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Using an Inquiry-Based Approach (Reggio Emilia) in Early Childhood French Immersion

Facilitator(s): Marielle Hamon
Date:January 10, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$100.00 (CAD)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 20-FR-149

Target Audience

K-2 French Immersion Teachers, Literacy Leads, Consultants and Administrators

About this learning opportunity

Can a teacher use an inquiry-based approach successfully in a French Immersion early childhood classroom? Oui! Come learn more about my journey, the research I undertook and how I shifted my classroom environment, my teaching philosophy and my teaching style using the Reggio Emilia approach. During the session, I will begin where it all began for me by questioning everything! Then I will move into a brief look at Loris Malaguzzi’s (1920-1994) poem The Hundred Languages of Childhood (Reggio kids, 2014). This poem is the basis of the approach to education in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I will take some time to explore the poem and how it links to our understanding of children and how they learn best. Then we will focus on the “third teacher” – the environment – and how important an inspiring learning space is for young children (providing resources and ideas) Afterwards, I will discuss emerging curriculum, a day in the life of a Grade 1 French Immersion teacher using the Reggio Emilia approach (routines) and how to respond to children’s interests while achieving curricular outcomes. I will provide ideas on setting out provocations/invitations as well as brainstorm our own ideas to get you started on your own journey! We will also discuss and take an in-depth look at observation, documentation and how to deepen the learning throughout this process. I will have many inquiry examples to share and time for open discussion and questions French Immersion teachers may have while balancing teaching a second language using this approach.

This session will be offered in French.

You might also be interested in the follow-up webinar:

Using an Inquiry-Based Approach (Reggio Emilia) in Early Childhood French Immersion, a follow-up session


This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Marielle Hamon has been French Immersion educator for over 15 years. Marielle is an early childhood educator (K-2) with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in Saskatoon. Marielle graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Education (Baccalauréat en éducation) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in French Language. She has researched many different learning theories but has focused much of her studies and work on the approach taken in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her passion is teaching French as a second language and/or Immersion to a variety of grade levels but she appreciates and strives toward being successful in early childhood French Immersion while creating a respectful learning environment that values all children’s creativity, natural curiosity, and wonder.

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