Teachers and parents
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a wide variety of tools and resources for Canadian teachers and parents. These tools can be used in various subject areas, such as learning English or French as a first or second language, social studies and history.
The Office of the Commissioner provides you with all the information you need on official languages.
Official Languages in Canada Since 1867
Browse through our timeline to discover—or rediscover—the milestones that have marked the history of linguistic duality in Canada since 1867.
Classroom activity guide
Need inspiration for an activity with your students? The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has you covered with its timeline activity guide.
Quiz game (Abridged version) Download the quiz card game (Abridged version) PDF (2 MB)
Beyond Words – Canada’s official languages e-newsletter
Use the articles in this e-newsletter to stimulate class discussion. Beyond Words is a great on-line resource featuring a wide range of topics related to Canada’s official languages, including arts and culture, languages of the world, current events, history and second-language learning.
Need some extra storage space? The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages’ pencil holder will help children stay organized, and they can even have fun making it themselves. It’s also useful for teachers!
Official languages in Canada – Statistics
How many people speak English in Canada? How many French-speaking Canadians are there? How many are bilingual? If you cover questions like these in class, the statistics section of our website is a valuable source of information. We also have data on the first official language of Canadians in the province and territories.
There are many ways to make both English and French a part of your life. Maybe this origami game will inspire you to do something in French!
Make English a part of your life: Download the English origami game in PDF (2.09 MB)
Make French a part of your life: Download the French origami game in PDF (2.08 MB)
Colouring pages – Print, colour and learn
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed fun bilingual and printable colouring pages featuring 13 winter sports and 15 summer sports. Print and colour the pages, and learn the names of each sport in English and French.
Winter Games colouring pages: Download the Winter Games colouring pages in PDF (2.25 MB)
Summer Games colouring pages: Download the Summer Games colouring pages in PDF (1.60 MB)
Exploring Canada’s official languages with posters
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed fun, educational tools to help increase awareness of Canada’s official languages (English and French). Our posters are the perfect complement to any learning environment and help students learn a variety of terminology in both English and French. They’re available free of charge with no shipping costs!
The Anglais-French Show
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada produced a video of an appearance by Graham Fraser (Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada from 2006 to 2016) on the Anglais-French Show on LaurenHill Academy’s Internet radio station. The student hosts talk with Commissioner Fraser about a number of interesting issues, such as the benefits of learning both of Canada’s official languages and the role of English and French in Canada.
This video, which shows the Anglais-French Show being broadcast live in both official languages, can help to spark conversations on a variety of topics, such as:
- the challenge of learning a second language and keeping it up;
- the benefits of bilingualism;
- our language rights as Canadians;
- the vitality of Francophone minority communities; and
- Quebec’s English-speaking communities and the language situation in Quebec.
One Charter, Two Languages, A Thousand and One Voices
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages developed a teaching guide - archived for high school teachers, along with a video where young adults share their thoughts on linguistic duality - archived.
External links for languages, immersion and education
The following links are provided as a public service. The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada is not responsible for the content of these sites, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Commissioner. Please note that only the sites of Canadian federal institutions are subject to the Official Languages Act.
- Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (in French only)
- Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (in French only)
- Banque d'activités pédagogiques (in French only)
- Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
- Canadian Teachers’ Federation
- Canadian Parents for French
- Commission nationale des parents francophones (in French only)
- Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
- Destination Clic
- Experiences Canada
- Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences
- Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (in French only)
- Languages Canada
- French for the Future
- Office québécois de la langue française
- Language Portal of Canada
- Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (in French only)
- Réseau des cégeps et des collèges francophones du Canada (in French only)
- TEACH magazine - Special issue on official languages