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THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM. Halifax Regional School Board INFORMATION SESSION 2013. DESCRIPTION. This program is designed for students whose experience with the French language has been limited to elementary Core French.

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THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM

Halifax Regional

School Board

INFORMATION

SESSION

2013

description
DESCRIPTION
  • This program is designed for students whose experience with the French language has been limited to elementary Core French.
  • The entry point of the Late French Immersion Program is at Grade 7.
canadian made
CANADIAN MADE!
  • The origins of the French Immersion Program date back to 1965 in St. Lambert, Montréal,Québec.
  • Research shows that the Immersion experience is the most effective way for children to become functionally bilingual without having adverse effects on their social, academic or personal development.
curriculum
CURRICULUM

The French Immersion Program follows the samelearningoutcomes as defined by the Nova Scotia English Provincial Guides.

research
RESEARCH
  • Many language concepts and skills learned and developed in French are similar to those applied in English. Studies supported by CASLT (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers) have shown that bilingual students “appear to have a number of intellectual advantages” such as the ability to think abstractly and problem solve at an earlier age.

(http://www.unb.ca/slec/hot_topics/l2_children.html)

research1
RESEARCH
  • More than 300,000 students are currently enrolled in French Immersion programs across Canada as compared to 75,000 in 1980-1981.
  • More than 2 million English-speaking students are studying French as a subject in school.
  • More than 25% of young Canadians aged 18-29 are currently bilingual.
language acquisition
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  • Students acquire French language skills in an environment modeled by the teacher’s oral proficiency, literacy awareness and pedagogical knowledge of second language acquisition strategies.
nova scotia
NOVA SCOTIA

The Late Immersion Program began in 1985 in the former Halifax County-Bedford District School Board .

french immersion certificate
FRENCH IMMERSION CERTIFICATE
  • Students receive a French Immersion Certificate at the end of grade 12 upon completion of course requirements.
  • Upon completion, students should be able to:
    • function in a French-speaking community
    • accept a job where French is the working language
    • pursue university or college education

in French

french immersion halifax regional school board
FRENCH IMMERSION HALIFAX REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD
  • As of September 2010, HRSB has 38 schools offering French Immersion (7-12).
  • Link: http://www.hrsb.ns.ca/content/id/712.html
french immersion halifax regional school board1
FRENCH IMMERSION HALIFAX REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD
  • Early French Immersion (5 Jr. High Schools)
  • Late French Immersion (12 Jr. High Schools)
  • EFI & LFI (9 Jr. High Schools – Dual Tracked)
  • FI (12 High Schools – EFI & LFI Combined)
percentage of instruction in french immersion program
PERCENTAGE OF INSTRUCTION IN FRENCH (IMMERSION PROGRAM)
  • Primary- Grade 2 90%-100% (varies due to Music andPhysicalEducation)
  • Grades 3-6 80%- 85% (formal instruction in English isintroduced)
  • Grades 7-9 60%- 75%
  • Grades 10-12 50% (minimum of ninecreditstaught in French)
integrated french program halifax regional school board
INTEGRATED FRENCH PROGRAM HALIFAX REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD
  • Two schools within the HRSB offer an Integrated French Program, which is comparable to the Late French Immersion Program
  • Exception: Science & Math are taught in English
special needs services
SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
  • All students should have equal access to special services where available.
  • It is recommended to have a close working relationship among

French Immersion teachers, Resource teachers

and Parent(s)/

Guardian(s).

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WHEN CONSIDERING THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM…

• How is your child’s social and emotional development?• Does your child have a positive self-esteem?• Does your child have major perceptual or auditory problems?• Can your child adjust easily to unfamiliar situations?

the late french immersion program is designed to
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO . . .

enable all students to communicate effectively in French using listening, speaking, viewing, reading, writing and other various means of representation.

listening
LISTENING . . .

uses teaching strategies that foster a

positive classroom environment.

helps the students achieve success in

French while learning the core subject matter.

speaking
SPEAKING . . .
  • permits students to engage in meaningful & constructive dialogue.

Concours d'art oratoire

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Visualization

Questioning

Making Connections

Predictions

Analyzing

READING . . . FOR COMPRENSION

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WRITING . . . WITH A PURPOSE

  • Ideas
  • Conventions
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Organization
mathematics
MATHEMATICS
  • Students develop problem solving abilities using a variety of communicative strategies.
social studies
SOCIAL STUDIES . . .
  • enable and encourage students to examine isssues, respond critically and creatively, and make informed decisions as fellow citizens of an increasingly global community.
science
SCIENCE
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Research and observations
  • Collection and analysis of data
  • Science Fairs
trip to universit sainte anne
TRIP TO UNIVERSITÉ SAINTE-ANNE
  • Each Spring, Grade 7 students participate in a 3 day trip where they are totally immersed in an authentic French environment.
  • They interact in French with other HRSB Late French Immersion students, and enjoy an educational cultural event.
the late french immersion program is designed to1
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • enable all students to work and study purposefully, both independently and cooperatively.
the late french immersion program is designed to2
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • enable all students to solve problems individually and collaboratively.
the late french immersion program is designed to3
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • encourage personal development of skills, attitudes and values.
the late french immersion program is designed to4
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • enable all students to express their ideas and feelings in various art forms.
the late french immersion program is designed to5
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • enable all students to locate, evaluate, adapt, create and share information using a wide range of sources and technologies.
the late french immersion program is designed to6
THE LATE FRENCH IMMERSIONPROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO …
  • enable all students to demonstrate a better understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritage with a particular emphasis on French speaking communities.
the french immersion teacher
THE FRENCH IMMERSION TEACHER . . .
  • has an excellent command of the French language (written and spoken).
  • teaches the subjects according to the established provincial guidelines.
professional development
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT . . .
  • is ongoing and collaborative (English & French).
  • Early Literacy
  • New Math curriculum
  • Oral Language development
  • CSI (continuous school improvement) etc…
preparation and support for parents
PREPARATION AND SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

French section of community libraries.

HRSB website and French links.

French language television.

Extracurricular and community activities which promote French language and culture.

Encourage your child to read in French.

useful links
USEFUL LINKS
  • Canadian Parents for French
  • www.cpf.ca
  • FSL Homework Toolbox
  • http://www.fslhomeworktoolbox.ca/index.php
  • French Homework Tips for Parents
  • http://education.alberta.ca/parents/resources/youcanhelp.aspx
  • BonPatron (created in Canada)
  • Online grammar checker. Targets typical errors made by second-language learners of French. www.bonpatron.com