Meeting the Other Culture: Collaboration Between the Library and FSL Classroom

Session D2 1:00 – 2:00

Session Description:

In June of 2016, the Advisory Board on English Education (ABEE) stated that 26% of young English-speaking adults wanted to leave the province mainly because they lacked confidence in their intercultural competency. What can we do to reverse this trend in our high school setting? A team of library personnel and teachers from Lester B. Pearson School Board collaborated with the Université du Québec à Montréal to find innovative solutions to tackle this issue. What is the Intercultural Competency? How do we evaluate the resources we already have and choose resources that are relevant to today’s society, students, teachers and curriculum? Leave this session with an appreciation of your own cultural identity, and some concrete tools to use in support of language and intercultural learning in your school community.

Presenter Bios:

Marc Albert Paquette, French as a Second Language Pedagogical Consultant, Lester B. Pearson School Board

Marc-Albert is a pedagogical consultant in French as a Second Language at Lester B. Pearson school board. He believes that languages and cultures should be celebrated as they help us understand each other.


Lumi Susan, BEd, MEd, CA, MLIS

Library Technician, Beaconsfield High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board

Happy to actively participate to this era of transforming school libraries into library learning commons, Lumi Susan, hopes her instructional and personal background will continue to open more and more doors to the changes in libraries and information sciences over the next years. A dedicated educator for almost 25 years, wearing different hats: teacher, teacher-librarian or library technician, she cannot picture a work day without both students and books.


Andrea Hyde, Library Technician, Westwood Senior High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board

Andrea has been a Library Technician for the Lester B Pearson School Board for the past eleven years. She is currently working at Westwood Senior High School. She is known by many names: Miss Librarian, Miss Book, Libby, and Coach. Andrea believes passionately in the power of words, and language, to expand horizons, move mountains, and to build bridges between worlds.