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French Immersion

French Immersion is designed for students whose parents whose heritage is other than French. Parents typically do not speak French. Early French Immersion registers students at the Kindergarten or Grade One level.  As of the 2020-2021 school year, École Bishop Savaryn School is in the process of transitioning from a French-English Dual Track school to a single track French Immersion school. 

The Goal of the French Immersion Program are

  • a high proficiency in English,
  • a functional fluency in French,
  • a mastery of the skills and abilities in all other subjects.

Early French Immersion students use French as the language of instruction for several or all subjects with the exception of English Language Arts.

French Immersion is Set Up as Follows:

  • The language of communication between home and school is English. French Immersion students experience French in a meaningful context by using French as the language of learning in several or all subjects with the exception of English Language Arts.
  • Because French is not the prevalent language in the community the child is given as many opportunities as possible to function using French. Students therefore acquire vocabulary during science, math and other subjects and learn literacy skills in French Language Arts.
  • Students view their learning situation as normal given that their classmates are experiencing the same program.

The Following Families Should Consider Registering

  • Students whose family is not French speaking.
  • Students who do not know French. Instructional strategies and materials are designed with this in mind.
  • Early Immersion is suitable for any child providing the program offers the same assistance as any English program would.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I help my child if I do not speak French?

A: Parents have a strong role to play in helping their child develop thinking skills and learning strategies. Parents can help their child with homework in concrete ways such as asking many guiding questions to develop habits of mind.

(Example: In a math problem, ask, Can you find the question first? What does it look for? Can you find the information? Are there any irrelevant pieces of information you can omit? etc.)

Q: Will my child's English suffer?

A: French Immersion students are typically very strong in English Language Arts. Studying French reinforces one's ability to consider all aspects of reading, writing and this serves to enrich their English.

Q: Will my child find math or science difficult in French?

A: Difficult concepts require the same effort to acquire whether in French or in English. Once the concept is mastered it is then labeled in the memory, for example, 'Division' or 'La division' 

Benefits of French Immersion

  • Students learn to be excellent listeners as they have to pay close attention in order to understand what is occurring in the classroom.
  • Students gain an understanding and appreciation of francophone cultures.
  • Students are better equipped to learn a third or fourth language. 

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French Immersion Catchment Areas

If you live in anywhere in the areas EAST OF 82 ST. TO 149 ST. AND NORTH OF 153 AVENUE TO 184 AVENUE. you children are eligible for transportation to our French Immersion Program.

Transportation Services will provide for the pick up of our Kindergarten and Grade 1 French immersion students. To see a map displaying our French Immersion catchment areas, please click on the link below. If you reside within the yellow shaded areas on the map, your child will have transportation provided to them for French Immersion programming. 


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