English around Canada

A SPEAQ-quest for Secondary four and five, Cycle 2 students (ESL)

Designed by

Corrine Chabot
Teacher’s Notes

Image courtesy of:  Clipart, from Microsoft Office

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◊ If you could go to another province to improve your English, over one summer, where would you go and why? ◊

It is said that the only way to truly learn a second language is to be immersed in that culture. So, if you want to improve your English, travel and stay in an anglophone province in Canada. Not only will you have the opportunity to become bilingual, but you will also learn about your country, another rich culture and even make new wonderful and exciting friends. AND, there are many great opportunities for you to do just this. BUT, where will you go? Over the next few classes, you will all become experts on the provinces and territories around Canada. By the end of this project, you will be able to answer this question and help your classmates answer it too. You will go through many tasks that will help you to make an educated decision at the end.

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The Task

Essentially, your role is to discover and illustrate why YOUR province is the best one to spend your summer and help you on your way to becoming bilingual.

The final outcome of the project will be to present your province. You will have to convince your classmates why your province is the one to spend your summer. Each person within the group will be responsible for gathering and providing certain information about his/her province. You are all experts on ‘selling’ your province. You will have to write a written report and present your province to your classmates. Finally, you will have to listen carefully to your classmates’ presentations so that you can make an educated decision on which province you would like to go to.

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The Process


1. You will visit the sites of Exchanges Canada, Canadian Heritage, Katimavik and Canada World Youth. They will tell you about the possibilities you have to travel and improve your English. You will take notes so you can write a half page reflection on what you’ve learnt.


☺You will keep this reflection and put it in your portfolio. You will also include the notes that you have taken to put into your portfolio.


Follow these links:

Canadian Heritage (under Official Languages): http://www.pch.gc.ca/pc-ch/sujets-subjects/jeune-youth/echanges-exchanges/index_e.cfm

Exchanges Canada: http://www.exchanges.gc.ca/Main.asp?Language=0

Katimavik: http://www.katimavik.org/section/index/id/1

Canada World Youth: http://www.cwy-jcm.org/en


2. Next, in groups of three, you will label the map of Canada with the appropriate provinces and territories. You will also brainstorm to come up with a list of five things that you know already about each province and territory. We will then discuss these lists as a class.


☺You will keep your map and your list to put into your reflections pocket of your portfolio.

3. Now, on a piece of paper, you will write down the province that you think that you would like to go to and why. You will also have to give me a second choice. Then, names will be chosen from a hat and groups of three will be made up depending on the province of choice.

4. It is time to go on your SPEAQ-quest. Each person in your group will follow one of the links under the province that has been assigned to you. You will research these internet sites and you will take notes on important provincial facts (like major cities, population, geography, cultural make-up, etc.), what is special about the province (like celebrations, historical sites, parks, sports and leisure, etc.) and take note of what YOU like about the province the most (what you think is cool, what attracts you) to help you write up your report and then present it to your peers. Once you have read all the instructions, you will go on this SPEAQ-quest to research your province (each person has to take notes on a separate piece of paper, and print up pictures you would like to use in your presentation).

You will keep your notes to put into your portfolio as evidence of learning.

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British Columbia

Province of British Columbia

Tourism BC: http://www.hellobc.com/en-CA/default.htm

B.C. Home: http://www.gov.bc.ca

British Columbia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia



Alberta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta

Travel Alberta:


Government of Alberta: http://www.gov.ab.ca/home/



Official site of tourism Saskatchewan: http://www.sasktourism.com/

Saskatchewan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatchewan

About Saskatchewan: http://www.gov.sk.ca




Unforgettable Manitoba: http://www.travelmanitoba.com/

Manitoba: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoba

Province of Manitoba: http://www.gov.mb.ca/




1000 Islands

Ontario: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario

More to discover: http://www.ontariotravel.net/

Home page: http://www.gov.on.ca/ont/portal/!ut/p/.cmd/cs/.ce/7_0_A/.s/7_0_24P/_s.7_0_A/7_0_24P/_l/en?docid=EC002001


New Brunswick

Home: http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/en-ca/

New Brunswick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick: http://www.gnb.ca/index-e.asp



Nova Scotia

Discover the Glooscap Trail

Explore Nova Scotia: http://www.explorenovascotia.com/

Nova Scotia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia: http://www.gov.ns.ca/


Prince Edward island

P.E. I.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Island

Tourism P.E.I.: http://www.peionline.com/

Visitors’ guide : http://www.gov.pe.ca/visitorsguide/index.php3


Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/

Newfoundland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland

Newfoundland: http://www.gov.nf.ca/



Welcome: http://www.nunavut.com/

Tourism: http://www.nunavuttourism.com/

Nunavut: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunavut





Tourism: http://travelyukon.com/en/

Yukon: http://www.gov.yk.ca/


Northwest Territories

Aurora Borealis

Tourism: http://www.explorenwt.com/

The Northwest Territories: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Territories

The Northwest Territories: http://www.gov.nt.ca/


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5. Individually, you will now write a report on the province you have researched from the notes that you have taken. Remember to write it in your own words… DO NOT PLAGERIZE! You must include facts about the province, as well as what you really like about the province and why. This will be a one page report, typed, double spaced. It will be marked.

☼ Look under the heading EVALUATION to see what the teacher evaluation looks like.

6. Once you have gathered all the information appropriate to your task by going on your personal SPEAQ-quest, you are to make visual support for your presentation. There are many different things that you can choose to use to present your province in a visually appealing way. You can choose to make a brochure, to film a short travel video or advertisement, to make a collage and informational poster or to make a power point presentation. You can also choose another visual support, but you must see me first to approve it. We will now all look at the choices to help you make a decision:

A) If you want to make a brochure, follow these links to help you with the form and what is found in terms of information. I will also supply you with samples of brochures from all of the provinces.

Brochure template                           Travel Brochure Outline 12 - 3

B) Now, to give you an idea of how you may want to develop your video, things you may want to include in your video, or just to inspire you in creating your video, look at the following sites.

Passports: http://www.passports.com/trips/video_index.asp

Travelistic: Videos for Travellers: http://www.travelistic.com/

C) If you choose to put together a poster, follow these guidelines: the written part should tell of facts of the province, what you found interesting about it and why. The collage: the pictures should represent the province as much as possible. It could include cultural events famous to the province, historical pictures or landscapes and cityscapes.

D) If you want to make a power point presentation, look at some of these possibilities 1 23  to give you ideas of how yours can look.

7. You will now have to get together with your team to decide on one form of visual support that you will use. Once your group has chosen a visual support, you will cooperatively put it together. You will have to share what you have discovered through your research with your team mates, and just include the most important aspects that you want to present to the class. This will be marked.

☼ Look under the heading EVALUATION to see what the teacher evaluation looks like.

8. Finally, it is time for you to present your province or territory to your peers. As a team, you will now have to decide what you will present and how you will present it. You will have to assign different parts to all the members of your group. Your presentation should be 15 minutes long, it should be original and informative. REMEMBER, your job is to convince your peers that your province is the place to go. While your peers are presenting, you will have to take notes on what you find interesting about their province or territory. You will also have to evaluate your peers on their presentation.

☺You will keep these notes to put into your portfolio as evidence of reflection.

☼ Look under the heading EVALUATION to see what the teacher evaluation looks like.

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As you have seen, you will be evaluated by your peers, by your teacher and you will be evaluating yourself. The Peer evaluation will be based on your presentation alone. The teacher evaluation will be completed after the presentation and will take into consideration your written report, your visual support and your final presentation. You will also have to put together a portfolio of all the steps mentioned above. You will have to present your portfolio to your teacher in a conference style discussion to discuss the steps you have taken throughout the quest to come up with your answer to the question. This portfolio concentrates on the processes you underwent, while the rubric and scale will evaluate the final products (written report, visual support, presentation). Finally, you will be evaluating yourself on your overall involvement and cooperation with your team. You are also asked to write a reflection that will be included in your portfolio and talked about at the conference (for instructions look at the conclusion to this Web page). Finally, I will be recording observations that I have made on you throughout your project so that I can share feedback with you during the conference and while you are working to help you. You will find all the evaluation sheets listing the criteria of your evaluation by under the appropriate headings:

Observation chart: I will be taking notes on your work habits, cooperative skills and any other observable behaviour I see during your project. This is only an informal, formative assessment that will help me to help you.

Self Evaluation Form (HTM)

Peer Evaluation Form  (HTM)

Teacher Evaluation Form (HTM)

Portfolio evaluation form  (HTM)

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After you have all become experts on the provinces or territories explored by your group, and have been exposed to the other provinces and territories of the other groups, you will have enough knowledge to be able to make an educated decision on what province attracts you to explore so that you can have an enriching language and cultural experience.

Finally, it is time to make your decision, and answer the following question:

◊ If you could go to another province to better your English, over one summer, where would you go and why? ◊

You will have to write a half page reflection on which province you have chosen to go to, to enrich your English and why. I also want you to write about what you have learnt from this project and if this new information has changed anything for you.

For example: did you want to travel before, and now? Did you know about all these programs offered to you, and does it inspire you to learn more about such opportunities? Did you like to work individually more or cooperatively more, and why? Did you like to work with technology and why? What did you learn about your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities? What would you do in the future to improve your team work and language skills? This reflection will go into your portfolio as evidence of learning; you can use it as a base for discussion when you present your portfolio to me.

☺You will now put everything into your portfolio to be evaluated. 

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Credits & References


Thanks to Bits, Bytes and Chips for the Brochure Template

Thanks to Passports and Travelistic for their inspiring web sites.

Thanks to Wikipedia and the provincial government sites for both pictures and information on Canadian provinces and territories.


Thanks to Canadian Heritage, Exchanges Canada, Katimavik and Canada World Youth for their great opportunities for our youth.



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