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
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