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.
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