L’Unithéâtre offers theater workshops in French for schools, an artist-in-residence program, summer camps, and more.
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”)
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
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
From Alberta Education:
- 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
Inclusive Education Materials
- 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
Other Helpful Resources
- 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)
Librairie le Carrefour
8927 – 91 St., Suite 40
(bottom floor in La Cité Francophone)
Edmonton AB T6C 3N1
part of the University of Alberta Bookstore
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
- 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] 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.
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