Irène Bernard

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Research Publications

2010 ‘The Friday morning breakfast group: Interviews with Franco-American women who worked in the shoe factories’. A multi-media presentation (Power Point, Video, clippings, transcriptions) with historical and cultural analysis based on stories told by a group of women who worked in the shoe factories of Lewiston-Auburn Maine. This presentation is part of the Her-Story of the Franco-American woman living in New England in the early and mid 20th Century, American Council for Québec Studies: Seventeenth Biennial Conference “La Francophonie Américaine/The French North American Experience: Tributaries and Confluences,” Burlington, VT., November 4 – 7, 2010.

2010 Invited expert for 3 day review of national trends in French Second language education. Goal: setting a model for upcoming publications in FSL education. Toronto, R.K. Publishing, July 6-8. 2009 ‘The Friday morning breakfast group: Interviews with Franco-American women who worked in the shoe factories’. A multi-media presentation (Power Point, Video, clippings, transcriptions) with historical and cultural analysis based on stories told by a group of women who worked in the shoe factories of Lewiston-Auburn Maine. This presentation is part of the Her-Story of the Franco-American woman living in New England in the early and mid 20th Century, 20th ACSUS Biennial Conference; Diego, California, November 18-22.

2009 ‘From Milan, Québec to Lewiston, Maine: A Ride on the Grand Trunk Railroad into a New Culture’. Featured speaker at the invitation only, Georgetown University Conference on Migration, Labor and the Family Diasporic North America held under the auspices of the Americas Initiative, a Georgetown faculty project. November 5.

2008 ‘From Milan, Québec to Lewiston, Maine: A Ride on the Grand Trunk Railroad into a New Culture’ Franco-America. The 400th Anniversary: Quebec, Canada, and US Relations Conference, The American Council for Quebec Studies/The Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S., November 12-16.

2008 ‘From Milan, Québec to Lewiston, Maine: A Ride on the Grand Trunk Railroad into a New Culture’ : Women and Women’s Voices in French Canada. The Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies/Southern Association for Canadian Studies Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2-6.

2007 Mentored three graduate students (Jennifer Fougère, Georgina Michalos, Natasha Mackinnon) who presented their first academic papers at : The Atlantic Educators Conference: Embracing Diversity in Canadian Education Communities, October 2007.

2006 “Le programme Communi-Quête.” Presented to Provincial Consultants and selected teachers from Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland. November, 2006. As author and series editor of the program, invited to assist the in service teams selected to prepare school boards across Newfoundland to implement the Communi-Quête series.

2004 “Acadian Women Tell their Stories.” Exploring Cultural Perspectives: International Cultural Research Network. Florence Italy, July 13.

2003 “Experiential Teaching at the French Junior Level: Presenting a New Core French Series to Nova Scotia Language Teachers: Communi-Quête." Oxford University Press. (Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 6).

“Eperiential Teaching at the French Junior Level: Presenting a New Core French Series to New Brunswick Teachers: Communi-Quête." Oxford University Press. (Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 20).

2002 "Experiential Teaching at the French Junior Level: Presenting a New Core French Series, Communi-Quête." Oxford University Press. National Meeting of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. ( Charlottetown, P.E.I., November 8, 2002)

Full day educational session for teachers and consultants who will introduce Communi-Quête to various school districts in the Eastern Provinces. Charlottetown, P.E.I., November 7, 2002.

Communi-Quête, a new Core French Junior High Program, Oxford University Press" Association of Second Language Teachers of British Columbia. Richmond, British Columbia, October 25, 2002.

Full day educational session for teachers and consultants who will introduce Communi-Quête to various school districts in the Western Provinces. Richmond, British Columbia, October 24, 2002.

“Introduction to Communi-Quête.” Annual General Meeting, Oxford University Press, Education Division. Orangeville, Ontario, August 26, 2002.

"Stories from the Lives of Acadian Women During the Last Century." The Sixteenth Annual Phi Beta Delta Conference, Making Connections: Culture, Community and Change, Lafayette Louisiana, April 26.

"The theoretical underpinnings of the Acti-Vie Core French Curriculum Series." Strait Regional School Board, Inservice for French Teachers, March 6. 2000

"Writing Curriculum using the National Core French Study as a Theoretical Foundation." Two-day workshop for French curriculum consultants and French teachers wishing to become contributing authors for Gage Educational Publishing Company, January 28-29.

1999 La formation des professeurs, l'état présent et le défi de l'avenir." Keynote Address: Nova Scotia Language Teachers Association, Annual Conference. Halifax, October 22.

1997 “La pédagogie de la coopération.” Nova Scotia Language Teachers Association, Annual conference. Sydney, Nova Scotia, October 23.

“Acti-Vie and Experiential Teaching in the Core French Classroom.” Metro Separate School Board In-service Day, Toronto, Ontario, February 13.

1996 “L’enseignement basée sur l’approche communicative/ expérientielle tel que préconisé dans le programme Acti-Vie.” Prince Edward Island French Teachers Association, Provincial In-service Day, November 4.

“Planning for Experiential Teaching.” Full day session of the Summer Institute on Teaching French As a Second Language at Saint Francis Xavier University in collaboration with the Strait Regional School Board,. July 29.

“Acti-Vie, a New Eelementary Core French Series.” Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, National Conference, Toronto, April 19.

1995 “Un nouveau programme de français de base à l’élémentaire.” Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers, National Conference, Halifax, November 4.

“The Role of the Cooperating Teacher During Student Teaching Practice.” Session held in Pictou County to inform teachers and administrators of the approach used to work with StFX students, October.

“Focus on the Needs of Elementary Core French Classes.” Focus session held to establish the parameters for a new Core French program at the elementary level. Nova Scotia Language Teachers Association, committee of consultants, February.

1994 “How to Supervise French Teachers.” Full day workshop for Superintendent, Administrators, Curriculum Supervisors and Principals of the Hants West School Board, February 17.

1991 "Student Teachers in French." Presentation given to the Colchester East-Hants School Board, April.

1990 "The Experiential Lesson Incorporating the Jigsaw Grouping Technique." Presentation delivered to French teachers of the Colchester East-Hants School Board, with assistance from several students from my methods course, April 10.

"Oral Evaluation of French Language Skills." Presentation delivered to French teachers of the Colchester East-Hants School Board, April 10.

1989 "Using the Video Recorder in the Language Classroom." Presentation delivered to French teachers of Dartmouth School Board, January.

1988 “The VCR - Modern Technology Aides the Teacher." Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, Halifax, May 12-14.

1986 "Using the VCR in Your Classroom." Workshop presented at the Nova Scotia Language Teachers' Association Annual Conference, October 24.

"Planning: The Key to Good Teaching." Workshop presented at the In-service on excellence. Halifax County/Bedford District School Board, November. 1985

"Oral Projects." Workshop presented at the Nova Scotia Language Teachers' Association Annual Conference, October 24.

1984 "L'enseignement des langues et cultures." Panel Organizer and Chair. Also presented a paper with the same title at the annual conference of the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français, Québec, 15-20 juillet.

1983 "The French Language of the Franco-Americans." Quebec Heritage Series, Albany, New York, October 16.

1982 "North American French: Franco Americans and the French Language, a Natural Resource." American Association of Teachers of French, New York, November 27.

1981 "Some Social Factors Related to the Grammar and Syntax of the French Spoken in Lewiston, Maine." Conference on The French of North America, University of Maine, Orono, August 10.

1980 "Some Social Factors Related/Not Related to Lexical Variations of the French Spoken in Lewiston, Maine." Second Annual Conference of the French Institute, Assumption College, Worcester, MA. March 13-15.

"Franco-American Language Features of Lewiston, Maine studied in relation to Social Factors related to Social Class and Years of Formal Training in French." Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, December 12.

"Franco-American Children." Lecture delivered to History 282 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Invitation to participate as commentator for a conference on Franco-Americans, French Institute of Assumption College, Worcester, MA. Due to flight cancellation (weather), it was impossible to attend, March.

1979 "A Sociolinguistic Study of Lewiston, Maine: A Methodology." Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, December 1. "Le parler franco-américain de Lewiston (Maine): aspects sociolinguistics." Northeast Modern Language Association, March 30.

"A Socio-Historical Perspective on the Franco-Americans." Faculty Seminar, Mount Saint Vincent University, January 16. 1978

"Art for Fun." Faculty Seminar, Mount Saint Vincent University. "The Franco-Americans." Lecture presented to students of French 291, Mount Saint Vincent University.

1976 "The Story of the Franco-Americans." Presented on Maine Educational Television (culture series), Spring.

1975 "The Future of the Franco-Americans." Paper presented at seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, held in Lewiston and Augusta, Maine, Spring.

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