Inquiry-based Learning in French Language Classrooms

August 29, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Many months ago Debra Z from the TDSB French department recommended a link, specifically the French resources available on the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Association web page. Check here for a video series that « présente trois enseignants qui partagent comment aborder les études sociales à travers le processus d’enquête dans une classe de français langue seconde (FLS).  Ceci peut être un défi pour tous les enseignants de FLS à cause du niveau de langue française que les apprenants ont acquis.  Chaque collègue présenté dans cette série explique les stratégies et pratiques utilisées qui mènent leurs élèves à apprendre comment appliquer et communiquer les connaissances et la compréhension des différents sujets étudiés en études sociales à travers le processus d’enquête. »

The Professional Library has the very popular book by TDSB teacher Jennifer Watt  IQ : A guide to inquiry-based learning and is also available in French Le processus d’enquête : Transformer la curiosité en véritable apprentissage (adapted by Léo-James Lévesque.) TDSB teachers may reserve the books in the catalogue (remember to login first).

Other selected useful links …  I am sure that there are many more – please recommend:

Boss, S. (2014, Mar. 13). Using the inquiry model in a core French class. [Blog]. Retrieved from

Building Language Skills through a Cross-Curricular Approach. (20-12, Nov.). Prologue. Retrieved from

EduGains. FSL.

Fortier, P. (2014, Autumn). The ups and downs of a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher: My journey toward an inquiry-based approach to teaching. Learning Landscape, 8(1): 123-138. Retrieved from

 French immersion in Ontario: Two languages – a shared approach. Capacity Building Series # 19.  Ontario Ministry of Education. Retrieved from

Inquiry-Based Learning. (2013, May). Capacity Building Series #32. Ontario Ministry of Education. Retrieved from

Instructional Strategies. Modern Language Council (MLCLM). Retrieved from

Ontario Ministry of Education FSL curriculum links: Elementary and Secondary

Ontario Physical Health Education Association. L’apprentissage fondé sur l’enquête en éducation physique et santé. [web page]. Retrieved from

Teaching and learning in the core French classroom. Capacity Building Series #26.  Ontario Ministry of Education. Retrieved from

Transforming FSL.  Curriculum Services Canada

Check ’em out! Rowan



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