CPF’s French-second-language (FSL) tools and resources for parents, students, educators, and anyone else seeking assistance are extensive. Whether you’re looking for information on FSL education in Canada, activities to assist your child in his or her studies, or tools to assess and improve your school’s FSL performance, CPF can help point you in the right direction.
Homework Help with Voilà Learning
If you live in Alberta and your school board has not yet registered with Voilà Learning, Canadian Parents for French Alberta and Voilà Learning are excited to announce that:
All CPF Alberta members can now have access to the Online Homework Help in French every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the reduced price of $50.00/ month per family (regularly $199/month) !
If you are not yet a Canadian Parents for French member, please visit our Membership page to join now and immediately benefit from this discount.
EduLulu – the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds!
EduLulu explains that their “evaluations are the work of teams of independent experts, including teachers, parents, ergonomists, designers, and Web developers,” and that that together, those professionals “evaluate,” “grade,” and “comment” on new educational apps. Created for parents and teachers, EduLulu is the first public evaluation service for educational apps available in Canada for iOS and Android.
EduLulu, the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds!
For ParentsAre you a parent looking to offer your child all the benefits of a dual-language education? You might feel a little overwhelmed with questions and uncertainties about French-second-language, or FSL, education. Even if you’ve already made the decision to enrol your child in an FSL program, you might be at a loss as to how you can help him or her succeed if you don’t speak French yourself. CPF is here to help. We have many informative pamphlets and brochures that can help you pick the right program for the right child; and for parents whose children are already studying FSL, we have resources that can help you help your kids. We are primarily, first and foremost, a parent-oriented organization, so we are here for you and your family every step of the way.
CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French and their parents. Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.
Information is also provided through the CPF national newsletter and the CPF Alberta News, which are distributed to our members, and through our local chapters.
The Language Resource Centre at the University of Calgary offers a counselling service for parents of bilingual children, with resources and information especially for parents of children learning more than one language at home as well as immigrant parents. click here
See also:Peer Tutoring Literacy Program CPF Guide to FSL Schools Pamphlets Youth Activities To order any of the above, or for more resources: please contact [email protected]
Click here to find a list of libraries in your area servicing French-language speakers and readers.
click here for CPF’s French Internet Address List and List of Popular French Software2Learn.ca – this Alberta-based site offers technology-based resources and support for educators, students and parents – for the French section go to www.pourapprendre.ca
BonPatron – This internet site for second-language learners helps identify common spelling, grammar, and expression problems in French. Type (or copy and paste) in your text and the program will highlight errors. Move your mouse over a highlighted word or expression, and you’ll see an explanation of the error. You can choose to receive the explanations in English or in French.
En route vers le succès – a French immersion version of activity workbooks for elementary students
ExamBank offers online practice exams for all subjects, at all grade levels, in both English and French, based on the Alberta curriculum
French accents on an English-only keyboard – print out this guide
Lacoste Bookstore (Calgary) offers one-on-one and group tutoring with French phonetics, reading comprehension and grammar for students in grades 1-9.
LanguageGuide (vocabulary, grammar)
Laws and the justice system - www.CliquezJustice.ca portal reaches out to children, teenagers, teachers and the general public with legal information, information on careers in the area of justice, and details on the workings of the justice system. The sections for children aged 8 -11, for teens, and for teachers are designed specifically for those audiences.
LearnAlberta.ca offers quality multimedia learning resources in French, curriculum based, searchable by grade and subject. For the password contact your child’s teacher or school.
Key to Successful Learning Inc. – Le Centre de Littératie – psycho/educational assessments, one-on-one tutoring, strategies for success – 403-466-9295 in the Calgary area
Make School Work for You or Mieux réussir à l’école – for junior and senior high students who may experience learning difficulties, but who want to do better in school – order form the Learning Resources Centre (product number 461426 or 477019)
Parlons Français – French tutoring services for all ages and all subject areas – 780-720-7939 in the Edmonton areaPractice FLA 30-1 provincial exams: Grade 12 students can review diploma exams from previous years. French language arts students can practice with Français 30 “Part B” exams, but must ask their teachers for copies of the reading texts. As the student answers each question, a box pops up to explain why the choice is or is not the appropriate answer. To see the sample exams, go to https://questaplus.alberta.ca.
REPSIT – This website, developed by staff at the University of Calgary, is a collection of links to websites. For example, under “Exercices de langue” students can find help with grammar and vocabulary as well as interactive, self-correcting exercises to help them prepare for the DELF assessments.
Songs That Teach: click here for tapes/CDs that teach French vocabulary, grammar, etc. from Sara Jordan Publishing
Sound Language Solutions – original songs with lyrics which target the most common errors made by students learning French, with accompanying print resources and teacher’s guides
Teacher Certified Tutoring – offers online support for readingALIS French Resources- ALIS resources now available in French (resume & cover letter tips, career questions, etc.)
Several centers in Alberta are accredited to offer the DELF/DALF assessments, which give individuals official certification of their French language proficiency and offer an international diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education.
Preparing for the DELF: Don’t have access to someone who can help you prepare for the DELF, or want some additional practice? Click here for a collection of interactive and self-correcting web sites.
The Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en français at Campus Saint-Jean is accredited to administer the internationally-recognized Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).
Language Portal of Canada - provides Canadians with free, one-stop access to a wide range of language tools, including TERMIUM Plus®, the Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank. Users can also consult various writing tools, articles on language problems and numerous other online Canadian resources. The goal is to to help Canadians study, work and communicate in both official languages.Glossary of parliamentary terms – from the Parliament of Canada website: basic terms for younger students more terms for students in grades 7-10
Word of the Week - Sign up your student to receive the e-mail newsletter from the radio program C’est La Vie at www.cbc.ca/cestlavie/word. Each week, he/she will receive a very short e-mail featuring a French “word of the week” with common expressions using that word. Students can also access a list of past words-of-the-week, which includes definitions and examples of usage. All texts are courtesy of Johanne Blais, lexicographer with the Canadian Bilingual Dictionary Project.
Mathematics - Alberta Education has online glossaries for students in grades 7-12:
See alsoCPF’s partners, collaborators and sponsors have a variety of tools as well for students in Canada; check out the links below! Our Youth Activities section for camps, contests and more! Le Myosotis – CPF members qualify for a 10% discount! French-language study aids and software University of Ottawa’s Portail Francophile – French resources on campus Where to study in French, and where to find funding. READ MORE
CEFR and the DELFThe CEFR is a common tool for the 49 countries of the council of Europe. It was developed to promote language learning, to facilitate educational and occupational mobility, and to support plurilingualism and multiculturalism. READ MORE Will I continue with French or will I drop it? READ MORE
CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French and their parents.
Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.
Membership in CPF is open to any adult who supports the goals of the association. You needn’t be a parent — we include many educators and researchers as well as grandparents, French-second-language program graduates, and others. Canadian Parents for French is committed to promoting excellence in French-second-language (core and immersion) programs. Many teachers have already joined CPF as an extension of their professional memberships. (Associations and organizations such as schools and school districts can also join CPF as affiliate, non-voting members.) To join CPF: Read about our Membership Benefits and Sign-up online.
TheaterL’Unithéâtre offers theater workshops in French for schools, an artist-in-residence program, summer camps, and more. Théâtre à Pic
Visual artsSociété francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta in Edmonton offers community studio workshops for children, summer art camps, and workshops in schools or for school groups visiting the city. accentalberta.ca offers one-stop shopping for field trips, workshops, entertainers and other services in French to help student groups experience French. Subscribe to the Quoi de neuf? / What’s new? to automatically receive updates Archives de Radio-Canada: Pour les profs – projets pédagogiques pour le 3e cycle du primaire et pour le secondaire et des pistes d’analyse et des activités destinées aux professeurs du collégial Canadian Health Network – a bilingual web site on the prevention and promotion of health, including topics like air pollution, relationships, and much more. Look in the “Enfants” and “Adolescents” sections, check under the various topics, or search using terms like “quiz” or “games” for information and resources to use in the classroom. Class trips to French-speaking areas of Canada and the world Drama for Learning – visit the University of New Brunswick Second Language Education Centre website to learn about a module using “process drama” for the Grade 9/10 level of core French (“FSL”) Check our What’s New page for information about current events. See also Youth Activities section. The Odyssey and Accent programs provide, respectively, full- and part-time language assistants who support teachers by organizing activities to help students discover and appreciate the French language and culture, organize cultural activities, and support students as they learn French. Program information is available through the Council of Minister of Education, Canada web site. Applications are sent each spring by Alberta Education to school district superintendents where French immersion is offered. A limited number of language assistants are available each year, and where they are assigned to a district the choice of school is the responsibility of the superintendent. Below is a list of associations for First-Language, Core, and Immersion teachers:
- Alberta Teachers’ Association
- Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion – Canadian association of immersion teachers
- Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers – now members of CPF receive $10 off a membership in CASLT
- College of Alberta School Superintendents
- Le Conseil Français – ATA specialist council for French immersion and French first language teachers
- Second Languages & Intercultural Council – ATA specialist council for second language teachers
- Connection: Information for Teachers – an online newsletter published by Alberta Education – stay connected with what’s new in education in Alberta!
- French Immersion Information
- Handbook for French Immersion Administrators
- Inclusive Education & Indicators of Inclusive Education
- School Administrator’s Guide to Implementing Language Programming
- Diversity in French Immersion Classrooms: A Quick Inclusion Guide for Teachers
- Inclusion of Students with Diverse Needs in French Immersion Schools What School Administrators Need to Know
- Language Education and Learning Disabilities
- The Centre for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
- Canadian Modern Language Review
- CERF: Centre d’enseignement et de recherche in français
- Center for Applied Linguistics
- Language Research Centre (U. of C.)
- National Capital Language Resource Centre (U.S.)
- Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa
- Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Modern Language Centre
- Professional Development Consortia
- Second Language & Intercultural Council (ATA)
- Aquila Communications
- CDL2000 in Calgary specializes in French computer software. Contact Sylvie Mercier at 403-232-5482 or 1-866-277-5529, or visit www.cdl2000.ca.
- Census at School is an international classroom project for students aged 8 to 18. They complete a brief online survey, analyze their class results and compare themselves with students in Canada and other countries
- Centre Franco-Ontarien de Resources Pédagogiques
- Classroom Connections / Chaînon scolaire is a Canadian non-profit organization that develops free educational resources for schools across Canada. One of their recent publications is Découverte de la capitale du Canada: Tout un lieu de rassemblement for use in Grades 5-8 Social Studies.
- Digital literacy for secondary students MyWorld / MonUnivers aims to teach students essential digital literacy skills through simulating their favourite online experiences. It deals with researching and authenticating online information, managing privacy and reputation, dealing with online relationships and using digital media in an ethical manner. It includes a Teacher’s Guide and Classroom Activities Guide. French version English version
- Éditions Scholastic – offers pedagogical materials, Club de lecture, book fairs, magazine subscriptions, and more
- Edmonton Public Schools’ Resource Development Services has many French resources available for purchase
- Elections Alberta has translated its “Building Future Voters” education resources for grade 6, 9 and 12 for use in French immersion and Francophone schools.
- Financial skills The City is a learning program developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and the British Columbia Securities Commission. It teaches young people financial skills that they can carry with them throughout their lives. English French
- Fur Trade in a Box, a classroom edukit developed by the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, is now available in French. It supports the new Alberta Learning Social Studies curriculum and is designed for Grades 4 and 5. Included are a teacher’s manual; historic props and costumes; puppets and a puppet theatre script; an interactive fur trade game appealing to all types of learners; word games; maps; and more. There is no user fee other than the cost of delivery. (The perfect follow-up is a class visit to the historic, where students can take on the roles of Métis and Francophone traders and learn more about their influence on this province. And, of course, all the listening stations give explanations in both French and English.)
- Jamais je ne l’oublierai / Never Will I Forget, a bilingual map about the historical contribution of Francophones to the development of Alberta, was a centennial project of the Association canadienne française de l’Alberta. The coloured map, featuring 15 pictures, provides information on approximately 50 communities where Francophones stayed and played an important role. It also shows that more than 560 places in Alberta attribute their names to French influences. The map can be purchased for $5.00 at Librairie La Carrefour in Edmonton and Librairie Monette in Calgary or by calling the ACFA at 780-466-1680.
- The Library and Archives Canada Learning Centre offers educational products and services to teachers and students in both official lanaguges. English French
- Library of Parliament offers a variety of free, online, and inexpensive educational resources in both English and French relating to the Canadian Parliament, Senate, and governance.
- The www.CliquezJustice.ca portal reaches out to children, teenagers, teachers and the general public with legal information, information on careers in the area of justice, and details on the workings of the justice system. The sections for children aged 8 -11, for teens, and for teachers are designed specifically for those audiences.
- RDL Canada
- REPSIT – Ce répertoire analytique contient plus de 2000 sites choisis pour leur valeur informative, leur français soigné, leur présentation conviviale et leurs qualités d’ensemble. Il vise un public francophone et francophile intéressé à l’enseignement ou à l’apprentissage de la langue française, la littérature et la culture francophones.
- TFO (la television educatif et culturelle de l’Ontario) offers games, classroom resources, hotlinks, and more.
- Tralco-Lingo Fun
- 2Learn.ca offers technology-based resources relating to the Alberta curriculum as well as support for educators at www.pourapprendre.ca and S’[email protected]rn.ca for students
- Alberta Distance Learning Centre now offers Science, Mathematics, French Language Arts, Social Studies, and CALM as well as CTS courses, Psychology, Forensics, and Art for immersion students. Go to http://www.adlc.ca/content/view/166/221 or call Esther Kupsch, Senior High Associate Principal 1-866-774-5333 ext 5183 or Berthe Comeau ext 6120.
- LearnAlberta.ca includes more than 4,000 resources in French for Grades K-12. All have been screened for suitability and all specifically support outcomes in the Alberta Program of Studies.
- Educorock Productions is music designed to eliminate lacks in specific grammatical and thematic structures at the grades K-10 school level
- Faites de la musique! comprises a CD and 9 companion books for young readers to follow along while listening to the songs (most books include discussion questions and activities as a supplementary page for teachers and parents)
- Sound Language Solutions – original songs with lyrics which target the most common errors made by students learning French, with accompanying print resources and teacher’s guides
- The Education Station offers posters, games, stickers, CDs, and more. Visit 13204 – 137 Ave. in Edmonton or order online.
- Top French Videos – a collection of fun video clips (commercials, music, cartoons, film trailers, etc.) and PowerPoint presentations selected to lighten up the study of French
- Via Musica – resources developed here in Alberta to assist with music education at the elementary level
- JUMP Math is available in French especially for immersion programs beginning the fall of 2011 (grades 1-4).
- Le Réseau d’échanges offers authentic tasks and lesson plans to encourage FSL students to practice speaking and writing French
- L’école des loisirs is a publisher in France which offers annual collections of 8 French books for all age groups. The children receive one each month from November to June. There are special rates for group orders of “Max” subscriptions, and a school library receives a free subscription for every 12 group subscriptions. Contact Isabelle Bergeron at 403-202-3280 in Calgary for further information.
- MonUnivers: un tutoriel de littératie numérique destiné aux élèves du secondaire
- Peer Tutoring Literacy Program - is aimed at fostering literacy in French immersion. It is designed for Grade 2 and 3 students who are experiencing moderate difficulties with French reading who would benefit from extra reading support.
- Poster Pals
- Puzzlemaker – allows you to generate your own word searches and other puzzles online
- Sabita et les mots magiques mêlés is a simple children’s storybook written in the present tense, accompanied by the story on CD. Tara Natter (B.Ed., former Calgary immersion teacher) created this package to present French sounds (like eau = o) through a story of wizards, potions, and magic so that children can practice their reading at home even when their parents don’t know French. It is also designed for use in the classroom.
- Sound Language Solutions – original songs with lyrics which target the most common errors made by students learning French, with accompanying print resources and teacher’s guides. They also do workshops for teachers.
- Verbathon – “Specifically designed to meet both the needs of educators and students, Verbathon makes verbs and grammar fun and exciting to teach and learn in languages such as French and Spanish.
CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French, their teachers, and their parents.
Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.