French as a Second Language Programs

We value the learning of French and recognize the many benefits that French-language skills provide students.

We offer three programs for French as a second language:

Core French

The Core French program is mandatory in all English-language schools. Core French instruction begins in Grade 4 and is offered to the end of Grade 12. Students must complete one credit of Core French to graduate from secondary school. From Grades 4 to 8 students will receive a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction (40 minutes daily) in the following areas:

  • Oral communication - listening and speaking;
  • Reading;
  • and Writing.

 

How can I help my child prepare for French instruction? 
Children are not expected to know any French prior to beginning Core French in grade 4. Even if they do not know French themselves, parents can encourage their children to take an interest in French in various ways. Children might enjoy noticing and examining how French is used in their environment - for example, on packaging and on signage. Some children might also enjoy listening to French children's songs and rhymes, watching French children's programming, videos, or movies, counting in French, or singing the alphabet in French. Parent engagement leads to student success.
I don't speak French. How can I help my child with French homework?

Parents of Core French students are not expected to know French. Although French is the language of instruction in the Core French classroom, communication between school and home is in English.

Parents can help by providing a regular time and place for children to complete work at home. Making homework a routine part of after-school activity will help to ensure that children do their homework assignments. It is also important for parents to applaud their children's efforts - for example, when they listen to their children read or practice oral French. 

 French Immersion

This program is available at select elementary schools across our region and begins in either kindergarten year 2 or grade 1. French Immersion meets the needs of non-francophone families, and gives students with the opportunity to learn French while still developing their English language skills. Eighty percent of the instructional day is conducted in French.

 

Who may enroll?

The French Immersion program is available to all children entering kindergarten year 2 or grade 1 in all areas of our Board.

Eligibility requirements for September:

  • Students entering French Immersion Kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 31 of the previous year.
  • Students entering grade 1 French Immersion must be 6 years old by December 31 of the previous year.
  • When registering your child, you must provide proof of age and address (birth or baptismal certificate, registration of birth passport, copy of lease agreement or utility bill).

 

Do parents/guardians need to speak French?
Parents/guardians are not expected to have French language skills in order to send their child to a French Immersion school. Parent/teacher interviews and report cards are in English.
Is busing provided?
Yes. Students will be provided transportation to their designated French Immersion school.
What schools offer French Immersion?

 

Schools accepting registration for Kindergarten year 2 and grade 1 French Immersion
SchoolAddressPhone Number
Éva Circé-Côté French Immersion P.S. 45885 Sparta Line RR4, St. Thomas 519-775-2541
J.S. Buchanan French Immersion P.S. 248 Keefer St., Strathroy 519-245-0473
Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion P.S. 215 Wharncliffe Rd.N., London 519-452-8250
Kensal Park French Immersion P.S. 328 Springbank Dr., London 519-452-8280
Lord Roberts French Immersion P.S. 440 Princess Ave., London 519-452-8330
Louise Arbour French Immersion P.S. 365 Belfield St., London 519-452-2820
Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion P.S. 112 Churchill Cres., St. Thomas 519-631-7820
Princess Anne French Immersion P.S. 191 Dawn Dr., London 519-452-8480
Princess Elizabeth P.S. 247 Thomson Rd., London 519-452-8490
Roch Carrier French Immersion P.S. 840 Sloane St., Woodstock 519-537-7321
West Oaks French Immersion P.S. 1050 Plantation Rd., London 519-452-8680

 

Will my child get the same program offered in regular English school?
Yes. The French Immersion Program provides a full and balanced program in all areas of the curriculum and follows the same guidelines as those in English language schools.
How do I register my child for French Immersion?
Registration forms are available at all schools. Parents/Guardians may contact the French Immersion school for an appointment to register or visit the school. Registrations are encouraged to be completed before March 1 in order to facilitate the staffing process. Go to French Immersion Registration  for more information.
 Available resources
Extended French

The Extended French program is designed for students whose first language is not French. Entry into the program occurs in September of grade 7 and continues through secondary school. Upon completion of high school students will receive a certificate of Extended French.

All subjects are taught in French, except English Language Arts instruction, which is taught in English.

Upon successful completion of the grade 7-12 Extended French Immersion program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and converse with French speakers;
  • Understand radio and television programs;
  • Read magazines, newspapers, books and websites with ease; and
  • Write with considerable accuracy and ease.

 

Who may enroll in Extended French?
Extended French is available students entering grade 7 who have participated in the Core French program from grades 4 to 6. 
Do parents/guardians need to speak French?
No. Parent/teacher interviews and report cards are in English. 
Is busing provided?
Yes. Students will be provided transportation to their designated French Immersion school.
Resources for Extended French
How do I register my child for Extended French?
Registration forms are available at all schools. Parents/Guardians may contact the French Immersion school for an appointment to register or visit the school. Go to French Immersion Registration for more information.
 Which schools offer Extended French?
 

 

Schools accepting registrations for grade 7 Extended French
SchoolAddressPhone Number
Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion P.S. 215 Wharncliffe Rd.N., London 519-452-8250
J.S. Buchanan French Immersion P.S. 
* Pending enrollment
248 Keefer St., Strathroy 519-245-0473
Kensal Park French Immersion P.S. 328 Springbank Dr., London 519-452-8280
Louise Arbour French Immersion P.S. 365 Belfield St., London 519-452-2820
Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion P.S. 112 Churchill Cres., St. Thomas 519-631-7820
Princess Elizabeth P.S. 247 Thomson Rd., London 519-452-8490
Roch Carrier French Immersion P.S. 840 Sloane St., Woodstock 519-537-7321

 

 

  

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