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
All programs to teach French as a second language:
LanguageGuide (vocabulary, grammar, readings)
“Information and Inspiration for French Immersion Parents” from Alberta Education
Achievement tests by Program of Study (including subjects taught in French)
Core French (“FSL”):
Education in general:
- French second language programs (immersion and core French)
- second language learning
- core French (“FSL”)
- information for parents
- Learning Resources Centre
- additional parent resources from Alberta Education
Department of Canadian Heritage:
French courses for adults
- “French for Immersion Parents” – contact your local CPF chapter to ask whether it is offering this program developed by CPF Alberta. This course is designed:
To have the participants learn some very basic French vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure, or to provide a review of same for those who have had a previous introduction to French.
To introduce some of the basics of French grammar.
To help participants understand and feel comfortable with the immersion approach to language learning.
To provide hints and strategies for immersion parents to use in supporting their children’s learning, regardless of their own knowledge of French.
To introduce resources of interest to immersion parents.
Level 2 of the course also includes an exploration of the reasons to remain in the French immersion program through grade 12.
- Contact your local school board, community college, or university continuing education department (including the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. They may be reached at 780-492-3116 )
- Many public libraries throughout Alberta offer free access to the Mango language learning software
- Courses are available through the Alliance Française in Edmonton and Calgary
- Distance education French courses are offered by Athabasca University
- Check out the Languages Canada web site!
Your child and the internet
- Internet Safety Guidelines
- Get an instant translation of a word at www.wordreference.com
- With the help of Google Translate you can have a block of text translated (copy and paste it into the box, or type it in) or you can have a web page translated. The translations are word-for-word and therefore awkward, but will let you know what the text is about. BonPatron will let you insert a block of already translated text, and will identify vocabulary and grammatical mistakes.
- The CPF resource list offers constantly-updated listings of popular French software and French internet addresses.
Bilingualism in Canada
- For information about bilingualism in Canada and the Official Languages Act, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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.
The Mary Joyce Booth Project
Are you a member of CPF interested in engaging your child, children or student(s) with the French language outside of a school setting? The Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund provides students across Canada with thousands of dollars towards French-second-language extracurricular opportunities. Click here for more information on our national website.
Books, music, games, magazines, etc.
Alberta’s French bookstore is always happy to assist non-Francophone parents:
Librairie le Carrefour (now a part of the University of Alberta’s online Bookstore). Their hours vary, so please contact them for further information!
8406 rue Marie-Anne Gaboury
Campus Saint-Jean Pavillon McMahon 1-33,
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4G9
There is also the French Language Resources bookstore in Calgary:
370, 5222 – 130th Ave. SE
Suite #302 Calgary , Alberta T2Z 0G4
Phone : (403) 719 -3660 or 1- 888 – 545 – 5155
Fax : (403) 719 – 3662 or 1- 855 – 395 – 0045
Email : [email protected]
Discounts for CPF members:
Some companies offer discounts on books and other materials ordered by CPF members. Click here and scroll down to “CPF Member Savings.”
Several organizations in Alberta include French lending libraries, often with videos and magazines as well as books. They include:
- Edmonton: Edmonton Public Library Idylwylde Branch
- Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, open to the public through a The Alberta Library (TAL) card
- Institut Guy Lacombe de la Famille
- Calgary: Alliance Française of Calgary Centre de Ressources Francothèque
- Grande Prairie: the public library has an extensive French collection as part of the French Language Resource Centre
- Lethbridge: Médiathèque francophone Emma Morrier
- St. Isidore: the public library is located within the francophone cultural centre
L’école des loisirs is a publisher in France which offers annual collections of 8 French books for all age groups. The children receive one each month from November to June. “Max” subscriptions can be ordered individually, and there are special rates for group orders. Contact Gaëlle Lecoq at 587-216-7109 for further information or assistance.
Sabita et les mots magiques mêlés (Sabita and the magic mixed-up words) is a children’s storybook, written in the present tense, for emerging readers. Tara Natter (B.Ed., former Calgary immersion teacher) created this book to present French sounds (like eau = o, ph = f) through a story of wizards, potions and magic. The accompanying story on CD helps children to practice their reading at home even when their parents don’t know French. The package is also designed for use in the classroom.
Usborne Books offers French editions of many of its English titles, books to introduce French vocabulary at the primary level, and reference books. On the online catalogue, search for “French titles.”
Alex Mahé – children’s performer and former early childhood educator from Alberta has recorded for young audiences
Charlotte Diamond – music for the 5-10-year-old crowd – look for Qu’il y ait toujours le soleil, Bonjour l’hiver, and Nous sommes tous comme les fleurs
Educorock Productions – offers educational music designed to motivate and reach students with a current beat
Greg LeRock – “teaching and inspiring kids primarily through music ”
Songs That Teach – CDs that teach French vocabulary, grammar, etc. from Sara Jordan Publishing
Will Stroet – high-energy, interactive and educational music in English and French
Lulu et le Matou (Lulu and the TomCat) are a bilingual, award-winning entertainment group who encourage active audience participation.
A variety of magazines for students of all ages can be ordered through Bayard Presse.
For hundreds of other ideas click here.
Computer software and the internet
The CPF resource list offers constantly-updated listings of popular French software and French internet addresses.
Learning Difficulties in French Immersion
Experts believe that there is no reason to exclude any students from French Immersion programs. For many students, even those who may appear to struggle with learning, the benefits outweigh the challenges and help build better language strategies in ways that might not be possible in an English-only program.
To order any of the above, or for more resources: please contact [email protected]