visit the Ministry's website at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/content/languages-template.
Elementary students at George Fitton School in Brandon, Manitoba, are learning Michif, the language of the Métis people that is estimated to be spoken by fewer than 1,000 people. Students, who recently performed two songs in the language at a board meeting, participate in various cultural and heritage activities offered by a program supported by an indigenous heritage grant.
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For those who have registered for the annual spring conference in Whistler on May 15th, 2020, please note that this event has unfortunately been canceled due to Public Health Order regarding COVID-19. Please see the message that was emailed to all delegates March 17th, 2020.
The BCTF has decided, based on consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Public Health Officer, to cancel all large gatherings until June 30, 2020. Regrettably, this will include our Whistler Conference scheduled for May 15, 2020. We are currently working on some potential options regarding how this will affect you and our Conference. We are asking you to hold off immediately canceling your registration until we have explored and finalized those options. One option that we are currently working on is to offer the conference, exactly as is, forward a year to May 21, 2021. Related to this option, we are exploring the feasibility of offering you the opportunity to transfer your current registration to the 2021 Whistler conference.
We are aware that some of you may be dealing with economic uncertainty as the Covid-19 closures affect families around the province, and the world. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so and our volunteer registrar will work on issuing your refund as quickly as possible.
We hope that you have a restful and healthy Spring Break.
Whistler Conference Organizers
MyPITA, and BCScTA, and BCATML
The BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020 has been extended until February 17, 2020; that is only seven days away! Consult the CLWB 2020 Call for Proposal web page to learn more about proposal submission guidelines and key dates. This will be the only extension for workshop proposals.
The program selection committee welcomes proposals from both novice and experienced presenters. We encourage you to consider co-presenting with a fellow colleague or pre-service teacher candidate to provide mentorship and guidance with facilitating a workshop. It is our hope that this effort will help grow and diversify the number of language teacher presenters for the future. Selected workshop facilitators will also take advantage of lower registration fees. Don’t miss your chance to share your high-impact strategies, current research, and innovative ideas with language educators from across Canada and beyond. If you have any questions, please contact the presenter coordinators, Andrew McFayden (AMcFayden@sd57.bc.ca) or Elise Catudal (email@example.com).
CLWB 2020 is a national professional development conference for second language educators and will be held on October 22–24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. Further details about this conference can be found by visiting www.bcatml.org.
BCATML's Conference Committee
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Take this opportunity to renew your creative ideas and get inspired with some classroom activities for your back to school routine! We have also included second languages curriculum updates for you, as well as planning tools and information about our fall conference, Celebrating Languages! Register early, as this event is sure to fill up!
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The Japan Foundation Toronto is recruiting a Japanese Language Lecturer.
The Japan Foundation is an organization promoting cultural exchange between Japan and other countries in order to advance international mutual understanding. The Japan Foundation, Toronto is one of 25 overseas offices, offering programs grouped under three main areas: Japanese-Language Education, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, and Arts and Cultural Exchange.
This job posting is for a full-time Japanese Language Lecturer position for a period of one (1) year, renewable up to four (4) years, at the Japan Foundation, Toronto.
2 Bloor St. E., Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
Tel: 416-966-1600 Fax: 416-966-9773
Web site: http://www.jftor.org
Please download the files below for more information.
Application forms are available at the JFT website: here
Starting in the 2019-20 school year, students at St. Michael's Elementary School in Saskatoon will begin to learn Michif, the Indigenous language of the Métis people, in a Core Michif program similar to the Core French program. Students are expected to receive 100 minutes of weekly instruction in the language, which is a mixture of Plains Cree and French dialects, in an effort to preserve the language and "a specific worldview, cultural knowledge including religion, spirituality, oral traditions, harvesting strategies and healing techniques," said Samson LaMontagne, who helps teach Métis culture in the school division.
Full article is found in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
Date: Thurs. July 4 to Sat. July 6, 2019
Workshop 1: Thursday, July 4, 10:00 am-Noon
Japanese conversation class (designed for non-native speakers)
Workshop 2: Thursday, July 4, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Workshop 3: Friday, July 5, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Flipped Classrooms and ICT
Workshop 4: Saturday, July 6, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
*Doors will open at 30 minutes before the each workshop starts
Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus, BC
Participants: Japanese language teachers
*Those interested in Japanese language education are also welcome to attend.
Lecturer: Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami, Japanese Language Education Advisor
Registration (mandatory): Please register at the address below.
*Please note that registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Accommodation support: Accommodation support is available for those who meet the following conditions. If you wish, please apply by June 13 at the same time as registering for the workshop. Accommodation support is also on a first-come, first- serve basis.
For more details or to register, please visit:
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