CTF launches a new teaching resource for French-language secondary schools in minority settings

December 02, 2010
Ottawa…. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will launch tomorrow by webcast a new teaching resource entitled Favoriser la réussite : une affaire d’école (to promote success: the school’s affair) for teachers in French-language secondary schools in provinces and territories where French is the language of the minority.

 

Note: The launch will be broadcast live in French only from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. (Ottawa time) on Friday, December 3, via UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/favoriser-la-reussite-a-l-ecole-francophone.

“This tool was produced through the collaborative efforts of teachers from across the country who developed strategies to meet the needs of Francophone teens”, noted CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly.

The CTF President is very happy about this new resource: “Secondary schools must be well equipped not only to retain Francophone students in the French-language school system, but also to ensure that these emerging adults become involved in their community and contribute to its success.”

Coordinated by Dr. Marianne Cormier, from the Université de Moncton, the resource provides teachers with courses of action based on the focus areas for pedagogy in minority settings developed in 2005 for the Federation.

This launch will also mark the kickoff of a major project that CTF is undertaking with the cooperation of the departments of Education throughout the country and TFO, Ontario’s French-language television network. This project will define pedagogy in minority settings and offer teachers practical means to develop a sense of ownership of this pedagogy. The event will take place during a consultation with researchers in French-language education from several Canadian universities.

The author of the document, Marianne Cormier, is very satisfied with the end result: “Since I’ve been in close touch with the realities of French-language schools, I am very happy to have had the opportunity of contributing to this resource. I wish to thank the committee members who shared their concerns and best practices to make this new tool as practical as possible.”

Favoriser la réussite: une affaire d’école will be distributed free of charge to all French-language secondary schools in minority settings. This tool is part of a series of resources produced by CTF to support teachers. It can also be downloaded free from the CTF Web site, under “Resources”.

This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International. CTF is a member of Campaign 2000 and involved in the Canada Without Poverty campaign.

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Information: Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones, 613-688-4308
Spokesperson: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-232-1505 – office or 613-899-4247 – cell.