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The French Speaking Association of the North Shore Established in 1998, a fast growing community wanting to maintain French as a mother tongue while being fully integrated in the Australian society French on the North Shore: What’s on offer?

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the french speaking association of the north shore
The French Speaking Association of the North Shore

Established in 1998, a fast growing community wanting to maintain French as a mother tongue while being fully integrated in the Australian society

french on the north shore what s on offer
French on the North Shore: What’s on offer?
  • The Bilingual Program at Killarney Heights Primary School (KHPS) – 10th year in 2008!
  • Three French-speaking playgroups (2 in Lane Cove, 1 in Killarney Heights), most children on list for the bilingual program
  • A local community of more than 155 families meeting regularly.
khps bilingual program objectives
KHPS Bilingual Program Objectives
  • Create a bilingual class within a quality Primary Public School on the North Shore
  • Teach French as a mother tongue, rather than as a foreign language. Teach in French
  • Fully integrate children in the Australian school system (not as ‘outcasts’), following the full school curriculum
  • To give non French-speaking children the opportunity to learn French at school and encourage in all children the respect for other cultures and multiculturalism
khps bilingual program our approach
KHPS Bilingual Program: Our Approach
  • Method :
    • Native speakers have one hour of intensive French/day
    • All children in the bilingual classes: “team-teaching”
  • Expected benefits for all :
    • Linguistic – French for life
    • Cultural – exposure to other cultures
    • Improved learning capacity
khps bilingual program
KHPS Bilingual Program
  • Give children the possibility to:
    • Follow the bilingual approach all the way to HSC (Killarney Heights High School)
    • Reintegrate any school in a French-speaking country
    • Or stay in the Australian school system (public or private)
  • Challenges:
    • Recruitment
    • Funding
    • Manage individual expectations in a privately funded program
why killarney heights public school
Why Killarney Heights Public School?
  • Open to language teaching
  • Commitment to quality teaching
  • Parents’ criteria
  • A great partnership with the school’s principal!
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The Bilingual Program in 2008

  • 132 children in the intensive french, 30% more than 2007
  • 300 « anglophones » in the 18 bilingual classes.
official support
Official Support
  • NSW Dept of Education: 1 full time teacher since 2005. Building and resources, training
  • French authorities: FLAM since 2000 but minimal amount received since 2005.
  • Other bilingual schools: exchange of information and cultural activities
  • …. sponsors!?
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