Interview with Socièté Radio-Canada...

This beautiful morning I was asked to interview with Socièté Radio-Canada about the French culture in our Ontario schools and my recent participation in Projèt à Québec 2014!! 

It was a great experience and I really had the opportunity to discuss what we did in Québec and all the learning that took place! 

OMLTA Ontario has organized a wonderful experience for French language teachers to go and enjoy the beautiful culture, cuisine and Québècois experience! 

LINK: http://www.radio-canada.ca/util/postier/suggerer-go.asp?nID=1196046

Merci and stay tuned for the classroom follow-up! 


Board of Directors for the OMLTA...

As the Southwest Ontario Board of Director for the OMLTA, check out my director's bio in our newest edition of "Communications" and all your second language teaching tips! 

Link: http://www.omlta.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Communication-Summer-2014.pdf

The OMLTA/AOPLV is committed to:

  •  advocate on behalf of language educators;
  •  provide leadership in the development of language policy documents and curriculum;
  •  provide members with professional development opportunities and resources; and
  •  promote the benefits of learning languages.


Blog Post for Danish Teachers Folkeskolen On-line Magazine

My latest Blog Post for Danish Teachers Folkeskolen On-line Magazine and Web-site..

Topic: Pedagogical Documentation in the classroom. 

Check it out here: http://www.folkeskolen.dk/546540/pedagogical-research-in-french-second-language


On the radio with SRC/CBC..

Check out my FSL class on CBC/SRC Canada Matins sans frontières Windsor.

Merci a Lisette, Charles and Rébecca!



La coupe du Monde 2014 en FLS...

Our FSL class is getting ready to celebrate the World Cup 2014 in Brazil! 

We are cheering for all teams and of course the French! 

Inquiry based learning, real-life events and action oriented learning that relates to the students lives is a great way to engage the learners in your classroom!

Allez les Bleus!


Danish Teacher Education Blog..

I am now blogging for the Danish Teacher's Education Magazine Folkeskolen. 
Check it out here: http://www.folkeskolen.dk/544303/aim-ed-a-warm-welcome-in-french-second-language


Culture in the Classroom. The new FSL curriculum in Ontario.

My grade 8 class engaged in French culture this semester. They were required to create a lesson based on the culture of a French speaking country. 

They learned well and created lessons that were engaging and motivating.

The students created lessons that captured the essence of the country they were studying and we covered the cultural aspect of the curriculum points for grade 7&8. 

The students enjoyed the independence and the ability to work creatively and collaboratively. 

Follow- up activity: 

I asked my intermediate students to present their projects to my junior class. The students were in AMAZEMENT! They enjoyed it so much and really liked having the older students be their "teacher" for the class. This creates collaboration and a respectful environment among all my students. It has been a successful lesson and everyone had enjoyed it! 


Inquiry based learning in FSL..

In my FSL class we are working on Inquiry Based Learning. My students and I created inquiry based questions and a success criteria to answer these questions. Inquiry based learning in FSL starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios -- rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. 

Students will identify and research issues and questions to develop their knowledge or solutions. Inquiry-based learning includes problem-based learning, and is generally used in small scale investigations and projects. 

The National Science Education Standards (NSES) (1996) outlines six important aspects pivotal to inquiry learning in science education.
1. Students should be able to recognize that science is more than memorizing and knowing facts.
2. Students should have the opportunity to develop new knowledge that builds on their prior knowledge and scientific ideas.
3. Students will develop new knowledge by restructuring their previous understandings of scientific concepts and adding new information learned.
4. Learning is influenced by students’ social environment whereby they have an opportunity to learn from each other
5. Students will take control of their learning .
6. The extent to which students are able to learn with deep understanding will influence how transferable their new knowledge is to real life contexts.