The Coquitlam School District is the first to approve a new Farsi curriculum for students as a local developed course. The new Farsi curriculum was developed by teachers from Coquitlam and Surrey, with help from a Simon Fraser University professor. The curriculum is currently under review by the Ministry to determine if it meets all the requirements to become an authorized ministerial language course..
Currently, the Ministry has nine additional languages curricula for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, and American Sign Language. The BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) helped to co-write most of these curricula when the Ministry overhauled and redesigned the second languages curricula between 2014 and 2018. BCATML was also at the Ministry table rewriting the Languages Template in 2018-19 in order to support other language groups seeking a ministerial status for their curriculum, thus paving the way for teachers of Arabic, Croatian, Russian and other languages to get ministerial status using the Languages Template.
In a recent interview, BCATML president, Rome Lavrencic, and treasurer, Wendy Yamazaki, spoke with Vancouver Sun reporter Lori Culbert about the changing landscape and the need to expand Ministry curricula for other minority languages across BC, including the 18 Indigenous languages which currently hold ministerial status.
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