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New opportunities for non-credit professional development with OFFA at SFU

SFU’s OFFA and Nathalie Walsh, its Coordinator - Provincial network for teachers of French programs in British Columbia, are currently developing new non-credit professional development opportunities for teachers in core French, Immersion and Francophone programs in B.C.

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Summer Institute 2021: Overcome the challenges of a L2 identity!

French isn't your first or dominant language? Are you nervous sometimes when you speak French with your Francophone colleagues? Would you like to gain more confidence in French and inspire that same confidence in your students? This series of 4 half-day online workshops is for you! While practicing your French in a safe and supportive environment, you will discover strategies to overcome the challenges of a L2 identity, both for yourself as a teacher and for your students.

  • Target audience: French Immersion and Core French Teachers - Levels A2 / B1 / B2
  • When: July 19 to 22, 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Facilitated by: Monica Tang
  • Presented in French
  • $50 for a serie of 4 two and a half hour workshops 

Register before July 12! Places are limited!

Past Events

May 2021

How can our teaching influence our students’ linguistic identity?  Let’s revisit together some of our common practices in Immersion to better understand what makes our students proud to use their French at school and beyond.  

  • Target Audience: French Immersion Teachers (Elementary and Secondary)
  • When: Tuesday May 4, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Facilitated by: Monica Tang and Magali Forte (SFU)
  • Presented in French

Are you looking for technological solutions to support your students in reading and writing in French?  If you school district uses Google for Education applications or SharePoint Office 365, did you know that you have a range of visual, auditory and translation tools to support your students’ reading and writing?  Come discover them and learn how to use them! 

  • Target Audience: Teachers in French Programs (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Facilitated by: Kevin Sturt, District Curriculum Tech and Language Coordinator, SD28 (Quesnel)
  • Bilingual presentation in French and English

READ&WRITE POUR GOOGLE CHROME

  • When: Thursday April 29, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5:00pm

OUTILS: LE LECTEUR IMMERSIF OFFICE 365

  • When: Thursday May 6, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5:00pm

With everything that is going on in our communities and beyond these days, we need to address issues of racism and discrimination with our students… but how? This workshop invites teachers of all levels to explore anti-racism and diversity issues in the classroom.  We will present ideas for projects that integrate art and writing, with student-made exemplars, as well as artists to interact with to address these themes with your students.  You will also have the opportunity to start thinking about your own activities during the workshop and discuss them with colleagues. 

  • Target audience:  Teachers in French programs (Elementary and Secondary)
  • When:  Monday, May 10, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Nikitha Fester and Trevor O’Rourke, teachers, SD39 (Vancouver)
  • Presented in French

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. 

Event program:

  • Short talk by Shauna Néro on the importance for teachers to network in order to break isolation;
  • Exclusive show presented by Théâtre la Seizième“Le gala des Zoominars”;
  • Interactive activity: your community, your vision!;
  • Opportunities for you: how can you get involved in the “J’enseigne en français” community.
  • Door prize draw!

You are looking for NEW GAMES and ACTIVITIES to engage your students in a fun way during French lessons? You have some « tried and tested » FUN ACTIVITIES and GAMES to share with colleagues? Join us for this sharing session! 

  • Target Audience: Core French Teachers (Intermediate and Secondary)
  • When: Tuesday April 13, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 4 :30pm
  • Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh (SFU - OFFA)
  • Presented in English

How can we help all our students to read and learn despite their different levels and needs?  How can we help them read texts in all subjects, including science and social studies, and access curricular content? 

In this workshop, participants will explore variations of traditional literary circles as a powerful, inclusive and interdisciplinary tool for differentiation. 

  • Target Audience: French Immersion and Francophone Teachers (Intermediate and Secondary)
  • When: Wednesday April 14, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Anne-Marie Bilton, Helping Teacher, SD41 (Burnaby) 
  • Presented in French

You want to help your students succeed with problem solving in math?  You are looking for ways to help them overcome their difficulties with the language of instruction and promote oral communication?   You want to explore ways to differentiate problem solving to include all your students?  

Discover strategies and resources to help your students overcome the challenges of problem solving in math!

  • Target Audience: French Immersion and Francophone Teachers (Grades 1 to 3) 
  • When: Thursday April 22, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 5 :00pm
  • Facilitated by: Renée Michaud, Math Consultant
  • Presented in French

You want to help your students succeed with problem solving in math?  You are looking for ways to help them overcome their difficulties with the language of instruction and promote oral communication?   You want to explore ways to differentiate problem solving to include all your students?  

Discover strategies and resources to help your students overcome the challenges of problem solving in math!

  • Target Audience: French Immersion and Francophone Teachers (Grades 4 to 8) 
  • When: Wednesday April 28, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 5 :00pm
  • Facilitated by: Renée Michaud, Math Consultant
  • Presented in French

February 2021

In this pandemic, there has never been a better time to be outside with our students!  During this workshop, we will present the resource “The Walking Curriculum” by Gillian Judson and how two teachers are using it to integrate outdoor education into all subjects that they teach. Several copies of the book will be drawn amongst participants.

  • Target audience: Teachers in Immersion and Francophone Programs
  • When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh (SFU-OFFA) with teachers Deni James and Ginette Charpentier (SD43 - Coquitlam)
  • Presented in French

It is a fact, many French speakers feel uncomfortable at the thought of expressing themselves in French. What are the causes of this uneasiness and more importantly, how can we remediate this situation? In this workshop, teachers will look at the impact of linguistic insecurity on the development of students’ identity.  They will also discuss and deconstruct their own representations of the French language. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion and Francophone Programs Teachers, K-12
  • When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Le Comité sécurité linguistique de la C.-B. (Conseil jeunesse francophone de la C.-B.)
  • Presented in French

Get the chance to develop your own language competencies, speak French in a safe, supportive environment, and participate in activities based on the action-oriented approach to language learning!

  • Target audience: Core French teachers - DELF Levels A1-A2 
  • When: Thursdays, February 11, 18 & 25, 2021
  • Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh, SFU-OFFA
  • Target audience: French Immersion teachers  DELF Levels B1-B2 
  • When: Tuesdays, February 23, March 2 & 9, 2021
  • Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh, SFU-OFFA

Our early literacy expert, Renée Bourgoin, will lead us in examining how we can better support our students’ language development in order for them to communicate with more ease and confidence.  We will further examine the close connection between oral language acquisition and the development of writing competencies.  You will leave the workshop with concrete ideas for supporting your second language learners. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion Teachers (Elementary)
  • When: Wednesday February 10, 2021 – 3 :30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Renée Bourgoin, St.Thomas University 
  • Presented in French

During this workshop, we will examine evaluation in the context of BC’s new curriculum: the why, the what and the how. Emphasis will be on formative assessment and we will present useful tools to give descriptive feedback to students, and to get students to reflect on their learning, in order to encourage the development of their competencies. Participants will get ready-to-use resources that they can use in the classroom with their students.

  • Target audience: French Immersion, Francophone and Core French Teachers (Intermediate and Secondary)
  • When: Tuesday, February 16 2021 – 3:30pm - 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Kindra Harte, SD63 (Saanich) with Nathalie Walsh, SFU-BAFF
  • Presented in French

Discover various francophone books showing a linguistic and cultural diversity that will help your students develop a passion for reading.  Get familiar with a variety of activities that promote the inclusion of all students, which can be used and adapted for different grade levels. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion and Francophone program teachers
  • When: Wednesday, February 17,  2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Geneviève Brisson, U of Sherbrooke
  • Presented in French

Do we allow our students enough freedom when it comes to writing and poetry?  Do we let them talk about their lived experiences? Participants will write their own slam and will have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss writing techniques, inspiration, presentation and evaluation of slam poetry. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion and Francophone Program Teachers (Intermediate and Secondary)
  • When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Tanguy Exumé, Secondary teacher – SD 41 (Burnaby)
  • Presented in French

Janvier 2021

Explore new ways to actively engage your students in their learning, either online or in person. Get students to explore, use and play with the language through a series of mini-units that are constructed around a logical sequence of content, strategies and competencies. 

  • Target audience: Elementary Core French Teachers
  • When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Tanya Campbell, Elementary Core French Teacher – SD36 (Surrey)
  • Presented in English

Learn ways to explore text with your students through core literacy concepts and build strategies to help students grow into independent readers. 

  • Target audience: Secondary Core French teachers
  • When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Jen Spain, Core French teacher – SD 36 (Surrey)
  • Presented in English

Get the chance to develop your own language competencies, speak French in a safe, supportive environment, and participate in activities based on the action-oriented approach to language learning. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion teachers - DELF Levels B1-B2 
  • When: Thursday, January 14, 21 & 28, 2021
  • Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh, SFU-OFFA

Learn ways to improve your students’ language competencies, including their oral proficiency, using an approach based on literacy and neurolinguistics, where students learn how to use their second language in an authentic, communicative way. 

  • Target audience: Intensive French, Late and Early French Immersion Teachers
  • When: Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Jen Rossi, IF Teacher – SD 36 (Surrey)
  • Presented in French

Find out how to develop your students’ language competencies and make learning grammar relevant for them, through the use of picture books and activities that can be used and adapted for various elementary levels. 

  • Target audience: French Immersion and Francophone Program Teachers 
  • When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Facilitated by: Joël Thibeault, U of Ottawa
  • Presented in French

November 2020

Café Francofun

Get the chance to develop your own language competencies, speak French in a safe, supportive environment, and participate in activities based on the action-oriented approach to language learning. 

Target audience: 

Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh, SFU - OFFA

October 2020

Core French Express

Teaching Core French for the first time this year?  Wondering if you are up for the challenge? Join us online for a mini-series of two 90-minute workshops during which you will see that teaching French is not only feasible but can be fun even with a minimal level of French!

Target audience: New/beginner Core French Teachers – Elementary and Secondary Levels

Facilitated by: Nathalie Walsh (BAFF-OFFA), Rosa Mendes (Secondary Surrey teacher) and Audrey Venner (Elementary Burnaby teacher).

French isn't your first or dominant language? 

Are you nervous sometimes when you speak French with your Francophone colleagues? 

Would you like to gain more confidence in French and inspire that same confidence in your students?

July 2018 and 2019

Bootcamp FrancoFUN

If you are a Core French teacher and you would like to go deeper in your pedagogical practice through authentic learning experiences, then this bootcamp is for you.

If you are a teacher in the Francophone Program or French Immersion and you would like to explore innovative practices and, in particular, teaching of reading within a professional community, then this bootcamp is for you.

The bootcamps will return when the situation allow it.