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Throughout the year, our team organizes numerous events in French, or in both of Canada’s official languages, to promote Francophone cultures here at SFU and within the community.

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GET CONNECT-ED EN FRANÇAIS | January 31, 2023

Are you interested in learning or improving your French? Are you considering a teaching career in French?

Get Connect-Ed – Pathways in French is the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the SFU’s options and possibilities in French and to meet at one place all the people that can support you along the way.

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Congrès «J'enseigne en français» | February 17, 2023

It is with great pleasure that the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University invites you to the second edition of the conference "J'enseigne en français : Valorisons nos identités plurielles en classe". 

This one-day conference will take place in person at the Civic Hotel in Surrey on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Info Sessions - Teacher Education | Professionnal Development Program & Professionnal Linking Program - French Module

Are you interested in teaching Core French, French Immersion or in the Francophone program in British Columbia? Attend an information session about the French Module of the Professional Development Program (PDP) and Professional Linking Program (PLP) at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Next sessions: January 19 & 31 and February 23, 2023

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Info Sessions - Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) - INCLUSION, INTERACTION, AND CONNECTION IN THE FRENCH CLASSROOM

Learn more about this Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) in French during an information session. This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) is designed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This online program focuses on British Columbia's Ministry of Education K-12 French curriculum and explores how to teach it using inclusive, interactive, and relational pedagogies.

Next sessions: January 25, February 10 & 22, 2023

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Info sessions - CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION: CONTEXTS OF DIVERSITY IN FRENCH (MA, MED)

Offered in French, this program focuses on the theme of diversity and inclusion. Students will explore, understand and apply current theories and research related to second language teaching and learning in Francophone minority settings. Students will also discover how to adapt their practice to diverse, multicultural and multilingual environments. Two choices are available: the professionally oriented option (M.Ed.) or the research oriented option (M.A.).

Next sessions: January 24 & February 9, 2023

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Info sessions - PHD IN LANGUAGES, CULTURES AND LITERACIES

The Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) offers postgraduate programs in French that allow you to become both an expert researcher and an author of new professional knowledge. Find out more about the Doctor of Education in French at SFU during an information session.

Next sessions: January 24 and February 9, 2023

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Printemps de la francophonie | March 1-31, 2023

Throughout the month of March, SFU's Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs invites you to take part in the 13th edition of the Printemps de la francophonie! Conferences, panel discussions, workshops, cultural activities and film screenings: stay tuned, the program will be unveiled soon!

Ma thèse en 180 secondes - Western Final | March 28, 2023

The Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and postgraduate students to perfect their communication skills while giving them the chance to share their research in the public space!

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Past Events

SFU's Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs invites you to the book launch of "La francophonie de la Colombie-Britannique : Éducation, diversité, identité". Join us for this unique event, free of charge and open to the Francophone, Francophile and university community of British Columbia.

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Belgian movie night with the Embassy of Belgium in Canada : «Une Vie démente» (October 5, 2022)

On the occasion of the visit of H.E. Patrick Van Gheel, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada, in Vancouver, you are cordially invited to a Belgian movie night and the screening of the film Une Vie démente (in French with English subtitles)

Back-to-school French Fête (September 9, 2022)

The French Fête is the perfect occasion to meet with the SFU Franco community and discover all the resources and opportunities in French on campus during this back-to-school celebration.

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It is with great pleasure that SFU's Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) invites you to a provincial premiere: the conference "J'enseigne en français: Valorisons nos identités plurielles en classe". 

This one-day conference will be held in person at SFU Vancouver Campus on Saturday, May 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Le Printemps de la francophonie - 12th Edition (February 28-March 31, 2022)

From February 28 to March 31, you are invited to take part in some twenty free cultural, academic and professional activities.

Discover the full program here!

In collaboration with the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (Acfas), the University of Alberta (U of A), the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University (SFU) will present the first edition of the western final of the "Ma thèse en 180 secondes" (MT180) competition which will take place online on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

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FEDERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES DEBATE / DÉBAT ENTRE LES CANDIDAT.E.S AUX ÉLECTIONS FÉDÉRALES (September 14, 2021 - 7p.m.)

Please join us for a unique bilingual debate. It’s your chance to hear more about what this election is all about, in both official languages! Featuring bilingual candidates from all major parties from across British Columbia, the debate will combine questions and answers in French and English. The evening will include questions prepared by students, along with live questions from the audience.

Topics include climate change and the environment, reconciliation, languages and culture in a multicultural Canada, housing and affordability, post-secondary education and other student concerns, and more.

ACPI's Great Tour (September 14-15, 2021)

The Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs is pleased to collaborate with ACPI as part of their Great tour. This west-to-east tour of Canada is a flagship event in ACPI's French immersion teacher recruitment strategy known as the Teacher 5 étoiles campaign. Aboard the colorful campaign camper van, affectionately known as Margo, the dynamic Teacher 5 étoiles has planned a round of activities aimed at students in some 30 high schools offering French immersion programs across the country and at education students on a dozen Canadian university campuses.

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As part of the Sommet sur le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes,OFFA will be co-presenting with LOJIQ a workshop about Quebec's policies regarding the Canadian Francophonie on May 26. Gino Leblanc, Director at OFFA will also be taking part in the opening panel on June 12.

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We want to highlight the important role that you play in the world of French education, especially during this pandemic, therefore SFU’s OFFA invites you to join the “Alumni – J’enseigne en français” community in a virtual celebration on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 4pm to 5:30pm. 

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The Symposium on the Francophonie in British Columbia took place on October 4 and 5 at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus. The event, organized as part of the 15th anniversary of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), featured 13 speakers, including experts on the Francophonie in B.C., professors from eight Canadian universities, as well as two privileged observers of the evolution of French-language research on the province.

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Celebrating back-to-school with a 15th anniversary party (September 20, 2019)

On September 20, the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs launched its 15th anniversary festivities in the company of students, colleagues and community members involved in the programs, courses and services offered in French at SFU.

The Back-to-School Celebration was held at UniverCity Townsquare on SFU’s Burnaby campus. The team from Radio-Canada was on hand to launch its fall season and celebrate the OFFA’s 15th anniversary. The organizers of the Canadian Francophone Games also came to meet SFU students and invite them to get involved in the major national event happening in Victoria in July 2020.

Click here to view pictures of the celebration. Our thanks to photographer Célia Saunier, a student in the French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs.