Bluenose Academy teacher makes French fun for stu­dents

South Shore ed­u­ca­tor wins French Sec­ond Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year award 2018

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Nova Sco­tia was de­lighted to hon­our Ja­son Bel­liveau Wood at their 41st an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Satur­day, Oct. 20, in Hal­i­fax. Bel­liveau Wood is in his 10th year as a French sec­ond lan­guage teacher. He is presently teach­ing at Bluenose Academy in the

South Shore Re­gional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion (SS­RCE).

The CPF Nova Sco­tia French Sec­ond Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Award rec­og­nizes French sec­ond lan­guage (FSL) ed­u­ca­tors in the prov­ince, cel­e­brates their ded­i­ca­tion and con­tin­ued ef­forts as ed­u­ca­tors. The award ac­knowl­edges ex­cel­lence in French sec­ond lan­guage teach­ing and teach­ers’ ini­tia­tive and in­no­va­tion.

As a sec­ond lan­guage learner in an an­glo­phone com­mu­nity, Bel­liveau Wood can re­late to the strug­gles that come with learn­ing a new lan­guage. While a stu­dent at Bridgetown Re­gional High School, he was sur­rounded by ex­cel­lent French sec­ond lan­guage teach­ers such as Tony Or­lando, Mered­ith Bur­ton and Glen Me­lan­son, who took a gen­uine in­ter­est in his progress, both in the class­room and in the com­mu­nity. Get­ting to know his stu­dents and en­cour­ag­ing them to seek out op­por­tu­ni­ties to speak French has been an im­por­tant step in re­in­forc­ing his French sec­ond lan­guage lessons.

Bel­liveau Wood went on to study in the im­mer­sion pro­gram at the Univer­sité Sainte-anne in Church Point and later com­pleted his masters of ed­u­ca­tion for FSL in­struc­tion. It was in this truly im­mer­sive en­vi­ron­ment that his love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the French lan­guage and cul­tures be­gan to take shape. He is grate­ful for the Aca­dian peo­ple, the com­mu­nity of French sec­ond lan­guage learn­ers and pro­fes­sors such as Nicole Muise, Stéphanie St-pierre and Clint Bruce. Bel­liveau Wood takes his classes to the Univer­sité Sainte-anne each year to par­tic­i­pate in a mini im­mer­sion camp. He con­sid­ers it a priv­i­lege to share the Sainte-anne ex­pe­ri­ence with them. His stu­dents look for­ward to the Sain­teAnne trip and re­mem­ber fondly years later.

Bel­liveau Wood strives to cre­ate a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents can feel com­fort­able speak­ing, lis­ten­ing and writ­ing in their sec­ond lan­guage, un­der­stand­ing that mak­ing mis­takes is a part of the process. Em­brac­ing the neu­rolin­guis­tic ap­proach to sec­ond lan­guage learn­ing, Bel­liveau Wood en­cour­ages his stu­dents to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the class­room. Al­ways look­ing for dif­fer­ent ways to make learn­ing fun, he adapts his lessons to in­cor­po­rate stu­dents’ in­ter­ests, in­te­grat­ing cur­rent tech­nol­ogy, us­ing vi­su­als and ges­tures and even telling a few “dad jokes.” Over the past six years teach­ing in the SS­RCE, Bel­liveau Wood has been for­tu­nate to work with ca­pa­ble and en­thu­si­as­tic men­tors such as Gas­ton Comeau, Mary Chisholm and Paige Fer­gu­son.

In Bel­liveau Wood’s free time, he and his wife raise three chil- dren in Lunen­burg. It was also at Univer­sité Sainte-anne where Bel­liveau Wood met his wife, Jackie, who has been an un­wa­ver- ing source of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment over the past 17 years of ed­u­ca­tional and pro­fes­sional pur­suits.

Con­tributed

French Sec­ond Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year award win­ner, Ja­son Bel­liveau Wood.

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