Strengthening French as a Second Language Education
Ontario Boosting Resources for Students and Parents
Ontario is providing all English-speaking students with access to new French as a Second Language educational resources this September.
TFO's online multimedia educational resources - including videos, websites and games - will be available to teachers and students in all 60 English-language school boards across the province. These resources include teaching tools for the classroom, as well as learning resources that students and parents can use together at home. They promote areas like cultural and linguistic diversity, inclusion and healthy schools, and include planning resources for teachers.
Expanding resources for French as a Second Language students is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- TFO is a French-language educational and cultural public television station that develops resources with joint support from the federal and provincial governments.
- Access to the resources by English-language school boards is made possible through funding under the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second Official-Language Instruction.
- Studying French is mandatory from grades 4 to 8, and secondary students must earn one French as a Second Language credit to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
- There are three French as a Second Language programs in Ontario: Core French, Extended French and French Immersion. The latter two are optional programs.
- To support French as a Second Language in Ontario, the province established a French as a Second Language Provincial Working Group in February 2011 to help plan French as a Second Language activities and initiatives.
- Access to the resources supports improved student achievement and is part of the government’s renewed vision for education in Ontario and a goal of the province’s Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12.
“Students have a tremendous advantage when they speak more than one language. Learning a second language not only strengthens their problem-solving, reasoning and creative thinking skills, but it also opens the door to more opportunities and develops their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.”
“These new resources will go a long way to ensure our English-speaking students will have every advantage they need to succeed in French, while promoting a strong and vibrant French-language culture here in Ontario.”