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About the Author

teaches English as a second language at Cégep de la Gaspésie et des îles. She has taught in France, South Korea and Australia. She has also done research on the cognitive approach at Lehman College in New York and is currently working on the impact of distance education and Community of Inquiry. She received the 2018 award from the Canadian Association for Teacher Education for her research in this field. In October 2019, thanks to Cégep International, she went to Finland to exchange on pedagogy with colleagues from the University of Helsinki. She has also obtained a grant for the implementation of an active learning class (CLAAC) at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles in 2019-2020.

Real Life Stories


Published April 23, 2020 Let Your Students Do The Talking!

Anne-Marie Lafortune Teacher, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Imagine connecting with a second language teacher from around the world to design a speaking activity for your students. This is exactly what, an Internet platform, does: it gives your English Second Language (ESL ) students the opportunity to actually speak and do the activity that was developed with that teacher’s ESL students. For example, Francophone students from the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles de la Madeleine (CGIM) could chat in English with students from Indonesia. This stimulating pedagogical approach encourages the use of English language in an authentic context. Other language matches will be possible as well. Thanks to a grant from the Entente Canada-Quebec (ECQ) this platform is being developed and will be available as of Fall 2020.

Languages and Literature



Published March 7, 2021

A Tool for Authentic Speaking Activities with the World: Education

Anne-Marie Lafortune Teacher, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

In Winter 2020, I published an article in Profweb explaining how to use, Let Your Students Do the Talking! Further development of the platform was made possible by additional funding granted by Entente Canada-Québec relative à l'enseignement dans la langue de la minorité et à l'enseignement des langues secondes.This article on the second phase of the project describes a teacher’s experience with the platform and includes testimonials from teachers and students.