For Parents

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***While the resources below are still useful tools to help your child who is learning in French, please check out our most recent resource list HERE that was developed to help parents with the transition to at-home learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.***

**Are you a parent looking to offer your child all the benefits of a dual-language education? You might feel a little overwhelmed with questions and uncertainties about French-second-language, or FSL, education. Even if you’ve already made the decision to enrol your child in an FSL program, you might be at a loss as to how you can help him or her succeed if you don’t speak French yourself.

CPF is here to help. We have many informative pamphlets and brochures that can help you pick the right program for the right child; and for parents whose children are already studying FSL, we have resources that can help you help your kids. We are primarily, first and foremost, a parent-oriented organization, so we are here for you and your family every step of the way.

CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French and their parents. Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.

Information is also provided through the CPF national newsletter and the CPF Alberta News, which are distributed to our members, and through our local chapters.

The Language Resource Centre at the University of Calgary offers a counselling service for parents of bilingual children, with resources and information especially for parents of children learning more than one language at home as well as immigrant parents. click here

Options for Your Child

French First Language

Description: This option is intended for children of a parent whose first language is French or who received primary education in French. Parents who have francophone roots, or those who wish for their children to retain French language skills, identity, and culture may also enrol their children.

Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French & English –Excellent

Approach: Education is offered entirely in French from grades K-12 including all extracurricular activities. English is introduced in the elementary grades with assistance provided as needed.

Starting Grade: Entry is typically K or Grade 1, but eligible students may enter at any level.

Post-secondary Opportunities: The child will be able to identify with, and as a part of the francophone culture. He or she will be able to pursue post-secondary education in both official languages.


French Immersion

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

Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French & English – Excellent

Approach: French is used as the language of instruction for all or most subjects. Instruction starts with a teaching of foundational French language principles from which to build off of, and expand into more difficult subjects such as science and math. Some extracurricular activities may be offered in French as well.

Starting Grade: Many Alberta schools offer K or Grade 1 entry, with some allowing later entry

Post-secondary Opportunities: The student will have retained his or her own cultural identity, while still being able to appreciate francophone culture. The student will also be able to pursue post-secondary education in one, or both official languages.


Core French

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

Fluency Level Achieved by Grade 12: French – Good, English – Excellent

Approach: French is taught as a subject (recommended 30-40 minutes per day). French is learned through projects geared toward the language and culture.

Starting Grade: Core French often starts at grades 4, 7, or 10, with some starting as early as Grade 1.

Post Secondary Opportunities: The student will have an established platform from which to pursue fluency; he or she will be able to continue french education at the post-secondary level. The student will have some insight into francophone culture, and be able to appreciate it.

I Don’t Speak French, How Can I Help My Child?

See also:

Peer Tutoring Literacy Program

CPF Guide to FSL Schools


Youth Activities

To order any of the above, or for more resources: please contact [email protected]

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