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SUPPORT FOR LANGUAGES AND THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE. Edmonton Public Schools Curriculum April 2008. External Recognition of the District’s Language Work. District cited by Commissioner of Official Languages in Parliament

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    1. SUPPORT FOR LANGUAGESANDTHE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE Edmonton Public Schools Curriculum April 2008

    2. External Recognition of the District’s Language Work • District cited by Commissioner of Official Languages in Parliament • French Language Renewal Project viewed as the National Model of French Renewal • Valued developer of Second Language Curriculum and supporting materials

    3. External Recognition of the District’s Language Work • The district, through the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education has received the following honour: • Being requested by the Government of Spain to train Spanish teachers in second language pedagogy, • Being invited by the Government of Spain to house the only Associate Cervantes Institute in North America, • Being offered a Spanish Language Resource Centre, donated by the Government of Spain

    4. External Recognition of the District’s Language Work • Invited by the Government of China to train teachers in second language pedagogy • Invited by the Government of China to develop the oral assessment for the Chinese HSK to be acceptable with the European Framework • Invited by CASLT to provide the national lead for the implementation of Canadian language portfolios • Invited to present to the Council of Europe’s Language Assessment Division at Cambridge (ALTE) on our assessment work (April 2008)

    5. Supporting Board Priorities • Second Languages: Preparing youth to engage in a globalized world and economy: • Pluralingual capacity yield an advantage • Best practice in improving first language

    6. Sustainability in Language Programs • Characteristics of Successful Second Language Programs • Supported by strong policy and regulation • Much studied by other jurisdictions • To implement the “Characteristics” supports have been developed.

    7. 1. Developing Fluency: Building Second Language Literacy • Provides researched based second language pedagogy for teachers, recognizing unique approaches for successful second language learning • Provides a range of strategies and familiarization with curriculum • Supports principals with special sessions • Leadership in languages: development of language leaders in schools

    8. 2. International Language Credentialing • EPSB is now North America’s largest approved centre for second language credentialing • The testing program is providing second language education with: • Public confidence that measurable proficiency can be acquired in the school system • The belief that second language proficiency has real social and economic currency • The ability to alter the culture of education in Alberta, making second language acquisition an expectation • This has resulted in significant shifts in enrollment

    9. Resulting Enrollment French Immersion 2700+ by 2013 3800+ Bilingual: 4000+ by 2013 6000+ Chinese German Ukrainian Spanish Arabic Hebrew American Sign Language FSL 25 000 By 2013 49 000+ Aboriginal and International 5800 By 2013 7000+ Cree Spanish Japanese Ukrainian Arabic ASL Punjabi German TOTAL 36 850+ By 2013 65 800

    10. Edmonton Public SchoolsLanguage Programs

    11. Targeted Proficiencies Based on Common European Framework of Reference A2 A1 B1 B2/C1 B1 A1 A2 B2/C1 A1 A2 B1 A1 A2 A2

    12. International Chinese ProficienciesAs Measured by YCT and HSK as Example A2 A1 B1 B2/C1 HSK 8 HSK 6 HSK 3 YCT 1 YCT 2 YCT 3 B1 A1 A2 B2/C1 A1 A2 B1 HSK 3 YCT 1 A1 A2 DELF/DALF, TCF, TEF, TFI DELE HSK/YCT Deutsche sprachdiplom Japanese Language Exam Ukrainian Language Exam HSK 2 A2

    13. Example: International Credentialing Centre • French: • Diplôme d”Études en Langue Française (DELF) • Test de connaissance du français (TCF) • Test d’Evaluation du Français (TEF) • Chinese: • HSK • YCT • (developing oral language exam) • German: • Sprachdiplom (II) B2 • Sprachdiplom (I) B1 • Sprachdiplom(Pilot) A2

    14. International Credentialing Centre • Ukrainian: • Ukrainian Language Test B1 • Arabic: • In planning: development of standards and internationally recognized test in Modern Standard Arabic • Spanish: • DELE B2 • DELE B1 • DELE (pilot) A2 • Japanese: • Japanese Language Test (Japan Foundation) Level 4

    15. 3. Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education • International Language Credentialing • Resource Centre • Pedagogical Centre • Research Centre • Centre for Linkages and Partnerships • Promotion • Curriculum and Programming Support • Technology Research and Application • Partner Institutes

    16. 4. Confucius Institute in Edmonton • Institute for promoting Chinese language and culture • The CIE is the first fully in a school board. • Will add prestige and credibility to the district nationally and internationally • Involved in four major research and development projects with Hanban, Communications University of China and Shandong Ministry of Education

    17. 5. International Partnerships • Hanban (Confucius Institute) • Communication University of China (Beijing) • Shandong Ministry of Education • Spanish Ministry of Education – Spanish language Resource Centre (pending) • Associate Cervantes Institute (pending) • French Ministry of Education (CEIP) – DELF/DALF, TCF • Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Paris - TEF • Académie de Rouen • Alberta Education (French Language Services and International Languages) • German Ministry of Education- Test Centre for Sprachdiplom

    18. SUPPORT FOR LANGUAGESANDTHE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE Edmonton Public Schools Curriculum April 2008