Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

Instructors will post their updated course syllabus, format and assignments on Canvas (canvas.ok.ubc.ca) once they’re available. Students must be available during the currently posted course dates and times as courses may be synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both. More information.

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EDST 497C: La Littératie en Immersion (primary/intermediate)

July 6 – 23 (Monday to thursday)   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


This course will focus on the three components of a strong French Language Arts program in the Immersion classroom: Lecture, Écriture et Oral (Reading, Writing and Speaking). New resources will be explored to develop a Reading program based on novels and picture books that are current and of interest to the students. Authentic Indigenous resources will also be made available for review. Challenges based on interest and ability of the students in the French Immersion program will be addressed, including encouraging the use of French in the classroom.

Various programs including Le Cinq au Quotidien and Lecteurs Engagés, Cerveaux Branchés will be presented. Assessment using GB+ and other formative and summative forms of assessment as well as how and when to teach “la grammaire” and use “les dictées” will be explored.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their current units and activities. Based on the needs of the participants, teaching French as a Second Language (Intermediate) may also be included.

Participants will:

  • Investigate current research on the three components of French Language Arts (FRAL – français langue)
  • Delve into various programs used to develop a strong FRAL program
  • Discuss various teaching approaches for FRAL and their effectiveness
  • Review and create a list of appropriate reading resources for use in the classroom
  • Deepen their understanding of formative and summative assessment in FRAL
  • Share and learn from each other to create effective and engaging FRAL units, lessons and activities
  • Possibly learn and share strategies for teaching French as a Second Language in an intermediate English classroom

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Explain the “why” behind the programs and activities they use in their FRAL classes
  • Apply new/new to them programs into their FRAL classes as appropriate to their grade level
  • Use and recommend appropriate resources (picture books, novels) for their students
  • Implement an engaging and balanced literacy program that includes reading, writing and speaking activities
  • Assess the progress of their learners formatively and summatively and use this information to guide their practice

Erika van OyenErika van Oyen

Erika is an adjunct professor at UBC-O and a Faculty Advisor for the French Immersion Education cohort. In addition to teaching one year in China and one year in Uganda, Erika has taught grades 4-9 French Immersion in School District 23 for 24 years. Born in Australia but raised in Quebec City, Erika learned English and French concurrently. She completed her BEd at the University of Alberta, Faculté Saint Jean and received her MEd in Teaching and Learning from UBC-O. A recipient of the AMGEN Award for Science Teaching Excellence and one of two Canadian teachers selected by the Canadian Space Agency to explore extreme habitats in the Canadian Arctic, Erika is passionate about Science as well as French and English Language instruction.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.