French Immersion is a program offered nationally for children from
primarily English-speaking backgrounds. Its purpose is to provide students
with the opportunity to learn a second language whereby French is the
language of instruction and classroom communication, not a separate subject
studied in isolation of other subjects. Neither the child entering the
program nor his/her parents need to have any knowledge of the French
language or culture.
Speaking French: An Investment in the Future
Benefits of French Immersion:
|Un||Research proves that learning a second language
strengthens first language skills.||Quatre||Knowing French enables people not only to
function but to compete effectively in the global economy of the
future.||Sept||Knowing French enhances travel abroad to Europe,
the Caribbean & Africa.|
|Deux||Speaking French will increase job opportunities
and salary potential.||Cinq||Learning a new language, like French, develops
critical and creative thinking skills.||Huit||French is the language of culture, opening doors
to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinemas.|
|Trois||Studying French increases appreciation of other
people and their cultures.||Six||Proficiency in French will improve chances of
being accepted to university and to graduate school.||Neuf||French is the language of many great literary
| ||Dix||French opens up an entire world of sporting
events to enthusiasts.|
Facts About French Immersion at the LKDSBJunior and Senior Kindergarten
In Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten, the language of
instruction is French. The children's introduction to the Early Immersion
Program is "gentle," in that they may continue to express themselves in
English as they build their French vocabulary, while the teacher speaks only
French. This builds listening comprehension in French so that when academic
content is introduced, children have little difficulty following what is
typical French Immersion Kindergarten classroom is a warm, stimulating place
where the students are active participants in everything that goes on around
them. There are play focused centres where children learn to manipulate
objects. There are opportunities to learn basic vocabulary through the use
of talk, rhymes, songs, short stories and drama.
Grades 1 & 2
All instruction, including Reading, Writing and Mathematics is in French.
Speaking skills receive greater emphasis and the children are increasingly
able to express themselves in French.
Grades 3 - 8
English language studies are introduced in Grade 3 for 50% of the
instructional time. Specific study areas are designated for English or
Grades 9 - 12
At the secondary level, students in the French Immersion program take one
third of their course requirements in French. Upon successful completion of
the program, they are granted a Certificate in French Immersion Studies.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWill my child be getting the same program as he/she would in an
Yes. French Immersion programs follow the Ontario Curriculum that is
mandated by the Ministry of Education and Training. Reporting of student
progress is the same in immersion programs as it is in English programs and
students in French Immersion receive the Ontario Provincial Report Card with
the language of instruction indicated beside subject areas.
To ensure student achievement, students in French Immersion participate
in annual provincial EQAO assessments along with English program students.Will my child's English suffer?
No. French Immersion pupils are able to read, write, speak, understand
and use English as well as youngsters instructed in English. In addition,
they can also read, write, speak and understand French in a way that English
pupils who follow traditional second-language teaching methods cannot. Since
French Immersion is an available option in the Lambton Kent District School
Board, instead of asking “Why French Immersion?” We might very well ask “Why
not?” No one ever says they wish they hadn’t learned a second language.Must parents be French speaking?
No. The French Immersion Program is a French as a Second Language (FSL)
program and there is no expectation that parents have any knowledge of
French. Parents receive communication from the school and classroom teacher
in English.Is French Immersion right for my child?
Students who do well in Early French Immersion programs will probably be
able to say "yes" to many of these questions:
- Do I like to talk?
- Do I follow verbal instructions?
- Do I have strong language skills?
- Do I enjoy books?
- Do I imitate easily?
- Do I have a good memory?
- Am I confident?
- Do I experiment and take risks without fear of making mistakes?
- Do I enjoy new challenges?
- Do I listen well?
- Do I have a good attention span?
- Do I adapt well to change?
Tips for Parents
How can I help my child at home?
- Show commitment to the French Immersion program by being positive,
curious and encouraging.
- Read to your child at home in English, even though your child is
learning to read in French at school. Showing your child the importance
of this skill, regardless of language, is what will make the difference
in your child's desire and ability to read.
- Go to your local library and borrow English and French books,
videos, and cassettes.
- Communicate often with your child's teacher to keep informed of your
- Encourage your child to bring home French books, notebooks,
portfolios or other samples of school work and ask him/her to explain
them to you.
- Purchase a French-English dictionary.
- Compliment your child on effort and achievement.
- Buy French music CDs or cassettes.
- Investigate opportunities for school exchange trips and summer
- Offer experiences that support your child's learning such as
visiting French restaurants or visiting a Francophone area.