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:

  • To organize webinars for liaison officers (1)
  • To increase the use of technologies (2)
  • To set up Francophone delegations for some events (3)

Recurring actions:

  • Survey liaison officers about their needs in order to strengthen the Network (1) (2)
  • Organization of an annual meeting to allow for discussion and sharing between liaison officers and members of the Advisory Committee (Symposium) (1) (3)

Activities carried out:

  • Organization of a CTF delegation at the International Association of Language Commissioners (IALC) Conference (2015) (3)
  • Establishment of a planning committee to examine possible exchanges among members of the teaching profession (2015) (2)
  • Internal survey on the use of technologies by Francophone liaison officers (2)
  • Organization of a public CTF Francophone symposium (2018) (3)

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:

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

Recurring activities:

  • Presentation of teaching resources at various events (1) (4) (6)
  • Update on activities at the CTF Board of Directors' and Executive Committee meetings (1) (2) (6)
  • Organization of an annual meeting to allow for discussion and sharing between liaison officers and members of the Advisory Committee (Symposium) (5)

Work in progress:

  • Co-chairing a gender equality project with Plan International Canada for Francophone youth in Canada (2018) (5) (7)
  • Creation of a booklet on cultural intervention in collaboration with ACELF (2018) (1) (4) (7)
  • Collaboration with ACELF to label activities in ACELF's Banque d'activités pédagogiques (bank of teaching activities) to link the activities with PELF (2018) (1) (4) (6) (7)

Activities carried out:

  • Publication of 5 étoiles, rien de moins!, a guidance document for managers of early childhood centers (2016) (3)
  • Publication of Question d’habitude!, a project targeting the development of students’ oral competency (2016) (3)
  • Publication of a pamphlet La FCE renouvelée for Francophone members (2015) (1) (4)
  • Cooperation agreement with the FNCSF to inform teachers about ÉduExpo (2017) (7)​
  • Publication of Pour passer de l'activité à l'impactivité, a framework for cultural intervention (2017) (1) (3) (5)
  • Publication of the second edition of Voir grand ensemble (2017) (3)
  • Development of a language rights poster for high school classes (2017) (1) (2)
  • Publication of Knowing One’s Community Through Language Rights: Proposed Learning Content (2017) (3) (4)
  • Development of Pedagogy for French-Language School - Primer for the ministries of Education (2017) (1)
  • Collaboration with the French Embassy in its participatory science project Observatoire des Saisons (2017) (2018) (4)
  • Delivery of a PELF Summer Institute in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (2018) (3) (5) (6)
  • Organization of the 2018 Public Francophone Symposium on linguistic insecurity, in partnership with ACELF and the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF) (2017) (4) (5) (7)
  • Production and online posting of 93 PELF videos for the elementary level (2018) (3) (4) (6)
  • Collaboration with the French Embassy to produce the play Apprendre à rêver (2018) (4)

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:

  • To pay attention to current issues and trends in education to feed the Network (1)
  • To follow up on the recommendations from the study Teachers in Francophone Minority Settings: Exploring Themes (2)
  • To propose one-time surveys to Francophone members of organizations (3)
  • To share existing research in support of teaching in Francophone minority settings (4)

Recurring actions:

  • Development of various teaching resources (2)
  • Facilitation of workshops (2)
  • Participation in several national committees: Comité des stages (practical training committee) (ACELF), National Round Table on Education (FNCSF), Tripartite Committee (FNCSF), Comité de travail sur la sécurité linguistique (working group on linguistic security (FJCF), Conference of Francophone Educational Associations, Leaders' Forum (FCFA), Francophone Labour Committee for Education and Training (1)

Work in progress:

  • Research project, in partnership with the University of Ottawa, financed by Canadian Heritage (2018) (1) (2) (3) (4)

Activities carried out:

  • Writing of a brief for the creation of the Stratégie nationale pour la sécurité linguistique (national strategy for linguistic security)(2018) (1)
  • Signature of an agreement for the distribution of documents of the ACELF series Comprendre la construction identitaire (2013) (4)
  • Publication of a feature article on linguistic insecurity in Frenquêtes (2015) (1)
  • Publication of Knowing One's Community Through Arts Education, an analysis of arts curricula in use in French-language schools in minority settings (1)
  • Creation of a newly formatted publications catalogue containing a section on CTF's Francophone resources as well as a section on ACELF's resources managed by the CTF (2015) (4)
  • Publication of a new booklet on linguistic rights in the series Knowing One’s Community Through (2016) (1)
  • Participation in the Sommet sur l'éducation with the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française to present recommendations from Knowing One's Community Through Arts Education to Canadian educational organizations (2017) (1) (4)