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Name: “View from above” Aerial Art Project

Description: Together with the Oceans Day Festival Society, Victor Brodeur Francophone school combined environmental education with school-wide activity using aerial art. Students were arranged into the shape of a giant basking shark.

Age: Elementary school

Impact: A creative way to teach environmental education (or other topics)and create community and cooperation within a school (or community!)

Organizing Notes: View a photo gallery of the event here —

Contact: Victor-Brodeur School in Partnership with the Oceans Day Festival Society

Category: Art, community, environment

Name: “Who named these mountains anyway” (Pilot project)

Description: Local historian – guiding students to think about geography and place names and researching the french contriubtion to the area. Students produce blingual brochures that Could be put out in chamber of commerce.

Age: grade 5 + High school students

Impact: Collaboration bw elementary and high school students. Fosters empowerment, and principle of “teaching is learning.”

Organizing Notes: High school french students pull into single brochure to help elementary kids — research is goal. Could lead to a book? Note: Each student writes up their own description.

Contact: CPF Bulkley Valley

Category: Geography, Education


Name: @fonddialogue #SpellingChallenge

Description: “Write it right” spelling competition with cash prizes. The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, Canada Post and the Office québécois de la langue française invite you to take the spelling challenge. Click on the correct bolded word or group of words out of the eleven suggested pairs, and you could win $1,000!

Age: 18+ (could do a variation to target high school students.)

Impact: A fun way to encourage french spelling outside the classroom for older age groups.

Organizing Notes:

Contact: Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie

Category: Education


Name: “Jeune Artiste du Manitoba competition”

Photo Credit: Howard Wong

Description: An American-idol style music competition for French speakers! The 1st place winner will also have the opportunity to professionally record their song.

Age: High School (can be all ages, but competition elimination may be difficult for younger students)

Impact: Makes French exciting, relevant and flashy! Opens up youh eyes to French in a familiar setting – music!

Organizing Notes: Timing: April (can be anytime) . Other Notes: The event will be run as a Manitoban Idol en français event with general auditions being held Friday, April 5 at l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB), semi-finals taking place Saturday, April 6 at USB and the live finals will be held the late afternoon/evening of Sunday, April; Cost/Charge: It is completely free for students to either register to participate or even come out and watch the live finals on April 7! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come take part on April 7. There are cash prizes to be won for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; $1000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd place. Other Notes: Media coverage — Primetime CBC French TV and radio coverage – 2 TV spots, 4 radio interviews and 2 newspaper interviews. See sample poster below:

Contact: CPF Manitoba

Category: Competition, music


Name: French Story Time

Description:Storytime, in French!

Age: Tots/Elementary-aged

Impact: Provides an oppportunity for kids to increase their oral french comprehension, with storytime!

Organizing Notes:

Please refer to the following 3 documents:

1 – Suggestions for running French Story Time

2 – Proposed schedule & planning document

3 – Notes – French Story Time

Contact: CPF Ontario

Category: Education, Literacy


Name: Poetry Competition

Description: The competition urges students to develop personal relationships with poetry through exploration, memorization, and performance. Can use this model to create a less formal competition in the community too.

Age: High school (or change requirements for younger age groups.)

Impact: Promotes art of poetry in the classroom and the community.

Organizing Notes: n/a


Category: Writing, speaking



Name: Verbathon

Description: With Verbathon, you can teach grammar through games in a fun, active, and team-based approach. Use the verb rap song to learn conjugations. Conduct sports-style events where students learn to conjugate verbs, construct sentences using overt instruction and communicative techniques.

Age: elementary school to grade 8/9

Impact: French grammar becomes a fun game rather than an arduous chore.

Organizing Notes:

Contact: CPF Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chapter/Maple Ridge Secondary/

Category: Education, Literacy


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