This project is designed for classroom teachers who teach Core French 7 or 8 and who speak little to no French who want to learn strategies to teach Core French and build their confidence.
Project objectives :
- Support Grade 7/8 teachers who speak little French by providing tools for teaching Core French and strategies to reuse in class (e.g., circling)
- Create a unit plan by each team related to the Core French 7 curriculum – this unit plan will be shared province-wide
- Collaborate together to develop teachers’ confidence in meeting the learning objectives of Core French 7 (and adapting to grade 8)
Description of the project :
DAY 1 (September 20, 2023) : In a larger group, we will look at ways to develop a feeling of community so that teachers (and consequently their students) are ready to take risks. Participants will learn a variety of practical strategies to teach Core French 7 in order to meet the development of their students’ communication skills in French. We will look at the Core French curriculum and brainstorm unit plans ideas.
Day 2 : We will split into smaller groups for unit planning purposes. We will start the morning exploring other strategies and build upon our skills. Then, using the learned strategies and our classroom experience, we will continue to work on a unit plan connected to the Core French curricular learning standards by using the backwards design (UDL) model.
3 & 4: Using the learned strategies and classroom experience, continue to work on a unit plan connected to the Core French curricular learning standards by using the backwards design (UDL) model. By the end of the sessions in May 2024, we should have 2 units created.
TTOC release time will be provided for all sessions!
Shauna Néro is the Coordinator of the BC French Language Teachers’ Network for Simon Fraser’s University’s Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs. She is also SD75’s Coordinator of French Programs in Mission. She has extensive experience teaching Core French, Spanish, sciences humaines and français langue at the secondary level and was a vice-principal in a dual-track elementary immersion school. She is BC’s representative on the national Executive Committee of the Association Canadienne des professionnel·les d’immersion (ACPI) and is the Past President of the BC Languages Coordination Association. For the past ten years, she has taught a variety of sessional French teaching methodology courses at Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about using authentic resources to engage students in the learning process and to help support them to become autonomous learners. A former French Immersion graduate and proud mother of a French immersion daughter, Shauna is proud to be a part of the French-learning community in BC and plays an active role in supporting the development of bi·plurilingual and bi·pluricultural students.