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French Immersion Orientation Meeting

Blake Buemann

on 6 February 2015

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What is French Immersion?
Why Choose French Immersion?
French and the World
Program Organization
Frequently Asked Questions
More about French...
He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
Registration will take place:
When: Feb 23 to 25, 2015
Time: 9-12 & 1-3pm
Where: Your local FI school
A program for all children entering Kindergarten or Grade one
An educational program in which students receive all or most of their schooling in French
It is designed for students whose first language is not French
It is taught by teachers who speak French fluently
It is designed to produce functionally bilingual students.
The program aims to enhance intellectual growth and career opportunities as well as strengthen links and increase understanding among French-English speaking communities in Canada.
Many bilingual people have enhanced problem-solving skills because of their ability to attend to relevant information and disregard misleading information
French immersion students do as well or better than English program peers on BC government testing.
Over 30% of grads travel within seven years of leaving high-school and it enhances students' ability to participate fully in Canadian society
Many FI students participate in Quebec or France exchanges spending 3 months living with a family, attending French high school, polishing their French and experiencing French culture.
More Employment opportunities & Canadians who speak both official languages earn more, on average, than those who speak only English or only French
French immersion graduates are functionally bilingual and are able to work in French or attend post-secondary with French as the language of instruction.
** Canadian Council on Learning : http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Reports/LessonsInLearning/LinL20070517_French_Immersion_programs.htm
Learn both canadian official languages
There are 1,100 students enrolled in French Immersion in this school district
38,500 students presently enrolled in French Immersion in B.C. and 324,000 enrolled across Canada.
B.C. has the fourth largest population in French programs in Canada after Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick
Despite declining enrolment across B.C., F.I. enrolment has increased in the last 10 years.
200 million people speak French in 57 countries
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum
% of French
École Lloyd George
École South Sa-hali
École South Kamloops Secondary
K-2 : instruction entirely in French
3 – 7 : 75% - 80% of instruction in French with the balance of time being in English language arts.
8 – 10 : Instruction of core subjects in French (Math*, Science, Français, Social Studies ...)
*In Grade 10, math instruction begins in English.
11 – French and Social Studies is taught in French.
12 – French
Is French Immersion different from the regular English program?
Are opportunities limited for French Immersion students?
How can I help my child if I don’t speak French?
If my child needs extra help,
is it available?
How does my child get to school if we do not live within walking distance?
No, curriculum guidelines ensure that the F.I. Programs meet the same objectives as English Language programs. French Immersion differs from English in that the texts are written in French and the language of instruction is French.
No, students enjoy all the same opportunities as students in an English program. They have access to sports teams, fine arts programs and electives at the high school level including photography, stagecraft, human performance, etc... Plus, they can access more scholarships and exchange opportunities.
Show an interest in what your child is doing at school and continually provide support and encouragement.
Establish regular communication with the teacher so that you know what is required and expected of your child.
Support the program and teacher.
Encourage your child to read French books and magazines, watch French television and listen to French music.
Attend French cultural events with your child.
Investigate exchanges, summer camps and other activities which can provide your child with real life opportunities to speak French.
Join Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and stay in touch with other parents in your school community.
Yes, our schools have staff that are bilingual and if learning assistance is needed, it is available to students in French immersion and English programs.
Transportation to District 73 schools of choice is normally provided by parents; however, busing from Arthur Hatton will be provided to Lloyd George and busing from Marion Schilling will be provided to South Sa-hali.
Canadian Parents for French-BC & Yukon Branch is a parent-led, non-profit organization that has worked for more than 30 years to provide French-language educational, social, cultural and sporting activities for youth.

Through our local chapters, CPF provides support, information and resources for parents with children studying French, whether through an immersion, intensive or basic French program. We work with school boards, teachers, parent advisory councils and the federal and provincial governments to suggest and monitor policies and programmes that affect the access to and quality of our children’s French educational programmes. But that’s not all!
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