Schedule and Format
12 lessons over 6 weeks that blend theory and practice:
- Synchronous 60-minute lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. EST (Zoom)
- Asynchronous learning activities during the week
First class: October 24, 2023
Last class: December 5, 2023
*No class October 31, 2023
|$120 + tax
|$180 + tax
*Includes a one-year CASLT membership.
All participants who finish the course successfully will receive a certificate of completion.
Teachers of Core, Extended, or French Immersion programs who communicate with an A2 CEFR French proficiency level and who wish to improve their linguistic skills in an inclusive and safe environment while learning ways to develop their pedagogical practice.
Registrants do not need to take a language assessment and may place themselves by reviewing the CEFR A2 description and “can-do” statements. All three proficiency courses will run at the same time, so instructors may use their discretion to move participants to a different level.
CEFR A2 Description
A2 level communicators can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. They can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. A2 level communicators can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.
Language of the Course
This course is taught with a bilingual approach. The course content will be presented in French at an A2 level with bilingual instructions. Participants may engage with coursework and discussions in English or French, depending on their comfort level. Participants are encouraged to practice their French as much as possible in order to improve their proficiency.
While some of the course content will be presented in English, the instructor will model instructional and student engagement strategies in French. Participants are encouraged to engage with coursework in French but should feel free to use English to seek clarification or discuss specific linguistic or pedagogical questions.
- Each synchronous class will be rooted in the activer–acquérir–ancrer
- Development of linguistic competencies will be addressed in the context of the FSL classroom.
In this course, participants will engage in practical and meaningful coursework designed to develop language proficiency specific to the FSL teaching profession. Teacher-learners will be exposed to high-frequency vocabulary specific to the teaching of FSL. This vocabulary will be modelled and reinforced so that participants become more comfortable with its use. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the proficiency expectations and evaluation criteria for the A2 level and of how these expectations can be integrated into the FSL classroom.
In an inclusive and welcoming environment, participants will be invited to listen, speak, read, and write in French while forming professional connections. Participants will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous tasks to promote reflection and professional dialogue with other course participants.
Participants in the course will:
- Develop an inclusive and safe learning community through pairing and sharing activities
- Examine A2 linguistic competencies as they relate to oral comprehension, oral production, written production, and written comprehension
- Participate in targeted practice of A2 linguistic competencies in the context of the FSL classroom
- Practice using A2 linguistic strategies in their classrooms and giving feedback to FSL students using appropriate classroom language
- Reflect on and discuss instructional strategies for oral comprehension, oral production, written production, and written comprehension and the most effective ways to integrate these strategies into classroom practice using clear directions and appropriate modelling
Participants will work through a variety of tasks to help them reflect on their own progress and celebrate their successes. They will build their professional toolkits by learning strategies and next steps and fostering strong connections to other FSL educators. Participants will also share strategies that can be used to further develop linguistic competencies and help their colleagues achieve a greater sense of self-efficacy.
Please note that the course will focus primarily on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), but the material is also applicable to other frameworks.
By the end of this 6-week course, participants will be able to:
- Grow their pedagogical and linguistic knowledge by self-assessing their French skills and teaching practices in order to value their demonstrated and growing proficiency
- Accurately assess their own CEFR language proficiency and the competency areas in need of growth or reinforcement
- Develop the language skills necessary to give clear directions, engage students in basic discussion on familiar topics, and give constructive feedback in the French classroom
- Build community around FSL teaching by collaborating in an inclusive space to encourage risk-taking and use of the target language
- Combat isolation in the FSL profession by forming professional connections in class and in the CASLT CoLab community
|What Are CEFR A2 Linguistic Competencies?
|Examine A2 language proficiency descriptions to self-assess and identify areas for development
Use pairing and sharing to develop an inclusive learning community
|How Can We Develop Oral Comprehension Skills?
|Identify the expectations of A2 oral comprehension
Engage in a range of A2 listening activities
Apply strategies to enhance listening proficiency
|How Can We Develop Oral Production Skills?
|Identify the A2 linguistic competencies for spoken interaction and spoken production
Apply strategies to enhance oral production proficiency
|How Can We Develop Written Comprehension Skills?
|Examine A2-level written comprehension samples to identify the competencies required
Apply strategies to enhance proficiency in written comprehension
|How Can We Develop Written Production Skills?
|Examine A2-level written production samples to identify the competencies required
Apply strategies to enhance proficiency in written production
|How Can We Move Forward? Using Self-Assessment and Professional Learning Practices for Growth
|Develop a toolkit of strategies to enhance oral and written language proficiency
Use self-assessment and professional learning practices for proficiency growth
Develop a sense of belonging to professional communities
Share best practices and additional resources
Instructor, Languages and Literatures
Anne Popovich has taught French and German in Ontario schools for thirty plus years. She has served as Department Head of Languages in three high schools and was a DELF examiner for levels A2–B2. She has also taught FSL Additional Qualifications courses at Brock University and for the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. She served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association and is a past president of the Ontario Association of Teachers of German. She continues to serve as Chair of the Ontario High School German Contest. Having completed her doctorate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Anne continues to teach both online and in-person language courses at the University of Toronto, the University of Winnipeg, McMaster University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. While the primary focus of her research is FSL teacher education, she has also contributed to studies in Ontario and across Canada that examine the impact of the CEFR on FSL classroom teaching.