Building Success in Early Learners in French Immersion: Primary Literacy Instructional Practice


French Immersion, Teacher Professional Development, District-level initiative, Metro Vancouver Region, 2017-2018


Surrey School District has emphasized building capacity in our teachers as a priority. Within several initiatives this year, we have selected the following: 

In French Immersion, primary literacy instruction became a focus for professional development this year in Surrey. As a result, a multifaceted professional learning format was implemented for early literacy instruction integrated with curricular competencies in all areas. In a collaborative effort with Simon Fraser University (SFU) and 3 other districts, a speaker was invited to build understanding and classroom practice of teachers in grades K-3. Surrey followed up on the initial session with in-class model lessons and after-school workshops in fundamental literacy strategies for the Primary classroom. Over 30 elementary teachers from 12 different schools participated in various aspects of this initiative to support curriculum design, instructional strategies and quality assessment in Immersion.


Following this initiative, feedback from teachers was very positive. Because classroom teachers, learning support teachers, a few school administrators as well as teacher candidates on their practicum were involved in the project, a significant group of educators were able to implement powerful differentiated instructional strategies on a consistent basis, as well as to create a professional learning community focusing on the success of early learners in French programs. As well, a few teachers shared their expertise with an additional group of colleagues in workshops to extend the learning even further. All these aspects of this initiative established foundational alignment and built consistency in the District.