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10 Engaging Youth Voices Across Canadian Parents
16 Becoming a Youth Ambassador for Bilingualism
21 How Do You Sound?
2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
How to Woo French Teachers to Stay in Canada’s Schools
8 PARTNER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
12 TECH & MEDIA
10 Practical Tips to Enrich Your French Vocabulary
How to Text in French
Increasing the Opportunities to Study Law in French
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Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization
that furthers bilingualism that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French
for all those who call Canada home.
elcome to the autumn issue of the CPF Magazine. Regardless of how enjoyable
the summer has been, I always look forward to the routines of fall. The beginning
of the school year, the excitement of reconnecting with old friends and meeting
new ones. A new classroom or school, a potential new teacher. A fresh start to after-school
activities. I also look forward to enjoying the fruits of our Canadian harvests and the colours
that come with the change in seasons.
Your children might also be excited about the return to school. Others might be anxious
as they start new FSL programs. Fortunately, you are members of an organization that can
help to weather these concerns. CPF National and Branch websites offer wonderful resources
for parents and teachers. Many of you may have attended orientation meetings hosted by
fellow CPF members. You will find there are always people willing to answer questions and
provide proven advice on easing the way for your child/ren.
We hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our magazine. Some of the articles will
illustrate how learning French not only can, but is already shaping the lives and futures
of young Canadians. Anjana Balachandran, a Grade 12 student from Ottawa, shares her
experiences as a French Youth Ambassador. Emilie Josh and Guillaume Fleury are members
of Branch Boards of Directors and share their tips for keeping up your French. Me Magnan,
assistant professor/director of the Pan-Canadian French Common Law Program at the
University of Ottawa, shares some of the opportunities that French speaking students
have to study and practice law in French.
I am also looking forward to our CPF Network Conference in Halifax. I hope that, if you
are able to attend, you will seek out opportunities to speak to others from across the country,
to share your own experiences. The National Board and I are hopeful that you will take the
time to speak with us as well, and to enjoy the many sessions available that the Conference
Committee has provided. n
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HELP! Should we take our child out of French immersion?
The article was first published on June 11, 2018 on http://www.halifaxlearning.com.
BY ERYN STEELE, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
This is a question we are so often asked
when a child in a French immersion
program is struggling to develop
efficient reading skills. Like most difficult
questions there is no standard response
and requires a lot of proactive inquiry
and research on the part of a parent. Our
mission is to support students and families
achieve their goals, so if your goal is to
succeed in French immersion, keep reading!
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Here is the good news, children have a natural capacity to acquire new
languages and there are many strategies parents can use to support
their child without giving up on French immersion all together.
HERE ARE 5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD
ON THE PATH TO BILINGUALISM:
1Be enthusiastic and positive!
Even though we said it, this goes without saying and
we’re here to remind you that you’re doing a great job!
Your encouragement is critically important to your child’s
success and how you react to challenge is more important than
your prior knowledge in a subject area. We know it may seem
daunting when you struggle to interpret your child’s homework
assignment, but if they see you model confidence, enthusiasm
and joy in the learning process you’re teaching them the most
important skill of all, resiliency!
your first-language first.
English speaking families are often concerned that
spending time practicing English will confuse their child’s
work in French, but research shows the opposite to be
true. Having a strong foundation in English is key to grasping
additional languages. The sooner a child can feel confident in
their first language, the sooner their brain can make space
for a second.
If your child has a strong foundation in the English
phonetic code, they are more likely to succeed in a French
immersion classroom. Read our blog, “What is Phonics?”
(www.halifaxlearning.com/blog/what-is-phonics) to learn
more about this code and why it’s critical to reading success.
Did you know there are 37 speech sounds in French
versus 44 in English. 10 French consonant sounds are directly
transferable from French to English and vice versa and 4
consonants require some slight variation. Watch this short
video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=83sTgHd5Iw0) from Fluent
Forever – Learn Any Language to learn more about the French
and contrast vocabulary.
Make vocabulary development a deliberate activity at
home. Position your child as the teacher simply by asking
them questions you know they can answer. Confidence
is key! There is no more effective teaching strategy then having
the student be the teacher. You don’t have to be an expert in
French (or calculus, or physics, or ancient history ...) to help
your child succeed.
Quick tips for success at home:
• Label objects in your home with sticky notes in English
and French. Compare commonly used English and
French words like “banana” versus “banane”.
• Play the French and English version of classic board
games like Scrabble, Taboo and Pictionary.
• Choose books that are slightly below your child’s
For your postsecondary studies in French
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Make reading fun!
Another universally effective teaching strategy! Children
learn best when they are having fun and feel confident.
It’s important to differentiate learning to read and
reading for pleasure.
• Children spend hours at school developing their reading
and writing skills and teachers do a fantastic job creating
a safe, conducive learning environment where it’s
okay to make mistakes. To little people, school is their
full-time job, their profession, their career. Reading at
home should feel like vacation!
• If you’re concerned with your child’s progress, take
mental notes during story time and record them as soon
as possible. Reach out to your child’s teachers in private for
confirmation, support and recommendations. Be proactive
and have your child’s skills assessed by a professional.
Use tech support!
You know there’s always an app for that. If you have
an iPhone, download iSpeech, a text to speech app, or
spend as few as 5 minutes a day practicing your French
using Duolingo (www.duolingo.com).
• Is there an app out there that you love? Share it
with us! n
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How to Woo French Teachers
to Stay in Canada’s Schools
BY MIMI MASSON, LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
French-English bilingualism is a
star act on the stage of Canadian
multiculturalism. French language
programs in Canadian schools — which
consist of core French, extended French
and French immersion — are renowned
throughout the world.
And yet the top performers are
fleeing the circus. French as a Second
Language (FSL) teachers are losing their
classrooms to budget cuts. Many express
feelings of disconnection, isolation and
exclusion in the workplace. It is common
to hear stories of teachers who speak
French but adamantly refuse to teach
French in their schools.
The show-stopping question is:
can innovative professional learning
communities reverse this trend?
As a doctoral student in the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
at the University of Toronto, I know that
professional learning communities (PLCs)
show a lot of promise in Canada. They
help promote leadership, support and
community among teaching professionals.
A French and English language teacher
myself, I have developed curriculum
for new language programs and trained
teachers to implement these programs in
their classrooms. Now, I am investigating
how PLCs can help mitigate what I call
“FSL teacher flight.”
In the first study of its kind to explore
the evolving professional practice of
Canadian French teachers, I am analysing
the participation of two FSL teachers in
the innovative Virtual PLC project. I am
working with data collected over four
years by Dr. Mary Kooy from a group
of 17 teachers working across different
subject matters. This study captures the
complexities of teachers’ daily life in
hundreds of hours of recordings, blog
posts, pictures, teacher resources, school
visits and surveys.
The Virtual PLC project community
was geared towards helping dissatisfied
teachers. What is most interesting about
it is that, over time, teachers who were
thinking of leaving the profession have
stayed — and many have become leaders
in their schools. In my own study, I am
interested in finding out how this played
out for the teachers themselves and then
applying these findings to FSL teacher
professional learning in Canada.
Teaching “à la cart”
Up to 63 per cent of French as a
Second Language teachers are teaching
“à la cart.” This term, coined by the
teachers themselves, refers to the
experience of running harried from
classroom to classroom pushing a cart full
of teaching materials (#FSLNoMoreCarts).
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Things are so bad for FSL teachers that large numbers have
considered or actually left the profession. Many of them move
out of teaching French and into English language classrooms as
soon as possible.
This has become a real problem for schools in Canada
desperate to find French teachers to teach a subject that 85
per cent of Canadian children study. This year, one school
board considered the situation so dire in Ontario, that it made
a formal request to the Ministry of Education to look into this
I’ve found that parents and children alike are keen to learn
French. The story we share across the world of “Canada the
Bilingual” has touched many of the new families who come to
settle here and want to be a part of Canadian multiculturalism.
Learning French is a way to assume that Canadian identity
and legitimize any additional languages they bring with them.
After all, if we accept French, we can surely accept Chinese,
Italian, Urdu and other languages. Families who have been
established in Canada for longer also feel that learning
French can help their children have a competitive edge
in the global market.
Professional learning communities
Teachers come together in professional learning communities
to develop their practice with the aim of improving student
learning. They meet and discuss issues that matter to them
and their students and they develop solutions to try out in
PLCs are an important form of professional development
because learning with peers is engaging. It stimulates creativity
and camaraderie. Supportive learning networks also bring out
the unique skills of everyone in the group and let them shine.
Teachers who feel good about themselves have less
feelings of stress and alienation. Imagine a room full of teachers
honing their skills, sharing their knowledge and pushing each
other to do their best. Not only does this make for happier
teachers, but better schools and better learning for the
students as well.
Collaborative and continued professional development for
FSL teachers are the tent poles of successful bilingual schools
in an education system where schools receive provincial and
federal funding for French-language programs.
But so far, there is little research about how FSL teachers
fare in these kinds of networks. Findings from the Virtual PLC
project suggest that opportunity, time, distributed membership,
active learning, relationship development, trust, shared
motivations and mutual decision-making are all essential to
cultivating a successful teacher learning community.
Perhaps this approach to professional development could
improve the outlook, performance and retention rate of FSL
teachers across Canada?
A new learning landscape for French
teachers in Canada
I hope to continue working with French as a Second Language
teachers to develop a professional learning model in schools
across Canada to help them take ownership of their learning
and their status as bilinguals. I want to help them explore what
it means to be bilingual representatives and advocates of French
and English in Canadian schools by using the findings to create a
Using art and music to share the findings from the research
would offer a way to (re)imagine the narrative about FSL
teachers and transform the learning landscape in schools to
include collaborative learning networks. I also want to think
about the way we understand learning, to include collaborative
and social aspects, and how to bring that to FSL teachers’
colleagues, administrators, parents and students.
My study challenges current French teacher professional
learning models and working conditions by repositioning
teachers as active, self-directed learners in their own
professional learning. It offers potential to contribute to the
advancement of the field of FSL teacher professional learning. n
This article is also available in French: “Quand les enseignants canadiens de français
langue seconde innovent pour résister” at www.theconversation.com.
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PARTNER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
BY INÈS VINSOT, COMMUNICATION & MARKETING, ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE
The Alliance Française is a vast international network created in
1883. Its mission is to spread the French language and promote
French and Francophone cultures throughout the world.
In the 134 countries where they have
a presence, the Alliance Française
branches are local, non-profit
In Vancouver, the Alliance Française of
Vancouver has been actively promoting
interest in the French language and
culture since 1904. With more than
2000 students, more than 60 events
per year and more than 11 000 items in
our multimedia library, AF Vancouver is
aiming to raise awareness of French and
French-speaking world cultures, in all of
With close to a 1,000 students and more
than 100 cultural activities every year, AF
Calgary, established in Calgary since 1947,
is proud to serve Calgarians in two great
campuses: in the heart of downtown and
in the beautiful historical building of the
old King Edward School in the SW of the
city. Our beautiful French media library
with more than 8 000 resources is the
premier place to access Francophone
culture in the city.
The AFE has more than 600 students
per year, all courses combined. The AFE
also offers business courses at many
Edmonton companies. Its media library
offers a wide range of magazines, books,
DVDs and CDs as well as children’s
material. In addition, the AFE organizes
many events including film screenings,
concerts, plays, readings and lectures.
The Alliance Française du Manitoba
(AFM) has been operating since 1915 and
receives more than 1,100 registrations a
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PARTNER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
year. The Alliance Française du Manitoba
in Winnipeg offers a comfortable open
space where lovers of French language and
culture can enjoy contemporary literature,
cinema, music and news. The Media
Centre’s wide range of resources includes
over 1,500 books, 1,000 DVDs, 500 CDs
and a learning corner with language
materials especially dedicated to
students and teachers.
AF Toronto with more than 6,500
students enrolled each year on its 5
campuses, is a dynamic cultural center
offering more than a hundred shows
of all kinds. From September to June,
the Alliance organizes many cultural
events and invites nearly 200 artists
representing all the Francophonie of
the world each year.
AF Ottawa, established in 1905, offers
a library: a space in which you can feel
comfortable, study and discover our
variety of books, movies, CDs, audio
books, as well as additional material for
you to learn French! With more than
1 000 students and 40 events each year,
AF Ottawa aims to inspire learning,
curiosity and connect people…
All in French!
The Library holds more than 10,000
books, CDs, DVDs and magazines
suitable for all ages and levels of
French. La Mondiathèque is open to the
general public, with borrowing privileges
reserved for members of the French
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Engaging Youth Voices
ACROSS CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH
BY CLÉMENCE CHARRUYER, COMMUNICATION, DIGITAL MEDIA & MARKETING COORDINATOR AT CPF NATIONAL
CPF Alberta Branch
CPF Nova Scotia Branch
How did you become involved with CPF?
I’ve been involved with CPF Alberta since May 2017, so
about a year and a bit. I was between two post-secondary
programs (one being an undergraduate degree and the other
a diploma) and had a friend direct me to Young Canada Works
to find a summer job. I think she actually forwarded me the job
posting for a summer student at the CPF Alberta Branch. I worked
there for four months (May - August 2017) alongside another
After I went back to school, Michael Tryon (ED of CPF Alberta
Branch) encouraged me to consider a board position as a Youth
Director, and I jumped on it, and here I am! It involves something
I’m passionate about (French education), tons of fun people and
it’s a great opportunity to be involved in the Albertan community
specifically, and potentially have an impact nationally.
I am actually a very recent member of CPF. French is my
mother tongue, and I have always been very passionate
about French and its promotion. I worked for the Explore*
program as an facilitator this past summer, and was invited last
year to a CPF retreat by one of my university teachers who also
happens to be the VP of CPF Nova Scotia Branch, Jan Claes.
Even if she had mentioned CPF to me in the past, I always
thought that it wasn’t for me as I am not Canadian or a parent.
But I was wrong! There is so much that can be done for French,
and I am now happy to contribute to CPF’s efforts as a member
of the Board of Directors.
* Explore is a five-week intensive French immersion bursary program
that is offered during the spring or summer for people with any skill
level in French. For more information, visit www.myexplore.ca.
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Speaking French opens many doors —
economically, culturally and socially.
Il faut continuer! – Guillaume Fleury
What do you feel the
ability to speak French has
brought to your life so far?
Oh, so much! The list covers
E a myriad of advantages, from
somewhat mundane aspects - like
the ability to read, write and listen in more
than one language - to the deeper, more
insightful features, such as a broader
view of culture and a more extensive
understanding of certain aspects of social
I’ve found travelling to be incredibly
rewarding (especially in France, obviously!)
with the ability to speak French, but it
has also saved me randomly, in places
like Sweden and Spain, where the main
language is neither French nor English,
but the second language chosen by the
individual to learn is French.
Within the vein of culture, multiple
languages (beyond French) provide access
to so much more in terms of literature,
insight and humour, and offer an entirely
different perspective of life and living.
This, of course, fits into the concept
of “brain plasticity,” and while I won’t
go all science-y, each language frames
understanding slightly differently and
provides a distinct outlook on society
and life in general.
I’m originally from France, so you
G can imagine that speaking French
was essential in every aspect of
my life. Now that I live in Canada, I realize
how valuable it is to speak French. Many
people have told me about the advantage
it is when it comes to job opportunities.
Speaking French here in Canada also
allowed me to expand my social network
and become acquainted with a great
diversity of French speakers. It is always
a pleasure to meet Acadians, Quebecois,
Franco-Ontarians, Franco-Manitobans and
Franco-Albertans (I never knew there were
French communities in Alberta until I met
someone from Alberta)!
What are your future plans
– and how would keeping
up your French figure
I will hopefully never leave behind
E my French. Currently, I work in the
communications industry, and while
I love my job, I am considering returning
to school for graduate studies. Despite not
explicitly looking for a Canadian school,
options in Quebec are very tempting
(looking at you, Montreal!) for the field of
study in which I’m interested.
There are numerous ways to keep
up with the language, even without living
in a wholly-French-speaking community
- books, news and music are some
methods, and my personal favorite are
podcasts, as many offer unique views
from Francophone and French individuals.
They’re also usually pretty “local” in
that the people behind them put tons of
thought and care into the production of
the episodes. Two of my favorites are
Le Tchip (Arte radio) and En roue libre
I’m completing my last year of
G education, so hopefully next year
I will be teaching French. Keeping
up with my French would be necessary
because it is my main teachable and I hope
to teach French immersion or French core.
I also would love to become a member of
the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.
As for keeping up with my French, I
love tutoring and I am always happy to
help my Anglophone friends improve their
English! And as previously mentioned, I am
also an facilitator for the Explore program.
I truly believe that those experiences are
and will be very beneficial to my goal of
becoming a French Teacher.
What advice would
you give to a student
out of French?
Does “don’t drop out of French”
E count?! Think about what (at
least) two languages do for your
future - especially given the increasing
integration of every country with this
“age of information” and the immediacy
in which content is created and shared
by people all around the world. All the
opportunities available to a unilingual
person are doubled with bilingualism,
which, especially as a student, is an avenue
to so many potential choices that could
affect the student’s future in a plethora of
incredible ways. Two languages gives you
access to two worlds, and what could be
better than that?
DON’T! French is useful and it’s a
beautiful language if you give it a
chance (yes, the grammar can be
tricky, but that’s a minor detail!) Speaking
French opens many doors - economically,
culturally and socially. Il faut continuer!
And because I know that learning
a new language can sometimes be a
challenge, I’m going to share my secret
weapon: Audio Books. They are great for
everyone in the process of learning a new
language because often reading is what
comes to you first, but listening or talking
can be harder. Audio books allow you to
work on that, and to make it easier you can
even follow what is being said by having
the book in front of you at the same time.
It helps you learn pronunciations, and you
can even choose the accent you prefer
(Canadian, US, UK). There are a lot of free
options available online, as for example on
the Radio-Canada website! n
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TECH & MEDIA
The article was first published on April 16, 2018, in the Language Portal of Canada’s Our Languages blog. A Translation Bureau initiative, the Language
Portal provides Canadians with a wide range of resources to help them communicate more effectively in English and French, and publishes weekly
articles by language lovers on the Our Languages blog. www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/blogue-blog/enrichir-vocabulaire-enrich-vocabulary-eng
10 Practical Tips
TO ENRICH YOUR FRENCH VOCABULARY
BY LORRAYNE G. CAMPER, TEACHER, TRANSLATOR, RESEARCHER AND BLOGGER
When we learn a language,
Make French the display
especially at school, we study
language on your
grammar rules and verb
conjugations, we memorize sentences Change the language setting to French on
and sometimes even word lists. But your computer, cellphone or tablet.
when the time comes to speak, we may
feel unable to express our ideas clearly.
Read the news
Maybe we don’t have enough vocabulary 3 in French
to do so, or maybe the vocabulary we do When you read a French newspaper,
have isn’t useful in that situation.
choose a news article, pick out the
For example, let’s say you have to important words, and look them up
give your opinion on city traffic. You in the dictionary.
know what your view is, but you lack the
specific vocabulary to express it. Or let’s
Write a page in your
take a simpler, everyday example. After 4 journal for each of your
many hours of studying French, you want daily activities
to explain how to prepare one of your For example, if you go to the gym, at the
favourite recipes. You know the verbs you end of your workout, write up a summary
need for the steps, but you don’t know the to learn the French words for the machines
words for the ingredients. Or vice versa: and the muscles you used, and the
you know the words for the ingredients, exercises you did.
but not the verbs for the steps. So what
can you do to enrich your vocabulary
Check the weather
in a practical way, without creating or 5 forecast in French
memorizing word lists?
Break the ice with any Francophone by
Through my experience as a French using the appropriate words to describe
teacher and also as a foreign language the weather in each season.
learner, I’ve discovered a few simple but
effective strategies for learning new words.
Find out the French
Here are some everyday tips you may
name for your favourite
Read the French version
1 of product labels
Here in Canada, we have the wonderful
advantage of having the labels of many
products written in both official languages,
English and French.
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articles of clothing for
This way, each time you wear those items
of clothing, you’ll think of their French
name. And you’ll find shopping easier
when you visit a Francophone province.
Create a Twitter account
7 in French
Even if you don’t like social media very
much, you can still learn vocabulary for
topics that interest you by following
the accounts of people, groups and
organizations (like the Language Portal
of Canada) that matter to you.
Add French captions
to your photos
Why not create an Instagram account
specifically to write French captions under
your photos? You can also ask your (new)
Francophone friends to suggest captions.
Enrich your vocabulary
Click on Jeux sur le vocabulaire (vocabulary
quizzes) on the Resources of the Language
Portal of Canada website, and you’ll find
a variety of quizzes that will help you
discover new French words or refresh
your memory of old ones.
related to a topic that
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How To Text In French
BY CAMP TOURNESOL
Remember when you had to click a number on your
cellphone keypad three times just to type one letter?
Maybe your child isn’t even aware that it was ever so
frustrating to text, but they’ve kept the tradition of shortening
every. Single. Phrase. ‘I don’t know’ becomes ‘idk’, ‘to be
honest’ becomes ‘tbh’, and of course ‘laugh out loud’
becomes the classic ‘lol’.
Texting has become a
convenient way of
communication, but does
your child know how to
text in French? Maybe
they’ve made a friend
at camp with whom
they can keep in touch
with through texting…
en français of course!
Here’s a fun list of texting
abbreviations and slang
to use. n
CAMPS D’IMMERSION EN FRANÇAIS
• Pour étudiants de 7 à 17 ans
• Centre-ville de Montréal
• Camp de jour et résidence
à Toronto: (416) 921-6998
à Montréal: (514) 531-4193
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Increasing the Opportunities to
Study Law in French
BY CAROLINE MAGNAN, B.A, LL.B, LL.M
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / DIRECTOR OF THE PAN-CANADIAN FRENCH
COMMON LAW PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, FACULTY OF LAW
Despite recent Census data showing
that the English-French bilingualism
rate in Canada has reached
record rates at 17.9%, French-speaking
communities outside Quebec continue
to experience barriers when accessing
justice in French. Many Francophones
remain unaware of their right to French
language services or uncertain as to how
to exercise those rights. While courts
are making progress in certain areas of
the country, the judicial apparatus is not
always user-friendly for Francophone
litigants and lawyers. Proceedings in
French tend to be long, difficult and
costly. As a result, Francophone parties
often hesitate to exercise their right
to proceed in French because there
is a lingering perception that it would
somehow annoy the court and thereby
undermine their chances of getting a fair
hearing in a legal system that sometimes
appears unwelcoming to the other
Part of the challenge is ensuring that
Canadian lawyers from coast to coast
understand the importance of our official
languages in the practice of law in Canada
and their corresponding professional
obligations to bilingual clients. Law schools
throughout Canada are increasingly rising
to this challenge and recognizing that
many of its students are bilingual, having
been through French immersion programs
for example, they have the requisite
capabilities of taking law courses in French
and subsequently practising law in French.
Tava Burton, a third-year
student enrolled in the CCLF program
at the University of Saskatchewan,
College of Law, states:
The CCLF program has allowed me to
continue my education in French – an
asset that becomes of greater importance
in our ever-increasingly diverse cultural
landscape. Having completed my primary
and secondary schooling in the French
immersion program not only allows me to
communicate in both of Canada’s official
languages, but will allow me to contribute
to my community going forward.
The University of Ottawa French
Common Law Program offers courses
en français at the Faculties of Law of the
University of Saskatchewan, the University
of Calgary, the University of Alberta,
and the Peter Allard School of Law of
the University of British-Columbia. The
more robust program, the Certification
de common law en français (CCLF), gives
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bilingual students of participating law
schools the unique opportunity to
obtain a Certification in French
Common Law from the University of
Ottawa during the completion of their
three-year Juris Doctor. This project took
flight thanks to the collaborative effort
of many important stakeholders that
are members of the Réseau national
de formation en justice, an initiative
supported by the Association des
collèges et universités de la francophonie
canadienne (ACUFC). Students gain
valuable skills in French legal writing and
advocacy as well as a deep understanding
of the important issues surrounding
language rights in Canada. Students
complete an exchange in Ottawa, compete
in a moot court competition with teams
from across Canada, are paired with
experienced French-speaking mentors
in the legal profession, and have the
Law schools throughout
Canada are increasingly
rising to this challenge
and recognizing that
many of its students are
bilingual, having been
through French immersion
programs... they have the
requisite capabilities of
taking law courses in
French and subsequently
practising law in French.
opportunity to complete a credited
internship with law firms, organizations
and government offices that work in both
official languages. The CCLF gives students
the chance to develop practical skills all
while contributing to the vibrancy of their
local linguistic communities.
Since 2016, more than 40 law students
in Western Canada have taken these new
French-language common law classes and
the demand for more similar opportunities
is steadily increasing. A large majority
of these students have participated in
French immersion programs throughout
elementary and high school.
Equipped with important knowledge
of the law in both official languages and
a richer understanding of language rights
in Canada, CCLF students stand out on
the job market and are poised to become
the bilingual lawyers and judges that the
Canadian legal system requires. n
COME LEARN FRENCH
AT THE CENTRE LINGUISTIQUE DU COLLÈGE DE JONQUIÈRE
3 to 5 weeks French
(3 meals day)
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GRADE 12 STUDENT AT
LONGFIELDS DAVIDSON HEIGHTS, OCDSB
BY CLÉMENCE CHARRUYER, COMMUNICATION, DIGITAL MEDIA
& MARKETING COORDINATOR AT CPF NATIONAL
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In August 2018, 30 students from across Canada
went to Montreal and participated in the National
Ambassador Youth Forum (FNJA), organized by
French for the Future.
French and hope to inspire the future
generation. I want other French students
to be proud of being bilingual. I hope that
by sharing my story and experience in
discovering myself, other young Canadians
are able to find the meaning and value of
having the ability to express themselves in
both official languages.
The free program trains bilingual
students enrolled in French programs
(Core French, extended French,
French immersion and Francophone
schools) to become FFF ambassadors.
Their mission is to promote the French
language and official bilingualism in their
schools throughout the year by organizing
activities related to French.
Anjana Balachandran, a Grade 12
student enrolled in a French immersion
program at an English high school in
Barrhaven, Ottawa, was one of them and
agreed to share her experience with us.
1. How did speaking French during the
French for the Future National Ambassador
Youth Forum experience differ from
speaking French in the classroom?
The National Conference was an experience
I will never forget where we were
able to immerse ourselves in the French
culture! I got to spend time with other
young people like me who were passionate
and inspired. The chance to live our
lives in the rhythm of our passions - the
French language. This year’s location was
Montreal, Quebec - the capital of French
in North America. In the classroom, we
often learn the theory but during the
conference, we were able to authentically
put our knowledge to practice. This
allowed for a total immersion into French
while discovering different parts of the
Quebec heritage and culture.
2. What leadership knowledge or skill did
you gain from the experience?
Every Youth Ambassador was a leader
already, whether that be in their school
or community. The forum allowed us to
grow further as leaders through various
workshops and leadership training in addition
to the amazing support networks.
It was truly astonishing to learn the
different ways each of us are leaders in
our community. Additionally, each person
has their own path in respect to being
a leader and the FNJA emphasized the
importance of paving your own path.
3. What did you learn about yourself?
More than meeting new friends and
attending excellent workshops I think the
biggest takeaway for me was the shift
in perspective. This forum has changed
my perspective in a way that, learning
languages opens the window to different
cultures and enables one to learn about
the journey and life experience of others.
This opportunity for personal growth
would not be possible by merely being
unilingual. To elaborate, because I am
fluent in French, I am able to connect with
someone else who is merely unilingual,
learn their life journey and share my own…
essentially connect on a personal level.
4. Did anything happen during this
experience that you were surprised
at or didn’t anticipate?
One of the factors that made this experience
unforgettable is making new friends
from around the country. I was so blessed
to have the opportunity to meet 30 young
driven individuals from all across Canada,
all very accomplished and driven to
make a change. I am so proud to say that
through FNJA I was able to meet other
like-minded young people from coast
to coast to coast. As a result, I had the
opportunity to gain insight into the various
different aspects of French culture,
from White Rock, British Columbia to
Hampshire, Nova Scotia and everywhere
5. What follow up activities are you
planning or implementing at your
school this year?
French, both linguistically and culturally,
has become a valuable part of my life. By
sharing my experience with other students
I hope to emphasize the importance of
6. How has this experience changed your
attitude towards being bilingual?
My ability to communicate in French has
enriched so many of my experiences.
The realization of being able to fluently
engage with other students from different
provincial, linguistic and cultural backgrounds
was truly a moment of personal
growth. I became increasingly aware of
the importance young Canadians place on
being bilingual and I am grateful for being
able to show my appreciation for French
as it has shaped my identity as a young
I also learned a lot in regards to the
struggles of the preservation and promotion
of French. In Canada, French is the
second official language but often times
it is not acknowledged as so. By means of
programs such as French for Future, young
Canadians are not only able to grow as
young leaders in their community but able
to come to the realization of the devastating
reality of the diminishing language.
7. What advice would you give to other
FSL students who have not had an
opportunity to have an experience
Keep exploring – this would be the advice
I would give to FSL students. Continue
seeking opportunities to grow as a French
student, whether it is through cultural
opportunities, pursuing postsecondary
studies or social network. Being open to
new experiences allowed me to grow
culturally and linguistically, this is an
incredibly valuable part of my life.
More than the grammar, I believe the
cultural experience is more important, its
to be able to walk on the streets of Quebec
and connect with others. Moreover, the
ability to communicate in French enhances
and redefines the meaning of being Canadian
- so never lose sight of that. To those
who are hesitant to continue in the French
program, I assure you that it’s worth it! n
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Local Forum: Yellowknife
Organized by our partner French
for the Future, Local Forums
are events that gather French
Second Language and French First
Language students from Grade 9 to 12
for a full day of activities in French.
Thanks to the presence of stakeholders
and artists from the Francophone
community, students are given the
opportunity to learn more about the
cultural and professional value of being
bilingual. It is also the occasion to facilitate
dialogue between French as a Second
Language (FSL) and French as a First
Language (FFL) students, while
celebrating Francophone cultures.
Hosted in over fifteen cities across
Canada, Local Forums welcome thousands
of students every year. And these events
are free for all participants!
On Tuesday October 23, French for the
Future’s Ottawa Local Forum will be taking
place at the University of Ottawa, with
keynote speaker Daniel Richer and a show
And in 2019, CPF Northwest Territories
Branch will be coordinating a Local Forum
taking place in Yellowknife! We are looking
forward to bringing together the FSL
and FFL students, as well as featuring the
strong francophone presence and artists
of the community.
Keep an eye on www.french-future.org/
programs/local-forums for all the details!
Recognition from our Partner, CASLT
On September 28, 2017, the Canadian Association
of Second Language Teachers awarded the Robert
Roy Award to Vice President of the CPF National
Board of Directors and Professor in the Faculty of
Education at UBC, Dr. Wendy Carr. The Honorary
Lifetime Membership Award was awarded to current
Treasurer of the CPF National Board of Directors,
Congratulations to both!
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KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
1104 - 170 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
T: 613.235.1481 F: 613.230.5940
Quebec office & Nunavut support
British Columbia & Yukon
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T: 902.368.3703 email@example.com pei.cpf.ca
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Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
Arts Engineering Health Sciences Management Science Social Sciences
A unique opportunity with unparalleled support!
• French immersion available in 86 undergraduate programs
• Open to core, extended and French immersion students
• Special courses to make the transition to bilingual university studies
• An extra $1,000 per year for studying bilingually
• An authentic bilingual environment in Canada’s capital
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T: 418.832.6244 E: email@example.com
Campus Saint-Jean – University of Alberta
T: 780.465.8763 F: 780.465.8760
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.csj.ualberta.ca
Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan
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Canadian Parents for French – Ontario
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Les écoles catholiques de l’Ontario
La Cité Universitaire Francophone
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RK Publishing Inc
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University of Ottawa
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University of Sudbury
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