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Study in Mexico brings together U of R students

Reposted from External Relations, Feature Stories

The opportunity to mix credit classes with a cultural experience has brought together a group of University of Regina students, mainly from Education, International Studies and Arts

The students are taking part in a three-week international study tour to Mexico. They leave Regina on May 8 and return May 28.

So far, 12 students have signed up for the three-credit class experience –  EFDN 498 – International Study Tour to Mexico. There are spots for three more students to take part. The course is open for students attending any undergraduate program at the U of R

EFDN 498 is a Faculty of Education course intended to enrich and enhance international educational experiences for students. Focusing on significant areas of teacher engagement the course is designed to further the education and preparation of preservice teachers in a variety of educational settings. EFDN 498 advances the Faculty of Education’s mandate towards internationalization in responding to increasing levels of complexity in the educational field.

“Being in education you should never ever turn down the opportunity to see how other teachers and educators operate. So I’m eating up this opportunity,” says Carley Weisbeck who is in her fifth year of her Arts Education degree at the U of R.

The credit classes take place at the University of the Valley of Atemajac Campus in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

Students will participate in 18 hours of academic instruction. The course includes an examination of contemporary Mexican education in comparison with Canadian models.

“I believe we have the responsibility as educators to provide our students with the global education they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy,” says Martin Lopez, Academic Program Development Consultant at the University of Regina who has planned this trip for the students.

The students will be staying with host families and spend three days travelling along what is referred to as the Mexican Independence Route giving students the opportunity to explore Mexico’s rich history.

“I love travelling so where there’s an opportunity to take a class abroad I jump at it, especially since it is an education course I need to take,” says Mackenzie Raedeke who is enrolled in the K – 5 Education program at the U of R.

Students must pay for the study tour in addition to tuition. To help with expenses, students may apply for a $1,000 travel fund provided through UR International.

“Students who have the opportunity to immerse in a foreign culture usually go back to their home country with a better appreciation of their own culture,” says Lopez. “They also go back with a better understanding of who they are and where they stand in this global village that the world has become.”

If you are interested in being a part of the study tour you are asked to contact Martin Lopez via email: martin.lopez@uregina.ca.

Le Talk Bac 4(3) March 2015

Le Bac accueille l’auteure Martine Noël-Maw
Les étudiantes du cours de DFMM 435 accueilli l’auteure francophone Martine Noël- Maw. Ces dernières années, presque toutes les oeuvres littéraires de cette auteure ont été nominées pour le Prix du livre français des Saskatchewan Book Award. Les quatre finissantes du programme ont partagé leur invitée de marque avec leurs collègues du cours de DFMM 400. Ainsi, 25 étudiant.e.s ont eu beaucoup de plaisir à écouter l’auteure parler de sa façon d’écrire avec des élèves de la 5e à la 10e année des écoles fransaskoises et d’immersion française, des histoires telles que Les fantômes de Spiritwood, Le 13e souhait et Trois millions de Pas. Ces trois oeuvres ont d’ailleurs fait des heureux parmi les finissants du Bac grâce à un tirage au sort organisé par l’auteure à la fin de sa présentation. Pour Rachel, Martine était « une source d’inspiration pour faire aimer la lecture et les livres en français aux jeunes » et cette bientôt diplômée veut acheter la série pour ses propres enfants. Stéphanie se dit doublement chanceuse car, en tant qu’élève à Moose Jaw, elle avait eu l’occasion de travailler avec l’auteure. Gisèle était contente de rencontrer l’auteure qui parle de la vallée Qu’Appelle et du lac Wascana dans ses livres. La présentation a aussi inspiré Maïwenn, l’étudiante qui nous vient de Nantes, à vouloir en apprendre plus. L’auteure est ravie de ces expériences et reçoit désormais des invitations d’anciens finissants du Bac.

The Bac Program Hosts Author Martine Noël-Maw
Students from DFMM 435 hosted the French author Martine Noël-Maw. In recent years, almost all literary works by this author have been nominated for the French Saskatchewan Book Awards. Four graduates-to-be of the program shared their special guest with their colleagues from the DFMM 400 course. Thus, 25 students had a lot of fun listening to the author talk about his writing with students from Grade 5 to Grade 10 fransaskois and French immersion schools, stories such as The Ghosts of Spiritwood, The 13th Wish, and Not Three Million. These three works have also been presented to Bac students through a draw held by the author at the end of his presentation. For Rachel, Martine was “an inspiration for French youth to love reading and books” and this soon graduate wants to buy the series for his own children. Stephanie says she is doubly lucky, because as a student in Moose Jaw, she had the opportunity to work with the author. Gisele was glad to hear the author speak of the Qu’Appelle Valley and Lake Wascana in his books. The presentation also inspired Maïwenn, a student who comes from Nantes, to want to learn more. The author was delighted with these experiences and will now receive invitations from graduates of the Bac.

Nouvelles administratives du Bac

En raison d’un congé de maternité, nous avons l’agréable plaisir d’accueillir au sein de l’équipe Mme Florina Catusanu. Florina a reçu son Attestation d’études collégiales en Bilingual Office Administration du Cégep Heritage College à Gatineau (Québec). Mme Catusanu s’est jointe à l’équipe du Bac en mars 2015 et elle nous apporte son souci du détail, son sens de l’organisation en plus de son intégrité professionnelle.

Bac Administrative News

Due to a maternity leave, we have the real pleasure to welcome to the team Ms. Florina Catusanu. Florina received her Attestation of Collegial Studies in Bilingual Office Administration Cégep Heritage College in Gatineau (Quebec). Ms. Catusanu joined the Bac team in March 2015 and brings attention to detail and a sense of organization in addition to her professional integrity.

Actualités : Recherche – Création – Communauté

Dre Lace Marie Brogden a présenté la communication Social justice daily: Attending to the minutia of oppression dans le contexte du colloque Doing Autoethnography 2015 au Angelo State University au Texas.

News: Research-Create-Community

Dr. Lace Marie Brogden presented at paper on Social Justice: Attending to the Minutia of Oppression at the Doing Autoethnography 2015 conference at Angelo State University in Texas.

le Talk Bac, 4(2) Feb. 2015

Les étudiants mettent la main à la pâte!
Dans le cadre d’une série d’expériences d’atelier du cours Didactique de l’éducation artistique, les étudiant.e.s inscrit.e.s à la voie élémentaire du Bac, année du préinternant, explorent la sculpture et la photographie avec enthousiasme.

L’exercice, dirigé par la chargée de cours Prof. Anne Brochu, consistait d’abord à créer un personnage fictif expressif et texturé -comme un extraterrestre – avec un matériau utilisé par des écoliers, soit la pâte à modeler! Ensuite les participants devaient imaginer que leur création partait découvrir le monde en touriste. Un prétexte pour employer différents arrière-plans afin d’approfondir les notions de composition en art visuel.


Une collaboration professionnelle par excellence

Depuis plus de cinq ans, le Bac bénéficie d’un partenariat mutuellement bénéfique avec Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS). Au tout début, il s’agissait d’un partenariat informel grâce à la collaboration professionnelle entre M. Al Boutin, surintendant et responsable des ressources humaines à GSCS et la responsable du cours DFMM 400, Fondements de l’immersion française, Dre Lace Marie Brogden. Suite à ces partages initiaux entre M. Boutin et des étudiant.e.s en fin de parcours, la collaboration a été étendue afin d’inclure des échanges entre le personnel de GSCS et les préinternes du Bac, ceux et celles qui se préparent à faire leur internat de 16 semaines dans une école saskatchewannaise. Cette année, M. Boutin est de nouveau venu s’adresser aux étudiants, accompagné d’un directeur d’une école d’immersion à GSCS, M. François Rivard, lui-même un ancien du Bac, et de Mme Whitney Éthier, diplômée du Bac de l’année 2014, qui enseigne maintenant à une école d’immersion de GSCS. L’échange avec les « bientôt diplomé.e.s » s’avère toujours intéressant, et les étudiant.e.s du Bac, qui se retrouveront bientôt dans leur propre salle de classe posent de nombreuses questions pertinentes, sinon pointues, au sujet de leur future profession. S’ajoute à cet échange, une deuxième session, cette fois-ci avec les préinternes du Bac qui sont, en début de la session d’hiver, en train d’envisager de quoi aura l’air leur stage intensif : l’internat. Pour ces préinternes, la présence de ces professionnels permet une réflexion au sujet de l’internat qui les attend à l’automne 2015. Le Programme du Bac est très reconnaissant des collaborations de ce genre qui ajoutent une autre dimension de complexité aux enjeux de la planification de carrière et l’insertion professionnelle.

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In this issue…

  • Bac Preinterns Get Creative About Teaching Art
  • Collaboration with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS)

Students get their hands in the dough!

As part of a series of didactic experiences during the arts education workshop, the students enrolled in preinternship term of their elementary education in the Bac program, explored sculpture and photography with enthusiasm.

The exercise, led by lecturer Prof. Anne Brochu, was first to create an expressive and textured fictional character – an alien – through a material used by school children – or play dough! Then participants were asked to imagine that their creation was going to discover the world as a tourist, an excuse to use different backgrounds to further compositional concepts in visual arts.

An excellent professional collaboration

For over five years, le Bac program has had a mutually beneficial partnership with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS). At first, it was an informal partnership with professional collaboration between Al Boutin, Superintendent and Head of Human Resources at GSCS and professor of the DFMM 400, Foundations of French Immersion course, Dr. Lace Marie Brogden. The collaboration has been extended to include staff exchanges between GSCS and preinterns of the Bac program, those who are preparing to make their 16-week internship in Saskatchewan’s school. This year, Mr. Boutin is going to address students, accompanied by a director of an immersion school at GSCS, François Rivard, himself a former Bac, and Ms. Whitney Ethier, a graduate of the 2014 Bac program, who now teaches at an immersion school in GSCS. The exchange with the “soon Grad” is always interesting and raises many relevant, if not pointed issues, about their future profession for the Bac students, who will soon find themselves in their own classrooms. Added to this exchange, is a second session, this time with preinterns of the Bac who are at the beginning of their preinternship winter session, trying to consider what their intensive internship will look like. For these preinterns, the presence of these professionals allows reflection on the what awaits them in the fall of 2015. The Bac program is very grateful for such collaborations that add another dimension of complexity to the challenges of career planning and professional integration.