The return of the ACCENT directory
EDMONTON, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 – For this new school year, the ACFA is pleased to announce that ACCENT is back to better serve the school communities that are offering French as a first language, French immersion or French as a second language programs, as well as service providers! This bilingual directory gathers in one place hundreds of recreational resources, cultural and educational activities and resources, allowing school communities to diversify the experiences offered in French to their students.
“With the ACCENT directory, we are proud to expand French-speaking spaces for Alberta students that are learning French. In recent years, our team contacted numerous institutions that now understand the importance to develop and offer educational programs in French. We will continue to work towards this goal through different innovations,” explains the president of the ACFA, Jean Johnson.
Among the innovations, a new website is launched today! It includes an enhanced platform adapted to mobile devices to search more effectively or promote services available in French to school communities in Alberta. The display of the directory has also been renewed, making the experience much more enjoyable for users. In addition, service providers are now invited to go directly to the website to register or to update their services for free.
To offer this directory, the ACFA continues its longstanding partnership with Canadian Parents for French – Alberta Branch. “Year after year, we renew our commitment to ACCENT, since we believe in the importance of offering services in French to schools with immersion and French as a second language programs. This bilingual directory allows a wider audience to access resources and activities in French, thus expanding the reach of the French language and culture in Alberta,” mentions Michael Tryon, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French – Alberta Branch.
The Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) is also adds up to the number of partners. “This partnership with ACCENT represents for the RAFA and French-speaking artists a winning opportunity in the offer of resources and services in the area of Francophone arts and culture in schools. This is a great opportunity to achieve together common goals,” says Sylvie Thériault, Executive Director of the RAFA. This new partnership will among others, provide training on September 25 to the artists that wish to acquire the necessary tools to develop and adapt their activities to the curriculum and different levels of language.
The ACFA will also offer training on October 13 at La Cité francophone in Edmonton, allowing all interested service providers to better meet the needs of the schools. Service providers can now register by following this link:https://formulaireacfa.wufoo.eu/forms/accent-atelier-de-formation-2016/
Teachers, parents, students, school councils, early childhood educators, service providers and all school staff are invited to follow ACCENT on Twitter and Facebook (@accentalberta) and to remain on the lookout for news by registering to our newsletter « What’s new?” on www.accentalberta.ca.
The ACFA would like to sincerely thank Alberta Education for its financial support in this project.
Depuis 1926, l’ACFA est l’organisme porte-parole de la communauté francophone de l’Alberta. Son rôle est de faire valoir les intérêts de cette dernière et d’assurer son développement global.