Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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  1. Canadian Parents for French highlights role of language insecurity in undermining teaching la belle langue
    The Georgia Straight
    Learning French, like mathematics and some other subjects, can induce fear. But it doesn't have to be this way, according to Canadian Parents for French. In a research brief, the organization argues that "linguistic insecurity" is alive and well in francophone communities across Canada.

 

  1. Canadian ESL teachers recruited to teach online courses to Chinese students in quarantine
    Globe and Mail
    With millions of Chinese students stuck at home because of school shutdowns and quarantines during the novel coronavirus outbreak, Canadian ESL teachers are being recruited to meet a growing demand for online classes. Some companies have begun offering cash incentives to attract new teaching talent and convince existing Canadian staff to take on heavier course loads.

 

  1. Toronto and Peel Region school boards to kick off 'teacher-directed' instruction on April 6
    CTV News
    The Toronto District School Board and The Peel District School Board have announced plans to resume teacher-directed instruction on April 6. Earlier this month, Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure of all schools in the province for three weeks in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

  1. Quebec releases online learning service while schools remain closed
    RCI
    Quebec’s Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge announced earlier today the launch of a bilingual online learning service for parents and children to use from home while schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service, called Open School, or L’École Ouverte in French, is a platform of free and accessible resources, learning activities, and games for children to stay mentally and physically active.

 

  1. Digital learning resources being offered during COVID-19 outbreak
    Radio Canada International
    With most schools across Canada closed to slow down the spread of COVID-19, some Canadian companies are offering support to families who may find themselves in uncharted territory. To help families, Pearson Canada, a company that works with teachers on ways to teach children, and Kivuto, a company that distributes digital resources to students, have partnered up to offer access to digital learning resources.

 

  1. B.C. parents voice concern over lack of French immersion distance learning options
    CBC News
    Lisa Christensen has chosen to home-school her 11-year-old diabetic daughter this fall, while other B.C. families prepare to send their children back to school. "We decided it would be safest ... she's a little higher risk than most kids," said Christensen, who lives in Courtenay, B.C., with her family.

 

  1. Enhancing linguistic choral responses with multilingual learners
    By Erick Herrmann
    In most any classroom focused on helping students learn language, phrases such as "repeat after me" are commonplace, as teachers know that students need to practice saying words and putting words into sentences in order to develop language skills. In some classrooms, you might even hear phrases such as "say it with me..." or just "say ____." All of these phrases and the practice of having students chorally respond will enhance language learning by providing practice opportunities and building engagement.

 

  1. Ontario working to increase the supply of French-language teachers in the province
    Government of Ontario
    The Ontario government is taking action to recruit and retain more French teachers to ensure that all students receive a high-quality French-language or French as a Second Language (FSL) education. To assist in this effort the province is supporting various initiatives such as career fairs, as well as partnering with two working groups in order to focus on professional development for French teachers and raise awareness of employment opportunities

 

  1. Toronto schools might drop French and shorten days to reopen in September
    blogTO
    Elementary students could see school days shortened by nearly an hour and no more French classes as part of the Toronto District School Board's attempt to save money. The TDSB recently released a report that says the board faces about $250 million in costs if they run with the "hybrid" system proposed by Education Minister Stephen Lecce, which would see elementary school students grouped into cohorts of 15 for both in-person and online learning this fall.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Launch of the CASLT Learning Centre

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new CASLT Learning Centre!

The CASLT Learning Centre is an online library of asynchronous professional learning courses for second language teachers. It includes over 150 hours of audiovisual resources – all exclusive to CASLT members.

To learn more and to activate your account, visit our website. Happy learning!

 

Submit an article for publication in Réflexions!

Our members look to our professional magazine, Réflexions, for solid, current articles. They must be based on research, summarize research projects, present effective programs and practices, or report on current language-related events.

We are looking for articles of about 1,150 words written for:

  • Practicing K–12 educators, practicing second-language classroom teachers — French, English, and other languages
  • Researchers in second-language teaching and learning in various university settings
  • Student teachers enrolled in faculties of education
  • People interested in second-language learning development

For more information, consult our Guidelines for Writers.

 

Concours photos de la FIPF

La Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français (FIPF) lance une nouvelle édition du concours « Et en plus, c'est sympa d'apprendre le français ! ». Ce concours de photographies a pour objectif de mettre en valeur les enseignants de français.

 

Call for Nominations for the 2019 FIPLV International Award

The International Federation of Language Teacher Associations/Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV) International Award can be awarded to FIPLV members who distinguish or have distinguished themselves by being exceptionally active, innovative, valuable, and/or talented in one or more fields of language learning and language teaching. Nominations must arrive by January 31st, 2021.

For details, contact Prof. Matteo Santipolo at matteo.santipolo@unipd.it.

 

Joy in the time of COVID

Language Magazine
In these challenging times, it seems that we are all yearning for some way to incorporate moments of joy into our lives. Some have picked up a new hobby during quarantine; others have begun a new fitness routine. These are personal solutions to a problem that affects all aspects of our lives — including our professional lives (or maybe especially our school lives).

 

McMurray Metis sharing Cree language teachings with social media series
CTV News

Lorraine Corrigan, a McMurray Metis elder, would never miss a chance to gather with her community to speak and teach Cree. Speaking the language with friends and family always made Corrigan's day. Before COVID-19, the Local held weekly coffee nights for elders and people to come together and speak Cree. Now that public gatherings have been banned, the Metis Local and elders like Corrigan are sharing language teachings online.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Education Plus DEP

It's not too late!  

Register for a French or Spanish course by January 12.   

 

Courses begin in mid-January.  

All of our courses are being offered remotely via Zoom.  

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

ONF/NFB EDUCATION

Infos from ONF/NFB. Click on the link below to view the infoletter

https://email.onf.ca/mail/OBS/61ld0001019XkBpmaDg-775865742

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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

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Submit an article for publication in Réflexions!

Our members look to our professional magazine, Réflexions, for solid, current articles. They must be based on research, summarize research projects, present effective programs and practices, or report on current language-related events.

We are looking for articles of about 1,150 words written for:

  • Practicing K–12 educators, practicing second-language classroom teachers — French, English, and other languages
  • Researchers in second-language teaching and learning in various university settings
  • Student teachers enrolled in faculties of education
  • People interested in second-language learning development

For more information, consult our Guidelines for Writers.

 

Password Reset: CASLT Members

CASLT has adopted a new membership database management system. CASLT members will need to reset their passwords to access member-only areas. If you are a CASLT member, you will receive an email with instructions to reset your password. For any inquiries, contact admin@caslt.org.

 

CCERBAL Research Forum

The next CCERBAL forum, “The need for evidence-based strategies to navigate the changed linguistic landscapes in education” by Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman of the University of Toronto, will take place on Thursday, December 10 at noon. The bilingual presentation will be offered virtually.

Visit the CCERBAL website for Professor Le Pichon-Vorstman’s abstract, and register for the event by emailing ilobdir@uottawa.ca.

 

O’Poésie: National French as a Second Language Poetry Contest

What? A French poetry contest for students learning French as a second language

How to participate? Submit a typed (or filmed) poem using the online form by February 10, 2021

For more information, visit the Canadian Parents for French Web page.

 

Language learning in Canada needs to change to reflect 'superdiverse' communities
The Conversation

As people moving across territorial borders continues to drive globalization, our society needs to reflect on the linguistic identities of students who are learning English and French, Canada’s two official languages. In language classrooms, where English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs reflect Canada’s bilingual mandate, how we teach languages has not evolved much from the traditional grammar-based mode of instruction.

 

French learners can sign up for video chats with lonely elderly people in France
The Local
A new initiative connects foreigners in France with isolated elderly people through video chat to decrease loneliness and help French learners boost their language skills. The initiative is called Share Ami (Share Friend) and aims to "create intergenerational links by connecting students learning French and elderly living in France over video chat," according to their website.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

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Languages Build Intercultural Competencies

Research shows that second-language learners who learn about the target culture demonstrate more positive attitudes toward the language, its speakers, and its culture (O’Brien et al., 2017).

Ultimately, learning languages may reduce cultural prejudices and stereotypes. It can encourage learners to develop respect for other cultures via enhanced critical awareness of the self and others, thus potentially easing antagonism between conflicting sides.

 

Submit an article for publication in Réflexions!

Our members look to our professional magazine, Réflexions, for solid, current articles. They must be based on research, summarize research projects, present effective programs and practices, or report on current language-related events.

We are looking for articles of about 1,150 words written for:

  • Practicing K–12 educators, practicing second-language classroom teachers — French, English, and other languages
  • Researchers in second-language teaching and learning in various university settings
  • Student teachers enrolled in faculties of education
  • People interested in second-language learning development

For more information, consult our Guidelines for Writers.

 

“My Virtual Classroom” Webinars

Thank you to all who joined our My Virtual Classroom sessions on November 24, November 26, and December 1. There is still time to register for the French version of Engaging Learners Online Through the Action-Oriented Approach, which takes place tomorrow, December 3rd, at 7 pm EST.

My Virtual Classroom will return in the new year with four new webinars to help teachers thrive in a distance learning and teaching environment. Stay tuned!

 

Concordia University adds options to learn French
Radio Canada International
Concordia University is situated in Montreal but it is working to make resources for learning French accessible “anytime, anywhere.” Among its initiatives, it has launched an Instagram account that offers short lessons on grammar, vocabulary and more. This is one of many projects set up by the university’s French department in partnership the Office québécois de la langue française, a body set up in 1961 by the province of Quebec to promote the French language.

 

'For our children': How families are passing down Indigenous languages
TVO
Sit in on any Indigenous-language class across Canada, and you’ll hear many — I’d argue almost all — adult students say they are picking up their language in order to teach their children or future children. Making sure the generations to come have what we did not seems to be one of the most urgent motivations for learning our languages. As adults, we can almost handle that we, ourselves, are not speakers. But when we think about the pain and loss that has caused in our life, we know we would never want the same thing for our little ones.

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