From Heather Jordan, Ward 7 French as a Second Language Advisory Committee rep
The DRAFT of a new French as a Second Language policy document has gone live on the TDSB site, and there will be a discussion about it at the next French as a Second Language Advisory Council (FSLAC) on 29th May 2012.
Given the widespread interest in French in Ward 7, and the long experience (relative to many other geographical areas of the TDSB) that our schools and parents have with these programs, we are important stakeholders in this document. The policy and associated procedures will form the framework of future discussions about the location and availability of French programs in the future.
“– The purpose of the policy will be to outline the Board’s beliefs and commitments to FSL. It will be a reference document that provides clarity to stakeholders and decision makers. The draft will be available publicly for input from all stakeholders and will go to the Board for a final decision at the end of 2012 or early 2013. The policy development process, the consultation and the final document will provide the framework for future discussions about FSL programs.”
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=206&menuid=40030&pageid=33514 (also included below)
Any individual can make comments, although I would appreciate being copied on the comments so I can see what the major themes/concerns are. I would appreciate any feedback on the document prior to the meeting on 29th May 2012, and ongoing into the fall.
More Generally –
I have been the Ward 7 French as a Second Language Advisory Committee rep. since September and it has been overwhelming just learning the TDSB acronyms etc. However, I am slowly getting a handle on how things are supposed to work, and going forward I would like to initiate/improve communication with the various school councils in the Ward. I am happy to attend any school council meetings, find French-relevant information, convey concerns from parents and/or councils to the TDSB via the FSLAC as required etc. The best way to contact me is by e-mail: email@example.com
INITIAL DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION ONLY
FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS POLICY
Toronto District School Board
Policy P.— CUR
Title: FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
To affirm the Board’s commitment to French as a Second Language (FSL) Programs that provide students with the opportunity to become proficient in French.
Three FSL programs provide students with different levels of intensity in developing proficiency in French:
Core French – students are taught French as a subject. The program helps students develop a basic usable command of the language.
Extended French – elementary students are taught French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in other subjects. At the secondary level, students accumulate a minimum of seven credits in French: four are French language courses and three are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.
French Immersion – elementary students are taught French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in more subjects than extended French. At the secondary level, students accumulate a minimum of ten credits in French: four are French language courses and six are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.
The Board recognizes that:
3.1 proficiency in French is a valuable skill and an element of student achievement because French is one of Canada’s two official languages and it is a language used widely around the world.
3.2 teaching and learning French as a Second Language strengthens English language skills, enhances reasoning, problem-solving and creative thinking skills and develops understanding and respect of other cultures.
The Board is committed to:
3.3 equity of access to French programs through, but not limited to, accepting all applicants without screening and providing transportation as outlined in P.020 “Transportation of Students”;
3.4 French programs that include students with Special Education needs and English Language Learners and are equitable, inclusive and reflective of a diverse community;
3.5 supporting, developing and promoting French Immersion/ Extended/ Core as community-based programs;
3.6 providing a range of French Immersion/Extended programs in dual and single track schools to meet the varying needs and aspirations of students, their families and communities;
3.7 strong collaboration among students, parents, schools, the community, the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee and the Board through effective outreach, sharing of resources, research and data and joint participation to facilitate growth and excellence in French programs;
3.8 partnerships with community and professional organizations, researchers and all levels of government in order to facilitate growth and excellence in French programs;
3.9 providing students and teachers of French with resources and support equal to English programs.
4.0 SPECIFIC DIRECTIVES
The Director of Education is authorized to issue operational procedures to implement this policy.