Who we are

The National Steering Committee for Intensive French is a voluntary group of professionals involved in implementing and administrating Intensive French programs in their jurisdiction, at the provincial or territorial level, or at the school district level where there is no provincial coordination of the Intensive French program. The committee also includes independent consultants who are trained in the Neurolinguistic Approach and have been involved implementing the program in schools. 

Above are pictured representatives from the following jurisdictions who participated in our annual meeting in Ottawa in September 2017. From left to right: Melissa Stevens (Saskatchewan), Ruth Radetzky (Alberta), Josiane Beaumon (in back, Nunavut), Gennita Bartlett (Newfoundland and Labrador), Susan Forward (partly hidden, Newfoundland and Labrador), Stephanie Burke (Nova Scotia), Lyne Montsion (New Brunswick), Joan Netten (founding member and co-developer of the NLA), Jean-Marie Mariez (Yellowknife Education District #1, Northwest Territories), David Macfarlane (N.B.), Linda Osborne (Saskatchewan), Pascal St-Laurent (Yukon), France Dupuis (Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario). Absent from the picture: Fiona Stewart (New Brunswick).

Our purpose

The purpose of the organization is to provide the most effective Intensive French and Post-Intensive French programs for schools across Canada, and to coordinate information on the resources developed and used in the program. We provide information about the NLA programs, and can also make arrangements for training sessions, and other workshops. 

What we do

We share documents, teaching materials and research that has been developed in any jurisdiction on the Intensive French program and the Post-Intensive French program, and we undertake joint projects in order to develop needed resources or initiate required research.


The group is a voluntary one.  Any projects undertaken are financed on a partnership basis by the participants.


The next annual meeting of the National Intensive French Steering Committee will be held in September 2018. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Members consult regularly by teleconference.

Annual National Intensive French Steering Committee Meeting (NLA)


Date :

 September 27, 2017

Location :


Hotel :

Cartier Room, Delta Hotel


10:00 -11:45

 General Meeting and Elections:

13:15 -17:00

New Executive:

18:30 -2:30


Should you wish to become a member of the group, please consult a member of the Executive Committee. 

A copy of the Constitution may be consulted here.

Recent Activities

Senate Committee on Official Languages

Claude Germain, one of the co-developers of the Neurolinguistic Approach, was invited to address the Senate Committee on Official Languages.

A copy of his presentation may be found here.

National Meeting of those responsible for French Programs at the provincial and territorial level

The President of the Steering Committee for Intensive French was invited to participate at this meeting. The possibility of undertaking a joint research project was discussed.

Oral Proficiency Criteria

Generally, the evaluation instrument used in the Intensive French classes is the Oral Proficiency Interview developed by New Brunswick, based on the scale developed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). However, as many jurisdictions in Canada are moving towards using the CEFR, various initiatives have been undertaken to establish correlations between the two systems.

Reading Proficiency Criteria

New Brunswick is in the process of developing reading comprehension proficiency criteria for the Intensive French Program. Some of the criteria are aligned with those of the CEFR.

Writing Proficiency Criteria 

The Yukon is in the process of refining the writing criteria for the Intensive French Program also incorporating some aspects of the CEFR

Units for teenagers in Canada (Late Intensive French, Grade 7 or 8)

Saskatchewan and Yukon are developing units that will be used for a special project that will implement an Intensive French program in Middle Schools or Junior High Schools.

Executive Committee 2017-2018

President: Ruth Radetzky, Calgary School Board, Alberta

Vice-president: Pascal St-Laurent, Yukon

Secretary: David Macfarlane, NB (Independent Consultant)

Members at large: Jean-Marie Mariez, NWT; Fiona Stewart, NB; Stephanie Burke, NS