CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRAISES CPF
In a letter to our President, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce wrote that CPF “is one [creative organization] that has for two decades enthusiastically worked for an increasing accessibility to French, Canada’s second most-spoken language, in schooling across the country. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly endorses this special and beneficial work of CPF to enhance French language education opportunities and experiences for young Canadians of non-francophone background.”1998
PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
CPF representatives participated in a National Symposium on Canada’s Official Languages hosted by the federal government to explore how best to advance Canada’s official languages as the 21st century approached.1998
GOVERNOR GENERAL PRAISES CPF
During a reception at Rideau Hall in honour of CPF, His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada, stated: “CPF has changed the face of education in Canada.”
CPF PARTICIPATES IN LES JEUX DE LA FRANCOPHONIE CANADIENNE
60 children of CPF members aged 15-18 formed the only pan-Canadian francophile team to participate in sports, arts, and leadership training events at the first Les jeux de la francophonie canadienne.
MEMBERS INTRODUCED TO INTENSIVE CORE FRENCH
An article in the national newsletter explained this new approach, designed to enhance the communicative competence of core French students.2000
CPF RELEASES ITS FIRST REPORT ON THE STATE OF FSL IN CANADA
The first State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada report gave an assessment of the support systems for FSL education across Canada. The report evolved over the years to focus on research conducted by CPF into “unresolved issues.” It was last published in 2012.
“HELPING YOUR CHILD BECOME BILINGUAL”
This booklet, packed with tips and ideas to help their children become bilingual, was distributed to new and renewing CPF members.2001
THE CPF SCHOOL SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL
First published in the 2001 State of FSL report, this instrument was designed for cooperative use by principals, teachers, parents, and students to profile the strengths and weaknesses of a school’s core French or immersion program.
CPF President RECEIVES the Order of Canada
Joan Netten, PhD, CPF President 2000-02, was awarded the Order of Canada for her work as a researcher, educator, and advocate to promote and improve French-second-language education. Among many other awards received by CPF leaders, President Pat Webster (1977-78) was presented France’s Ordre national du Mérite and President Susan Purdy (1986-88) was named a patron of Rassemblement des francophones d’Amérique.
I’m learning/staying in french because…
CPF launched a multi-media promotional campaign, with ten national French first- and second-language partners.2003
National Concours d’art oratoire
CPF began a national public speaking competition for French first- and second-language senior high school students.
NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM WITH OCOL
Vision and Challenges for the 21st Century was held by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in partnership with CPF and Canadian Heritage to develop a strategy to double the number of young Canadians knowing their second official language. Then, following a series of branch stakeholder consultations, CPF hosted an FSL National Stakeholders’ Forum to share the resulting recommendations.2004
I’m teaching french because…
The promotional campaign encouraged senior high school and postsecondary students to consider a career as an FSL teacher.
CPF Receives Francophonie Prize
CPF was awarded the Prix d’excellence Lyse-Daniels 2005 by Impératif français, a French-first-language and culture advocacy group.2005
PEER TUTORING LITERACY PROGRAM
Designed by a Vancouver teacher and published and circulated by CPF, this program had student tutors in grades 5-7 working with grade 2 and 3 immersion students needing extra French reading support. A teacher coordinator was assisted by parent volunteers who helped with administration and supervision.
SURVEY OF FORMER IMMERSION STUDENTS
CPF released the findings of a survey of over 400 university students who had completed elementary immersion programs. Based on their retrospective views, the report included recommendations for encouraging students to continue studying French throughout high school and at the postsecondary level.2006
INFORMATION FOR FSL GRADUATES
CPF developed an inventory of postsecondary programs as well as academic and social supports available for FSL students wanting to pursue further studies in French.
FSL PARTNER NETWORK RECOGNIZED
The Department of Canadian Heritage officially recognized the FSL Partner Network, established as a collective voice to promote and advance FSL education in Canada. In addition to collaborating on various efforts, the network was positioned to act as a resource to the Government of Canada. Members were CPF, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers, French for the Future, and the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (now Experiences Canada).2007
CAMPAIGN AIMED AT PRESCHOOL PARENTS
To increase awareness of the benefits of FSL learning, CPF developed the brochure “I want my child to be….” as well as print advertisements and the CPF Early Childhood Activity Book. The activity book was later made available in 10 international languages.2007
There were 25,000 members across the country.