Cycle 2, cycle 3


Language and Literacy: Transfer of Learning Between ELA & FSL

Registration in progress Demande d’accompagnement

Teaching personnel (homeroom teacher, resource teacher), pedagogical consultant

French immersion classroom, AMSFA’s Targeted Schools, English sector

Registration period from 15th to January 30th, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Registration completed

This workshop includes:

  • Four meetings
    • February 8th (8:45 am to 3:15 pm, L.I.N.K.S High school, in-person)
    • March 20th (8:45 pm to 3:15 pm, virtual, individual)
    • April 30th (8:45 pm to 3:15 pm, virtual, individual)
    • May 7th (8:45 am to 3:15 pm, L.I.N.K.S High school, in-person)

Total number of participants: 20
This offer is available in French or English.

Requirements for Participation

  • Authorization from school administrator

General Selection Criteria

In view of the popularity of certain project proposals and the number of spaces, selection criteria have been retained:

  • A proportional representation of the targeted schools of the two English-language school boards in Montréal as a priority, and of the three French-language school service centers depending on the spaces available
  • A representation of the cycles
  • The participation of the individual in other offers of professional development (current school year)


An integral part of the learning process is the application of information, strategies, and skills already learned to construct new knowledge in another situation or context, known as the transfer of learning. In this bilingual workshop, ELA/FSL teaching partners (or a bilingual teacher teaching French and English to the same group) will collaborate to reflect upon the pedagogical practice of facilitating the transfer of learning between English and French instruction. Theory and research will be presented, alongside classroom practices, demonstrating the ways teachers can leverage the presence of two languages and the possibilities it offers for language and literacy development.
Using picture books as a springboard to connect language and literacy, these sessions will allow partners to align their teaching practices; contextualizing learning for their students and making meaningful connections in both ELA and FSL instruction, ultimately leading to greater success in both subject areas.
Planning days will be offered between in-person sessions so that partners can plan for, experiment with, and share their own transfer of learning practices. Together, teachers will develop a bank of children's books and lessons that can be used for paired literacy instruction in their ELA and FSL classes.

This offer includes an experimentation that allows participants to reinvest the contents in the targeted program components:

  • Subject Area: Languages

Specific and Measurable Goals

  • Become familiar with the concept of transfer of learning, how it relates to language instruction as well as literacy development in disadvantaged community schools
  • Plan and share lessons to develop literacy skills
  • Develop a bank of children's books that can be used for collaborative English and French literacy instruction


A Montréal School for All covers the following costs:

  • Substitution or replacement
    If applicable, a fixed amount is allocated by A Montréal School for All to school boards and school service centers to cover the costs of substitution or replacement.
  • Materials

Professional Development Team

Lafortune Marie-Ève, pedagogical consultant, école LBPSB
Dunwoodie Sheila, pedagogical consultant, école LBPSB
Martin Ann, teaching personnel, école LBPSB – Maple Grove
Connell Arla, teaching personnel, école LBPSB – Maple Grove
Nancy Saltarelli, Professional Resource, A Montréal School for All

A Montréal School For All

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