A national network of volunteers, parents and stakeholders who value French as an integral part of Canada. CPF Magazine is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.
<strong>CPF</strong> EVENTS PROGRAMMING New Reality, New Lear With the advent of COVID-19 school closures, <strong>CPF</strong> has been adapting all of its programming to the new virtual reality, from Concours d’art oratoire to the <strong>CPF</strong> Network Conference and offering more resources online. As students across Canada moved to stay-at-home learning and online classes, FSL students were among the most impacted adding a whole new layer of challenges to learning a new language. The need for resources was evident as was the difficulty in adequately supporting their child, especially for parents who do not speak French. The <strong>CPF</strong> Virtual French Tutoring program started in spring 2020 with three pilot sites in Ontario and as of September 2020, it is now offered all across Canada. There are approximately 500 students enrolled between the ages of 6 and 14 years of age. They are supported by more than 400 volunteers who are at least 16 years old, bilingual and residing in nine provinces. Children spend one hour per week in a one-onone session with a French speaking volunteer tutor. Sessions take place virtually and so a computer, camera, microphone and internet connection are required. This is not an academic program following a pre-determined curriculum. They can work on whatever skills are identified as needing the most improvement - reading, writing, speaking, help with homework. Additionally, registered students also have the opportunity of practicing French through different activities like small group conversation and book clubs. n 10 <strong>CPF</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER <strong>2021</strong>
<strong>CPF</strong> PROGRAMMING <strong>CPF</strong> EVENTS ning Opportunities! As students across Canada moved to online classes and classroom teaching was disrupted, French second language students were among the most impacted as it added a whole new layer of challenges to learning a new language. To learn more, you can contact your <strong>CPF</strong> Branch directly. A new cohort got underway in January <strong>2021</strong> and the next group is scheduled for April <strong>2021</strong>. NEW YEAR New After School French Club To complement the Virtual French Tutoring, <strong>CPF</strong> has also launched a new pilot After School French program called the WIGUP Club – this is for students interested in independent learning using a wonderful and safe multimedia platform. The WIGUP Club is open to youth ages 9-14, who can access more than 2000 videos in French from around the world and on different topics. It allows the student to engage with French speakers and work on tasks known as “CreaCtivités”, which range from photo projects to video interviews that are to be shared on WIGUP.tv. Every month, kids will unravel their creativity and build confidence in French as they meet other kids from across the country. They will explore and complete different projects and be entered into draws for prizes. The WIGUP Club is a great complement to FSL students’ education as it focuses more on the creative and social aspects of learning a language. The WIGUP Club pilot program runs until March 31st, <strong>2021</strong> and is free to all members – as <strong>CPF</strong> is subsidizing the usual $25 monthly membership fee. The only requirement is that the student has to commit to participation for a three-month period. For more information about the Club or to register, please visit the <strong>CPF</strong> National website. Stay tuned to <strong>CPF</strong> National’s social media channels and to your local Branch for more activities and contests as they are launched! n <strong>CPF</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER <strong>2021</strong> 11