Tracy Langer, Facilitator, French as a Second Language
Spring 2021, the NVSD District French Advisory Committee (consisting of North Vancouver administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, students and trustees) consulted with each of their respective groups on ways to enhance the French Immersion program. Many responses focused on the importance of teaching French using the Action Oriented Approach.
Action-oriented tasks bring French language skills alive and bridge the gap between school and real life, as they are purposeful acts set in a context students could face in everyday life and in a variety of situations. After reviewing the feedback received, former District Principal Anne Lawson and I organized a professional development session on how to effectively use the action-oriented approach in the classroom.
Dr. Joanne Robertson, Assistant Professor with the University of the Fraser Valley, and former Director, Online and Summer Learning and Languages Education, presented virtually to approximately 60 kindergarten to grade 12 teachers on how to successfully implement the action-oriented approach. Teachers were given time to collaborate with one another on how to use this strategy successfully in their classroom. Teachers will continue to learn more about this strategy during the 2021-2022 school year with more professional, applied learning sessions planned.