Increasingly, Canadian teachers are blogging. They do so to communicate with students and parents or to share ideas and resources with other FSL teaching professionals. Here are a few of the ones we have discovered online recently that were created and are maintained by Canadian FSL teachers in various parts of Canada. If you are aware of other blogs by Canadian FSL teachers, let us know and we will be happy to update this list.
French As A Second Language: On est capable! – “The purpose of this series of video clips is to engage French as a Second Language teachers in reflective practice on the topic of improving student proficiency in oral French[…] The intended audience is teachers of French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French, school and board level administrators, FSL instructional leaders and coaches. The video clips capture students at various stages of their language acquisition in all FSL programs.”
Bienvenue à la maternelle – This is the blog of Jamie Robinson, a French Immersion teacher with the Richmond School District in British Columbia. Although primarily intended as a class blog, she shares many videos of French songs, resources for building vocabulary, and links to other useful resources for learning French.
Madame Conlin’s blog – The blog of a Hasting and Prince Edwards District School Board. Mrs. Conlin writes: “Through this blog I would like students to see the French language and culture come alive so that French class will be way more than just worksheets or exercises from a textbook.”
Joëlle’s Journeys – The blog of Joëlle Rudick, a Core French teacher at South March PS in Ottawa, Ontario. She describes herself as “a self-proclaimed techno-sherpa, visiting 8 classes a day with my combined multi-media and literacy cart.”
eTools for Language Teachers – Blogger Sylvia Duckworth teaches Core French to 8-11 year old students in Toronto, Canada. This is her blog for web-based resources that includes a large section on IT resources and a smaller but useful section on resources for FSL: General vocabulary building and practice resources; links to eBooks; Videos for language learning; Songs; SMARTboard files; Resources by theme.