WENDY CARR

Wendy CarrWendy Carr (BC) is Associate Dean of Teacher Education at the University of British Columbia where she coordinated and taught for many years in its French teacher education program after a full school-based career teaching Core French. She has authored a number of FSL classroom resources, teacher professional learning manuals, curriculum documents as well as scholarly articles. She is motivated by inspiring educators to teach French and, in turn, engage language learning.

During her years as a teacher, Wendy facilitated many FSL teacher inservice sessions across Canada and maintained a very popular website, mmecarr.ca. When she turned her energies to preservice teacher education, she became aware of the gap in preparation to teach Core French – a required teaching area for elementary and middle years teachers but one in which most lacked sufficient linguistic or methodological background. Through research and advocacy (all elementary and middle years teacher candidates at UBC now take a required French methodology course), she is advancing the agenda for improved quality of FSL teaching.

Wendy was instrumental in supporting the implementation of Intensive French (IF) in British Columbia. With the endorsement of Canadian Parents for French and local school boards, IF was launched in four districts. She worked as a district consultant to support teachers and administrators and provide information to parents interested in an additional pathway to achieving bilingualism for their children. Her research on IF included the assessment of English language learners’ performance in English and French and, more recently, IF students’ performance in French (DELF), with very good results for both populations.

She has served on volunteer boards for the past 15 years as secretary, vice-president and president of the BC Association of Teachers of Second Languages and as director, vice-president and acting president of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. She has also received awards for outstanding service and teaching at the university level.

Working with the leadership team of CPF BC/Yukon, Wendy has frequently been called upon to assist with media communications, co-author articles or letters to the editor, conduct joint or solo interviews and contribute to reports. There are ongoing challenges related to achieving goals related to linguistic duality, but CPF’s values and commitments are ones Wendy shares and looks forward to supporting in the years ahead.

Expertise:

  • Teacher education (preservice and inservice)
  • Core French – highlights, challenges, proficiency expectations
  • Intensive French – highlights, challenges, proficiency expectations
  • Common European Framework of Reference & related DELF/DALF assessment
  • Immigrant learners in FSL programs – research, motivation, proficiency expectations

Contact Wendy Carr: wendy.carr@ubc.ca