1. What is this database?
French Street® is a unique collection of French resources designed to support teachers, students and parents. This one-of-a-kind database provides French activities, programs and more that will enhance the French Second Language (FSL) experience in the classroom and in the community. French Street® is another milestone in CPF’s efforts to build awareness and understanding of Francophone culture through active participation in community activities all around us.
It was developed and is maintained by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).
2. Who will benefit from the database?
For the first time, educators and parents will have access to an easily searchable database to source a variety of opportunities to help engage students as they learn French in a Core, Extended or Immersion program.
3. How often is the database updated?
CPF Ontario is committed to providing a database that is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive. However, we are unable to assume any liability resulting from errors or omissions. Inclusion or omission of a program or service is not a comment on its quality. To submit changes to your database entry, please visit our Contact Us Page and submit your revisions.
4. How do I find a specific organization in the database?
Type in the name of the specific organization that you are looking for in the Search Bar. Click on SEARCH located at the top left-hand side of the screen and the database will list all findings associated with that specific entry.
5. How do I narrow down my search?
To narrow down your search, click on “MORE SEARCH OPTIONS” located in the Search Bar at the top left-hand side of the screen. Options available include: REGION, GRADE and CATEGORY. Click on any one of the options to modify your results. Make a selection from the drop-down list and then click SEARCH.
6. How do I search by city?
Click on one of the 9 headings listed either on the top or bottom of every page. To search by city, type in a specific city in the Search Bar and click SEARCH. The database will produce a list of organization(s) that are either located in that city and/or service that city. To search for organizations offering services province-wide, select “Province-wide” from the “Region” drop-down menu found under “More Search Options.
7. How will the REGION search option help my search?
When you chose the REGION option, the database will refine your search results to display organizations that provide services and supports to the cities within the selected region. You can find a REGION either in Ontario, Out of Province or International. The REGION search option is under “MORE SEARCH OPTIONS” located on the Search Bar at the top left-hand side of the screen. The list of cities listed within each region is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Click this link to be redirected to the Ontario Ministry of Education website for a list of Regional Offices by city.
8. How will the GRADE search option help my search?
When you chose the GRADE option, the database will refine your search results to display organizations that provide services and programs for a particular grade. The GRADE search option is found under “MORE SEARCH OPTIONS” located on the Search Bar at the top left-hand side of the screen.
9. How will the CATEGORY search option help my search?
When you chose the CATEGORY option, the database will refine your search results to display individual organizations that provide services and programs for the specific category chosen. The CATEGORY search option is found under “MORE SEARCH OPTIONS” located on the Search Bar at the top left-hand side of the screen.
10. How can I sort my search results?
Results can be sorted by the tabs DATE, A-Z (alphabetical) and RATING located in the top right-hand corner of the screen. By default, search results are chronologically listed from most recently added to older entries in the database keeping our viewer up-to-date. By clicking the appropriate tab option you are able to refine your search results. For example, selecting the “A-Z” option will alphabetically sort your results found.
11. How do I rate an organization and share the information?
The site allows educators, students and parents to rate their experiences with the listed organizations and/or share their findings. At the bottom of each detailed description you will be able to share your experience through social media by clicking on the Email, Facebook and Twitter tabs. To rate your experience with the organization, click on the appropriate star (1 being poor and 5 being excellent). Your feedback will be added to our tallied results and published.
Note: CPF Ontario cannot be held responsible for feedback received and published. It is the sole opinion of the submitter.
12. Where can I find tutoring information?
To find a tutor, refer to the CPF Ontario website under FSL Resources -> For Parents -> French Tutors and FSL Education Consultants for a detailed list of tutors and tutoring services. Click this link to be redirected.
13. Are the “exchange” programs listed on the database a reciprocal exchange?
The database lists both exchange and cultural exchange programs. An exchange program is a mutual exchange where participants live with a host family and the participants’ family reciprocates and becomes a host family to another participant in the program. A cultural exchange program is not a mutual exchange. Participants live in a francophone community with a host family but the participants’ family does not reciprocate.
14. How can I provide feedback? Update the information listed on the database? Be added to the database?
Do you have questions about the website? Would you like your organization to be listed on the database? You can do so by clicking on ‘Contact Us’ located at the top right-hand side of the screen and completing the online form. Here you can submit your questions, suggestions and/or comments and we will respond to you promptly. Click this link to be redirected.
Updated as of September 2015