IntroductionThe Immersion Approach–Principles and Practice
IntroductionFrench immersion is a proven approach to second language learning developed in Canada in response to a desire of English-speaking parents to have their children become fluent in French. Two other French programs are also offered in Alberta schools: French first language (francophone) and French as a second language. French immersion is offered in Alberta as an alternative program as provided in Section 21 of the School Act.
French immersion began in Canada in 1965 as a well-researched experiment in St. Lambert, Quebec. The success of the program and the extensive research related to the learning of French, English and subject area content quickly became known across Canada. French immersion programs were first offered in Alberta in the early 70s.
In the 2009-2010 school year, 28 public school authorities and 13 separate school authorities and 3 private schools in Alberta schools offered a French immersion program to 34,885 students. Student enrolment across grade levels for the 2009-2010 school year follows:
Junior high 7,573
Senior high 4,707