Au-delà des notes : une exploration de l’évaluation alternative en enseignement des langues secondes (by Caroline Dault)

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J’entretiens un rapport conflictuel avec l’évaluation.

J’ai choisi d’offrir à mes enfants un milieu scolaire alternatif, qui propose un mode d’évaluation appréciative, continue et tripartite (parent, enfant, enseignant)[1]. En tant que parent, je crois qu’il est avant tout essentiel d’apprendre à reconnaitre ses propres forces et défis et à identifier les stratégies à mettre en œuvre pour favoriser son apprentissage. Cependant, je suis aussi chargée de cours de français langue seconde à l’université, un milieu où l’évaluation occupe une place prépondérante et où la note accordée à une personne étudiante peut avoir des conséquences déterminantes sur son avenir. Mais dans un monde en constante évolution, peut-on toujours considérer que les méthodes conventionnelles d’évaluation répondent aux besoins des personnes apprenantes, ou même des milieux éducatifs ?

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A Recipe for Success: How Women Have Kept Their Heritage Alive through Cookbooks (by Mariana Rodríguez & Christian-Zaak Dubois)

We welcome two new guest bloggers this week. Mariana Rodríguez (she/her) is currently a Concordia graduate student in the Applied Linguistics program and a Research Assistant. She was born and raised in Mexico. Her interests are languages, music, and food. Christian-Zaak Dubois (he/him) recently graduated with a Master’s in Applied Linguistics at Concordia and alternates between working as a cook and an ESL teacher. Born and raised in Quebec of mixed Bulgarian and French-Canadian heritage, he tries to keep his endangered heritage language of Paulician Bulgarian alive by learning his great-grandmother’s recipes.

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What is in a recipe?

Few of us dwell over this ubiquitous form of literature, yet recipes are behind almost every meal we have, and forming the foundation of our eating habits.

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Publication Alert! Supporting multilingual learners in schools AND ethical publication practices (by Dr Jennifer Burton & Dr Jeff Bale)

This week’s special BILD post celebrates a recent publication whose ten authors include several BILD members and contributors. Click on their names to enjoy their past posts.

We are grateful to BILD to have the opportunity to share our recently published book Centering Multilingual Learners and Countering Raciolinguistic Ideologies in Teacher Education: Principles, Policies and Practices by Jeff Bale, Shakina Rajendram, Katie Brubacher, Mama Adobea Nii Owoo, Jennifer Burton, Wales Wong, Yiran Zhang, Elizabeth Jean Larson, Antoinette Gagné and Julie Kerekes. In this post, Jennifer and Jeff explain how the main contributions of a three-year multistrand research project which form the main content of the book contribute to the field of multilingual teacher education, specifically highlighting the ethics of publishing with 10 co-authors.

Photo of the front cover of the book. Cover image designed by Christian Faltis
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Lo que importa is what matters (by Dr Yecid Ortega)

To find out more about Yecid’s work, check out his website at https://www.andjustice4all.ca .

Matter in Spanish means materia or what things are made of.  In the context of the physical world, it refers to the material substance that makes up everything around us. In English, the word “matter” also means the same but means something else when used in a sentence like it does not matter, it matters, it matters to all, etc. Here, matter might also be something of importance or significance; it can be used to refer to something that is important, significant, or of consequence. For example, when we say that something “matters” or is of “great matter,” we are emphasizing its significance, value, or importance.

For me, what matters is beyond that, it encompasses all the tangible objects and substances in the universe, including the Earth, stars, living organisms, and inanimate objects in relation to the self and the Cosmos (See figure 1).

Figure 1: Our relationship with the cosmos

The key components of this blog post (the matter, la materia) refer to the intersectional and multiplicity of mechanism, architecture, tools and engineering of why I do the work I do. Similar to the idea of matter that exist in various states (solid, liquid, gas, plasma, condensation, etc.), throughout my life, I have been going through different states, stages, phases, but one thing that always remains was the core idea of working for social justice.

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