CARAP-FREPA in Canada
This country page offers an overview about developments in Canada and documents available in English.
What is it about? It is about a comprehensive description as well as the concrete implementation of plurilingual and intercultural competences and resources which can be best developed in teaching through so-called pluralistic approaches. Consequently FREPA contributes significantly to the attainment of the educative goals suggested by the Council of Europe in the domains of languages and cultures.
What are pluralistic approaches? The term Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures refers to didactic approaches which involve the use of several (or at least more than one) varieties of languages or cultures simultaneously during the teaching process. This is to be contrasted with… more.
Who should know about FREPA? Teachers of all subjects with an interest in plurilingual and intercultural education, Teacher trainers, Decision-makers, Curriculum and programme designers, Textbook writers.
• a systematic description of competences and resources (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) which should be developed within the perspective of a plurilingual and intercultural education... more
• a database providing online teaching materials
• an online training kit for teacher training (initial or in service)
ABOUT THE SITUATION IN CANADA
In Canada, alongside the teaching of the two official languages, English and French, a number of initiatives and programs have been developed to promote the diffusion, teaching and learning of indigenous languages, heritage languages and international languages.
See for example :
Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1358263602229/1358263791285
Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1288015506594/1306757981095
Canadian Multiculturalism Act http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-18.7/page-1.html
Several institutions correspondingly share a common vision towards the promotion of languages and cultures, at various administrative levels, including the Canadian government, universities and other learning insitutations, and numerous professional associations. The on-going collaboration between the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and the Canadian Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI ) in Ottawa, has continuously supported the development of a number of projects within this common orientation.
The Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches (FREPA/CARAP) is an example of this fruitful collaboration. The FREPA offers both theoretical and practical support to teachers, teacher-trainers, and decision makers, as well as resources that are adaptable to various educational contexts. The FREPA aims to develop competences and resources in the form of knowledge, attitudes and skills typical of mobile populations. The FREPA resources aim to offer an opening to continued exchanges between different linguistic realities which share the common objective of knowledge sharing, with an emphasis on cultural discovery and respect.
See a map: The official languages of Canada
FREPA-Instruments in English
See tab "Instruments" above.