Early French Immersion
Parent Information Meeting
January 2004
Prepared by Kelly Burt
Coordinator, Delta School District
“The key is that through
Immersion they (students)
are making their own lives
more interesting. They are
entering the room of their
own lives and designing it
with two doors instead of
one; two doors leading to
twice as many ideas,
books, films, societies,
indeed friends. It is a
profound form of selffulfillment.”
John Ralston Saul
CPF National Issue
No. 82, Winter 2000
Program Objectives
The major goal of Delta’s French Immersion programs is to
provide the opportunity for non-Francophone students to
become bilingual in English and French. A student who
has successfully completed a French Immersion program
can be expected to
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participate easily in conversations in English and French;
take post-secondary courses with French as the language
of instruction; and
accept employment with French as the language of the
workplace.
Immersion Across Canada
Started in Saint-Lambert, Québec in 1965
 In Delta School District since 1981
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% of total enrollment in French Immersion
Year
B.C.
Delta
Delta K-12
Fr.Imm.
Population
2003-04
5.4%
8.3%
1420
2002-03
5.1%
8.0%
1396
2001-02
4.9%
8.0%
1399
2000-01
4.8%
7.6%
1358
1999-00
4.7%
7.7%
1393
Source: BC Ministry of Education
What is Immersion?
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A second language acquired primarily by using the
language for meaningful communication and instruction in
other subjects
The students all begin not knowing the second language
and instructional strategies and materials are designed with
that in mind
The program begins with intensive instruction in and via
the target language by teachers fluent in that language
Instruction of the subject material is never repeated in the
two languages
The program is expected to take several years to achieve
its objectives
The French Immersion
Program
Additive, bilingual 13 year program
 Start at Kindergarten or Grade 1 (Early) or
Grade 6 (Late)
 First language not French
 Goal: functional bilingualism
 Parallel academic standards
 Students graduate with a bilingual Dogwood
diploma upon completion of Grade 12
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The Elementary Years
Early French Immersion
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K to Grade 2 : 100%
French instruction
Grade 3 : English
Language Arts
introduced
Grades 3 - 7 : 80%
French instruction
The Secondary Years
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Grades 8/9/10 : French Language Arts and a
minimum of two other courses in French
(currently Social Studies and Science)
Grade 11 : French Language Arts and a
minimum of one other course in French
(currently Social Studies)
Grade 12 : French Language Arts only
required course in French
Secondary French Immersion currently offered
at Burnsview Jr. High, North Delta Sr. High,
and South Delta Secondary
French Immersion
Teachers
Bilingual from all
over the world
 Speak with a
variety of accents
 Teach standard
French
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Is Immersion for all children?
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How can I help at home?
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Will French Immersion have an impact on my
child’s success in English or in subjects taught in
French?
Is French Immersion for
all children?
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Optional program for all children of the
appropriate age - children with learning
challenges to gifted
No screening
Some children have difficulties regardless
of language
Learning Assistance is available
Parental support and commitment
Characteristics for suitability
(attitude, motivation, personality, physical)
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First language acquisition - first language basics (colours,
numbers, etc.)
Listening skills
Attention span
Enjoy language and willing to experiment
Emulate sounds
Aural/oral program - important to have good verbal/hearing
abilities
Focus and stay on task
Follow directions
Receptive to change and able to cope with ambiguity
Handle frustrations; able to “muddle through” situations
and try new things
How can I help at home?
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Establish good rapport with your child’s teacher
Read to your child often in English
Be enthusiastic and positive
Encourage your child to use a buddy system
Provide a positive environment for study, homework and
reading
Buy a few simple French books and some French CDs
suitable to their age level
Provide opportunities for your child to speak French outside
of the classroom
Continuing education - even though French Immersion is
designed for children whose parents don’t speak French,
parents may want to learn enough French to count, to know
colours and other basic words, and to pronounce children’s
vocabulary lists
Will French Immersion have an impact
on my child’s success in English or in
subjects taught in French?
No, in fact research over the past 30 years has consistently shown
that children who are in foreign language immersion programs are
not disadvantaged in any way when it comes to performing
adequately in their native language
 First two years, may temporarily lag in some skills (e.g. spelling) usually disappears when English language arts is introduced
 Phenomenon of transfer
 Delta’s data and results support research that shows that
immersion students perform as well as or better than their
monolingual English peers on all standardized measures of
mathematics, English writing and English reading comprehension
after some English instruction has been added to the curriculum
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Foundation Skills Assessment
Grade 4 Students
Meeting or Exceeding Expectations
Delta School District, 2003
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
French Immersion
40%
All students
30%
20%
10%
0%
Reading
Writing
Numeracy
Foundation Skills Assessment
Grade 7 Students
Meeting or Exceeding Expectations
Delta School District, 2003
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
French Immersion
40%
All students
30%
20%
10%
0%
Reading
Writing
Numeracy
Foundation Skills Assessment
Grade 10 Students
Meeting or Exceeding Expectations
Delta School District, 2003
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
French Immersion
40%
All students
30%
20%
10%
0%
Reading
Writing
Numeracy
Canadian Parents for
French
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Non-profit organization - support group for
parents of children in French Immersion
Membership funds are used for socio-cultural
events, scholarships, summer camps and District
& Provincial French Public Speaking Contest
Annual membership is $25
Visit Delta CPF website - www.delta.cpf.bc.ca
Delta’s French Immersion
Elementary Schools
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Devon Gardens
Elementary
Richardson Elementary
Sunshine Hills Elementary
South Park Elementary
Ladner Elementary
Chalmers Elementary
(Late French Immersion)
Benefits of Being Bilingual
Learning a second language at an early age…
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Has a positive effect on intellectual growth
Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development
Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity
to language, and a better ear for listening
Improves a child’s understanding of his/her first language
Gives a child the ability to communicate with people he/she would
otherwise not have the chance to know
Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and
appreciate people from other countries
Gives a student a head start in language requirements for
university
Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing
another language is a real asset
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