New Draft K-12 Reporting Order
Many members of the BCATML have expressed their concerns, questions and shared their comments about the Ministry of Education’s Draft K-12 Reporting order, specifically in relation to language teachers and the challenges they face. Your BCATML Executive Committee has collected this information and created a document outlining these concerns that was sent to the Ministry on November 5th, 2021.
Below is the document containing both the BCATML's concerns and recommendations for the Ministry.
Many of us in British Columbia and across Canada have joined with the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc and other First Nations communities in mourning the 215 children found in the mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School. Since this discovery, educators have engaged in meaningful dialogue and activities with their students about the atrocities committed, needlessly. We all have a role in implementing the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
Educating our students about these Calls to Action is an excellent beginning. Political action is also needed, and many language teachers have been working with their students to urge government to implement the Calls to Action through letter writing campaigns and having discussions about the next steps. Some are also initiating fund raising campaigns to support the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc who oversaw the costs of the ground-penetrating radar technology to locate the remains of the lost children.
Below are a number of links you may wish to explore with your students which may even spark your students' imagination to develop other recommendations to pursue; either as a year-end activity or something to prepare for during Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. If there are activities or other ideas you would like to share and help inspire other langauge teachers in our province, BCATML would be more than happy to share your activity in an article in our next edition of Lingo, our newsletter. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org along with any photos you are able to share.
Friday, February 12th, marks the first day of the year of the Ox, according to the traditional Chinese calendar. Furthermore, according to Chinese astrology, 2021 is going to be lucky and also the perfect year to focus on relationships, whether those relating to friendships or more romantic ones.
In the Chinese zodiac, the Ox is very hardworking and methodical. 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded. Success will come to those who work hard. Those zodiac signs who are lucky in terms of money this year will be the ones who will make a considerable effort to do so.
Just in time for the big day, your French students can learn and discuss the cultural similarities and differences with these activity worksheets we have created. Gong hei fat choy!
There is still time to register for BCAMTL's Celebrating Languages Without Borders Conference if you haven't done so already. It will be held virtually this PSA day on Friday, October 23 and 24, using easyREG and Zoom. Click here to register today or visit https://www.bcatml.org/registration.html.
We have an amazing line up of keynote and feature speakers, including Dr. Katy Arnett and BC's own Kaleb Child (Musgamdzi), as well as Martina Bex, Luisa Canuto, Denis Cousineau, Angelica Galante, Catherine Ousselin, and Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez de France. With over 100 workshops from which to choose, you will undoubtedly find many inspiring and motivating sessions.
As well, we have BCATML's Annual General Meeting being held Friday, October 23 beginning at 11:30 am (Pacific). Why not join us and learn about the advocacy and projects your Executive have undertaken this past year and vote in next year's Executive committee. We have several door prizes for those in attendance!
Lastly, we have arranged for some incredible uplifting and informative cultural performances for you to watch and even participate in. Learn basic Cuban salsa right from the comfort of your own home, or perhaps sit back and listen to the passionate vibes and music of Calle Verde, Chibi Taiko, and M'Girl. We are also fortunate to have Prince Rupert's very own Indigenous artist and Ts'msyen language teacher Kelli Clifton share her journey as an artist to honour her coastal upbringing and her experiences as an Indigenous woman. We believe you will be impressed by these cultural performances.
Registraiton is still open, but hurry as spaces are filling up incredibly fast! We look forward to having you join in the magic that is Celebrating Langauges Without Borders 2020.
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.
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