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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) !

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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 guide to educational apps

EduLulu, the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds!

  • For Parents

    Are 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

    Options for Your Child French First Language Description: This option is intended for children of a parent whose first language is French or who received primary education in French. Parents who have francophone roots, or those who wish for their children to retain French language skills, identity, and culture may also enrol their children. Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French & English –Excellent Approach: Education is offered entirely in French from grades K-12 including all extracurricular activities. English is introduced in the elementary grades with assistance provided as needed. Starting Grade: Entry is typically K or Grade 1, but eligible students may enter at any level. Post-secondary Opportunities: The child will be able to identify with, and as a part of the francophone culture. He or she will be able to pursue post-secondary education in both official languages.   French Immersion Description: Designed for a child whose family heritage is other than French. Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French & English – Excellent Approach: French is used as the language of instruction for all or most subjects. Instruction starts with a teaching of foundational French language principles from which to build off of, and expand into more difficult subjects such as science and math. Some extracurricular activities may be offered in French as well. Starting Grade: Many Alberta schools offer K or Grade 1 entry, with some allowing later entry Post-secondary Opportunities: The student will have retained his or her own cultural identity, while still being able to appreciate francophone culture. The student will also be able to pursue post-secondary education in one, or both official languages.   Core French Description: Designed for a child whose family heritage is other than French. Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French – Good, English – Excellent Approach: French is taught as a subject (recommended 30-40 minutes per day). French is learned through projects geared toward the language and culture. Starting Grade: Core French often starts at grades 4, 7, or 10, with some starting as early as Grade 1. Post Secondary Opportunities: The student will have an established platform from which to pursue fluency; he or she will be able to continue french education at the post-secondary level. The student will have some insight into francophone culture, and be able to appreciate it. I Don't Speak French, How Can I Help My Child? Click below to find resources so that you can help your child with their French homework! READ MORE Click below to learn more about Alberta’s diverse learning system, and how the needs of your child can be met. READ MORE Click below for a directory of elementary and secondary schools in Alberta, as well as links to other Canadian and American schools READ MORE French Immersion preschool options in Alberta. READ MORE Linking CPF Alberta members with experts in French-second-language learning. READ MORE

    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]

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  • Ask an Expert!

    Linking CPF Alberta members with experts in French-second-language learning.

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  • For Students

    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 Software

    2Learn.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 area

    Practice 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 Teachclick 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 reading

    ALIS 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 also

    CPF’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 DELF

    The 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.

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  • For Educators

    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.


    L’Unithéâtre offers theater workshops in French for schools, an artist-in-residence program, summer camps, and more. Théâtre à Pic

    Visual arts

    Société 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 library – has resources to support those teaching French American Council on Immersion Education – an organizational network for individuals interested in immersion education (teachers, administrators, teacher educators, researchers, parents). Check out their archive of articles from past editions of their newsletter. Association Canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI/CAIT) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) offer information, resources, journals, conferences, and more Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Electronic discussion forum on literacy From Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Materials Other Helpful Resources Alberta Libraries Lacoste Bookstore Calgary AB 403-540-8895 [email protected] Librairie le Carrefour 8927 – 91 St., Suite 40 (bottom floor in La Cité Francophone) Edmonton AB T6C 3N1 780-466-1066 1-888-339-1556 part of the University of Alberta Bookstore [email protected] The State of French Second Language Education in Canada – CPF’s annual report outlining national and provincial/territorial support for French immersion and core French. Also include enrolment statistics and interesting articles. English version French version Yes, You Can Help! – this handbook for French immersion parents is also a “primer” on the program for trustees and administrators not familiar with immersion, and offers insights for educators into the information needed by parents General
    • 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
    Curriculum Based 
    • 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.

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  • French Cultural & Language Resources

    A repository of French-Canadian cultural resources that can help strengthen the Francophile/FSL community in Canada.

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