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Late French Immersion

The Late French Immersion program provides students with an education equivalent to that which is available in the English language program while providing opportunities to build cultural understanding,  attain proficiency in French,  and communicate effectively in the written and oral form. While the Ministry of Education guidelines state Grade 6 as the first grade level for a Late Immersion program, School District No.48 opted to begin local Late French Immersion programs in Grade 5.  

Upon graduation from either program, students should be able to participate easily in French conversations, take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction, and accept employment with French as the language of work.

Providing opportunities to build cultural understanding

Benefits of French Immersion (FI)

  • FI opens doors for students and gives students the ability to communicate with French-speaking people, here in Canada and around the globe.
  • FI can increase appreciation of other languages and cultures as well as the students own.
  • FI will increase job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.
  • FI  helps students learn other languages.
  • FI gives students a global view of Canada and the world.
  • FI enriches travel experiences, especially to the 29 countries where French
    is the official language.

Our Program French Immersion program implements a pro social learning environment by blending some French and English classes while adhering to ministry guidelines around French Immersion.

The Idea Behind a Pro Social Learning Environment

“A review of the French Immersion in SD48 took place in the fall of 2017.  It was reported by schools that dual track programs can affect school climate by causing division between students in the French and English classes. 

The blended French and English groups allow our students to experience pro social environments.  It allows us get to know each other  and learn from one another.  It is important that our intermediate students work together so that they feel connected to one another and part of one community.  School connectedness is a fundamental piece of student success and happiness.  Middle childhood is a time in which healthy peer relationships are very important and can reduce the likelihood of bullying, anxiety, and depression. 

Research also supports the idea that attachment is an integral piece of student success.  The blended groups allow our students to build connections with others teachers which will help them to feel safer and more engaged at school. When students feel connected to more than one adult in the building, their sense of belonging increases.  This is associated with lower emotional distress, a reduction in negative behaviours, and are associated with higher rates of resilience later in life.”