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.
• 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
• Can the child adjust easily to unfamiliar FRENCH
HOW CAN PARENTS SUPPORT THEIR CHILD IN
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
• 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
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
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
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