French Second-Language Learning

Established in 2014, the French as a Second Language Consortium is made up of ministers of education across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, whose mandate is to support and promote student achievement as it relates to learning French as a second language.

While provinces and territories are uniquely responsible for the development and implementation of FSL programs, the consortium endeavours to realize the following goals collaboratively:

  • Review the current status of FSL education across Canada.
  • Identify common challenges faced by provinces and territories in FSL programming.
  • Promote student success in FSL programs.

FSL in Canada: Potential for Collaboration

In an effort to enhance the status of FSL teaching and learning practices across Canada, the FSL Consortium released a report titled FSL in Canada: Potential for Collaboration (2015). This document, compiled by a team of researchers and consultants from the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), presents the strengths and challenges of FSL teaching and learning, and it identifies areas for potential collaboration among provinces and territories with a view to improving FSL education.

Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language

Building on the findings and recommendations from FSL in Canada: Potential for Collaboration, the consortium has developed Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language, a pan-Canadian resource, which offers ways to increase student engagement.

This unique resource combines relevant research and authentic examples from classrooms across Canada to illustrate numerous practices that educators have found to be effective in increasing student engagement in French second-language education.
Strengthening Engagement in French as a Second Language comprises six short videos and a reflection guide. We invite you to visit www.inspireFSL.ca to access the resource. Get inspired by watching our one-minute promotional video at www.vimeo.com/cmec/promoEN.

Funds for this project have been provided by participating provinces and territories through CMEC and by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.