York Catholic District School Board. French Immersion Program. Christ the King CES Richmond Hill Parent Information Night Presentation Nov 25, 2010. Our Prayer of Hope. God of hope, as days get shorter and nights get colder, light in us the fire of Your love
York Catholic District School Board
French Immersion Program
Christ the King CES Richmond Hill
Parent Information Night
Nov 25, 2010
as days get shorter
and nights get colder,
light in us the fire of Your love
to give us hope this winter time.
We prepare our souls for the coming of
Your son at Christmas time. Grant us
the wisdom to prepare in us a place of welcome.
Jesus was born into the poverty of the stable, the
poverty of our hearts today if often a poverty of time
for You. In this hectic time, slow us down for a while. Call
to us, amid the pace of material preparations; call to us to make
spiritual preparations. In the quiet of our hearts let us hear and then
Sing A SONG of hope, A SONG of peace, A SONG of joy, A SONG
of Love These are the songs that the candles on the Advent wreath
sing. May the wreath of our hearts illuminate our families as we prepare
Christ the King is a Catholic learning community where Christ is our master teacher; where student success is at the heart of all decisions made; and where teachers, parents, students, and the church, in relationship with one another, have a vested interest in the articulation and pursuit of goals within the context of a shared vision and mission.
We are a Catholic learning community where collaboration and respect for one another frame our interactions and where “faith-in-action” is our lived experience.
These are the tenets that we embrace at Christ the King and that give definition to all that we do in the name of our students.
Research suggests that children
who are successful in French Immersion are:
The assessment and evaluation of students in the French Immersion Program will be consistent with Board procedures and practices for all students
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Why Early French Immersion (EFI)?
Research shows that Early Immersion leads to the highest fluency in French
Will my child’s English skills suffer?
There is a certain lag in English Language Arts for the first few years of the French Immersion program, specifically spelling skills in English. However, the gap is minimized with the introduction of English in Grade 4.
How does the French Immersion program impact student achievement in mathematics and other subjects?
Research indicates that the performance of French Immersion students in other subjects is equal to the performance of students in the English program.
How do students perform on standard
provincial assessments (EQAO) in
grade 3 and grade 6?
Is it important for someone at home to speak French?
The program is designed for children of non-French speaking families. All communication from the school to parents will be in English, including report cards.
How may I help my child with homework when I do not speak French?
While it may be helpful, it is not necessary, for parents to speak French. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read daily to their child in the child’s first language.
Is French Immersion appropriate for all
Children who have poor listening skills, memory skills, or who have had difficulty learning their first language tend to experience difficulty in the program. Children who have difficulty learning to read in English may have difficulty learning to read in French.
What will happen if my child experiences
difficulties in French Immersion?
The classroom teacher will provide additional assistance to the student. If this does not address the difficulties, then the classroom teacher will consult with the special education teacher, principal, and parent to discuss a plan of support. If special education intervention is recommended, then the support will be delivered in English.
What type of French will my child be learning?
Standard French vocabulary and structures are taught. A variety of accents exists in all languages; during a school career a child will probably be exposed to teachers from various parts of the world who are models of well-spoken French.
Will my child be bilingual after Grade 8?
No. A young person who has completed an elementary French Immersion Program often appears quite comfortable and competent in the French language. While this is expected, students are not considered to be functionally bilingual until the end of Grade 12.
How can I learn more about French
The following website links provide information about French Immersion research studies:
Learned from 30 Years of Research on Second
Snapshots of a French Immersion Classroom –
A Teacher’s Perspective
Questions and Comments