Language Teacher Bursary Program
The Language Teacher Bursary program was created by an endowment to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund as part of the Government of Alberta’s Economic Development Strategy. It was established so teachers may improve their language fluency, pedagogical skills and knowledge through an educational immersion experience, and to help Alberta jurisdictions enhance their current language teaching capacity. The program will assist certificated Alberta teachers to take a summer post-secondary program in a language other than English or language pedagogy course at an institution outside of Canada. Students will benefit from the enhanced pedagogical and language skills of their teachers, encouraging them to take up the challenge of learning a new language making them more globally competitive.
Up to ten bursaries of $5,000 each.
• be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible),
• be an Alberta resident and to be considered an Alberta resident the following condition must apply:
- Alberta is the last place the applicant has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months.
• hold a valid Alberta professional teaching certificate,
• have been teaching in Alberta for a minimum of three years (FTE) by the end of the current school year,
• demonstrate a background in language learning, or have recently initiated the study of this language, and
• plan to take a summer program of at least four weeks duration in a language and/or language teaching methodology other than English outside of Canada.
Program Eligibility Criteria
The summer language development program must be:
• a minimum of four weeks in duration,
• a minimum of three hours daily scheduled classroom instruction, with an expectation of additional scheduled, structured activities (e.g. language conversation, tutorials, cultural activities), and
• a university credit course, or a language/culture/pedagogical development program, in a language other than English that is offered by a post-secondary institution, or an organization recognized by the local government (e.g. Goethe Institute, Cervantes Institute) outside of Canada.
Note: Priority will be given to first time applicants, however, recipients who received a bursary five years ago or earlier can re-apply.
Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee with decisions based on the applicant’s statement of program, course rigour, school authority endorsement, and the potential benefit for both the teacher and the school authority. The selection committee bases its decisions on information submitted with the application and any changes may jeopardize the receipt of payment of the bursary. Every effort will be made to represent various grade levels and languages from across Alberta. Successful recipients will receive their bursary after submitting proof of completing their course.
Submit the completed application package (application form and supporting documents) to your school authority office for endorsement. Once endorsement has been given, the school authority will forward your application to Student Aid Alberta for consideration.
1. Completed / Signed Application Form:
Including Signed School Authority Endorsement Forms (Part 1 and Part 2)
2. Resume including education and work history
3. Statement of Intent:
Attach a statement (one page maximum) explaining your reasons for taking the program.
• How will this particular program:
- benefit your current/future employment as a language teacher in Alberta?
- fit into your professional development/growth plan?
- if not currently teaching a language other than English, indicate when you would be ready to teach
the language you will be studying.
• How you plan to share this knowledge with colleagues?
4. Professional Development Summary:
Attach a brief summary outlining all relevant professional development you have completed in the last five years.
Ensure to outline your recent efforts to enhance/develop:
• Skills in this language, and
• Pedagogical and/or leadership skills in the area of language teaching.
5. Course Syllabus:
Attach brochure or syllabus, in English, describing the focus of the course; its duration and intensity.