Canadian Parents for French PEI is pleased with the recent announcement made by Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, inviting project proposals to address recruitment or retention activities for French as a second language and immersion teachers across Canada.
This national strategy is part of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 announced in March 2018, with $31.3 million new funding allocated over four years to address the shortage of qualified French-speaking teachers working in French-as-a-second-language programs across the country.
The call for proposals is being launched with the goal of funding projects that will help better understand the shortage, while increasing capacity to recruit and retain French teachers.
CPF-PEI recently launched The State of French Second Language Education in Prince Edward Island Report that found respondents report that 90 percent in the Immersion program and 71 percent for Core French had difficulty in recruiting teachers on PEI.
Read The State of French Second Language Education in Prince Edward Island Report here.
For more information on Canadian Parents for French – PEI, call 902-368-3703. Visit https://pei.cpf.ca.
There has been a continually increasing demand for French immersion programs, as well as more core French and intensive French program options across the country. CPF-PEI agrees it is crucial to emphasize greater efforts for collaboration among the provinces and territories, in consultation with FSL stakeholder associations, faculties of education and school jurisdictions.
The organization says it looks forward to working with interested stakeholders in putting into action viable long term solutions to retaining FSL teachers and improving access to quality FSL programs for all Canadian students.
To read more on the state of FSL teacher supply in Canada, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages study is available at:
Visit the CPF National website at https://cpf.ca/en/research–advocacy/advocacy.