Curriculum Laboratory

French Language Resources

For further assistance in using any of the resources in the Lab, please ask at the Curriculum Lab Information Services Desk

Define your topic, and check basic sources. Teaching and studying the French language in Alberta schools occurs in three ways:

  • as French as a Second Language (FSL) -- a program where French is taught as a subject in a regular English language school, for about 25-40 minutes a day.  Students study French as a second language "to learn to communicate in a variety of school, travel, leisure and job-related contexts."  There are three stages of second language development in the old program (valid until 2011): Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.  The new FSL program of studies for grades 4-6 was implemented in September 2006, grades 7-9 was implemented in September 2007, and grades 10-12 was implemented in September 2008. Teaching of French as a second language can begin at any time from kindergarten to grade 10.
  • as French Immersion (Imm.) -- "a program in which French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day."  It is designed for students whose first language is not French.  Objectives are "full mastery of the English language, functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture."  French Immersion usually begins in kindergarten or grade 1 (early immersion), or in grade 7 (late immersion).
  • as French Francophone (Fr.) -- "the provincial program taught in French for Francophone students (children who have at least one Francophone parent)."  Objectives are "full mastery of French as a mother tongue, full fluency in English, and a sense of identity with and belonging to the French community."  French Francophone usually begins in kindergarten or grade 1.

Get relevant Alberta curriculum publications. 

French as a second language is covered in Alberta Education's curriculum publications in these places:

  • Elementary, Junior High and Senior High Schools general Program of Studies under Second Languages -- covers what must be taught in Alberta schools.
  • There is a new Program of Studies for the nine-year program (grade 4 to grade 12) which was implemented September 2006-2008. There is also a new Program of Studies for the three-year program (grade 10 to grade 12) which was implemented September 2008. Both are available in English and French. Both are available online at Alberta Education, or in print in the Curriculum Laboratory.

    • French as a second language : nine-year program of studies (grade 4 to grade 12) (2004) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.4-12"
    • Francais langue seconde : programme d'etudes de neuf ans (de la 4e a la 12e annee) (2005) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.4-12"
    • French as a second language : three-year program of studies (grade 10 to grade 12) (2007) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.10-12"
    • Francais langue seconde : programme d'etudes de trois ans (de la 10e a la 12e annee) (2007) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.10-12"
  • There are individual Program of Studies in both English and French for 2 of the 3 stages of competency (valid until 2010-11) (the Beginning level is no longer valid):
    • French as a second language : program of studies, intermediate level, year 4 to year 12 (1992) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.4-12" (until end of 2010-11 year)
    • Francais langue seconde programme d'etudes : niveau intermediaire : de la 4e a la 12e annee (1992) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.4-12" (until end of 2010-11 year)
    • French as a second language : program of studies, advanced levels (1992) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.10-12"
    • Francais langue seconde programme d'etudes : niveau advances, French 31a, 31b, 31c : de la 10e a la 12e annee (1993) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.10-12"
  • There are four guides to implementation for teaching French as a second language, which describes how 4 major components are integrated to improve language competency, plus some teaching methodologies, strategies and activities, ways of using technology to support language learning, as well as lesson, unit and year planning: 
    • French as a second language : nine-year program of studies, guide to implementation, grade 4 to 6 (2007) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.4-6"
    • French as a second language : nine-year program of studies, guide to implementation, grade 7 to grade 9 (2008) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.7-9"
    • French as a second language : nine-year program of studies, guide to implementation, grade 10 to grade 12 (2009) (available online at: http://www.education.alberta.ca/francais/teachers/progres/compl/fsl/support/niney/guide 10_12-9y.aspx

    • French as a second language : three-year program of studies, guide to implementation, grade 10 to grade 12 (2008) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.10-12"
  • There are assessment and evaluation materials for French as a second language in both the old and new programs. Here are some examples:
    • Francais langue seconde, French as a second language : trousse d'evaluation, evaluation resource package (1995) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.7-9"
    • Francais langue seconde, French as a second language : guide d'administration, test modele du niveau intermediaire (1994) "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.7-12"
    • French as a second language, nine-year course sequence : classroom assessment materials, grade 4 (Interim ed., 2006) Only available online at : http://www.education.alberta.ca/francais/teachers/progres/compl/fsl/support/niney/assess4.aspx

French Immersion is covered in Alberta Education's curriculum publications in these places:
  • The general Program of studies are available in French, and only varies in content from the English version in Language Arts.  They are shelved in binders just after the English versions of the general Program of Studies.  They are:
    • Programme d'etudes : elementaire (1994) "375 General Alta. Gr.1-6"
    • Programme d'etudes : secondaire -- premier cycle (1994) "375 General Alta. Gr.7-9"
    • Programme d'etudes : secondaire -- deuxieme cycle  "375 General Alta. Gr.10-12"
  • For Language Arts in French Immersion, the following guide is available:
    • French language arts : programme d'etudes de francais langue seconde, immersion, (M-12) (1998)  "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.EC-12"
    • FLA : programme d'etudes, francais langue seconde : immersion : niveaux 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 (2005-2007) "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.10-12" (5 v.)

French Francophone is covered in Alberta Education's curriculum publications in these places:
  • The general Program of studies are available in French, and only varies in content from the English version in Language Arts.  They are shelved in binders just after the English versions of the general Program of Studies.  They are:
    • Programme d'etudes : elementaire (1994) "375 General Alta. Gr.1-6"
    • Programme d'etudes : secondaire -- premier cycle (1994) "375 General Alta. Gr.7-9"
    • Programme d'etudes : secondaire -- deuxieme cycle "375 General Alta. Gr.10-12"

  • For Language Arts in French Francophone, the following guides are available: 
    • Francais : programme d'etudes de francais langue premiere, (M-12) (1998)  "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.EC-12"
    • Programme d'etudes secondaire, deuxieme cycle : francais langue premiere : niveaux 13-23-33 (2002) "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.10-12"

    Curriculum publications for subjects other than Language Arts (e.g. Social Studies, Science) for both French Immersion and French Francophone programs, are shelved with their English counterparts in the 375 area of the Curriculum Laboratory.

    Current curriculum publications for each province can be found at each provinces' Education web site.
     

    Find basic and support resources recommended by Alberta Education.

    The Curriculum Laboratory orders most resources which have been approved for use in the classroom by Alberta Education. We order these items from the Learning Resources Centre (LRC). To find out what resources are recommended by Alberta Education:

    • Go to the Curriculum Laboratory main webpage.
    • Click on the link, "Alberta Education Authorized Resources Database."
    • You can select your "Curriculum Area," and "Grade Level."  The resulting long list of resources will include items such as student textbooks, teacher's manuals, student workbooks, blackline masters, test banks, other books, CD-ROMs, DVDs, distance education resources, etc.

    • If you only want to find out which resources are considered the basic textbooks for that grade and subject (ie. Second Languages: French), do the same search as above, except choose "Student Basic " from the "Authorization Status" menu.
    • Alberta Education also published two separate bibliographies for French as a second language:
      • French as a second language : learning/teaching resources for the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (elementary, junior high, senior high),  "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.1-12"  and 
      • French as a second language : annotated bibliography of learning resources : beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (early childhood services - grade 12). 1995 Supplement "375 French FSL Alta. Gr.EC-12." 
      However both bibliographies were published in 1995, and there have been many changes to the resource list, so the most current list can be found in the "Alberta Education Authorized Resources Database." 

      There is a correlation list of basic resources recommended by Alberta Education for French as a second language, grades 4-12 in the Curriculum Changes binder behind the Curriculum Laboratory Information Desk. "Info Desk 375 General Alta. Gr.EC-12"  
       
    • A listing of resources for French Immersion and French Francophone programs is found in the "Alberta Education Authorized Resources Database."   Remember to choose the name of the subject in French (not English), and from the "Authorized Status" menu limit your search to "Ressource de base" for Basic student resources, or "Ressource d'appui" for student support resources, or "Ressource de l'enseignant" for teaching resources. The Curriculum Laboratory collection includes some of the basic resources used for teaching French Language Arts, and a few resources for teaching other subjects in French. Alberta Education also published bibliographies of works of literature for both French Immersion and French Francophone programs for every division:
      • Bibliographie annotee, M-3 : francais langue seconde-immersion : selection d'ouvrages de la litterature enfantine (1999) "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.EC-3"
      • Bibliographie annotee, 4-6 : francais langue seconde-immersion : selection d'ouvrages de la litterature jeunesse (2000-01) "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.4-6"
      • Bibliographie annotee d'oeuvres litteraires : immersion 7 a 9 (1997) "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.7-9"
      • Bibliographie annotee d'oeuvres litteraires : immersion 10 a 12 (1997) "375 French Imm. Alta. Gr.10-12"

      • Bibliographie annotee, M-3 : francais langue premiere : selection d'ouvrages de la litterature enfantine (1999)   "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.EC-3"
      • Bibliographie annotee, 4-6 : francais langue premiere : selection d'ouvrages de la litterature jeunesse (2000)   "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.4-6"
      • Bibliographie annotee d'oeuvres litteraires : francophone 7 a 9 (1997)
        "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.7-9"
      • Bibliographie annotee d'oeuvres litteraires : francophone 10 a 12 (1997)
        "375 French Fr. Alta. Gr.10-12"

    • For both French Immersion and French Francophone programs, Alberta Education has published the following anthologies and teacher's manuals:
      • Textes choisi : auteurs contemporains de la litterature canadienne (2007) "840.9 Alb Gr.9"
      • Textes choisi : auteurs contemporains de la litterature mondiale (2007) "840 Alb Gr.10"
      • Textes choisi : auteurs marquants de la litterature canadienne (2007) "840.9 Alb Gr.10-12"
      • Textes choisi : auteurs marquants de la litterature mondiale (2007) "840 Alb Gr.10-12"

    Search the Library Catalogue.  For subject searches, start with "Subject Heading" (Library of Congress) Search, and browse the subject headings and "related subjects" which come up on the screen.  Use these general subject headings or related subject links to get the best possible list of materials. 

    • French language -- lists a wide variety of materials about the French language.  This heading is quite broad and it would be more useful to use a more specific subject heading.
    • French language - Study and teaching -- is the term used for the study and teaching of the French language. This subject heading can then be further subdivided by Primary, Elementary, and Secondary.   It includes materials for French Immersion, French Francophone and also French as a second language programs. 
    • French language - Study and teaching as a second language -- is the term specifically used for materials for French as a second language.
    • French language - Study and teaching- Foreign speakers -- is a term used for materials for students whose first language is not French; in other words for materials for French as a second language, or French Immersion.
    • Finding fiction materials in French:  Using the Search by Subject feature on the Library Catalogue enter the subject French fiction. You will then see all the fiction books written in French which are in the University Library and Curriculum Laboratory collections (in 843s).
      When books are written in English and another language (bilingual), or more languages, there will always be a subject heading for the "other" languages, plus other subject headings relevant to that book.  


    For the best results, type in a specific subject heading like:

    • French language - Alphabet
    • French language - Bibliography
    • French language - Composition and exercises
    • French language - Computer-assisted instruction
    • French language - Conversation and phrase books
    • French language - Curriculum planning
    • French language - Dictionaries
    • French language - Grammar
    • French language - Lesson planning
    • French language - Orthography and spelling
    • French language - Readers
    • French language - Study and teaching - Audio-visual aids
    • French language - Syllabication
    • French language - Verb - Tables
    • French language - Vocabulary

    For French as a second language, a sample of some resources that are recommended by Alberta Education are listed below:
    • Ma classe -- kit for Gr. 4 (Oversize 448.24 Alb Gr.4) 
    • Les fetes hivernales en Alberta -- kit for Gr. 4 (Oversize 448.24 Alb Gr.4)
    • Les fetes et les celebrations -- kit for Gr. 4 (IN PROCESS)
    • Savoir faire : collection imagination -- big books, readers, kits (448.24 Sav:B Gr.EC-3) 
    • Acti-vie 1, 2 and 3 -- kits (448.24 Act Gr.4-6) 
    • Savoir faire : visages 1, 2, and 3 -- kits (448.24 Sav:A Gr.4-6)
    • French as a second language : beginning level 1 -- kits (448.24 Alb Gr.7-10)
    • French as a second language : beginning level 2 -- kits (448.24 Alb Gr.7-11)
    • Savoir faire : passages 1 (448.24 Sav Gr.7-10)
    • Savoir faire : passages 2 (448.24 Sav Gr.8-11)
    • Savoir faire : passages 3 (448.24 Sav Gr.7-12)
    • Destinations 2 (448.24 Des Gr.7-11)
    • Destinations 3 (448.24 Des Gr.9-12)
    • Destinations 4 (448.24 Des Gr.12)
    • Destinations 5 -- for the advanced level (448.24 Des Gr.12)
    • C'est a toi! 1 (Gr.10-11)(3Y) (IN PROCESS)
    • C'est a toi! 2 (Gr.11-12) (3Y) (IN PROCESS)

    For French Immersion and French Francophone, here is a sample of some resources that are recommended by Alberta Education, and are in the Curriculum Laboratory:

    • Tous azimuts, 1er cycle, A-B, and C-D (448.2 Tou Gr.1-2 to 448.2 Tou Gr.1-3)
    • Signet : francais, 2e cycle, A-B, and C-D (448.2 Sig Gr.3-4 to 448.2 Sig Gr.4-5)
    • Signet : francais, 3e cycle du primaire, A-B, and C-D (448.2 Sig Gr.5-6 to 448.2 Sig Gr.6-7)
    • Mots de passe : premiere secondaire (448.2 Mot Gr.7-9)
    • Pour lire & pour ecrire : francais, premiere secondaire, and deuxieme secondaire (448.2 Pou Gr.8-9 to 448.2 Pou Gr.9-10)
    • Lire & dire autrement : francais, troisieme secondaire, and quatrieme secondaire (448.2 Lir Gr.10 to 448.2 Lir Gr.11-12)

    The Curriculum Laboratory has a number of French items on curricular subjects other than French language.  There are two ways to find these non-fiction items through the Library Catalogue.

    • Look under a specific subject heading (e.g. Canada - History) and then limit the results by the LANGUAGE of French.
    • Using the Search by Subject feature on the Library Catalogue, enter the subject French language - Non-fiction, and you will get a listing of all the non-fiction books written in French which are in the Curriculum Laboratory collection.  This is a broad search for browsing, so you may want to use a more specific subject heading. 

    HINT:  When you are searching for French titles in the Library Catalogue, remember to skip La, Le, Les, Un, or Une when it is at the beginning of the French title.  Ignore these initial words and start your search with the next word. 

    If you are unhappy with the results of an author, title, or subject search, broaden your search using Keyword Search. It searches the author, title, subject and notes fields of an item record.  Some sample searches for this subject are listed below:

    • Videos showing French Language teaching can be found by searching: francais and programme and LIMIT by MATERIAL TYPE film/video.  The result is "Programme de francais," a series of 6 videorecordings (448.2 Pro Gr.1-6)
    • Works about speaking French:  francais and orale, and limit your search to the Curriculum Laboratory.

    Browse the shelves. (If you only want to search for materials in the Curriculum Lab, click on the Limit this search button and then change the location from ANY to U of L-Curriculum Lab):

    • Curriculum Lab hints and helps:  These are some of the sections of the collection where you will find French language arts materials:

      440s -- French language
      441.1 -- Alphabet
      443 -- Dictionaries
      443.21 -- French/English dictionaries
      445 -- Grammar of the French language
      448.1 -- French vocabulary
      448.2 -- Study and teaching of French Immersion, Francophone
      448.24 -- Study and teaching of French as a second language
      448.34 -- Study and teaching of French using audio-visual aids (e.g. CDs, sound cassettes)
      448.6 -- French language readers
      448.64 -- French language readers for French as a second language

      840s -- French literature
      841 -- Poetry
      842 -- Drama
      843 -- Fiction (grades EC-12)
       

  • French materials on many other curricular subjects are shelved with English materials on the same subjects.  For example, French and English materials on Canadian history are both located in the 971 section of the Curriculum Laboratory.
  • Check the Education Resources on the Library Home Page. For a more comprehensive list of journal databases, you can select "Databases By Subject", and select "Humanities," and then select "Modern Languages."

    • For a list of general education journal indexes, which can be used to search for articles on teaching French, select "Education" under "Databases By Subject." For those databases that appear below that has no direct link, you will find them on the Education page of databases.
    • MLA International Bibliography consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore from 1963 to the present. It provides access to scholarly research in over 4,000 journals, series, books, working papers, proceedings and bibliographies. e.g. "second language learning and french language", or "french language and immersion", or "french language and first language."
    • CBCA Complete  an interdisciplinary database which provides access to the principal literature published in Canada, including education.  e.g. "french second language," or "french immersion programs," or "french canadian culture" or "french language and francophone," or "french language and quebec," in combination with "educat*" or "school*" or "teach*". 
    • CPI.Q (Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly) is a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies, and other reference content, all with a Canadian focus.  e.g. "education bilingual" or "francophone and french language," or "french as a second language." 
    • Academic OneFile  indexes multidisciplinary literature from Arts and Humanities, to Social Science, and Science and Technology.  Because this database is multidisciplinary, you may want to add terms like "education" or "teaching" to French language terms.  e.g. "french immersion" and "second language instruction" and "second languages concentrated study" and "french (second language)." 
       
    • Education Research Complete (ERC)  accesses scholarly research and information relating to all areas and levels of education.  Use terms such as: "french language and Canada", "francophone", or "immersion method (language teaching)." 
    • ERIC accesses the world's largest source of education information here. If possible, search by Major Descriptors using terms chosen from the ERIC Thesaurus.  e.g. "French Canadians" or "immersion programs and french," or "second language learning and french," or "second language instruction and french."
    Search the Internet:
    • The Curriculum Laboratory's Teacher's Sites lists many of the main Internet sites used by teachers, such as Alberta Education, LRC Resources Catalogues, and some comprehensive education sites containing educational issues and lesson plans, technology sites for teachers, etc.
    • The Curriculum Laboratory's Great Sites for Educators contains useful links such as Digital Resource Subscriptions (LearnAlberta.ca, Discovery Education Streaming Digital Multimedia Clips (no Spanish), COAC (Alberta Video Co-acquisition Consortium, etc.), Digital Reference resources, Kid's Sites, Lesson Plans, and links for Specific School Subjects.
    • ERIC Digests provide short reports which give you an overview of any educational topic. e.g. "immersion programs and french," or "first language and french."
    Other Resources:

    Prepared by: Margaret Rodermond,  August 2002. Updated January 2010.
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