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Fall Virtual French Boot Camp (Parlons fran├žais series)

Registration Closed
Facilitator(s): Michelle De Abreu
Date:October 17, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 3:00 pm (2 hour break between 11-1 pm) MDT
No charge
Location: Virtual
Course code: 21-FR-017

Target Audience

Gr. K-12 Teachers of FSL or French Immersion, Any adult desiring to practice their oral French

About this learning opportunity

Please note: the webinar information (link and how to access the webinar) will be emailed to you 2 hours prior to the webinar start time. If you have not received the webinar link by then, please email 

Are you a teacher of French whose oral language skills could use a workout? Perhaps your French is out of shape or your confidence level could use an energy boost. Maybe you are not a teacher at all and just want to dust off your high school French to put it to good use. 

Whatever the reason, exercise your oral French skills in a fun, low-stress, virtual environment where all participants seek to strengthen their language proficiency. The only prerequisites: You’ve had some French instruction in the past and are willing to take risks and laugh at your inevitable erreurs.

Sessions will be organized around engaging oral communicative activities. (Bonus: Teachers will be able to adapt and use the activities with students of any age, language level or French program.) Participants will spend much of their time in virtual breakout rooms speaking French with one or two other people. The whole group will gather briefly in between activities, and partners will change each time.

Participants of any level are welcome and can actively engage in all activities. Please self-identify a level upon registration to help with grouping:

Level 1: My confidence and/or French proficiency level significantly impacts the clarity of my oral French communication.
Level 2: My confidence and/or French proficiency level does not significantly impact the clarity of my oral French communication. 

The sessions will be delivered in French. Please email Michelle De Abreu for more information at

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

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

About the facilitator(s)

After 18 years in the classroom, Michelle De Abreu spent 15 years as a second language consultant with Edmonton Public Schools where she provided support to teachers and administrators at the local, provincial, national and international levels. 

In her career, Michelle has been a lead project manager/author of many resources for ERLC, Alberta Education, the Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). Her work in the field of language education is well-recognized: Michelle is the recipient of provincial and national awards from SLIC, the Fédération des parents francophones de l’Alberta, and CASLT. 

Michelle’s workshops are characterized by their practical nature and playful ‘you can do it’ tone. She is most often asked to work in the areas of effective second language classroom instructional and assessment practices, improving teacher language proficiency, curriculum design, leadership and programming, and resource writing. Through her new consulting business, B-Lingual Consulting, Michelle continues to provide professional service and consultation to second language educators and organizations.