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Common Curriculum Framework

 

The following interjurisdictional projects in the area of international languages have been completed by Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

  • Finalization and publication of Mova i rozmova, 1998, a learning resource for Ukrainian as a second language. This project was completed with the financial assistance of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Winnipeg.
  • Development and publication of The Common Curriculum Framework for Bilingual Programming in International Languages, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 1999.
  • The development, vetting and publication of The Common Curriculum Framework for International Languages, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2000.

In March 2001, the WNCP Assistant Deputy Ministers approved in principle two new interjurisdictional language programs. Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have developed three guides to implementation.

  • Ukrainian Language Arts Guide to Implementation Kindergarten to Grade 3, Alberta Education, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-6685-6408-9) (LRC Product #: 715352) 1172 pages. Alberta was the lead jurisdiction, with financial support from Manitoba.
  • Ukrainian Language Arts Guide to Implementation Grade 4 to Grade 6, Alberta Education, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-7785-6409-6) (LRC Product #: 715360) 896 pages. Alberta was the lead jurisdiction, with financial support from Manitoba. 
  • Spanish Language and Culture Four-Year High School Program Implementation Manual, Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth, March 2004 (ISBN 0-7711-3133-X). Manitoba was the lead jurisdiction.

The WNCP common curriculum frameworks are being used at the provincial and local levels in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in redevelopment of existing programs of study and in developing new courses. The WNCP International Languages Working Group has explored the possibility of cooperating further in the languages area and has identified these five possible areas of cooperation:

  • the development by all three provinces of common outcomes for specific language and culture programs based on the common curriculum frameworks
  • common teacher implementation documents to complement these programs
  • a common strategy for best utilizing international consultant services
  • joint learning resource searches
  • in the long run, possible cooperation in the development of learning resource databases and on-line delivery of international languages courses. The latter is vital if we are to enhance language education outside of major urban centres in Western Canada.

The Working Group has also identified the need for cooperation in the areas of Chinese and German as high priorities.