Indigenization of French Courses and Greater Well-being in BC


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Welcome to the French Immersion workshop series 

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with tools for teaching that integrates knowledge of Indigenous language (Southern Michif, Chinook wawa), communication technology (Wampum), and Indigenous notions of collective rather than individualist literacy. Participants will be shown two unit plans related to Indigenous literacy and the lasting interrelationship (braiding) of Indigenous languages and French. Using an inquiry-based activity involving group work to match concepts and situations, participants will understand the utility of simple concepts drawn from linguistics (hybrid language, creole, vehicular language) to drive student appreciation for the interconnections between indigenous and colonial languages and the value of Indigenous-led language revitalization initiatives. We will wrap up the workshop with a discussion of how this approach helps students contextualise their own learning journey in French in a holistic way, and provides them with different ways to assess and honour their proficiency. 

L’objectif de cet atelier est d’offrir aux des outils d’enseignement qui incorporent des connaissances liées aux langues autochtones (Le mitchif, le chinook wawa), des technologies de communication (le wampum) et des notions de lecture et d’écriture collectives plutôt qu’individualistes. Nous présenterons deux plans de leçons en lien avec la lecture et l’écriture autochtone et l’interrelation durable (le tressage) des langues autochtones et du français. Par le biais d’une activité d’apprentissage par enquête impliquant le travail d’équipe afin d’associer concepts et contextes, les comprendront l’utilité de concepts faciles tirés de la linguistique (langage hybride, créole, langue véhiculaire) afin d’encourager l’appréciation de l’interconnexion des langues autochtones et coloniales et l’importance d’initiatives dirigées par les peuples autochtones pour la revitalisation des langues autochtones. Nous conclurons l'atelier par une discussion sur la manière dont cette approche aide les élèves à contextualiser leur propre parcours d'apprentissage du français de manière holistique, et leur fournit différentes manières d'évaluer et d'honorer leurs compétences.


Participants must be in-service French Immersion teachers.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).