Extensive research in the area of languages clearly indicates a number of benefits come from learning second languages.
Learning other languages gives children a better understanding of their own first language. This is primarily because they develop greater phonemic awareness. Also, research indicates that language attainment has also helped children to become better with music, as well as develop critical thinking skills.
Finally, research clearly points to world and economic trends becoming increasingly more global, thus recognizing that people with skills in the area of multiple languages would be for many employers viewed as a big asset when considering prospective employees.
As such, we are confident that offering children the opportunity to learn multiple second languages from as early an age as possible will afford them increased opportunities to refine and develop their language skills over the years. We believe strongly that this will create many careers choices and opportunities for our students in their future.
Benefits to Students
Learning a second language leads to...
- Enhanced learning in both the student's primary language and in related areas of cognitive development and knowledge acquisition, as well as, development of increased grammatical abilities in the first language
- Increased awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity
- Improved potential to be more competitive when entering the workforce
- Increased opportunities to communicate directly with people from other language groups and gain a deeper insight into their culture
- Enhanced cognitive functioning particularly increased ability to conceptualize and to think abstractly; more cognitive flexibility; and greater divergent thinking, creativity and metalinguistic competence
Our philosophy is one that echoes the research related to the importance of introducing languages as early on as possible and focused on increasing students' level of exposure to the sights and sounds of the language from a cultural and global perspective.
The delivery of instruction in these language programs will be hands on and interactive in its approach. We will emphasize authentic learning that comes from active involvement and with the aim of developing an appreciation for the people, the history, the geography, music and most of all the richness of the language.
Instruction of the second languages is as follows:
- Grade 4-6
- Students in grades 4 through 6 will receive a total of 150 minutes of instruction per week in French as a Second Language
The prescribed general and specific outcomes outlined in the International Languages Framework, the French as a Second Language Program of Studies indicate what the students are to demonstrate at each grade level. Assessment practices will reflect a variety of evaluative methods, both formal and informal and will be in keeping with the philosophy of the Framework and Programs of Studies. Both formative and summative evaluations will make up the assessments to determine student growth and learning.