Au secours! I’m Teaching FSL Webinar Series

Registration closes:
May 12, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Michelle De Abreu
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 14, 2020 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Nov 25, 2020 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Jan 19, 2021 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT)
Day 4Feb 02, 2021 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 5Mar 10, 2021 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 6Apr 13, 2021 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 7May 12, 2021 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
No charge
Location: Virtual
Course code: 21-FR-020

Target Audience

Gr. 4-12 Teachers of FSL

About this learning opportunity

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

Could you use some help structuring your FSL class so that it is focused on effective practices that maximize student learning? 

Despite working with the same Alberta nine year FSL Program of Studies (FSL POS), several factors greatly impact how FSL is taught around the province: Policies and regulations at the division level; teacher French proficiency and pedagogical backgrounds; time of instruction; in-person or virtual delivery; and access to resources to name a few. This webinar series’ mix of instruction and collegial sharing can support you no matter your FSL situation.

Attend any Session One FSL (October 14, 2020 OR January 19, 2021): Les essentiels during the year, then join Touch base Sessions for collaborative conversations with colleagues.

Session One FSL: Les essentiels (2 hrs)

Examine the essentials around curricular expectations, pedagogical approaches and assessment practices in FSL, and learn about:

  • The hidden ‘gap’ in the FSL POS that can unknowingly frustrate you and your students and how to bridge the gap.
  • Why teaching primarily through games, songs and exercises may engage students in the activity but not in significant learning.
  • Why we tend to teach FSL in thematic units when no one conducts their lives that way.
  • How to get out of the habit of teaching French in English.
  • Planning with a focus on doing in French and not on knowing French.

Touch Base Sessions (1 hr) 

Collaborate with colleagues about FSL classroom practices that focus on les essentiels to share and receive practical ideas and advice. Topics could include: 

  • engaging students,
  • looking at key resources, 
  • establishing effective routines, 
  • ways to brush up on your French,
  • planning for authentic communication,
  • working with parents and administrators,  
  • developing a focused approach to planning,
  • information about professional learning opportunities, and
  • any other topics participants would like to discuss with FSL colleagues!

These sessions will be delivered in English. Participants are asked to bring their questions and ideas for teaching FSL to the sessions.


This session addresses the TQS competency #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning

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.