ADSB Opens New DELF Centre

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The Algoma District School Board (ADSB) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Association canadienne des professionnelles de l’immersion (ACPI) to open a new DELF Centre to support Ontario English language school boards across the province.  The new centre is in addition to the existing three centres, as the number of School Boards offering the DELF to students is increasing.

The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is recognized internationally as an official certification of second-language proficiency and tests the ability of students to use skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing in French in real-life situations.

The new centre will liaise with the International Centre of Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) and the French Embassy on behalf of participating English-language school boards who offer the DELF “scolaire.”

The centre will also offer training sessions and “refresher” sessions for those who organize and conduct the testing sessions and will liaise with the other Ontario Centres and the Ministry of Education.

The new DELF Centre is located in ADSB’s newly renovated Boréal French Immersion School and is managed, on a part-time basis, by Algoma District School Board’s French as a Second Language (FSL) System Administrator, Nancy Rancourt who shared that, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome a new challenge as manager of the Ontario DELF Centre.  I am looking forward to the leadership opportunity and the new learning.  I am excited and honoured to work in partnership with ACPI and Denis Cousineau.”

Director of Education, Lucia Reece, also noted:  “We are delighted to be partnering with ACPI and to provide leadership for Ontario’s newest DELF Centre.  The number of students engaging in the DELF certification is steadily increasing in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.  It highlights what students can do based on the Common European of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), an excellent tool to support our learners in developing with their second language skills.”

ADSB currently has over 40 educators trained to administer the DELF exam and continues to provide teachers with professional learning focused on developing language skills, to support students in obtaining a DELF certification.

Four educators attended the November 13th Committee of the Whole Meeting to receive their DELF certificates.  They included: Joanne Atkinson – retired French Immersion Principal, Alex Ivorra – teacher at Superior Heights,Elizabeth Ralph – new teacher at FH Clergue, and Raeanne VanDaele – teacher at Korah Collegiate