New funding announced for French teacher recruitment & retention in Federal budget
From Canadian Parents for French - BC & Yukon
Vancouver - According to the Federal Budget released today, there will be $400.0 million in new funding over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $88.4 million per year ongoing, in support of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. One targeted component of this new funding will be to address the critical shortage of French teachers across Canada.
"We are incredibly pleased the Federal Government listened to the needs of our education system. New programs, initiatives, and incentives will help school districts across British Columbia recruit and retain much needed French teachers. This is a good day for parents and educators," said Diane Tijman, President Canadian Parents for French BC & YK.
In a 2014 CPF BC & YK Report 86% of school districts in British Columbia indicated that it was "challenging" or "very challenging" to recruit French teachers. The shortage became more dire following changes to class size and composition stemming from the 2017 Supreme Court ruling.
Tijman concluded, "French second language programs are phenomenally popular across British Columbia. Parents rightly recognize that programs such as French immersion as a life-changing educational experience. This new Federal funding will help strengthen and expand opportunities for all youth in our province to learn Canada's two Official Languages."
Several members of the Core French Writing Team returned to Victoria this week to begin writing curriculum for the province's first Core French Introductory 11 Course. It is expected that this course will be ready before school year's end for teachers to pilot beginning in September 2018.
Core French Introductory 11 is ideally designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French but wish to begin studying French. This course would be ideal for International students who are studying in BC and would like to study one of Canada's two official languages. As well, this course is well suited for students who studied another language other than French in Grades 5-8. Students who complete this intensive and accelerated course should have sufficient ability and preparedness to continue their studies with French 11 and 12 as students who studied French since Grades 5, but they are not expected to have the same French proficiency and range of vocabulary.
Work will continue this week to draft the course goals by comparing and contrasting the other Introductory Language 11 courses, as well as the current Core French curriculum. The Writing team will also draft the Big Ideas, Content, Curricular Competencies, and Front Matter. Be sure to visit our Curriculum Info page for all the latest updates!
The Ministry has let superintendents know that there will be a seventh non-instructional day for the purposes of curriculum implementation during the 2018–19 school year. This will be the fourth year in a row where there is an additional day or days.
There is no change to the year bookends, and members do not need to work additional days or additional minutes. As with the past few years, the practical effect is fewer days in session for students so that members can collaborate, plan, prepare, and conduct in-service related to the revised curriculum.
Visit http://www.bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=5646 to stay up to date with the many changes of the revised curriculum!
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