In collaboration with the Faculty of Education at Laurentian University, Science North has developed a series of resources to help with the research project “Building Capacity for French Immersion Science Teachers”. At Science North, we seek to develop hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities for students and teachers.
Through our work with Laurentian University, we have seen many parallels between language learning and science learning. In this section, you will find a series of lessons and videos that will help French immersion science teachers foster an interest in language learning that will continue later in life. Giving French as a Second Language learners authentic situations with multiple opportunities to communicate will help build their confidence in French, as well as enable them to learn key science concepts from the curriculum.
We have three introductory videos that encourage teachers to choose science as a subject for French Immersion lessons. These are followed by 4 lesson plans for Grades 7 to 10. Each lesson is accompanied by a science video related to the topic of the lesson. There are instruction sheets that show teachers how to use the science videos along with the lesson plans to facilitate French as a Second Language learning for students.