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Instructional Programs
French Immersion Program Overview
 
What is French Immersion?
French Immersion is a program designed to give English-speaking children an opportunity to become fluent in a second language.  The student receives school instruction primarily in French in the early grades, while remaining part of the larger school environment, sharing recess, sports and extra-curricular activities with his or her English counterparts. Formal English instruction begins in grade 3.  With technology, the world is getting smaller every day, and an immersion education will provide many opportunities for your child in the world of today and tomorrow.

Common Questions and Concerns

Q.
How can I help my child with homework if I don’t speak French myself?
A.
The vast majority of French Immersion parents have little or no French language.  Parents are expected to assist in English with their children’s homework.
 
Q.
Will my child’s English skills suffer?
A.
By Grade 5 or 6, studies have shown that French Immersion students on average meet or exceed the standard of their English counterparts on English-based testing.  Parents can facilitate the development of English skills in the primary years by providing a stimulating environment which includes reading to children, vocabulary development and practical mathematical concepts.
   
Q.
Will my child’s education be solely in French?
A.
Initially, your child will receive instruction in French for most of the day.  Beginning in Grade 3, formal English instruction will occur for 1 hour per day.  In Grade 4 to Grade 8, formal English instruction will occur for 2.5 hours per day or 50% of the instructional day.
     
Q.
What support is there for parents of French Immersion students?
A.
Canadian Parents for French is a national organization which supports French Immersion parents.  Information about CPF as well as Bluewater parent contacts can be found on the back of the brochure.
     
Q.
Do Bluewater French Immersion students participate in the annual EQAO assessment process?
A.
Grade 3 students complete the reading and writing components in English and the math section in French.  Grade 6 students complete reading, writing and mathematics in English.  Grade 3 EQAO results in Bluewater have shown that more French Immersion students than their English counterparts reach or exceed the provincial standard.
  
Q.
If my child needs additional support will it be provided?
A.
French Immersion students whose learning profile makes them candidates for additional support will receive support in French if available or in English.  Research indicates that French Immersion students benefit from receiving support in English as well as French.  To access the services of a tutor contact your school principal for the name of a senior student.
Community Support - Contact your CPF representative for the name of a tutor in your
community.
   
DID YOU KNOW…..
Canada’s two languages, English and French, are the languages
of 556 million people in some 83 countries around the world!
Why Choose French Immersion?
Academic Benefits

A landmark study found that children who are fluent in two languages performed better on measures of verbal and non-verbal intelligence than unilingual children and generally demonstrated more diversified cognitive abilities.  (Peal & Lambert)
Landry...found that children who studied a foreign language in elementary school were better at divergent thinking tasks than those who did not. (Landry)
In San Antonio, a study of bilingual children showed them to be better problem-solvers than their unilingual peers.  (Kessler & Guinn)
   
Enhanced Career Choices
A second language is a valuable edge in careers in the private and public sectors, including industry, science and technology, banking, public relations, media government, law, education and social sciences.
Generic job skills developed through Immersion include flexibility, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, understanding of complex issues, and ability to deal with uncertainty.

“Throughout the past five years, French has come in handy for me at the most surprising times.  I feel a thrill whenever I can conquer a situation due to this and I feel proud to come from a country that recognizes it as an official language.  I want to encourage these programs to continue so that we can continue to ignore international language boundaries.” – Sheena Tieffel, Merrit.

“Quite simply, it has opened many doors for me.”  Michael Arnot, Policy Advisor to the Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for Official Languages

“I grew up in Edmonton in a family of ten children.  My parents valued the importance of studying a second language, and although they did not speak French they were instrumental in supporting the French immersion program.  Seven of their ten children completed their schooling in the program.”  Dr. Patti Farrell


Bluewater French Immersion Schools by Grade:

Dawnview Public School, 149 12th Ave., Hanover – 519-364-1891 .....................................
JK – 3
Elgin Market Public School, 305 Queen St. S. Kincardine – 519-396-8115  ............................
JK - 6
Hepworth Central Public School, 402 Bruce St., Hepworth – 519-935-2061 ..........................
JK - 8
Hillcrest Elementary School, 501 8th St. West, Owen Sound – 519-376-1771 .......................
7 - 8
Hanover Heights Community School, 534 13th St., Hanover – 519-364-2910 ........................
4 - 8
Macphail Memorial Elementary School, Flesherton – 519-924-2752 .....................................
JK - 8
Meaford Community School, 186 Cook St., Meaford – 519-538-2260 ...................................
7 - 8
Port Elgin-Saugeen Central School, 504 Catherine St., Port Elgin – 519-832-2038 .................
JK - 8
St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary School, 555 Vincent St., Meaford – 519-538-1950 .............
JK - 6
Sydenham Community School, 1130 8th St. East, Owen Sound – 519-376-2851 ....................
JK – 8

Secondary Schools offering some French Immersion courses:

Grey Highlands Secondary School, 100 Toronto St., Flesherton ..........................................
John Diefenbaker Secondary School, 181 7th St., Hanover ................................................
519-924-2721
519-364-3770
Saugeen District Secondary School, 780 Gustavus St. Port Elgin ........................................
519-832-2091
West Hill Secondary School, 750 9th St. West, Owen Sound .............................................
519-376-6050

Canadian Parents for French:   www.cpfont.on.ca 

Canadian Parents for French is a non-profit, member-driven association working with, and for, French-second-language students and their families in communities across Canada.

CPF Provides:
- games, activities, contests and summer camps for children
- information, resources, discounts and special offers for parents
- advocacy support for French-second-language education

French Immersion Parent Representatives:

Julie Whitehead
364-5090
Dawnview Public
Janet Adams
368-7618
Elgin Market Public
Michelle Eccles
364-0080
Hanover Heights Community
David Graham
534-2622
Hepworth Central Public
Mohana Pfeil
371-6971
Hillcrest Elementary/Sydenham Community
Linette Jones
924-0342
Macphail Memorial
Dave Mensher
832-5083
Port Elgin-Saugeen Central
Natalie Richardson
270-0834
St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary (SVE)
Scott Moore
379-6725
Grey Highlands Secondary



                


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