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Three workshops for CASLT teachers will be offered during the CCERBAL 2012 conference: Innovative Practices in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), to be held in Ottawa, April 26 and 27, 2012. Click here for more information.
Sally Rehorick, long-time friend of CASLT, has just published an article entitled “Using the Common European Framework of Reference for Evaluating Language Volunteers for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.” Click here to read it.
CASLT congratulates the Louisiana State Government for adopting Bill HB424 regarding the provision of government services in French. Click here for more information.
CASLT Announces its 2011 Languages Without Borders National Conference. Mark your Calendars!
In 2011, CASLT will host its second Languages Without Borders conference. Dates: April 7-9, 2011 at the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec. More information soon to be posted on our Web site. All details here.
CASLT Language Teacher Calendar 2010
The CASLT calendar is distributed free of charge to all CASLT members and is available in both official languages, with components in German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Members received their copies in December 2009. We hope you enjoy the 12 wonders of the world and activities for your classroom! CASLT Complimentary Student Members as well as all CASLT members who wish to print additional copies of the calendar can download free copies of the calendar here. Please note that you will need to log in with your member ID to access the files.
CASLT Encourages Teachers and Students to Participate in National French Language Week Activities
The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
(CASLT) once again joins its partners to celebrate National French Language Week as
part of Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie (5-21 March, 2010), organized by Fondation
Dialogue and now in it’s 12th year. Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie are two weeks
of cultural events and activities, which take place across the nation and highlight the
importance of French in our lives. One of the main events will be the International Day of
La francophonie on March 20th. If you're a member of CASLT, click here to download National French Language Week Activities.
Click here to read the news release.
2010 Teacher Bursaries
CASLT has created bursaries to increase accessibility for teachers requiring financial assistance to participate in quality professional development opportunities in order to enhance their teaching practice, linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. More information on the 2009-2010 bursaries is available here.
Application forms are now posted. Download an application form here
(PDF format). Deadline: February 26, 2010.
CASLT Language Teacher Calendar 2009
The annual CASLT calendar is distributed free of charge to all association members and is available in both official languages, with components in German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. All CASLT members have received their copies in December 2008. We hope you enjoy the new edition, which highlights Olympic themes, over
fourteen months, ending in February 2010, date of the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. CASLT Complimentary Student Members as well as all CASLT members who wish to print additional copies of the calendar can download free copies of the calendar here. Please note that you will need to log-on with your CASLT member ID to access the files.
CASLT has created bursaries to increase accessibility for teachers requiring financial assistance to participate in quality professional development opportunities in order to enhance their teaching practice, linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. More information on the 2008-2009 the bursaries here.
New ! Application forms are now posted. Download an application form here
(PDF format). Deadline: February 27, 2009.
Variations francophones - New Teaching Resource Showcases Vitality and Diversity of French Culture in Canada .
On July 21st 2008 in Quebec City, CASLT launched a new teaching resource: a special teacher's kit for FSL classrooms celebrating the diversity of francophone culture in Canada, which was co-produced with TV5 Quebec-Canada and the Organizing Committee of the World Congress of the Fédération internationale des professeurs de français. The kit includes a series of documentary television vignettes featuring interesting Canadian French speakers along with accompanying teacher materials for class discussion.
Hard copies of the kits will be available for teachers throughout the fall at various provincial language conferences when teachers participate in CASLT workshops. Click here to see a list of upcoming conferences CASLT will be present at and make sure to register for the CASLT workshop on Variations francophones in order to receive your copy at the event. Read the news release about this launch of this exciting new resource here.
New! All teachers can download a free copy of Variations Francophones!
Click here to download your copy.
Sign Up Your Activity Celebrating Francophone culture and You Could Win!
Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is an integral part of celebrations surrounding the Journée internationale de la francophonie (March 20th) organized annually across the globe to promote the French language in its many cultural manifestations. If you want to organize an activity for your classroom, school or community and take part in the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, download this postcard (French version, English version), write-in your activity and send it by mail to the national office of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. You could win $500! Information: http://rvf.ca
Symposium on Second Language Teacher Education: Assessment, Achievement and Advancement in Canada’s Official Languages.
Presented by the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL) in partnership with the Society for the Promotion of the Teaching of English as a Second Language in Québec (SPEAQ) and the CASLT. This one day symposium is targeted to all Faculty Members, Instructors, and Learning Specialists involved in French Second Language and English Second Language Teacher Education. See the call for presenters here.
New CASLT Report: Effectiveness of Different FSL Delivery Models
CASLT has released a new report summarizing research on the effectiveness of different French as a Second Language (FSL) program delivery models in Canada. Representatives from provincial and territorial departments of education, teacher federations and language teacher associations took stock of the report in order to discuss ways of improving FSL programs in Canada, during the CASLT’s Annual Networking Day on September 26th, 2008 in Vancouver. Read the full report here.
News from the CASLT Annual General Meeting
The CASLT AGM took place on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Vancouver, BC. CASLT welcomed special guest Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, who delivered a speech at the event, and welcomed Caroline Turnbull (from New Brunswick) as new member of the Board of Directors. CASLT also gave out two prestigious awards:
-Jim Howden, a CASLT Past President a sessional instructor at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, was given the CASLT Robert Roy Award. The award is granted to individuals for their sustained contributions and long-term dedication towards the advancement of second teaching and learning. Mr. Howden is a leader in cooperative learning and English as a Second Language (ESL) education in Quebec.
-Senator Claudette Tardif was given the CASLT Honourary Lifetime Member Award.
Recipients of the award are often prominent individuals such as politicians, public
servants, media personalities, artists, and other leaders who are advancing second
language education through their work, their research or their private support. Senator Tardif has worked as a professor and Dean at the Faculté St-Jean of the University of Alberta and has written numerous publications in the fields of French immersion and teacher education. She is a strong advocate of linguistic duality in Canada.
CASLT announces its 2009 National Conference for Language Teachers: Culture and Languages: An International Partnership!
In 2009, CASLT will host a national conference in partnership with the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education, Edmonton Public Schools. Dates: May 21-22-23, 2009 at the Mayfield Inn Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Mark your calendars! More information to be posted soon on our Web site. All details here.