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January 17, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


CASLT FSL Research Exchange

Join us for the second installment of the CASLT FSL Research Exchange, a virtual platform dedicated to advancing French as a Second Language (FSL) education. Building on the success of our inaugural session, we will delve deeper into the critical challenges facing FSL educators.

Join us on a journey through FSL teacher preparation and ongoing professional learning as we draw insights from our recently published report, Identifying Requirements and Gaps in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Education: Recommendations and Guidelines. In this session, we will explore Gap #2: Time and Access, which highlights FSL educators’ challenges in accessing opportunities for professional learning and linguistic development due to a lack of time and resources.

Balancing Constraints with Possibilities: Overcoming Time and Access Barriers in FSL

Featured Presenter: Dr. Callie Mady (Professor, Nipissing University)

Dr. Callie Mady will guide us through an examination of the time- and access-related hurdles faced by FSL teachers at different stages of their careers. Drawing on her extensive research and expertise, Dr. Mady will highlight important factors to keep in mind when contemplating potential solutions to overcome this perennial challenge in the FSL field.

Research Exchange Agenda

Welcome and Introductions

Our facilitators will introduce the featured presenter and set the stage for an enriching exchange of ideas.

Featured Presenter

Delve into the theme with our featured presenter, who will share insights, make connections to relevant research, and push our thinking outside the box. Our featured presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from extensive work in FSL/additional language education.

Guided Discussion: Opportunities for Collaboration and Building Bridges in Research

Explore guiding questions and share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas. Discover opportunities to connect and collaborate on research- and practice-oriented projects to make a meaningful impact on FSL education.

Why Attend?

Connect with peers: Engage with fellow researchers who share your passion for FSL education and are dedicated to advancing the field in meaningful ways.

Think outside the box: Explore new and innovative ways of shifting the conversation about FSL education in Canada.

Find opportunities to collaborate: Discover potential research partners and avenues for impactful projects.

Join us for an hour of exploration and collaboration and find a community striving for innovation in FSL. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative dialogue that aims to reshape FSL education by tackling the issues of time and access.



Featured Presenter

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Professor, Nipissing University

Callie Mady

Callie is currently a professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. Her research interests include French as a second language education and multilingual language acquisition with a focus on minority populations, particularly immigrants and students with learning difficulties. Callie was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research from Nipissing University.

Previously, Callie has taught English, French, and Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels. She has also co-published 15 books to support students learning French as a second language. In 2015, she was awarded the Robert Roy Award from CASLT for her contributions to the field.


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Stephanie Arnott is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. She is a core member of the Education and Languages Research Group (EducLang) and coordinator of the Second Language Education Cohort (cL2c). Her research focuses on student motivation, the knowledge base of L2 teachers and innovation in Canadian FSL education.

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Meike Wernicke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research in French-as-a-second-language teacher education has focused on teacher study abroad, teacher identity, and includes research interests in critical intercultural studies, multilingual language policy and pedagogy, and decolonizing approaches in language education.

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