Resources & Opportunities for Educators
CPF-SK Board Director Monique Myers' 6-Step Action Plan to show the community the benefits of learning French:
-create presentations and post them on community
websites to inform community members of the importance of learning French
-lobby to have the French concert "Frenchstock" held in Saskatchewan so that students have access to live Francophone music and culture
-network with community leaders to create bilingual brochures, menus, plaques and signs and make them available throughout the community
-invite celebrities to come participate in bilngual activities in the community to draw attention to the community's efforts
-create a virtual exchange program at the school with French-speaking students using the internet and email
-participate in an exchange or visit a French-speaking school
As reported in the CASLT journal of second language teaching:
According to Monique, "[t]he response so far from community leaders has been positive. Many are starting to see that more French exposure can be beneficial to business and tourism. An online penpal exchange is in the works with a class in Paris, France and students have come up with lists of celebrities they would like to invite to Wawota for the centennial celebrations of the community, hopefully attracting attention to the community's transformation." Monique is also working on organizing a summer exchange with a class in Quebec city and so far the efforts have been worthwhile for the community and for her students. Monique says, "[b]y other communities hearing about something like this, hopefully it will plant a seed and other towns will realize they can do this, too."
Core French teachers may apply for this award and funding by obtaining applications at www.caslt.org (link below) under the "What We Do" button and scrolling down to "Our Services to Members."
Reference: The Réflections Journal, Vol 27, No. 2
The Saskatchewan Association of Teachers of French (SATF) / l'Association des professeurs de français de la Saskatchewan (APFS) works to promote the teaching of French in Saskatchewan. They strive to create awareness of the presence of Francophone groups, languge and culture in the province, the country and around the globe. To find out more, please click here.
The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) promotes the advancement of second-language teaching throughout Canada by creating opportunities for professional development, by encouraging research and by facilitating the sharing of information and the exchange of ideas among second-language educators. For more information, please visit www.caslt.org.
CPF-SK is pleased to announce the introduction of a new publication. "Le Saviez-vous" is designed for high school students, and is intended to spark their interest in expanding their French-second-language experiences beyond the classroom. For your copy of Le Saviez-vous, please click here.
Tune into CBC 275-ALLÔ/ADOS-RADIO to listen to French radio designed for youth all across Canada by clicking here.
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is an agent of change and ombudsman. Its mission is to achieve the objectives of the Official Languages Act. For more information, visit www.ocol-clo.gc.ca.
Livres, Disques, Etc. is a great site for ordering French books within Canada. There are books for all ages written by both Canadian and foreign authors. To check out their site, please follow this link www.livres-disques.ca.
Librairie du Centre is another great online site for ordering French story books, novels and games, as well as French language guides and support. To find out more, please visit www.librairieducentre.com.
Le Patron is a helpful tool that allows you to identify orthographic and grammar mistakes that we find frequently in written French. Le Patron also offers clear explanations as to what was wrong to help the writter understand the correction process. Please visit http://lepatron.tapor.ualberta.ca/ for more information.
Kutoka develops and distributes "edutainment" software. They produce original titles that are educational, entertaining and of the highest quality. The "Mia" series, which is available in 42 countries and 14 languages, has been awarded more than 100 international awards so far and has been applauded internationally for its quality and originality. Please visit www.kutoka.com for more information.
Branchez-vous is an on-line newspaper that allows you to have a variety of information in French. For more information, visit www.branchez-vous.com.
Globetrotter is an on-line newsletter that allows you to have a variety of information in French. To learn more, please visit www.globetrotter.net.
Charlotte Diamond is an international performer whose first love is performing for children. She also delivers workshops and keynote presentations for educators of young children. For more information, visit www.charlottediamond.com.
Les Éditions des plaines promotes the discovery of new authors and the works of western Canadian writers. For more information, visit www.plaines.mb.ca.
The University of Calgary and the Réseau français at the University of Calgary are pleased to present an analytical index containing more than 2000 French sites chosen for their valued information. It is aimed at the Francophone and Francophile public interested in teaching or learning the French-language, literature, and the Francophone culture. For more information, please visit fis.ucalgary.ca/repsit/index.htm.
Baccalauréat en Education, University of Regina, offers a quality development for those who would like to teach in Francophone or French immersion schools and core French. For more information, visit education.uregina.ca/.
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
La Troupe du Jour in Saskatoon is a French theatre group that holds plays all year long. If you are interested in attending one of these plays, La Troupe du Jour allows access to the script before the play to make viewing a little easier. For more information please visit their website at ttp://www.latroupedujour.ca/.
Exchanges Canada is an excellent resource for youth exchanges in Canada and around the world. For more information please visit their website at http://exchanges.gc.ca.
The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) offers a variety of educational programs for groups: cultural and bilingual exchanges through SEVEC Youth Exchanges Canada, a reciprocal homestay exchange program for groups of 10-30 youth aged 11-18, and cultural and educational group tours to selected destinations across Canada through Rendez-vous Canada Educational Programs. Check out the SEVEC website at www.sevec.ca.
Youth Heritage Fair Association Inc. (SYHF) was established in the spring of 2000. The organization is committed to the promotion of the Historica Fairs Program in Saskatchewan, which is a multi-media education initiative designed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian History. The program is aimed for students in grades four to nine. For more information, please visit www.saskyouthheritagefair.com
Katimavik's mission is to foster the personal development of Canada's young people through a challenging program of volunteer community work, training and group interaction, in both official languages. Visit www.katimavik.org to apply.
Young Canada Works is a Canadian Heritage program that offers summer work exchanges in another province for high school and post-secondary students. Check the Canadian Heritage website for this program and other types of employment opportunities for bilingual students at www.pch.gc.ca.
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) provides bursaries for summer language studies for students who have completed Grade 11. The courses are offered at the post- secondary level and are given by recognized educational institutions across Canada. For more information, visit www.cmec.ca/olp/.
Learn French through le Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquiere’s Bursary Student Program. The course consists of formal and informal language instruction in the context of Québec and French-Canadian culture. For more information, visit http://www.languages-jonquiere.ca/centre-linguistique/servicesformation.asp?formation=2&langue=3&ville=1.
House of Commons Page Program is a program for bilingual senior high school students with an overall average of 80% who are interested in Canadian politics. Students accepted into the program will spend part of their time studying at a university in the nation's capital while having part-time duties in the House of Commons. For more information, visit the Parliamentary site at www.parl.gc.ca.
Camp jeunes entrepreneurs is a week-long residential summer camp entirely in French organized by the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan to help youth develop their inner entrepreneurship skills. Team up and design your own company, from start to profit in a week. For more information, visit www.ccs-sk.ca.
Camp voyageur is a summer residential Camp entirely in French so youth can have fun and meet friends in French, in Saskatchewan. Visit www.fransaskois.sk.ca for more information.
Festival du Voyageur is Western Canada's largest winter festival. This unique 10-day celebration, themed on the fur trade era, is held each February in St-Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter. It celebrates the joie de vivre of the fur traders. It's a showcase of historic and cultural treasures. For more information, visit www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.
Association jeunesse fransaskoise (AJF) is the Francophone youth association in Saskatchewan. With a series of fun French activities and programs surrounding culture, music, sports, and leadership planned every year, visit http://www.ajf.ca/ to see how you can be part of the action!
Conseil culturel fransaskois (CCF) is the recognized and respected spokesperson of the cultural and artistic sector of the Fransaskois community. It helps create in Saskatchewan a vibrant cultural and artistic Fransaskois community and favorable circumstances for Francophone artists. For more information, please follow their website at http://www.culturel.sk.ca/.
The French-Canadian Society of Prince Albert (Société canadienne-française de Prince Albert) assists in the development and expansion of Francophones and Francophiles in Prince Albert and its neighbouring communities (Meath Park, Albertville, Henribourg). It represents almost 2000 Francophones as well as several Francophiles. To learn more, please visit www.scfpa.ca.
The International Organization of Francophones is an institute founded on the sharing of a language and its common values among its member-states. For more information, please visit www.francophonie.org.
Momes.net is the
website of the international community of young Francophones.
It has various unique activities and information for youth, parents
and educators. For more information, visit www.momes.net.