Using an Inquiry-Based Approach (Reggio Emilia) in Early Childhood French Immersion

Can a teacher use an inquiry-based approach successfully in a French Immersion early childhood classroom? Oui! Come learn more about my journey, the research I undertook and how I shifted my classroom environment, my teaching philosophy and my teaching style using the Reggio Emilia approach. During the session, I will begin where it all began for me by questioning everything! Then I will move into a brief look at Loris Malaguzzi’s (1920-1994) poem The Hundred Languages of Childhood (Reggio kids, 2014). This poem is the basis of the approach to education in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I will take some time to explore the poem and how it links to our understanding of children and how they learn best. Then we will focus on the “third teacher” – the environment – and how important an inspiring learning space is for young children (providing resources and ideas) Afterwards, I will discuss emerging curriculum, a day in the life of a Grade 1 French Immersion teacher using the Reggio Emilia approach (routines) and how to respond to children’s interests while achieving curricular outcomes. I will provide ideas on setting out provocations/invitations as well as brainstorm our own ideas to get you started on your own journey! We will also discuss and take an in-depth look at observation, documentation and how to deepen the learning throughout this process. I will have many inquiry examples to share and time for open discussion and questions French Immersion teachers may have while balancing teaching a second language using this approach.

This session will be offered in French.


ERLC Office at Elmwood School
Room 17/18, 16325 83 Ave
Edmonton AB

Date & Time:

January 10, 2020 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, go here.