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French Immersion

​​​PLANT THE SEED OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND WATCH YOUR CHILD GROW!

The Greater Essex County District School Board is proud to offer parents the opportunity to enroll their children in the Early French Immersion Program. Designed specifically for children whose first language is not French, the Early French Immersion Program enables children to interact, discover, and learn in French in a play-based learning environment.
For more information about our French as a Second Language programs view our FSL information brochure FSL Brochure.pdf

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SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Learning a second language can help to strengthen a child's first language skills and enhance problem-solving and reasoning skills. It increases children's capacity to think creatively, to respect and understand other cultures, to understand themselves and others, and to appreciate the value of language and its functions.

Through the course of their education, French Immersion students will move through various stages of learning French. They will begin to learn and use the basics of the French language, understand simple words and expressions, and communicate with others. As they continue to be exposed to the language, they will work towards becoming independent users of the language. Students will be able to understand and communicate in familiar and increasingly complex situations. Finally, French Immersion students will work towards increased proficiency allowing them to be functionally bilingual, able to understand virtually everything heard or read, and able to express themselves in French in any given situation.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MUST THE PARENTS BE FRENCH SPEAKING?

No. The French Immersion Program is a second language program. No previous French background is necessary. Your involvement and support in your child's education will help your child reach his or her potential. Reading to your child in their first language and communicating with him/her is important.​

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?

Transportation to and from school is provided in accordance with the Greater Essex County District School Board's policy. Click here for more information.

HOW MUCH FRENCH INSTRUCTION IS PROVIDED?

The Kindergarten and Grade One instructional programs are in French, with incidental and safety communications provided in English. Grades Two to Five offer 80% instruction in French, while Grades Six to Eight offer 50% instruction in French. This will help to balance and strengthen proficiency in both French and English. In High School, students with 10 credits in French Immersion by the end of Grade 12 will receive a French Immersion certificate.

"In any program of study, students should advance through an organized sequence of learning experiences that permits a steady accumulation of knowledge and skills. Therefore, once students embark on an instructional sequence in Core French, Extended French, or French Immersion, they must be given the opportunity to continue in an uninterrupted program to Grade 8. The elementary school curriculum for Core French, Extended French, and French Immersion is designed to prepare students for success in the corresponding program at the secondary level. The expectations that form the basis of the secondary school curriculum build on the knowledge and skills that students acquire in their elementary programs." The Ontario Curriculum – French as a Second Language 2013​

DOES A STUDENT IN FRENCH IMMERSION RECEIVE THE SAME PREPARATION FOR GRADE ONE AS A STUDENT IN THE ENGLISH PROGRAM?

Yes, except that your child is also acquiring French language in addition to other developmental, social, and cognitive skills. The play-based learning approach is designed to meet individual children's needs through observation and planning.

DO FRENCH IMMERSION STUDENTS RECEIVE SUPPORT IF THEY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

Yes. Students have access to all of the program supports that are offered in the Greater Essex County District School Board, allowing them to receive an education that is tailored to their specific needs.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN FRENCH IMMERSION?

You may enroll your child in a French Immersion program for Year 1 or Year 2 of Kindergarten. Students entering the program beyond Kindergarten must demonstrate a proficiency with French language skills appropriate to their level to ensure their success in the program.​

HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?

Registration must be completed with the school's secretary. Please call for an appointment. For registration, please bring your child's birth certificate, health card, proof of address, and immunization record card. Call the school regarding information nights or orientation days. To find out what school your child is able to attend please check our school boundaries. ​

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PARENTS' ROLE

Parents play an important role in their child's success in the French Immersion Program. When parents are positive and encouraging, a child will sense their commitment to learning a second language. It is essential to read and communicate with your child in their first language. Research shows that knowledge learned in a first language can be transferred to a second language.

For more information about helping your child in French Immersion, please open the following brochure: A Parent Guide - Supporting Your Child's Success in French Immersion and Extended French Elementary Schools​.

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RESOURCES

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada. They are dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

FSL Homework Toolbox supports parents who have children in a French Immersion program and wish to assist them with homework in French.