Wednesday, September 30, 2020


CASLT Awards 2020

CASLT is honoured to recognize second language educators who have developed innovative teaching practices and contributed significantly to the advancement of language teaching and learning. Congratulations to the recipients of our 2020 CASLT awards!

  • H. H. Stern Award: Beth Hubley
  • Robert Roy Award: Norman Sieweke and Dr. Roswita Dressler
  • Honorary Lifetime Member Award: Dr. Mary Grantham O’Brien

Learn more about our 2020 CASLT award recipients in our recent news release.


CLWB Conference Streams: International and Heritage Languages

With a baker’s dozen of presentations, Celebrating Languages Without Borders has much to offer to teachers of International and Heritage Languages (IHL). Thirteen presentations, mostly in English, offer rich, new ideas for a variety of language classrooms.

At only $125, CLWB registration is a bargain this year, especially since you can participate in your pajamas!

Initiative translates COVID-19 resources into Indigenous languages


Founded by a group of medical students and master of public health candidates, four individuals at Translations 4 Our Nations (TFON) have led a global initiative in translating COVID-19 resources into more than 40 Indigenous languages from over 30 countries. The initiative partnered with Indigenous communities during the pandemic to facilitate the accessibility of health information, and eventually, launch a free website.

AÉUM : trois propositions pour le français

Le Délit

Déjà en août, Jemark Earle avait annoncé au Délit plusieurs idées pour améliorer la place de la langue française à l’Association Étudiante de l’Université McGill (AÉUM), dans le cadre d’un entretien à propos de la nouvelle constitution de l’AÉUM. Cette fois, il revient à la charge avec trois propositions distinctes, qu’il compte mettre en place avant la fin de l’année scolaire en cours.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020


CLWB Conference Streams: FSL/FAL/French Immersion

Teaching French is not the easiest of professions, so we need to have our batteries recharged from time to time. Fortunately, Celebrating Languages Without Borders provides the perfect mid-term boost with over 30 presentations in the FSL/FAL/French Immersion stream. Of course, CASLT knows that supporting FSL teacher preparation, retention, and recruitment is essential, so Updates from the CASLT Teacher Education Project in Canada will outline three initiatives that address these issues.

Those FSL/FAL/French Immersion batteries are sure to get a big boost from all this PD, especially since CLWB registration is only $125. Stay tuned for our next installment of CLWB Conference Streams, which focuses on International and Heritage Languages.


Lancement de la plateforme IFprofs Canada

L’Ambassade de France au Canada est ravie d’annoncer le lancement de la plateforme IFprofs Canada!

IFprofs est le premier réseau social de l’éducation en français, ouvert aux professionnels de l’enseignement du et en français à travers le monde. Les membres de ce réseau peuvent partager des ressources pédagogiques et des informations sur des événements. Ils peuvent rencontrer les enseignants du monde entier pour échanger sur leurs pratiques et enrichir leur enseignement. Grâce à IFprofs, la francophonie repousse les limites de l’espace francophone pour devenir mondiale.

Pour célébrer le lancement d’IFprofs au Canada, l’Ambassade de France au Canada organise un concours qui récompense les 5 meilleures Ressources Pédagogiques conçues pendant la période de confinement. N’hésitez pas à contacter pour toute demande de précision.



Filmmaker hoping to inspire all people to learn Indigenous languages

CBC News

A Moroccan French education student hopes to put the spotlight on Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan and inspire more non-Indigenous people to learn them. Wahbi Zarry speaks three languages — French, English and Arabic — and is now creating a documentary series about learning Indigenous languages. In his series, Zarry learns as much of a language as possible in 10 days to show how anyone can learn it. He's calling the series Canadian Languages.

Active bilingualism delays the onset of mild cognitive impairment

Technology Networks via Open University of Catalonia

As well as allowing us to communicate with other people, languages are the tool we use to convey our thoughts, identity, knowledge, and the way we see and understand the world. Mastering more than one language enriches us, provides a gateway to other cultures and, according to a team of researchers led by scientists from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), actively using them also brings us neurological benefits and protects us from cognitive impairment associated with ageing.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Alliance Française du Manitoba

Fall for French (welcome back online),  International Certifications,  Conversation Meet up etc,

Check out the latest news of Alliance Française du Manitoba:

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020


CLWB Featured Speaker: Martina Bex on Proficiency, Fluency, and Culture

With a business to run, five children, and a trio of presentations at CLWB, Martina Bex has her hands full. But as they say, if you want something done, ask a busy woman.

In Bex’s first presentation — Plan for Proficiency: What Does Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction Look Like? — participants will consider Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction’s core elements, partake in three mini lessons, and leave with a lesson planning template of their own.

Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) can help your students maintain their language proficiency across a lifetime. Compelling, comprehensible input enables students and restores the joy of teaching for their instructors, as participants will learn in TPRS: Finally, They’re Fluent!

Before the fall term takes over, don’t forget to register for CLWB for a great mid-term pick-me-up. The virtual conference takes place October 23–24 and the cost is only $125 for CASLT and BCATML members.


Preliminary Schedule for CASLT’s Virtual AGM and Networking Day

The preliminary schedule for CASLT’s Virtual AGM and Networking Day is available on the CASLT website. The event includes a CASLT awards presentation, Networking Mini-Meets, concurrent sessions, and CASLT’s 50th anniversary celebration!

If you haven't received an invitation but would like to participate, please contact us at


Adapting tried-and-true instructional strategies for emergent bilinguals to the virtual environment

By Erick Herrmann

Many, many schools have started the new school year with a major shift in instruction. As teachers return to working with emergent bilinguals and English learners, teachers are having to reexamine the tried-and-true strategies they have used to build language instruction and practice into the curriculum across all of the content areas. The strategies we are used to using cannot function the way they did in the past.


Tips for ESL teachers to prepare students for tests

By Douglas Magrath

Testing in ESL is the means of assessing the learners' progress in specific skill areas. Teachers need to make their own tests to measure the learners' progress to examine specific skill areas and to discover deficiencies. Some books come with premade tests, or the ESL department may provide tests, but most teachers will have to develop their own tests during a given course.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020


Check the latest news of ACPI: French Immersion News

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Wednesday, September 02, 2020


Online Professional Development: My Virtual Classroom

With the rapid, large-scale switch to online teaching last March, teachers had to adapt quickly — but it hasn’t always been easy. CASLT has created a new resource to help teacher’s better function in a distance learning and teaching environment. Welcome to “My Virtual Classroom!”

Don’t miss out on any upcoming My Virtual Classroom webinars: keep an eye on our Online PD activities Web page for new session announcements.


CASLT’s Virtual AGM and Networking Day

CASLT’s members and second language stakeholders are invited to attend our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Networking Day. The event will be held online on Friday, September 25, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST.



Register now for CLWB 2020!

Registration is still open for attendees and exhibitors at Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020!

For more information, visit the conference Web pages.


Extra support needed for ESL students in junior high, study shows


A sizable proportion of junior high school students whose first language is not English are falling behind in oral language and literacy skills, according to a recent U of A linguistics study. After testing 227 Edmonton and Vancouver English language learners in grades 7 to 9, Johanne Paradis and her colleagues found that many performed below their monolingual classmates for vocabulary size, understanding of word meanings, grammar and reading comprehension.


Many are still learning English. Others are paying big bucks to attend classes with ‘limited interactions.’ Newcomers to Canada talk back-to-school fears amid COVID-19

School boards are slowly sorting out logistics for fall 2020, but students who are learning English as a second language are worried about the details that could get lost in translation for them. Lucas Marques, 17, and Larissa Marques, 15, are siblings who are heading back to class in person at the Toronto District School Board’s George Harvey Collegiate Institute this fall.

Rentrée scolaire: une responsabilité collective

La Presse

Il était quelque peu réconfortant de voir, au cours des derniers jours, des milliers d’enfants reprendre la route des classes. Ils renouent avec l’apprentissage, retrouvent leurs amis et recouvrent un semblant de normalité après des mois d’inconnu.

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