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1 Langley School District French Immersion Program Information Evening

2  For students who do not speak French at home  A long term investment (7 years to learn a language)  Open to all children  Well supported in SD #35

3  has studied in French from grades K-12 OR 6-12  has a bilingual Dogwood certificate  is functionally bilingual  qualifies for international certification

4  participate easily in French conversations  accept employment requiring French  pursue post-secondary education in French

5 Self-esteem & confidence Cultural appreciation & global awareness Communication skills Academic achievement Ease in learning more languages

6 Increased job opportunities Ease of travel Exchange programs Eligibility for post-secondary bursaries More people are bilingual than not Well-funded

7  Canada has 2 official languages: English & French  A world language:  9 th most widely spoken language  3 rd most used language on the Web  Over 200 million speakers worldwide  Official working language of the IOC, NATO, UN, Red Cross & many global organizations  Related to Spanish, Italian & other languages

8  Begins in Kindergarten  Language learning is easier for young children  Parent choice

9  Begins in grade 6  Is a student choice  High motivation because of student buy in  Middle school model favours Late program  Offers a new challenge for students who enjoy learning

10 TOTAL: 1374

11 French Immersion Programs James Kennedy Early Walnut Grove Secondary Alex Hope Late Noel Booth Late Brookswood Secondary Belmont Early Betty Gilbert Late Aldergrove Community Secondary

12 Note: Grade 3 to 12 English Language Arts is provided 25% 25%Gr % Gr. 8 – 10 80% Gr. 3 – 7 100% Kindergarten – gr. 2

13  Typically “required” courses are offered in French e.g. Social Studies, French Language, Planning 10  Students still have elective courses  Gr. 11 – Social Studies 11 & Français Langue 11  Gr. 12 – Français Langue 12

14  … 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  Pr ovince-wide student assessments show that Gr. 10 French Immersion students do as well as or better than non-immersion students in English language and Math skills.

16 You can confuse people. …becoming smarter than my parents. My speaking and everything has improved a lot. It’s easier to learn other languages… I actually look forward to French class! We get 2 certificates for graduation.

17  Concours d’Art Oratoire – French Public Speaking Competition  Cultural activities  Exchange programs  Summer bursary programs (for senior students)  DELF: Diploma of proficiency

18  Stay in touch  Get involved  Learn the language with your child  CPF: Canadian Parents for French  Summer camps

19  Application on file? Up-to-date?  Late Immersion presentations for grade 5 students – January 2011  Open Houses at each FI elementary school  (you can bring your child) – January 2011  Registration begins February 1, 2011  (first come, first served)  24 hour response time

20  Belmont (Early FI)January 25, :00 – 10:00 am  James Kennedy (Early FI) January 21, 2011 (Kindergarten only)9:00 – 10:00 am  Alex Hope (Late FI) January 26, :00 – 2:00 pm  Betty Gilbert (Late FI) January 17, :00 – 2:45 pm  Noel Booth (Late FI) January 26, :00 – 12:00 pm

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