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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 children Well supported in SD #35

3 A French Immersion Graduate…
has studied in French from grades K-12 OR has a bilingual Dogwood certificate is functionally bilingual qualifies for international certification

4 A functionally bilingual person can…
participate easily in French conversations accept employment requiring French pursue post-secondary education in French

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

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

7 Why French? Canada has 2 official languages: English & French
A world language: 9th most widely spoken language 3rd 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 Early Immersion Begins in Kindergarten
Language learning is easier for young children Parent choice

9 Late Immersion 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 Langley French Immersion Enrolment 2010-2011
512 TOTAL: 1374 221

11 Overview of Langley Programs: K-12
French Immersion Programs James Kennedy Early Walnut Grove Secondary Alex Hope Late Noel Booth Brookswood Belmont Betty Gilbert Aldergrove Community

12 How much of my child’s day will be in French?
25% Gr.11-12 50% Gr. 8 – 10 80% Gr. 3 – 7 100% Kindergarten – gr. 2 Note: Grade 3 to 12 English Language Arts is provided

13 Secondary Curriculum 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 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 Results Province-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 Opportunities Concours d’Art Oratoire – French Public Speaking Competition Cultural activities Exchange programs Summer bursary programs (for senior students) DELF: Diploma of proficiency

18 How can I support my child?
Stay in touch Get involved Learn the language with your child CPF: Canadian Parents for French Summer camps

19 Next steps: 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 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 am Alex Hope (Late FI) January 26, 2011 1:00 – 2:00 pm Betty Gilbert (Late FI) January 17, 201 1 1:00 – 2:45 pm Noel Booth (Late FI) January 26, 2011 9:00 – 12:00 pm


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