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Table of Contents
3 How Do I Know if French Immersion is Right
for My Child?
6 Be Daring: Speak in Your Second Language
8 Make It Fun: CPF Volunteer Henry Annan Talks
About Learning French Inside and Outside
10 Books for Young Readers
12 Saskatchewan Nursing Program Launches
Long-awaited Bilingual Option
2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
14 CPF NETWORK Why Volunteer with CPF?
15 CPF RESOURCE Me, Moi + Canada Contest
16 CPF RESOURCE REEL Canada: Bring French (Canadian!)
Film into Your School
18 CPF RESOURCE EXPLORE Program
19 KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
20 CPF RESOURCE La Tournée Bonjour My Friend! Tour
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s parents and educators, one question we are often asked by our children
and our students is, “why do I need to learn French?” For students it can
sometimes be difficult to understand how learning French will apply to life
outside of the classroom. It is not always clear why it is important, or what type of
benefits learning a second language can bring.
Now more than ever, we live in an interconnected world. Knowing a second
language is an asset in today’s globalized job market, whether you’re working
in Canada or abroad. Learning has also never been easier, online or in-person:
Language learning apps and online resources are just a click away, and there
are lots of opportunities to take advantage of Canada’s many experiential
In this issue of CPF Magazine, we explore the answer to this question. There is
no one “right way” to learn French; it happens in more ways than one, both inside
and outside of the classroom. We’ll hear from French Second Language speakers
whose lives and career trajectories have been positively impacted by learning
French. We’ll also look at resources available across Canada to support French
language learning at home, at school and in the community.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act and the
importance of French and English for the future of our country, this issue of CPF
Magazine explores opportunities for Canadians to engage in the two languages.
Your local CPF Chapter and/or Branch also has resources to offer and stories
to share about the process of learning French, the associated challenges and
successes, and the lifelong impact of French second language learning. This issue
offers tools and information for you and your family to start thinking about the
ways that learning French can benefit you and yours. Enjoy! n
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HOW DO I KNOW IF
FRENCH IMMERSION IS RIGHT
FOR MY CHILD?
BY ANTONIA CETIN, M.ED.
LEARNING A LANGUAGE IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. LEARNING
A LANGUAGE DEVELOPS CRITICAL THINKING. LEARNING A
LANGUAGE CAN HELP YOU GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR. LEARNING
A LANGUAGE CAN INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO YOU.
BUT IS IT FOR EVERYONE AND IS IT FOR YOUR CHILD?
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2019 3
Antonia Cetin has been a teacher for
27 years. As a French Second Language
instructional coach, she works with
teachers on pedagogical practices and
strategies. Antonia runs training sessions
and leads learning groups locally,
national and internationally.
In other countries all around the world,
learning a second language or even
a third or fourth is no big deal. It’s
part of the culture, it’s part of going to
school and people who speak several
languages are the norm. So, does their
geographical location of birth make these
people smarter than us? Do they have
more linguistic ability than Canadians?
Do people who move to Canada and then
learn English and French have some extra
gene that allows them to learn a language
that we don’t? Hardly. If we learned one
language, does that not mean that we
are capable of learning languages? What
these people have is exposure to the
language, motivation to practice, and a
growing confidence in their abilities.
Likewise, for the children who go
into French immersion, they need to
have exposure to French, motivation to
practice their French, and they need to
feel they are making progress.
What if my child doesn’t
know what to do?
In an immersion program where the
teacher speaks only in French, students
get necessary exposure to the language.
Don’t worry that your child won’t know
what’s going on or what to do all of the
time. It’s expected that second language
learners will need to figure things out.
The teacher will use gestures, speak with
lots of expression, and slow the speed of
speech for students who need it. Also,
kids will look around to see what’s going
on and will be able to figure things out
by watching their peers and following
what those peers are doing. For most
kids, their French teacher is the only
person they hear speaking in French, so
it’s important for the teacher to speak in
French consistently in order for students
to develop vocabulary and language
What if it’s too hard for
As long as we believe in their abilities and
encourage them to hang in when they
face the challenge, children will be able
to learn French. Will they get frustrated?
Sometimes. (Don’t you get frustrated
when you’re telling a story and you
can’t think of the right word?) Will they
be tired? You bet. Learning a language
takes a lot of concentration. Won’t they
struggle and make mistakes? Without
struggle and mistakes learning doesn’t
happen. Allowing your child to struggle
in a controlled environment helps them
learn and develop coping strategies and
But I don’t speak any French.
How will I help my child?
You don’t have to speak French to
encourage your child to speak in French.
You don’t have to play chess in order to
encourage them to play chess; or, to be
an artist to encourage them to draw. You
do need to show them you value learning
languages and you need to motivate
them. Then, you can celebrate in their
accomplishments, thereby giving them
more confidence to take risks.
If you feel like you want to be more
involved in their language learning, you can
watch an age-appropriate video in French
with them. When they have learned to
read, you can have them read you a story
in French. You may not understand it all,
but you can ask them to explain it which
will develop their listening and reading
comprehension skills. You can ask them
how to say certain things in French. If you
know they are learning about money, you
can ask them at the store how they would
read the prices in French. And, you can
marvel with them about how they are
capable of saying things that you can’t -
how cool is that?!
What if we already speak
another language at home?
Won’t that confuse my child?
The brain is a mysterious and marvellous
thing which is able to compartmentalise
and regionalize languages. Once you start
learning an additional language, you can
tell which words go with which language
and how those words work in each
language. In some families, children talk
to one parent in one language and to the
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other parent in another language, and the brain accepts that’s
how it works. Furthermore, when you learn a second language,
you learn coping strategies that will help you learn other
languages: using visual clues, watching for people’s reactions,
paying attention to gestures, picking out familiar sounds and
noticing inflection. This means that the more languages you
learn, the easier it is to learn other languages.
What if my child can’t read
in English yet?
Learning to read requires the same skills in any language:
picking up clues from pictures and from context, phonological
awareness, decoding, and making predictions. For students who
are experiencing difficulty reading in either language, they may
need a little more time to practice (they didn’t all learn to talk
at the same time either) or they may need extra support. As a
parent, you may have to practice with them at home and you
may have to be their advocate at school to make sure they get
the support they need. Support in either language, however,
will help them to learn to read in both languages.
Where does the motivation to speak
in French come from?
If the expectation in the classroom is that only French is spoken,
the motivation is to speak with others. Initially, there may be
a silent period where students are trying to figure out how to
say things and are just listening. Eventually, because we are
all social and learn through social interaction, a need will arise
for the student to use French. Maybe the student will need a
pencil, some help or an opinion. The motivation will come to the
student naturally in order to have that need met.
How will their
When learning to play hockey, to play the piano, or to speak
French, the more you practice, the more you improve, the more
confidence you gain, the more you take risks and the more you
enjoy it. Just as practice makes perfect for any skill, so does
realizing that practice is paying off. When students realize they
are making progress, they will feel encouraged and will be more
likely to take risks. We need to help them see the progress they
are making and celebrate their risk-taking.
Because of the exposure to French that a child has in French
immersion, the motivation to participate in classroom activities,
and the practice and awareness of their progress, French
immersion provides an excellent environment for learning
French and for developing resiliency, critical thinking and literacy
skills that will help children succeed in their French immersion
program, in school, and in life. n
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SPEAK IN YOUR
BY CAROLINE BOWDEN
Caroline Bowden has been an English as a Second Language teacher for 17 years. She works with public servants in the National Capital Region to help them achieve their language goals.
This article was first published on February 11, 2019, as part of 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:
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“ I have four very simple rules of language learning
for my students: try your best; be brave; be able to
laugh at yourself; repeat all of the above often.”
My name is Caroline, and I’m a
linguistic hypocrite. Perhaps I’d
better give that confession
I’ve been an English as a Second
Language teacher for over 17 years. Every
day, I work with public servants in the
National Capital Region to help them
achieve their linguistic goals and that
much sought after language profile.
I have four very simple rules of
language learning for my students: try
your best; be brave; be able to laugh at
yourself; repeat all of the above often.
Sounds relatively easy to do, right? That
is, until it came to my own efforts to
speak my second language, French.
I’m also an actor, and I’ve worked at
various times over the past two decades
as a tour guide and broadcast journalist.
So, to say that I know my way around a
good turn of (English) phrase is pretty
much a given. English phrases, yes. But
French? Now that was a very different
My current acting gigs are with
an Ottawa-based, site-specific theatre
company. “Site-specific” means that we
perform in historic houses, museums
and other sites, and take on the roles of
various real characters from the history of
those sites. Our plays always incorporate
some sort of mystery that can only be
solved with the help of the audience,
which moves with the actors throughout
the site. We have a script, but we also rely
a lot on improvised dialogue with each
other and our audience members.
I find this type of theatre exhilarating,
at least in English. The idea of trying to
do this in French had me running scared.
Bunny-in-the-headlights terrified. What
if I forgot my lines and couldn’t come
up with something else to say? What
if an audience member said something
to me and I blanked utterly or didn’t
understand? What if? What if? The
thoughts swirled around my brain on a
crazy hamster wheel.
Rationally, I knew that this is what
every single second language learner
experiences. Goodness knows I had
experienced it often enough while living
in Montreal. Having a good friend tell
me that I was the only person she knew
whose French had actually gotten worse
the longer I lived in La Belle Province
hadn’t exactly helped with my confidence,
I set about my task like a General
planning a battle. I learned my French
lines studiously, even going so far as
having a recording of them playing on
a repeat loop as I slept (no, seriously…
it helps!). I asked a bilingual friend to
converse with me in French and suggest
suitable “improvised” lines my character
(an elderly, cantankerous psychic
medium) could say.
The word came down the day
before we opened: “Twelve tickets have
been sold for the four o’clock show on
Thursday.” It was game on.
The cast met in the early afternoon of
the show for one last rehearsal in French.
I’d already asked the two veteran actors if
they could please keep the improvisation
with me to a minimum and stick to the
script, just so I didn’t get lost.
Things went well in the rehearsal. The
senior actor gave us all the pep talk, and
then it was time to get into costume.
Standing in the “wings” before my
entrance, I eavesdropped as my scene
partner interacted with the audience,
finding out where they were from.
Montreal, Quebec City, France.
Deep breath. And go.
And I promptly forgot everything I
had to say after the first line. My eyes
must have been as huge as saucers as I
looked pleadingly at my scene partner for
help. Bless her heart, she picked up the
next line, fed me what I needed to say,
and we were off, with no looking back.
The audience members were ready
to be entertained and, more importantly,
willing to be part of the story. They played
along, were forgiving of any mistakes I
may have made, and were enthusiastic
How can I describe that feeling of
relief and accomplishment as we took
our final bows? It was the first of three
shows that day, and the adrenaline rush
sustained me through the rest of the
afternoon and evening.
The confidence I felt after that
show continued as, weeks later, I found
myself in Edinburgh, Scotland, chatting
with a laid-back family of four from Lyon
at the train station. Admittedly, some of
what passed between us was Franglais,
but we had such a good time talking
about the places we’d seen and things
we’d done on our individual holidays
that it didn’t matter.
So, what have I been trying to say
here? Well, to quote Shakespeare from
the infamous “Scottish play” (you know
which one, and actorly superstition
prevents me even from writing the title),
when it comes to using your second
language out and about in public, you
have to “screw your courage to the
sticking place.” Or as Nike would put
it: just do it. Yes, you’re going to make
mistakes, but you’ll be so glad that at
least you tried. n
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2019 7
CPF VOLUNTEER HENRY ANNAN TALKS ABOUT LEARNING
FRENCH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
is a first-year paediatrics resident at the IWK Health Centre and a graduate of
Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been an advocate
for bilingualism from an early age. In high school, Henry was a youth
ambassador for the organization Français pour l’avenir. He has been
involved with Canadian Parents for French for many years, first as a
participant at the Concours d’art oratoire and subsequently as a volunteer
judge. Recently he co-founded the Dalhousie French in Medicine Interest
Group. During his time in medical school, he was involved in the Francodoc
program, a nationwide program under the Association of Faculties of
Medicine of Canada, which aims to enhance French-speaking medical human
resources in Canada. He is a past-president of the Canadian Federation of
Medical Students and sits on the Board of the Canadian Medical Association.
What was your first connection
to the French language and
When I was 12 years old my family
moved to Canada from Ghana, which
is an associate member country of
La Francophonie. I was taking French
classes in Ghana, and when we moved
to Canada I really wanted to continue
studying French. French is very important
to me and a part of my Canadian identity.
I took core French classes from
Grades 1 - 12. Some people think you
can’t learn French if you’re in core
French. I participated in the CPF Concours
d’art ortatoire in my community and
eventually competed at the National
Concours, representing Nova Scotia in
the core French category. Afterwards,
I got involved with CPF as a judge at the
provincial Concours. So yes, you can
definitely learn from your core
I also had lots of experiences learning
French outside of the classroom. In junior
high, I told my dad I wanted an immersive
French experience and he arranged for
me to spend a week in Chéticamp, which
is an Acadian community in Cape Breton,
Nova Scotia. In high school I volunteered
with Francais pour l’avenir as a bilingual
ambassador: For Official Languages Week,
I visited French-speaking communities
in New Brunswick and helped spread
the message about why bilingualism is
important, both in Canada and around
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WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LEARNING FRENCH WE TEND TO SAY,
“I SPEAK FRENCH SO I CAN GET A JOB.” BUT YOU NEVER
KNOW WHEN IT’S GOING TO HELP YOU, OR WHERE IT’S
GOING TO TAKE YOU.
How has French helped your
personal and professional
Learning French has had a major
impact on my professional life. I’m a
resident at the only pediatric hospital
in the Maritimes. We see patients from
many different provinces, and from
diverse communities within the region.
Every now and then we’ll get Frenchspeaking
For example, when I was a third
year medical student at the hospital, I
worked with a patient from an Acadian
community who had undergone major
surgery. The doctors were trying to speak
to him the day after the surgery, and he
wasn’t responding. At first they were
wondering if there was a medical concern,
if something had happened during the
surgery. Then someone thought about
the fact that the patient was Francophone
and asked if anyone spoke French. I was
able to speak with the patient in French
and he was answering questions quite
clearly. Being bilingual helps me maintain
a patient-centered approach to care. It
opens your mind to different possibilities
and helps you consider how different
factors can affect other people. As a
medical resident, it helps me think about
the person and their perspective, and
how it’s affecting their situation in
You are studying to be a doctor
(a paediatrician). Where do you
see French intersecting with
your career in the future?
As a medical student, I want to
keep improving my French-speaking
competencies in medical settings, and
also support other medical students to
do the same. To work as a doctor in a
medical setting you need to learn how
to elicit specific pieces of information in
English, but to do this in French is another
One way for Anglophone medical
students to develop their French is to
complete rotations in French-speaking
communities. I’m one of the founding
MAKE IT FUN!
VERY FEW PEOPLE
WANT TO GO INTO
A CLASSROOM AND
members of the French in Medicine
Interest Group, which encourages
medical students to develop their ability
to speak French in a hospital setting
by helping to arrange placements for
Anglophone medical students in
What has most surprised you
about the way that learning
French has been an advantage
in your life?
When we talk about learning French
we tend to say, “I speak French so I can
get a job.” But you never know when it’s
going to help you, or where it’s going to
It’s one thing to learn French in a
formal classroom setting, but it’s also
important to be appreciative of French
culture. I read at least one French novel
every summer to get an appreciation of
I always have French artists on
my iPod. I listen to a lot of African
Francophone music. My favorite French
musician is the Belgian artist Stromae.
Stromae transcends borders with his
music; his songs are popular all over
I love books and music; some people
may love watching movies. To learn
French, you need to find an avenue to
get into it by following your interests.
What advice would you have
for youth thinking about
Make it fun! Very few people want to go
into a classroom and write tests. So much
learning can be done while singing along
to your favorite songs. For example, if
your child is interested in sports: Is there
a French soccer star they can follow in
French, by listening to their interviews
in French or following them on social
media? Learning French doesn’t have to
be a chore, it can be fun. n
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Take a look at these French-language book titles from Renaud Bray, for young readers from
beginner to advanced reading levels. For more information, or to order, visit their website
AGE 6 AND UP
Louca and Nathan reach
out to their old teammates,
only to learn they’ve taken
up new sports. To win his
teammates back, Louca
vows to compete against
each one of them in their
AGE 3 AND UP
A duck is out for a walk.
He looks at the clouds. He
watches a butterfly. He
finds a piece of paper. Yuck
– it’s not very tasty! But,
there’s something special
written on the paper…
what is it?
AGE 7 AND UP
After a terrible house fire
separates Guilby from his
parents, there is nothing
that can stop him from
looking for them: not the
creatures in the sewer or
the shadow monster that’s
tracking him. With his
friends at his side, Guilby goes on an adventure
to find his parents once again.
AGE 8 AND UP
What’s making that noise
in the attic? Maddox faces
his fears and visits the attic
with Aurore. Will they find
a terrible creature – or an
AGE 6 AND UP
something is wrong when
she sees police officers at
her school one morning.
The school lab has been
ransacked and the teachers
are nervous. She will stop
at nothing to learn the
secret lurking behind the
school walls. Criminals, watch out – Sarah-Lou
is on the case!
AGE 5 AND UP
Erin lives in a fishing port.
Her mother does not
want her to travel by sea
because of a dangerous
black rock on the coastline
that terrorizes sailors
and destroys their boats.
One day, she hides in a boat and sets sail,
determined to see this mysterious black rock
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AGE 5 AND UP
Little Bee searches for
her queen – but where is
she? Travel with Little Bee
to help her find the
AGE 6 AND UP
There’s a ghost in my
neighbourhood. He lives
just down the street from
me. My friends and I are
going to spy on him. It’s
a dangerous mission, but
AGE 7 AND UP
Antoine has no luck.
While taking care of his
friend’s cat Hortense,
leading Antoine on a
search to find her.
But where is Hortense
AGE 9 AND UP
Humans have disappeared
from the planet, pigeons
have taken over and rats
live in a subterranean
society. Sammy is a rat
who lost half his tail in
an accident. His life takes
a turn when his fiancée
disappears. He goes in
search of her on a dangerous adventure that
takes him to the end of the world…
AGE 8 AND UP
Halloween is the favorite
holiday of these three friends.
These trick-or-treaters have a
plan to get the most candy in
the neighbourhood! But when
they see Jacob being bullied
by Mailloux and his gang, they
change their plans to help
their friend, for a Halloween
they won’t soon forget!
AGE 13 AND UP
13-year-old Astrid finds
herself alone after a
cataclysmic event that
separates her from her
family and friends. She hides
out in the one place that
feels safe to her: the local
library. To survive, she raids
the local corner store and finds that others have
been doing the same. And as food grows more
scarce, danger increases.
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2019 11
BY IRYN TUSHABE, WRITER AND INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST
Seven first-year nursing students are completing their first
year of the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science
in Nursing (SCBScN) classes in both French and English,
thanks to the recently-launched bilingual option.
“I got accepted in both programs, but I chose the bilingual
option,” says student nurse Sabrina Michaud, who moved to
Saskatchewan from Montreal six years ago. “I strongly believe
that we need to have healthcare professionals who can serve the
French community in French.”
Her colleague Joëlle Lapierre agrees. “For me, it’s an opportunity
to maintain my French culture throughout my education,”
The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (SCBScN) program, a collaboration between the Faculty
of Nursing at the University of Regina and the School of Nursing at
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, is partnering with La Cité Universitaire
Francophone to offer the bilingual option. Fifty percent of the
program’s classes are taught in French and fifty percent are
taught in English.
"In an ideal world we would have established a Frenchlanguage
only option like the one that exists, for example, at
Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg,” says David Gregory,
Dean, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina. “But, like the
University of Alberta, we decided to look at the bilingual option as
a first step forward.”
As a former professor at the University of Manitoba, where
French-language programs are abundant, Gregory says he was
surprised by the lack of similar opportunities at the University of
Regina. “I approached the Provost and he thought it was a good
idea,” he explains. “And that’s when we started to work with
La Cité to develop the bilingual option for the nursing program.”
That work, which began in 2015, culminated in the enrolment
of seven students in the program’s bilingual option for the 2018-19
school year. A program must have at least seven registered
students in order to assign clinical placements in hospitals.
Program Liaison Francine Proulx-Kenzle says that one aim
of the program’s bilingual option is to improve the quality of
French-language healthcare services provision for Saskatchewan’s
Francophone community. “So far, so good,” Proulx-Kenzle says,
adding that the first semester, bilingual or not, is tough on new
students. “But we’re here to support them and to provide them
with the resources that they need.”
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“We’re like the little guinea pigs of the
program,” Lapierre says. Even though she
appreciates the advantages of a close-knit
group, such as the help that they offer each
other, Lapierre says she has sometimes missed
interacting with the larger nursing student
community. According to Mr. Gregory, the
students in the bilingual option are on their own
while taking the French classes, but will have
more opportunities to take classes with the larger
Bachelor of Nursing cohort as they advance
through the four-year program. Talks are also
underway with representatives from the three
French-language nursing programs in Western
Canada to share resources and knowledge.
The program continues to grow: The 2019-
2020 school year will see seven more students
enrolled in the bilingual option, increasing the
program’s capacity to fourteen students. “It will
continue to accumulate,” explains Proulx-Kenzle.
“The neighbouring universities have about 30
[new students in their bilingual programs] each
year, so why couldn’t we?” n
The 2018-19 student cohort for the Saskatchewan Collaborative
Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, bilingual option.
for giving the
We salute you!
& play dates.
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Volunteering is at the heart of Canadian Parents for French.
CPF was founded in 1977 by a dedicated group of parents
who wanted to ensure that children would have the
opportunity to become bilingual in the Canadian school system.
This original small group of parents who met in Ottawa over
40 years ago has evolved into a proactive national network
with 10 branches and offices and 150 chapters in communities
coast to coast to coast.
At CPF, volunteers play an integral role. In communities
across Canada, they connect youth and families with
opportunities to access French language education.
Advantages of volunteering with CPF include:
n Networking opportunities with parents and
n Personal and professional development opportunities
n Learning first-hand about French language learning
resources in your community
We asked volunteers to share their favourite CPF memories and
their reasons for getting involved. Here is what they told us:
My favourite memory with CPF is:
n Meeting like-minded advocates for French and bilingualism
and sharing stories. Connecting with parents, teachers, and FSL
supporters from across the country at National conferences
n Meeting motivated people from across the country who
encourage French language learning
n All the people, the learning and the sharing that happens
across the network! n
CPF Saanich Chapter volunteers promoting CPF’s work.
I VOLUNTEER WITH CPF BECAUSE
Being bilingual has afforded me great
opportunities in life, and I want my
students and my children to experience
the same opportunities.
I want my children to be proficient
in Canada’s official languages.
I want to inject fun into French learning
for the students in my community.
My daughter is in French immersion and
loves learning French.
All children, families and communities
deserve the opportunity and exposure
to French language and culture.
I believe in giving as many opportunities as possible to
children to learn French. My own 4 children all graduated in
French immersion. Time to give back!
Contact your local Branch office or
Chapter for more information, or contact
email@example.com to learn more!
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Me, Moi + Canada Contest
The Me, Moi + Canada Contest ask Canadians ages six and
up to share what the experience of living in a country
with two official languages means to them.
Create a video telling us why Canada’s two official
languages are important to you for the chance to win
In 1969, French and English were given equal status
under Canadian law through a policy of official bilingualism.
To celebrate 50 years of bilingualism in Canada, the
Me, Moi + Canada Contest wants you to share your
experiences with Canada’s two official languages.
Me, Moi + Canada Contest asks you to engage with the
history of Francophone-Anglophone relations in Canada
and reflect on your relationship with Canada’s two official
languages. What role does bilingualism play in your everyday
life, and how does your knowledge of the two official languages
impact your identity and relationship with Canada? n
For more information, visit the contest website:
Historica Canada is the largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of
Canadian history and citizenship. Its programs are offered bilingually and reach more than
eight million Canadians annually.
COME LEARN FRENCH
at The Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière
PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE
2, 3 or 5 weeks French immersion
Including workshops & socio-cultural activities
Home-stay (3 meals day)
NEW for 2019! Jr. ESL program
13 to 15 yrs old
Culture in a
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Bring French (Canadian!) Film into Your School
This article reprinted with permission from the Language Portal of Canada, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada, www.canada.ca/our-languages.
At REEL CANADA, we believe great films are a fantastic tool for
helping students learn a new language. We also know that
watching Canadian films opens a conversation about nation,
identity, and what it means to be a part of this (bilingual) country.
That’s why we’re inviting all teachers to screen a French-language
Canadian film, completely FREE OF CHARGE.
Whether you want to borrow a DVD to show to your class or would
like to plan a film festival that brings your whole school population
together for a day of movies, we can help. CPF school members can
borrow from REEL CANADA’s library of more than 20 French-language
feature films, along with documentaries and short films that cover many
themes and topics. We also provide lesson plans for French classes (and
lots of other subject areas) to easily tie in with your curriculum.
These screenings can take place at any time during the school
year, and we’ll provide programming support to help you find a film
that’s age-appropriate, and interesting for your students.
For more information about our programme, please visit
reelcanada.ca/schoolfestivals/, and for film listings, please check out
To get started, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by phone at 416-642-5796, ext. 203, or toll free at 1-855-733-5709,
ext. 203. Please put “RC/CPF – your school name – your city” in the
email subject line and make sure to tell us what grade levels you teach. n
Students at St. Joseph's High School in Windsor, Ontario, after a screening of
The Rocket. The whole school wore red and white, and organized a week
of Canadian activities to tie in with the festival.
Recognized for its quality of teaching
Réputée pour sa qualité d’enseignement
Superior academic results
Résultats scolaires supérieurs
Highest graduation rates
Le plus haut taux de diplomation en Ontario
The choice of 7 out of 10 francophone parents
Le choix de sept parents sur dix
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By just knowing the proper letter-sound blends
in better comprehension skills just by knowing how to decode the language.
Watermelonworks French Sounds
decodes the language one sound at a time!
Funded Programs Allow You To
Explore Canada and Learn French
p r o g r a m
The Explore Programs are intensive language immersion programs
offered in the spring and summer which allow your child to
discover another region of Canada while learning French.
There is currently a five-week program for students 16 years
old or older. There are no grades or language-skill
requirements for funding; however, participants
must meet all of the criteria below.
With over 20 institutions across Canada that
offer Explore, you’re sure to find one that’s
right for your child, or you! Your child could
attend a local music festival, join a whalewatching
excursion, wander through a
museum, canoe on a great lake, explore
a national park or travel back in time by
visiting a historic attraction, all while
learning French, connecting with the
local residents and learning more about
our rich and diverse Canadian culture.
The Explore program for 16+ year olds provides $2,800
in funding which covers major expenses for participating in
the program: tuition, instructional materials, workshops, food,
accommodation, and most activities. Aside from personal
spending money, your child will need to cover registration
fees and travel expenses.
In order to qualify for the Explore (ages 16+) funding, you must:
– be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
– be 16 years old by the time your Explore course begins; and
– have been a full-time student for at least one term during the current
school year. n
DID YOU KNOW? A new Explore for youth between
the ages of 13 to 15 was launched this year. The
program is in high demand and is currently full.
Check back again in the fall of 2019 to apply.
For full details please visit www.myexplore.ca
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KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
1104 - 170 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
Quebec office & Nunavut support
British Columbia & Yukon
227-1555 W 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1
T: 778.329.9115 TF: 1.800.665.1222 (in BC & Yukon only)
211-15120 104 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 0R5
PO Box 1538, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
303-115 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK S7K 2B1
T: 306.244.6151 TF: 1.800.561.6151 (in Saskatchewan only)
101-475 Provencher Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2J 4A7
T: 204.222.6537 TF: 1.877.737.7036 (in Manitoba only)
103-2055 Dundas St. E., Mississauga, ON L4X 1M2
T: 905.366.1012 TF: 1.800.667.0594 (in Ontario only)
PO Box 4462, Sussex, NB E4E 5L6
T: 506.434.8052 TF: 1.877.273.2800 (in New Brunswick only)
8 Flamingo Dr., Halifax, NS B3M 4N8
T: 902.453.2048 TF: 1.877.273.5233 (in Nova Scotia only)
Prince Edward Island
PO Box 2785, Charlottetown, PE CIA 8C4
T: 902.368.3703 email@example.com pei.cpf.ca
Newfoundland & Labrador
PO Box 8601, Stn A, St. John’s, NL A1B 3P2
T: 709.579.1776 firstname.lastname@example.org nl.cpf.ca
TF: 1.877.576.1776 (in Newfoundland & Labrador only)
LIVE French Classes
Online With French
Live Virtual classroom of 8 students
Proprietary curriculum aligned with DELF
Experienced OCT Native Speaker Professors
All levels: A1 to B2
10 sessions of 90 minutes
Next semester begins in September
We also offer one-on-one French tutoring
for the first 5 parents
Registration is Open!
Web : campt.ca • Phone : 866-395-8868
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La Tournée Bonjour My Friend! Tour
is hitting the road to ask Canadians
what linguistic duality means to them.
Tour ambassadors Laura Lussier
and Shaunpal Jandu (former
CPF National staffer) are travelling
across the country, interviewing
Canadians on what it means
to live in a country with two
Each destination will include
an event and discussion where
community members are asked
to share their views on linguistic
duality and its importance to our country. Canadian Parents for
French is a partner of la Tournée Bonjour My Friend! Tour and
encourages our CPF members and their families to participate
in the tour’s activities as it travels across Canada. Check the full
tour schedule visit www.bonjourmyfriend.ca to find out when
la Tournée Bonjour My Friend! Tour will be stopping in your
community! We want to hear from English-speaking Canadians
on the reasons why they support linguistic duality and what they
want Canada to look like in the next 50 years. Let’s get out and
speak up for a bilingual Canada!
La Tournée Bonjour My Friend! Tour is an initiative of the
Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, in collaboration
with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and the
Language Portal of Canada. n
Camp Mère Clarac
T: 819.424.2761 (21) F: 819.424.5771
E: email@example.com W: www.campclarac.ca
T: 905.891.1889 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan
T: 306.244.6151 F: 306.244.8872
E: email@example.com W: www.sk.cpf.ca
Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière
T: 418.542.0352 TF: 1.800.622.0352 F: 418.542.3536
CSDC des Aurores boréales
T: 519.473.1207 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portail Linguistique du Canada
University of Ottawa
T: 613.562.5800 (1346) E: nlauzon@uOttawa.ca
T: 519.539.1902 E: email@example.com
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