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Montreal Families

Free academic support for anglophones

For 25 years, Alloprof has been providing free (and fun) academic support in French through a variety of services to Quebec parents and students. As part of its effort to expand resources for primary and secondary students and their families, the non-profit organization is adapting all of its content for the English-speaking community.

Lisa Lorenzetti, Alloprof’s anglophone advisor on partnerships and development, says that it is a massive project, but an important one that aligns with the platform’s mandate of equity and equal opportunity in education for all students and their families in Quebec.

Adapted content

The plan for the English adaptation of more than 25,000 items of educational content includes four phases, with an aim of being completed by 2025.

The English version of the website is divided into sections with content aimed at students, parents, and teachers. There is also a new Help Zone — a space moderated by teachers where students can get help seven days a week.

Translation and adaptation of the French content started in 2019 with the parents’ section. “It has hundreds of articles and blog posts, and tools created for parents to help their children thrive academically at school,” Lorenzetti says.

Apart from articles like What parents need to know about ministry exams and How to distinguish between expository and literary texts, the parent section also provides articles that go beyond academics, such as anxiety about tests and exams, tips and tricks for helping children relieve stress, healthy eating habits, and summer learning loss. Lorenzetti said parents can also download a chart with yoga poses, discover the best food to eat on exam day, find weekly homework plans, and view the primary and secondary exam calendars.

While services such as the Help Zone, teacher assistance via live chat or phone call, and a YouTube channel are already available in English, adapting all of the other content will help an additional 100,000 students, including youth from Indigenous communities.

Math and science were the first subjects to be translated into English because approximately 75 per cent of questions being posed in the Help Zone and Ask a Teacher section were about these subjects.

With this first phase already finished, next up is academic resources in Social Studies — History for secondary 3 and 4, Financial Education and Contemporary World.

Phase three will adapt Social Studies — History for secondary 1 and 2, and Geography for secondary 1 and 2, as well as Chemistry and Physics. Phase four will tackle French as a Second Language academic resources as well as English as a first language and elementary pedagogical resources in Science and Social Studies.

As of June 2025, all new educational resources posted on the platform will be simultaneously produced in French and English.

Increased demand for support

Alloprof saw a huge surge in demand for support during the pandemic — with 90,000 more students requesting aid than in the previous year. The number of students helped during the 2020–2021 school year was 550,000, with more than 60 million educational  interactions on the platform.

Sandrine Faust, co-founder and executive director of Alloprof, said the platform is much more than homework assistance; it’s a social project. “Pursuing one’s education and obtaining a degree are important on an individual level, but they also benefit society as a whole by contributing to a better quality of life and broader, more rewarding professional perspectives,” she says. “We often hear things like, ‘I’m not even kidding—you saved my life!’ from students or parents, which just goes to show how much young people want to succeed and how crucial Alloprof’s services can be in helping them do that.”

Alloprof launched a new web platform in August 2020, and after less than a year of operation, is boasting 50 per cent more traffic than the previous site. It offers a more personalized experience that guides students to the most relevant resources based on their individual profiles and learning challenges.

“Twenty-five years ago, we were answering students’ questions only by phone. It was innovative at the time, and that forward-thinking mindset opened the door to all the developments we’ve seen since,” Faust says.

Alloprof’s aim between now and 2025 is to become the go-to resource for 80 per cent of Quebec students. For more information, visit  alloprof.qc.ca/en.

Parents can also subscribe to the Alloprof newsletter at alloprof.qc.ca/en/pages/parents-newsletter.

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