WHAT SHOULD PARENTS CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING TO ENROLL THEIR

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					WHAT SHOULD PARENTS CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING                 HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD IN THE FRENCH
TO ENROLL THEIR CHILD IN FRENCH IMMERSION?                 IMMERSION PROGRAM?

CHARACTERISTICS OF EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION                  Parents and guardians wishing to register their
                                                           child in the French Immersion Program should
•   An early start provides for more time and more         contact the principal of the French Immersion
    opportunities for the child to develop the language    school to obtain a registration package or download
    in and out of school.                                  a copy from the York Catholic District School
•   Children are naturally very enthusiastic learners      Board’s website at www.ycdsb.ca/frenchimmerson/
    and they seem to learn everything with ease            program.htm. The website will also list details for a
    including second languages.
•   Younger learners are very open-minded which
    makes them less self-conscious and less
    apprehensive than older learners.

THE CHILD

•   How developed is the child’s first language?
•   Does the child appear to be developing normally
    in terms of social and emotional growth?
•   Does the child have positive self-esteem?
•   Does the child have any perceptual or auditory
    problems?
•   Can the child adjust easily to unfamiliar                                                                                   FRENCH
    situations?
                                                                                                                             IMMERSION (FI)
HOW CAN PARENTS SUPPORT THEIR CHILD IN
FRENCH IMMERSION?
Parents have a vital role in their child’s learning. In
order to support your child in French Immersion, the
following are some suggestions:
• Be positive about the program
• Show interest in your child’s daily activities                                  We are a Catholic
                                                                               Learning Community of
• Check newsletters for special events                                          collaborative partners,
• Check backpack or agenda for homework                                           called to serve one
                                                                                   another by being
• Communicate your concerns, questions or                                          committed to and
     suggestions with teacher                                                  accountable for quality
                                                                                 learning by all with
• Listen to your child read in French and English                                    Jesus as our
• Do not attempt to correct your child if you are                                     inspiration.
     uncertain of the correct expression or
     pronunciation.
• Read daily to your child in English
• Provide access to French books, subscriptions,                    York Catholic District School Board
     tapes, games, software, videos, television, and
     radio                                                Elizabeth Crowe                                Susan F. LaRosa
• Purchase a French/English dictionary for home           Chair of the Board                         Director of Education

                                                          November 2008
    F RENCH I MMERSION (FI)                             WHO MAY ENROL IN FRENCH IMMERSION?
                                                        • Catholic senior kindergarten students residing in
                                                                                                                       WHAT WILL THE CURRICULUM LOOK LIKE IN THE
                                                                                                                       CLASSROOM?
                                                          the Markham east area (east of 404, north of                 • Students will be taught the Ontario Curriculum.
                                                          Steeles, west of the York Durham Town Line,                  • The expectations in each grade are essentially
                                                          south of 19th Avenue).                                         those outlined in the English-language subject
The aim of this brochure is to provide information      • The Ministry specifies that French Immersion is                curriculum documents.
about the French Immersion Program and to help            open to all students, including those with English as        • Learning resources provided in French follow the
answer questions regarding the program.                   a Second Language.                                             Ontario English language curriculum.
                                                        • Parents are not required to be French speaking.              • Students will be expected to achieve the regular
WHAT IS THE FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM?
                                                                                                                         English language curriculum expectations before
                                                        Research suggests that children who are successful
                                                                                                                         the end of Grade 8.
• The French Immersion Program will begin in            in French Immersion are:
  Grade 1, September 2009 at St. Edward pending         • Risk takers                                                  HOW WILL THE STUDENTS BE ASSESSED AND
  public session.                                       • Interested in learning new things                            EVALUATED?
• The program will deliver 3,800 hours of instruction   • Attend school regularly
  between Grades 1 to 8.                                                                                               The assessment and evaluation of students in the
                                                        • Positive in their attitude toward school                     French Immersion Program will be consistent with
• Upon successful completion of the high school
  French Immersion Program, a student is expected
                                                        • Able to communicate well verbally in their first             Board procedures and practices for all students.
  to be able to communicate with ease and feel             language
  comfortable in either English or French languages     • Effective listeners                                          WILL TRANSPORTATION BE PROVIDED?
  and accept employment, training or further            • Capable of good memory skills                                • Students in the YCDSB designated Markham area
  education in either language.                                                                                          will be transported to the selected French
                                                        HOW DOES FRENCH IMMERSION DIFFER FROM                            Immersion school.
WHY ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN FRENCH IMMERSION?              CORE FRENCH CURRENTLY OFFERED IN THE YORK                      • The York Catholic Transportation Policy will apply
                                                        CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD?                                  to students living within the St. Edward boundary.
• French is one of Canada’s two official languages
    and one of Ontario’s two official languages of            Core French              French Immersion                WHAT CRITERIA WILL BE USED TO SELECT
    instruction                                                (Current)                  (Proposed)                   STUDENTS INTO FRENCH IMMERSION?
•   Knowledge of a second language strengthens          • Available in grades     •   Available in Grades
                                                                                                                       • Catholic kindergarten students living within the
     first-language skills.                              1 to 8                       1 to 8
                                                                                                                         St. Edward boundary, will be given priority
•   Ability to speak two or more languages generally    • French Instruction in   •   Beginning in Grade 1
                                                                                                                         Placement in the Grade 1 French Immersion
    enhances reasoning and problem solving, as well       Primary Grades:         •   French is the language of          Program.
    as creative-thinking skills.                          (40 min) 3x a week          instruction for at least 85%
                                                          Grades 4 to 8:                                               • The remaining placements will be selected by
•   Research shows children educated in content           (40 min) 5x a week
                                                                                      of the total hours of instruc-
                                                                                                                         Public lottery until 46 places are filled.
                                                                                      tional time in grades 1 to 3
    subjects (like science and geography) in two        • By the end of grade         and 50% in grades 4 to 8.        • The public lottery process involves the random
    languages develop higher reasoning and analytical
    skills.
                                                           8, total accumulated   •   By the end of grade 8,             selection of applications among those submitted.
                                                           hours is 816               total accumulated
•   Knowledge of French provides students with an                                     hours is a minimum of
    advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada                                  3800
    and internationally.