Information prepared for the AMDSB meeting
May 12, 2015
Knowing both of our official languages has a multitude of
benefits for individuals. These benefits are listed on the
AMDSB website (http://yourschools.ca/programsservices/french-immersion/)
 A broader linguistic and cultural scope with which to
view our increasingly integrated world
 Communication has increased with technology and
understanding must keep pace
 A deeper understanding and direct communication with
students of various languages and cultures
 A facility for learning other languages
 A greater range of career options
Location
Total Forms
Percen
tage
Goderich
47
60%
Clinton
8
10%
Exeter
5
6%
Bayfield
4
5%
Zurich
3
4%
Walton
3
4%
Wroxeter
3
4%
Wingham
2
3%
Lucknow
2
3%
Blyth
1
1%
10 towns
78
100%
 141 members with the
“Huron County Parents
for French Immersion”
Facebook group
 78 forms submitted by
parents requesting
French Immersion for
their child(ren) in Huron
County
 Other community
members have signed
supporting documents
1.We Will Create Positive, Inclusive Learning
Environments
Honour all student pathways with a focus on
individual strengths, needs and learning
preference
2) Create a culture of acceptance and inclusion
3) Ensure safe learning and working environments
in collaboration with the broader community
4) Promote positive attitudes with respect to school
and student achievement
1)
2. We Will Maximize Student Outcomes
Gain competency in the following areas:
collaboration, communication, creativity, critical
thinking, and problem solving.
2) Improve student achievement in primary reading
and numeracy, junior reading and numeracy and
secondary literacy and numeracy
3) Foster the effective use of technology
1)
In support of French Immersion in Huron County,
My partner was born and raised in Huron County. His family and friends live
there and enjoy the many benefits the area has to offer, so last year when we were
looking to buy a home in which to raise our family we considered several houses
in the area.
We have two children, so education was an important consideration for us when
looking for a place to live. I was very disappointed to find that French Immersion
is not available in much of Huron county, particularly for those of us looking for
public rather than religious schools. This shortcoming played a very large part in
our decision to abandon our search in the area and settle down
in Wellington County, where this valuable educational opportunity is made more
readily available to all students.
I fully support the petition to have French immersion education brought to Huron
county schools. Learning a second language has been proven to have many
benefits, both for a child’s immediate educational experience as well as later on in
life. I believe every child in Canada should have the right to learn the national
language of French and immersion education is the most effective means of
achieving this.
Christine Roberts
To whom it may concern;
I am from a small town on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. I studied at Université
du Québec à Rimouski and received my Bachelor’s of Education in 2005 in
kindergarten and elementary teaching. After that, I worked nine years for ChicChocs School Board.
This July, I moved to Goderich, Ontario and became part of the Ontario College of
Teachers. I have traveled from Goderich to Stratford since September because
there were no job opportunities in the Goderich area. I received a long term
occasional contract for the first term at Stratford Central Public School as a Grade
8 French Immersion teacher as well as teaching Grade 8 Core French. I am now
working at Bedford Public School for the second term as a Part time (0.5) Grade 1
French Immersion teacher.
Seeing as though French is my mother tongue, I love teaching French but I also
believe in the importance of mastering a second language. Of about 6000
languages, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world. For learners, this
means that there will be various possibilities for working and travelling in French.
As a Long Term Occasional Teacher for Avon Maitland District School Board, I
want to give my support to Huron County Parents for French Immersion because
according to me their cause is very important and relevant to increasing second
language learning in our region.
Amélie Lagacé
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http://cpf.ca/en/files/Math_and_English-Language_Skills_brochure.pdf
2)
http://cpf.ca/en/files/French_Immersion_Pamphlet.pdf
3)
www.curriculum.org/storage/30/1370539628/PrologueNov2012.pdf
4)
www.hwcdsb.ca/programsandservices/frenchimmersion/?fileID
5)
http://cpf.ca/en/files/Learning_French_Pamphlet.pdf
6)
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/amenagement/frameworkFLS.pdf
7)http://www.ddsb.ca/Programs/Elementary/FrenchImmersion/Documents/P
arent_Caregiver_Guide.pdf
8)
https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/collaborateurscontributors/articles/mythes-myths-eng.html
9)
http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/handbook_admin
10)
http://cpf.ca/en/files/CPFMagazine_SPR-SUMM2015_e-Version.pdf
11)
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/1415/Technical14_15.pdf
12) http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideFrench.
pdf
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Bringing French Immersion to Huron County