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French as a Second Language (FSL)

French as a Second Language Labour Market Partnership

OPSBA submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU), formerly known as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD), to establish a three-year Ontario Labour Market Partnership initiative.  The overall initiative is entitled Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario and is designed to study labour market needs for French as a second language (FSL) instruction in the province. 

This proposal was in response to concerns OPSBA member boards raised about the growing gap between the number of students enrolling in French language programs and the recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of FSL teachers and support staff. This issue has become an increasing challenge for all English language public school boards in Ontario. As part of the labour market partnership process OPSBA joined with other committed education partners in a collaborative process to share knowledge, experience, expertise and conduct research to generate workable solutions to this labour market issue.

During 2017-18, OPSBA proceeded (with TCU/MAESD approval) with a one-year project entitled, Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.  Based on the completion of the deliverables for this project and the ongoing commitment from all of the education partners, OPSBA is seeking approval from TCU to continue with this initiative for 2018-19.

The report from the first year of the French as a Second Language Ontario Labour Market Partnership Project is now available - Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.

FSL Executive Summary Cover Page.jpgRead the Executive Summary

Near North DSB produces Transforming FSL Resources

The Near North DSB (NNDSB), with the support of the Ministry of Education, has produced a series of videos to guide French as a Second Language educators throughout Ontario. These five videos capture the professional learning of some French Immersion Kindergarten Teams in the NNDSB.  Through sharing classroom footage and teacher reflection, effective use of pedagogical documentation and strategies to support oral language development, the videos inform and support further discussions among FSL educators.

Entitled `Les petits en maternelle` the videos feature staff and students from the Earning Learning Kindergarten programs at Alliance and Sunset Park and provide an overview of the following:

  • Interacting with the (play-based) environment
  • Interacting with their peers and adults
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Pedagogical Documentation (Making the thinking visible)
  • Reflections on the journey 

The videos and additional FSL resources can be found at

Release of Welcoming English Language Learners into FSL Programs document

In September 2016, the Ministry of Education announced the release of Welcoming English Language Learners into French as a Second Language Programs

It builds on A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 with additional case studies, research, and strategies relevant to English language learners.  

In addition, this Spark slideshow has been shared with school board staff and provides an update on the document, as well as information about new professional learning resources produced in the 2015-2016 school year in support of strengthening FSL in Ontario.

Direct links to the new companion document:

Core French in Ontario Public Schools

OPSBA's Education Program Work Team has considered the delivery of Core French in Ontario classrooms, drawing information from a range of sources:

Report of the OPSBA survey of school boards