French Language Programs

French Immersion

What Is French Immersion?
French immersion is a highly successful approach to second language learning — an effective way for students to become functionally fluent in French while achieving all of the objectives of the regular school program. French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day; that is, several or all subjects, except English language arts, are taught in French. This program is designed for students whose first language is not French. The objective is full mastery of the English language, functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture.

Early immersion refers to a program beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Late immersion refers to a program beginning in Grade 6 or later.

Where Is French Immersion Offered in Alberta?

Do French Immersion Students Write Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams?
French immersion students are required to write the exams developed and administered by Alberta Education.

Achievement tests are administered in Grades 3, 6 and 9. French immersion students write the following achievement tests, “tests de rendement”:

Grade 6
Grade 9
English language arts
Mathématiques
French language arts
Sciences
Études sociales
English language arts
Mathématiques
French language arts
Sciences
Études sociales

 

Parent guides containing information on the achievement testing program are available for Grades 3, 6 and 9.

All diploma exams are available in French except English Language Arts 30-1, English Language Arts 30-2 and Science 30. French immersion students may elect to write either the English or French language version of the respective exam.

The student’s official transcript indicates both the language in which a senior high school course was taken and the language in which the diploma exam was written.

What Do French Immersion Students Learn?
French immersion students are required to learn the same curriculum as students registered in the English program. The only difference, is that they learn about math, health, science and social studies in French. In addition, they take French language arts. Information in English on the French language arts program is provided in the My Child's Learning : A Parent Resource.

Where Can I Obtain More Information about French Immersion?
Alberta Education has produced a resource, “Yes, You Can Help! Information and Inspiration for Parents of French Immersion Students”, that provides information and answers the questions parents may have about French immersion such as: What is immersion?; How can I help my child if I don’t speak French?; Will my child’s English suffer?; Should my child remain in French immersion in junior and senior high school?

Alberta Education has also produced a resource for administrators of French immersion schools. “Handbook for French Immersion Administrators” provides a wealth of information for these administrators.

Information about French immersion curriculum, resources, evaluation and implementation is provided three times a year in Connection , Alberta Learning’s electronic information bulletin. Click on “Curriculum and Resources”.

“Canadian Parents for French” (CPF) is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians. A wealth of information may be found on the web sites of the Alberta branch and the national organization of CPF.