Established in 2014, the French as a Second Language Consortium is made up of ministers of education across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, whose mandate is to support and promote student achievement as it relates to learning French as a second language (FSL).

While provinces and territories are uniquely responsible for the development and implementation of FSL programs, the French as a Second Language Consortium Committee (FSL Consortium Committee) endeavours to realize the following goals collaboratively:

  • Stay informed about FSL education across Canada.
  • Identify common needs related to FSL instruction and learning and develop resources to meet these needs.
  • Promote student success in FSL programs.

Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language

Building on the findings and recommendations from the FSL in Canada: Potential for Collaboration report, the FSL Consortium Committee developed Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language (2018), a pan-Canadian resource, which offers ways to increase student engagement.

This unique resource combines relevant research and authentic examples from classrooms across Canada to illustrate numerous practices that educators have found to be effective in increasing student engagement in French second-language education. Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language comprises six short videos and a reflection guide. We invite you to visit www.inspireFSL.ca to access the resource.

Get inspired by watching our one-minute promotional video.

 

I can speak French! Increasing the oral proficiency of French second-language learners

Recognizing the benefits for all FSL students to communicate orally in French with confidence, the FSL Consortium Committee created I can speak French! Increasing the oral proficiency of French second-language learners, an innovative digital resource which focusses on improving students’ oral communication in French. The resource features the following three key components:

  • a research compendium that compiles and synthesizes current research findings related to FSL learners’ oral competences;
  • a collection of effective teaching strategies and instructional practices, developed by FSL educators across Canada, to illustrate how the research on oral competences can be applied in FSL programming; and
  • guidelines and an accompanying video to inspire FSL teachers to use student-centred online conversations as a means to promote authentic oral communication.

Funds for these projects have been provided by participating provinces and territories through CMEC and by the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage.

We invite you to explore the numerous possibilities offered by these resources!