French Immersion Diagnostic Assessment

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French Immersion Diagnostic Assessment

In 2023, the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read Inquiry Report emphasized that all children in all education programs have the fundamental right to learn to read. In collaboration with Ontario school boards encompassing all 5 regions of the province, a diagnostic assessment tool targeted at early years French immersion students was created as a response to such need for French-as-an-additional-language assessment tools. This tool assesses French immersion students’ skills in phonological awareness, phonics, and word reading.

Meet the Team

Dr. Becky Xi Chen – Professor

Dr. Kathleen Hipfner-Boucher – Senior Research Officer

Diana Burchell – Research Assistant, Applied Psychology and Human Development

Meng-Hsun Lee - Research Assistant, Applied Psychology and Human Development

Hilary Walton - Research Assistant, Department of French

Carolyn White - Research Assistant, Applied Psychology and Human Development

Angeline Humber - Teacher Consultant, Greater Essex County District School Board, Project Lead

Renata Dean – Curriculum Consultant, French as an Additional Language and Modern  Languages, Halton Catholic District School Board

Haley Brooks – French as a Second Language Learning Coach, District School Board Ontario North East

Kirsten Johnston – Program Coordinator, French Language Programs, Classical and International Languages, Toronto District School Board

Patricia Renaud – French as a Second Language Catholic Curriculum Coordinator,  Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board

Jordan Sloan – Bilingual Literacy Coach, Renfrew County District School Board

Tanya Vincze – System Principal of K-6 Learning and Teaching and K-12 French as a Second Language, District School Board Ontario North East

Lesley Doell, National French Immersion Consultant/ Conseillère pédagogique nationale  en immersion française, Canadian Association of Immersion Professionals/ Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion

Dr. Caroline Erdos – Professional Coordinator of Speech-Language Pathology, Sir Wilfrid 
Laurier School Board

Dr. Josée Le Bouthillier, Research Associate / Associée à la recherche, Institut de recherche  en langues secondes du Canada / Second Language Research Institute of Canada, University of New Brunswick

Una Malcolm – President, International Dyslexia Association Ontario