Presentation on theme: "Langley School District French Immersion Program Information Evening"— Presentation transcript:
1 Langley School District French Immersion Program Information Evening Why French Immersion?
2 French Immersion is… For students who do not speak French at home A long term investment (7 years to learn a language)Open to all childrenWell supported in SD #35
3 A French Immersion Graduate… has studied in French from gradesK-12 ORhas a bilingual Dogwood certificateis functionally bilingualqualifies for international certification
4 A functionally bilingual person can… participate easily in French conversationsaccept employment requiring Frenchpursue post-secondary education in French
5 Benefits...personal Self-esteem & confidence Cultural appreciation & global awarenessCommunication skillsAcademic achievementEase in learning more languages
6 Benefits...practical Increased job opportunities Ease of travel Exchange programsEligibility for post-secondary bursariesMore people are bilingual than notWell-funded
7 Why French? Canada has 2 official languages: English & French A world language:9th most widely spoken language3rd most used language on the WebOver 200 million speakers worldwideOfficial working language of the IOC, NATO, UN, Red Cross & many global organizationsRelated to Spanish, Italian & other languages
8 Early Immersion Begins in Kindergarten Language learning is easier for young childrenParent choice
9 Late Immersion Begins in grade 6 Is a student choice High motivation because of student buy inMiddle school model favours Late programOffers a new challenge for students who enjoy learning
10 Langley French Immersion Enrolment 2010-2011 512TOTAL: 1374221
11 Overview of Langley Programs: K-12 FrenchImmersionProgramsJamesKennedyEarlyWalnutGroveSecondaryAlex HopeLateNoel BoothBrookswoodBelmontBetty GilbertAldergroveCommunity
12 How much of my child’s day will be in French? 25%Gr.11-1250%Gr. 8 – 1080%Gr. 3 – 7100%Kindergarten – gr. 2Note: Grade 3 to 12 English Language Arts is provided
13 Secondary CurriculumTypically “required” courses are offered in Frenche.g. Social Studies, French Language, Planning 10Students still have elective coursesGr. 11 – Social Studies 11 & Français Langue 11Gr. 12 – Français Langue 12
14 Research… students who successfully complete a French Immersion program attain functional bilingualism while doing as well as or better than their unilingual peers in the content areas of curriculum, including English Language Arts.(BC Ministry of Education)
15 Research ResultsProvince-wide student assessments show that Gr French Immersion students do as well as or better than non-immersion students in English language and Math skills.
16 Grade 8 students say… It’s easier to learn other languages… I actually look forward to French class!My speaking and everything has improved a lot.You can confuse people.We get 2 certificates for graduation.…becoming smarter than my parents.
17 OpportunitiesConcours d’Art Oratoire – French Public Speaking CompetitionCultural activitiesExchange programsSummer bursary programs(for senior students)DELF: Diploma of proficiency
18 How can I support my child? Stay in touchGet involvedLearn the language with your childCPF: Canadian Parents for FrenchSummer camps
19 Next steps: Application on file? Up-to-date? Late Immersion presentations for grade 5 students – January 2011Open Houses at each FI elementary school(you can bring your child) – January 2011Registration begins February 1, 2011(first come, first served)24 hour response time
20 Open House dates: Belmont (Early FI) January 25, 2011 9:00 – 10:00 am James Kennedy (Early FI) January 21, (Kindergarten only) 9:00 – 10:00 amAlex Hope (Late FI) January 26, 20111:00 – 2:00 pmBetty Gilbert (Late FI) January 17, 201 11:00 – 2:45 pmNoel Booth (Late FI) January 26, 20119:00 – 12:00 pm