Bluewater's French as a Second Language page

French as a Second Language

Communication is a valuable transferable skill enhanced by competency in additional languages.  FSL in Bluewater District School Board aligns with the Ontario Curriculum Vision for French as a Second Language – Core, Extended, and Immersion, Grades 1 to 12:

“Students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada’s official languages, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world.”

Compelling Reasons to Study French as a Second Language

The knowledge of an additional language is an asset, and the positive outcomes for students in FSL programs include:
  • increased mental flexibility;
  • improved problem-solving, reasoning and creative thinking skills;
  • additional first language skills;
  • increased interest and skills to learn additional languages;
  • a better understanding of a variety of cultures within Canada and around the world;
  • a greater awareness of global issues, including those related to the environment and sustainability;
  • prepares students for their role as active and engaged citizens in today’s multilingual and multicultural Canada;
  • expanded career opportunities.
(Adapted from the Ontario Curriculum for French as a Second Language)

FSL Programs in Bluewater

Families and caregivers in Bluewater District School Board may select Immersion FSL programs in Year 1/Junior Kindergarten, while the Core French program begins in Grade 4.  Furthermore, FSL is an important consideration for Bluewater secondary school students, and is available in Core, Extended, and Immersion programs.

FSL programs in Bluewater are based on the Ontario curriculum, and are delivered with current approaches to help students use French confidently and in relevant ways in their daily lives.  

Core French

The Core French program in Bluewater District School Board elementary schools aligns with the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, and is mandatory from Grades 4 to 8 for all students in English-language elementary schools.  Students entering Grade 4 must receive French instruction in every year from Grade 4 to 8, and must have accumulated a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8.

At the secondary school level, students must complete one credit in Core French, and are strongly encouraged to continue in Grades 10, 11, and 12 in order to realize the benefits an additional language can offer.  Additional French courses may also fulfil further Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements.

French Immersion

Bluewater District School Board's elementary school French Immersion program begins in Junior Kindergarten, allowing students to benefit from their early language learning abilities.  French is the primary language of instruction in early grades, and English instruction increases in Grade 3.  French Immersion students receive a minimum of 3,800 hours of instruction in French by the end of Grade 8.  French Immersion programs include the study of French as a second language, and the study of at least two other subjects taught in French.

In the French Immersion secondary school program, students accumulate ten credits in French: four are for FSL courses; six are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.  Schools may grant a certificate in French Immersion if the student fulfils these requirements.

Extended French

Also available at some Bluewater secondary schools, the Extended French program provides students with the opportunity to complete seven credits in French: four are French language courses; three are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.  Schools may grant a certificate in Extended French if the student fulfils these requirements.

French Immersion Kindergarten Registration

Families and caregivers can register students to begin the French Immersion program in Year 1/Junior Kindergarten.  Further information regarding Kindergarten registration is available at

Opportunities Connected to FSL

Concours d’art oratoire

Concours d’art oratoire is a national public speaking competition for youth studying French in school.  Students enrolled in French programs across Canada have the opportunity to participate in competitions held at the school, regional, provincial/territorial, and national levels.  Further information is available at the Canadian Parents for French website at

Diplôme des Études en Langue Française (DELF)

Grade 12 FSL students in Bluewater District School Board have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in French on the DELF.  The DELF is an internationally recognized diploma, awarded by the Ministry of Education of France, that indicates a student’s level of proficiency in FSL.  Further information about the DELF is available at the Destination DELF webpage at


Student exchanges provide benefits both to individual students, and to schools who host visiting students from other countries or other regions of Canada.  

The individual student has opportunities to increase understanding of other cultures and languages, and is exposed to the maturing experience of looking after herself or himself for a period away from home.  He or she also takes the responsibility of supporting a visiting student, and helping that person deal with new and sometimes intimidating experiences.  

The hosting schools benefit from the presence of a representative of a different language and culture, which should help our students to understand and appreciate global diversity.  

Bluewater District School Board is committed to providing educational student exchanges for students wherever possible.
(From Bluewater District School Board Student Exchange Policy BP 5801-D)


The following are examples of resources available to support students, caregivers, and educators in FSL:
Canadian Parents for French (CPF)
A website and organization for families and caregivers to support students as they develop skills and confidence in FSL

Destination DELF Ontario
A website geared to prepare students and families for the DELF

The FSL Toolbox
A website supported by the Ministry of Education of Ontario to support students and caregivers in FSL classes

French Street
French Street® is a searchable database that provides French activities, programs, and more to enhance the FSL experience in the classroom and in the community.

Links to Ontario Ministry of Education Policy and Support Documents

A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12

Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs: A Guide for Ontario Schools

Welcoming English Language Learners into French as a Second Language Programs

FSL Curriculum Documents

Elementary Core, Extended and Immersion French as a Second Language

Secondary Core, Extended and Immersion French as a Second Language

Careers in Bluewater District School Board FSL Programs

Venez enseigner le français à Bluewater!  If you are interested in a career in Bluewater FSL programs, please visit the Bluewater District School Board Careers page.  We are eager to recruit and support our early childhood educators, educational assistants, and teachers in FSL programs.

Please email for further information about Bluewater District School Board and our FSL programs
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