CPF is proud to sponsor this award-winning initiative available across the country to CPF members. The program is aimed at fostering literacy in French immersion and designed for almost-independent Grade 2 and 3 readers, with no major learning difficulties, who would benefit from extra reading support.

Our Peer Tutoring Literacy Program is now available online. To implement the program you will need both the instructional manual as well as the videos. Please click the links below to access each chapter for free:

CPF Peer Tutoring manual – English version

CPF Peer Tutoring manual -French version
Peer Tutoring – Introduction
Peer Tutoring – Panel Discussion
Peer Tutoring – Information for Perspective Tutors
Peer Tutoring – Formal Tutor Training
Peer Tutoring – Shadowing

How does the PTLP work?

Younger readers are paired with trained tutors from Grades 5, 6 and 7. The tutors and readers meet twice a week for a 30-minute guided reading session during class time. To minimize the loss of class instruction, tutoring takes place during silent reading time early in the morning. During the school year, there are three tutoring terms, averaging eight weeks each.

Readers are chosen on the basis of teachers’ recommendations and assessments of their reading skills. Trained tutors are paired with readers by the teacher coordinator following input from the classroom teachers.

This program is unique in that (a) English Language Arts teachers or special education co-ordinators teachers assess the struggling learners’ individual needs and develop an individual intervention strategy. Peer tutors are trained in recognized remediation techniques in order to implement the learners’ individual plan.

Who runs the Peer Tutoring Literacy Program?

The PTLP is implemented by a teacher coordinator and a parent volunteer. The teacher coordinator contributes to the selection of readers and tutors, and is responsible for training tutors and parent volunteers.

Parent volunteers help set up the program and assist in supervising the sessions by interacting with the readers and helping the tutors.

What are the benefits of the Peer Tutoring Literacy Program?

  • Fosters greater reading confidence in young learners
  • Engages older students with literacy and fosters a spirit of helping out
  • Reduces attrition in (dropping out of) French immersion in the early years of schooling
  • Involves parents (unilingual or bilingual) in their children’s education
  • Provides remedial assistance for French immersion students
  • Self-sustaining program: learners have been known to become tutors

How do I know the Peer Tutoring Literacy Program will help my child?

Research conducted by a well-respected French-second-language expert on this project has shown that:

  • Readers improved their French reading skills, their attitude towards French-language learning and their motivation to work.
  • Tutors benefited by gaining self-esteem and learning valuable teaching and leaderships skills.
  • Tutors revealed a desire to help younger students and contribute to their school.

How do I get a copy of the Peer Tutoring Literacy Program?

The PTLP materials are available to individual CPF members free of charge (except for cost recovery of DVD production and shipping). Schools that implement the PTLP must also be associate members of CPF. There are also some costs associated with the implementation of the program.

PTLP login information will be available soon on the national website. Before the information is posted, CPF members can order materials from the CPF National Office. If you would like to participate in the program but are not a member of CPF, consider the many benefits of joining our family of parents, students, teachers, schools, and other friends of bilingual learning.

Some of the Peer Tutoring Literacy Program’s research benefits are discussed in The State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada 2004 report, available from CPF staff.

The Peer Tutoring Literacy Program was developed by Nicole Roy, a learning assistance teacher, and Mary Chipman, a parent interested in the acquisition of literacy skills. The program has been successfully implemented at Lord Tennyson School in Vancouver, BC since 1998, where it was originally started. Nicole Roy won the H.H. Stern Award, given by the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), for her work in implementing this program.

Learn more about the H.H. Stern Award, Nicole Roy and CASLT.

Bibliography: PEER TUTORING RESEARCH – Bibliography 2014