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French Immersion

The uniqueness of Edmonton Catholic Schools' French Immersion Program lies in its longstanding commitment to and tradition of promoting Canada's official languages through a variety of program settings.

French Immersion is designed for students who have the desire to learn French. Students may register in kindergarten or grade one. At the Elementary level, the language of instruction for all subjects except Religion is French, and students also have regular English Language Arts classes beginning in Grade 2, usually after the first report card. At the Junior and Senior High level, students receive between 40% and 80% of their instruction in French, depending on the program selected. Particular attention is given to developing an appreciation of the French culture by offering annual cultural events and/or entertainment. Thirteen schools currently offer French Immersion programs.

Our French Immersion program provides children with a wealth of experiences and advantages within the classroom walls and beyond. The program follows the regular Alberta Education curriculum in French with the addition of a regular English Language Arts Program. The program targets students with non French-speaking parents, while enriching and complementing a child's first language. It also enhances a student's academic growth and encourages new ways of thinking.

Learning a second language also teaches students about other cultures and broadens their perception of their own culture. In Canada, knowing both official languages opens doors to exciting career opportunities.

French Immersion Benefits

  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Dramatically increases job opportunities 
  • Enriched cultural experiences    
  • Provides more choices for advanced education
  • Strengthens literacy skills

Additional Resources for French Immersion Parents

ECSD French Immersion.pngEdmonton Catholic School's French Immersion Program description and FAQs
alliance francaise.pngAlliance Francaise of Edmonton offers many services to anyone interested in French language and culture, including:
- French courses for children and adults
- Activities and cultural events for children and adults
- Dance classes in French (new!)
- DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the French language competency of candidates from outside of France.


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