Benefits of French Immersion?
- the more time students spend in French, the better their French will be
- encourages divergent thinking
- improves general understanding of languages (Halsall, 1998)
- teaches self-discipline and independence
- raises self-esteem (Eastern School District, 2010)
How is Late French Immersion different from other programs?
- takes up 75% of the day starting in Grade 7, decreasing into high school
- Core French is 10% of the day
- Early Immersion is 100% of the day starting in Kindergarten, decreasing to match Late Immersion by Grade 9
- Intensive Core French is half of the Grade 6 school year in French, and is only for the one year (Eastern School District, 2010)
Is Grade 6 Intensive Core French required for Late French Immersion?
No, but it is still a beneficial experience (Eastern School District, 2010).
Is French Immersion suited to all students?
- except in very rare circumstances, all students can learn and benefit from the program
- any accommodations for students that would be available in English should also be available to Immersion students (Obadiah, 1996)
I don’t speak French!
- you can show interest and encourage your child
- you can help them to learn good study habits (a quiet place to work, etc.)
- you can have French at home through books and movies (many DVDs have French audio options)
- you can talk to me or to other parents of Immersion students for support (Eastern School District, 2010)
What will my child’s level of French be?
- students of Late Immersion are generally more proficient than those of Core French but less so than Early Immersion students
- listening and reading ability tend to match a native French speaker’s ability, speaking and writing are usually lower (Obadiah, 1996)
Which courses are in French?
Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Religion, and French Language Arts for Grades 7 and 8 (Eastern School District, 2010).
Will the content be the same as English?
Yes, the curriculum and often even the textbooks are the same (Eastern School District, 2010).
Do grades drop in French Immersion?
For some, they may drop on the first report card, while they will remain the same for others, as is true in general of the move to Junior High (Eastern School District, 2010).
Will students learn math as well in French?
Yes, and in some cases Math achievement in French is higher than in English (Canadian Parents for French [CPF], n.d.).
Will English proficiency suffer?
This is a common concern, but students will continue to study English Language Arts (Eastern School District, 2010) and a drop in English ability has never been found to be the case (CPF, n.d.).
How should I know if I should consider transferring my child out of French Immersion?
- this is rarely advisable, although the decision rests with you
- performance is not guaranteed to improve in English (Halsall, 1998).
- your own support and encouragement go a long way toward their success in the program (Obadiah, 1996)
Canadian Parents for French. (n.d.). Math-English language skills. Retrieved from http://www.cpf.ca/eng/resources-programs-math-english.html
Eastern School District. (2010). Late French immersion. Retrieved from http://www.esdnl.ca/programs/french/lfi.jsp
Halsall, N.D. (1998). French immersion: The success story told by research. Retrieved from the Canadian Parents for French Web site: http://cpf.ca/eng/media-backgrounders-story-told-by-research.html
Obadiah, A.A. (1996). French immersion: Frequently asked questions. Retrieved from the Canadian Parents for French Web site: http://cpf.ca/eng/media-backgrounders.html