What Is French Immersion?
French immersion is a highly successful approach to second language learning — an effective way for students to become functionally fluent in French while achieving all of the objectives of the regular school program. French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day; that is, several or all subjects, except English language arts, are taught in French. This program is designed for students whose first language is not French. The objective is full mastery of the English language, functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture.
Early immersion refers to a program beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Late immersion refers to a program beginning in Grade 6 or later.
What Do French Immersion Students Learn?
French immersion students are required to learn the same curriculum as students registered in the English program. The only difference, is that they learn about math and social studies in French. In addition, they take French language arts. Information in English on the French language arts program is provided in the My Child’s Learning : A Parent Resource.
Where Can I Obtain More Information about French Immersion?
Alberta Education has produced a resource, “Yes, You Can Help! Information and Inspiration for Parents of French Immersion Students”, that provides information and answers the questions parents may have about French immersion such as: What is immersion?; How can I help my child if I don’t speak French?; Will my child’s English suffer?; Should my child remain in French immersion in junior and senior high school?
For further details, please see: http://www.education.alberta.ca/parents/educationsys/frenchlanguage/immersion.aspx