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FRENCH IN OUR ALBERTA SCHOOLS

WHAT DO I WANT MY CHILD TO ACHIEVE?

FRENCH FIRST LANGUAGE

After completing Grade 12, your child will:

Have achieved a high proficiency in and a positive attitude towards French as a first language. Identify with and be part of the francophone culture and community.

Have achieved a high proficiency in English.

Be able to pursue postsecondary education and work in French, in English, or in both languages.

Be better able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities throughout Canada and around the world.

FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

French immersion

After completing Grade 12, your child will:

Have achieved a high proficiency in English.

Have retained his or her own cultural identity.

Be functionally fluent in French, that is:

  • Be able to live, work and pursue postsecondary education in French.
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture.
  • Be better able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities throughout Canada and around the world.
  • Core French

    After several years, your child will:

    Have a good foundation in French from which to pursue fluency.

    Have gained insights into and an appreciation of francophone culture.

    Be better able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities throughout Canada and around the world.

     

    WHAT APPROACH IS USED?

    FRENCH FIRST LANGUAGE

    Education is offered entirely in French from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

    School environment, programming and extracurricular activities provide your child with a solid and dynamic focal point for the French language and francophone culture as an extension of family and community life.

    English Language Arts is introduced in the elementary grades. If your child does not have a good grasp of English, assistance will be provided as required.

    The language of communication between home, school and school board is normally French. For the parent who does not speak French, assistance is provided to help you support your child’s learning and school experience.

    FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

    French immersion

    French is used as the language of instruction for a significant part of each school day: several or all subjects (except, of course, English Language Arts) are taught in French.

    Begins with a period of concentration on French language development to give students a sufficient understanding of French to:

    • learn to read, and
    • learn other subjects such as math, science, social studies, the fine arts, etc. taught in French.

    School and extra-curricular activities in French may be used to support the development of language skills and cultural appreciation.

    The language of communication between home and school is English.

    Core French

    French is taught as a subject. (Alberta Education recommends 30-40 minutes of instruction per day).

    French is used as the language of classroom communication.

    French knowledge and skills are developed through the use of themes and projects geared to the interests, maturity, and life experiences of your child.

     

    IS IT FOR MY CHILD?

    FRENCH FIRST LANGUAGE

    Intended for a child:

    • Of a parent whose first language learned and still understood is French; or
    • Of a parent who received primary school instruction in French anywhere in Canada; or
    • Whose sibling has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in French anywhere in Canada.

    (as described in Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

    (And, in the same spirit, for a child of a parent:

    • With francophone roots who wants to reintegrate the French language and francophone identity and culture into his or her child’s life; or
    • Who wants his or her child to retain French language skills and francophone identity and culture
      [e.g., francophone immigrants who are permanent residents of Canada].)

    FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

    French immersion

    Designed for a child whose family heritage is other than French.

    Core French

    Designed for a child whose family heritage is other than French.

     

    AT WHAT GRADE LEVEL CAN MY CHILD BEGIN?

    FRENCH FIRST LANGUAGE

    French first language schools begin in Kindergarten or Grade 1, however eligible students may enter at any grade level.

    If your child speaks little or no French, a variety of programs and strategies will be used to help him or her learn French and integrate the francophone culture into everyday living.

    For links to the Francophone schools and school districts click here.

    FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

    French immersion

    Many Alberta schools offers early French immersion beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1.

    Some Alberta schools also offer late French immersion beginning in Grade 6 or 7.

    For a list of school districts offering French immersion click here.

    Core French

    In schools where it is offered, core French (often referred to in Alberta as “FSL”) usually begins in Grade 4, 7 or 10. Some schools begin as early as Kindergarten or Grade 1.

    In some schools all students study core French at certain grade levels (typically Grades 4-6 or Grades 7-9).

     

    WHAT ABOUT ENGLISH?

    • The Alberta milieu provides ample opportunity for your child to develop his or her English.
    • Reading and writing skills are the same in both languages. Once learned, they are easily transferred from one language to the other.
    • French first language, French immersion, and core French students take the same English Language Arts program as all other Alberta students, and are expected to achieve the same standards.

    For more information: Report of Current Research on the Effect of the Second Language Learning on First Language Literary Skills

     

    WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

    • All subjects taken by French first language, French immersion, and core French students follow the Programs of Study set by Alberta Education.
    • After learning more than one language, your child will have an enhanced ability to learn additional languages.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

    No doubt you have many more questions than we can answer here! Start with the following web sites:

    Learning French as a second language: www.ab.cpf.ca www.cpf.ca Alberta Education

    French first language education: www.fpfa.ab.ca Alberta Education

    The following parent guides offer a wealth of information, inspiration, tips and ideas for supporting your child’s French language development. (These guides have been approved by Alberta Education.)

    For French first language… Tu peux compter sur moi. Guide à l’intention du parent pour l’accompagnement de l’enfant dans son éducation en français langue première. Available through the Fédération des parents francophones de l’Alberta.

    For French immersion… Yes, You Can Help!


    WHO CAN I TALK TO?

    CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH, ALBERTA BRANCH (CPF Alberta)
    211 – 15120 – 10a Avenue NW, Edmonton AB T5P 0R5
    Phone: 1-888-433-6036 or in the Edmonton area call 780-433-7311
    Fax: 780-433-7306
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Internet: www.ab.cpf.ca  and www.cpf.ca
    FÉDÉRATION DES PARENTS FRANCOPHONES DE L’ALBERTA (FPFA)
    Room 203, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St.), Edmonton AB T6C 3N1
    Phone: 780-468-6934 Fax: 780-469-4799
    E-mail:
    [email protected] Internet: www.fpfa.ab.ca
    ALBERTA EDUCATION, FRENCH LANGUAGE EDUCATION SERVICES
    10044 – 108 St., Edmonton AB T5J 5E6
    Phone: 310-000 toll free and ask to be connected to 780-427-2940, or in the Edmonton area call 780-427-2940
    Fax: 780-422-1947
    E-mail: [email protected] Internet: www.education.alberta.ca