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11: Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine


English-language skill development and maintenance activities for the Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine health and social services network



Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine



CSSS de la Baie-des-Chaleurs, CSSS de La Côte-de-Gaspé, CSSS du Rocher-Percé, CSSS des Îles, Centres jeunesse Gaspésie/Les Îles, Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Comité d’action sociale anglophone (CASA), Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI), Vision Gaspé-Percé Now.


This language training project combines lecture courses and informal meetings with English-speaking community members. The project aims to combine English-speaking individuals from the field with learners who have already taken English courses with the previous cohort, as well as new participants, under the supervision and guidance of the training organization that delivered the initial training.


People from the community will be recruited by the CAMI, CASA and Vision Gaspé-Percé Now community organizations, in collaboration with Groupe Collegia, based on set criteria and each institution’s needs with regard to English-language healthcare and social services.

In preparation for skill maintenance activities with the students, Groupe Collegia will first meet with the recruits to guide them in their role as coaches paired with students (e.g. brief training session on how to correct, how to provide professional assistance, leadership abilities, etc.).


Intake (162), Health (54), Social (54)  
Total: 270


  • Training activities: Face-to-face language training in small groups of about five people; 54 groups are planned over a period of three years.   
  • Activities for maintaining and developing skills and knowledge transfer: Students, people from the field and Groupe Collegia will meet on a biweekly basis for one-and-a-half-hour sessions over a two-year period. Various activities are planned, including:
    • Sharing a meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner outside working hours) to allow workers to put their knowledge into practice with community members;
    • Developing relationships with the Anglophone community by participating in activities offered by that community;
    • Holding meetings with groups and resource people to discuss more specialized themes related to the health and social services field.
    • Participating in role playing to put knowledge into practice as part of common professional situation simulations.
  • Learner evaluation: The level of language education is determined at the start of the training by the PAREA test. There will be an individualized assessment with the trainer at the start of training. A descriptive evaluation grid will be used to ensure follow-up with learners throughout the training and at the end of the training. The evaluation will help measure the learner’s progress between levels.
  • Training materials: The training organization will use and adapt existing materials. It plans to use workbooks created by McGill University and other tools chosen by each trainer based on the level of the various groups. 

The courses will take place on the premises of the institutions and the training organization. Meetings with the community will take place in cafés, at the community centre, etc.


Participation costs will be covered by the project.


Groupe Collegia du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine 

BUDGET ALLOCATED FOR 2010-2013: $270,000





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