In a partnership with the Eastern Townships School Board, Roy Lyster of our Department of Integrated Studies has launched a new French-language website, "L'approche intégrée en univers social". The project aims to provide training that will respond to the needs of educators who teach social studies in French, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of French spoken by students.
The integrated approach consists of planning instructional units in four phases: noticing, awareness, guided practice, and autonomous practice. Some of these units are made available for download on the site. Other key contributors include co-director of the project Jean Provençal, of the Eastern Townships School Board, and past participants Louise Boudreau, Nancy Cantave, Céline Carbonneau, Caroline Côté, Isabelle Desbiens, Annette Kostrzewa, Julie Meilleur and Nancy Richard.
Roy Lyster is Professor of Second Language Education in the Department of Integrated Studies Education at McGill University. His research examines content-based second language instruction and the effects of instructional interventions designed to counterbalance form-focused and content-based approaches. His research interests also include professional development and collaboration among teachers for the purpose of integrated language learning and biliteracy development. He was co-president then president of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics from 2004 to 2008 and serves on the Editorial Boards of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Research, Journal of Instructed Second Language Acquisition Research, and the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education. He is author of two books: Learning and Teaching Languages Through Content published by Benjamins in 2007 and Vers une approche intégrée en immersion published by Les Éditions CEC in 2016.