Languages Template

The Ministry is committed to supporting all locally developed languages in a respectful and inclusive manner. A framework that will inform how locally-created Indigenous languages are supported and approved is currently being developed. Upon the completion of this framework, revisions to this template may be needed. This will not impact curricula already approved (or in the process of approval) rather it is reflective of the fluid and ongoing process required to support all locally-developed languages. The Languages Template may be used in the interim for developing and approving Indigenous languages curricula.

 

If you have any questions about developing locally-created curricula for Indigenous languages, please contact Britt Dunlop, Indigenous Languages Coordinator, at britt.dunlop@gov.bc.ca or 250-882-9341. For more information or broader Ministry of Education connections, please reach us at EDUC.AboriginalEducation@gov.bc.ca or 250-356-1891, or view our web page at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/abed/.

The Ministry-created Languages Template assists school districts and communities in creating other languages curricula based on local interest. These languages curricula can then be submitted to the Ministry for review, approval, and adoption into the Education Program Guide Order (EPGO) to meet the second language requirement for Grades 5-8.

To submit a locally-created, language curriculum, boards of education should follow these procedures:

  1. Assessment of Need: Each community has unique needs in the area of language education. It is the responsibility of the local board of education to assess those needs. Suggestions for a new language program may come from one or more sources, including parents, teachers, community groups, and the board itself. When considering whether to develop a new language program, the board should consider factors such as the number of students who will take the course, which schools will offer it, how many qualified teachers are available, and what learning resources are available.
  1. Board of Education Notifies Ministry with Letter of Intent: If a language appears to meet the education needs of the community, the board initiates development by sending an electronic letter of intent to the Education Programs Division (EducationProgramsDivision@gov.bc.ca). This letter is to notify the Ministry of the intent of the board to develop a languages curriculum for approval and should provide contact information for the curriculum lead. The Ministry’s Languages Curriculum Coordinator will then contact the project lead to answer any questions about the process and let them know if any other boards are currently working on the same language curricula.
  1. Draft Curriculum Approved by Board of Education: Local approval is an important step in the process. Consultations and revisions may be required to ensure that the curriculum meets board requirements and community needs.
  1. Draft Curriculum Submitted by Board of Education to Ministry for Approval: The draft curriculum should be submitted to the Ministry’s Languages Curriculum Coordinator. When considering approval, the Ministry will look for the following.

            a. Compliance with the requirements outlined in the Languages Template:

Boards of education are encouraged to make necessary changes to the template to reflect the unique nature of the target language. To support the Ministry in the review process, significant changes to the wording or placement of any of the Big Ideas or Learning Standards (Curricular Competencies and Content) recommended in the Languages Template should be itemized in a separate document and a rationale for the changes should be included. All modifications should support the guiding principles of BC’s curriculum:

                     i. Emphasis on the Core Competencies and literacy and numeracy foundations

                     ii. Concept-based, competency-driven curriculum

                     iii. Reflect First Peoples Principles of Learning

           b. Compliance with Ministry policy, such as avoidance of religious dogma and creed

  1. Ministry Review and Response: The Ministry will respond to the draft curriculum and consultations and revisions may be required prior to approval. Once approved, the curriculum will be placed in Section 4 of the Educational Program Guide Order (EPGO). Since it is in the EPGO, the course will meet the second language requirement for Grades 5-8.

The target language and contact information for the curriculum will be posted on the Curriculum website so that boards and schools know which languages curricula have been developed and who to contact if they are interested in implementing the curricula. Locally developed curricula are owned by the board of education that created them and schools interested in using them need to seek permission from the appropriate board. The board of education will also be encouraged to submit their curriculum to BCERAC to increase the accessibility of their curriculum.