The French as a First Language Consortium is made up of ministries of education across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, to support French-language education in minority-language settings.

Provinces and territories are uniquely responsible for the development and implementation of French as a first language programs.

Pan-Canadian French as a first language projects

In recognition of the distinct character of Francophone education in Canada, the French as a First Language Consortium Committee (FFL Consortium Committee) was established to promote, within Francophone schools in minority-language settings, conditions for French-language learning that lead to enhanced student achievement.

FFL Consortium Committee members work collaboratively to:

  • understand the issues surrounding French-language education in minority-language settings, and
  • identify common needs related to French-language instruction and learning in minority-language settings and develop strategies and resources to meet identified needs.

This committee reports to the Advisory Committee of Deputy Ministers of Education (ACDME) and is composed of directors of French-language education programs in provinces and territories where French is the minority language.

Since 2004, the FFL Consortium Committee has undertaken a number of pan-Canadian initiatives and projects to improve student achievement in Francophone schools in minority-language settings.

Approche culturelle de l’enseignement project

The Approche culturelle de l’enseignement project focused on the development of a pan-Canadian framework for Francophone cultural learning in French-speaking schools in minority-language settings.

The framework targets the areas of Francophone cultural learning and identity building, which are core educational goals for Francophone schools in minority-language settings.

The professional development Web site on the cultural approach to teaching has four components:

  • a foundation document for a cultural approach to teaching
  • a pan-Canadian database of cultural references
  • a database of teaching strategies
  • professional development on the cultural approach to teaching

The tools developed as part of the project are interactive and are available to the broad minority French-language education community. Visit the project Web site at: www.approcheculturelle.ca. The site is available in French only.

COMMUNICO

Following the review of the Trousse de formation en francisation (2004), the Trousse de formation en communication orale (2008), and the Trousse de formation sur les stratégies cognitives et métacognitives en lecture et en écriture (2008) (available in French only), participating provinces and territories, through the FFL Consortium Committee, have undertaken the development of a resource named COMMUNICO, to better support the needs of educators, curriculum designers, guidance counsellors, and principals of Francophone schools.

This professional development kit focuses on oral communication while incorporating principles of francization in minority-language settings. It is based on recent research and reflects digital trends. COMMUNICO also offers interactive professional learning modules and useful pedagogical tools. Visit the project Web site at: www.communico.club. The site is available in French only.

Financial support for COMMUNICO has been provided by the FFL Consortium Committee provinces and territories and by the federal government (Canadian Heritage).