THE FRENCH-LANGUAGE SCHOOL: CENTRAL TO A SOCIETAL PROJECT

Various consultations with Member organizations identified three action areas to be included in the Action Plan 2014-2020.
A consultation exercise between Francophone liaison officers and members of the Advisory Committee on French as a First Language led to the adoption of the following three focus areas of intervention for the next few years:

Strengthening connections

The CTF Network of Francophone Liaison Officers is unique in the country. Strengthening ties within this network will benefit all French-language schools.

Francophone liaison officers rely heavily on these connections to better play their role with their members.

Action plan objectives:

  • Organization of webinars for officers (1)
  • Increased use of technologies (2)
  • Setting up of Francophone delegations for various events (3)

Work in progress:

  • A series of promotional vignettes is in production and will be used as training and information tools (1) (2)
  • Identify ways to increase the use of technologies within the Network (2)
  • Survey liaison officers about their needs in order to strengthen the network (1) (2)

Activities carried out:

  • Organization of a CTF delegation at the International Association of Language Commissioners (IALC) Conference in Ottawa, May 20-21, 2015 (3)
  • A planning committee for exchanges among members of the teaching profession was established and meets via technology  (2)
  • A meeting to reunite the Network and the Advisory Committee was held on December 7, 2015 (1)
  • Two promotional vignettes were launched during the Annual Francophone Symposium (1) (2)
  • An internal survey on the use of technologies by Francophone liaison officers was conducted (2)
  • A survey of liaison officers' needs in their respective regions, carried out in May 2017 (2)

Invigorating teaching approaches

Much effort has been made to develop teaching resources. While maintaining this approach, it would be important to explore effective means of dissemination to allow maximum use of these teaching resources.

Resources that have been developed so far remain highly relevant in all environments, but some schools are still unfamiliar with them.

Action plan objectives:

  • Consider ways to ensure maximum dissemination and usage of teaching tools (1)
  • Demonstrate practical applications of existing resources through increased advertising or short webinars (2)
  • Emphasize developing, in partnership with a Member organization, one teaching resource per year (3)
  • Develop tools to make CTF known to the members (4)
  • Act as a catalyst of interprovincial-territorial discussions between members (5)
  • Bring PELF to the forefront of our actions: pelf.ca (6)
  • Continue to promote our partners' pan-Canadian initiatives (7)

Work in progress:

  • An exchange program between teachers in French-language schools in minority settings is at the exploratory phase (5)
  • The filming of the PELF video clips for the elementary level began in Iqaluit, Nunavut, in May 2016, and will continue until the Fall of 2017 (6)
  • A Collaborative Agreement has been signed with FNSCF to inform teachers about EduExpo until June 2017 (7)
  • PELF summer training (Institut d’été PELF) at Francoforum will take place in 2018 (3) (5) (6)
  • A poster on language rights for high school classrooms is being designed and will be published shortly (November 2017) (1) (2)
  • The 2nd edition of Dream Big Together, a joint project with the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF) (Canadian association for French-language education), will be launched at the ACELF conference in September 2017 (3)
  • A personalized introduction to the CTF to be given to members of our organizations at their general meetings (4)
  • Preparations for Symposium 2018, in partnership with the ACELF and the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF) (French-Canada youth federation), on linguistic insecurity (February 2018, Winnipeg) (4) (5) (7)
  • Testing of the frame of reference for cultural initiatives in Nova Scotia (2017-2018) (1) (2) (3) (4)

Activities carried out:

  • Theoretical document on PELF for the ministries of Education (1)
  • The participatory science project in collaboration with the French Embassy was conducted in the Spring of 2017 in French-language schools in minority settings (4)
  • 5 étoiles, rien de moins! is a guidance document for leaders of early childhood centers. It was launched April 21, 2016. (3)
  • Question d'habitude! is a project targeting the development of students' oral competency. It was launched January 9, 2016. (3)
  • Publication of a pamphlet La FCE renouvelée for Francophone members (1) (4)
  • PELF is incorporated in our Action Plan (6)
  • A preparatory mission was held at the end of September 2016 for the purpose of planning a summer training session on PELF in Saint-Pierre of Miquelon (6)
  • A call was made for an exchange between teachers in French-language schools in minority settings. An attempt at a pilot experimentation is envisaged for 2017-2018 (5) -- pending until a later date
  • A cooperation agreement was reached with the FNCSF to inform teachers about ÉduExpo and it ended in June 2017 (7)
  • An excerpt from Knowing One's Community Through the Arts will be used in Saskatchewan's new Francophone curriculum (1) (2)
  • The new frame of reference for cultural initiatives was presented at the 2017 ACELF summer program in Québec City (1) (3) (5)
  • Nova Scotia has agreed to take part in testing the document with its cultural officers during the 2017-2018 school year (1) (3) (5)

Bringing our practices up-to-date

In the context of the launch of a pedagogy adapted to French-language schools, it is crucial to pay attention to current issues and trends in education to continue to feed the Network with the most current information.

Action plan objectives:

  • Pay attention to current issues and trends in education to fuel the Network (1)
  • Follow-up to the recommendations from the study Teachers in Francophone Minority Settings: Exploring Themes (2)
  • Propose one-time surveys for francophone members of organizations (3)
  • Share existing research in support of teaching in Francophone minority settings (4)

Work in progress:

  • A framework document to incorporate a linguistic rights component in curriculum is being developed thanks to a partnership with the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP) (1) -- launch at the end of September 2017
  • Preparation of an article based on a survey of teachers and the theatre community in Frenquêtes  -- fall 2017 (1) (4)

Activities carried out:

  • A feature article on linguistic insecurity has been published in Frenquêtes (1)
  • Weekly publication of a press review of francophone news (1)
  • Signature of an agreement for the distribution of documents of the ACELF series Comprendre la construction identitaire (4)
  • Publication of Knowing One's Community Through Arts Education, an analysis of arts curricula in use in French-language schools in minority settings (1)
  • Participation in the Sommet sur l’Éducation with FCCF to present the recommendations of Knowing One’s Community Through Arts Education to Canadian educational organizations in may 2017 (1) (4)
  • Launch of a newly formatted publications catalogue, containing a section on CTF's Francophone resources as well as a section on ACELF's resources for which we man ag
  • A survey on teacher shortage aimed at French-language schools was launched at the Board of Directors' meeting in November 2016 (1) (3)
  • A new document about linguistic rights in the series Knowing One's Community was launched in December 2016. This project came abouit through a partnership with the Fédération des associations de juristes d'expression française de common law inc. (1)