France Éducation international’s new website Le Fil plurilingue (The Multilingual Thread) has been available since late March. By offering methodological tools and classroom resources, Le Fil plurilingue meets the needs of teachers around the world who teach their discipline in French. The timing is great for the continuity of teaching during lockdown.
Creating and sharing resources to support educational communities in bilingual education are part of France Éducation international's missions, whose expertise is regularly needed in the field to support Francophone bilingual sections professionals.
Le Fil plurilingue: a convenient tool for day-to-day use
Le Fil plurilingue results from the redesign of the website Le Fil du bilingue (The Bilingual Thread), run by the French Language Department of France Éducation international. It is intended for all Francophone bilingual sections professionals abroad. Beyond methodological and pedagogical resources, it offers arguments in favour of multilingual education and presents the multilingual education systems by country. All the materials are open and free access resourcess..
The website’s editorial choices are approved by a scientific committee which brings together the associations ADEB, DULALA, "Bilinguals and +", public institutions, in particular the General Directorate for Globalisation of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), Paris French Institute, the General Delegation of the French Language and the Languages of France, the French Lay Mission (Mlf), CANOPÉ and TV5MONDE. All these partners share the challenge of promoting bi- and multilingualism in education. Le Fil plurilingue also aims to enhance their resources and their actions.
Le Fil plurilingue ‘s editorial line focuses on the promotion of integrated didactics, which can be found under the acronyms CLIL/EMILE. The website is meant to be informative and helpful by offering suggestions and avoiding dictates.
The site is a convenient everyday tool for professionals. It offers an easy access to resources with a dedicated entry per user profile (teachers, coordinators and headteachers), per type of resource classroom resources, education systems around the world, multilingualism), per country, and a classification of pedagogical resources by discipline. At least twice a month, the site will publish feature articles, ready-to-download pedagogical materials, short videos, infographics available in different languages, etc., ensuring a diversity of formats and contents.
Le Fil plurilingue is open to external contributions from professionals in bilingual education. Do not hesitate to contact us to promote your work or your bilingual section.
The reputed expertise of France Éducation international in the field
France Éducation international also supports the Francophone bilingual sections professionals in their initiatives to create new sections or to improve the quality of existing sections. About a third of the operations of the French Language Department is devoted to support bilingual education through training initiatives and contextualised assessment missions at the request of schools or diplomatic posts. Those operations include assistance on obtaining or renewing the FrancEducation certification in schools, training for the reinforcement of teachers' professional skills, co-construction of pedagogical resources, assessment of the bilingual education system in a country or region, etc.
In 2019, France Éducation international carried out 40 training or assessment missions in support of bilingual education for a total of 188 assessment days in 17 countries. Around 1000 professionals in Francophone bilingual education, mainly teachers and education executives, were reached through these operations.
In addition to these tailor-made operations, France Éducation international supports bilingual education professionals by integrating specific units for them in its training programmes. Indeed, the annual Summer school - BELC has a module dedicated to bilingual teaching. In 2019, a partnership with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs enabled the implementation of a training programme for 50 teachers and coordinators of the FrancEducation certified schools from the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).
The CIEP+ distance learning platform provides teachers with two training modules on the topic "Developing teaching skills in bilingual section", and offers a training module specially designed for headteachers "Communicating on the promotion of a bilingual education system".