Knowing One’s Community Through Language Rights: Proposed Learning Content
Ottawa – A new high school resource available to teachers across Canada is focused on language rights in francophone minority settings.
Knowing One’s Community Through Language Rights: Proposed Learning Content is a new resource produced by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law inc. (FAJEF).
The resource aims to help teachers integrate education about French-language rights in compulsory social studies and law courses so that all students who attend French-language schools in minority settings have a basic knowledge of their language rights by the time they finish high school.
“The recognition of language rights has been at the crux, not just of the development of French-language schools, but also of the development of French-language services across the country,” says CTF president Mark Ramsankar.
“In this context, it is essential for students to know their language rights and appreciate the importance of getting involved by asserting them and making use of expanded services in their language.”
The resource is aimed at high school teachers of social science and law who work in minority language settings in Canada, but it is also suitable for other teachers who would like to know more about language rights. The resource is the latest addition to the Knowing One’s Community series. This series suggests ways in which to reflect and build cultural identity in French-language schools, including through curriculum development.
Teachers can access the resource on CTF’s website at www.ctf-fce.ca.