What is French Immersion?

All students at Notre Dame receive instruction in French.  This instruction can take one of two forms; Core French or French Immersion.  Core French is taught for 40 minutes each day and students have a French teacher come to their classroom to teach them.  Students learn the basics through Core French, and are able to learn about the culture. In French Immersion, the student’s classroom teacher provides instruction in French and English, with an English teacher coming in to teach 40 minutes each day.

The French Immersion Program is an important part of the Notre Dame School Community.  Approximately one third of the students in the school are in French Immersion classes. Students learn the same curriculum as those in the English stream, the difference is that there the language of instruction is both French and English.  In a French Immersion setting, students receive at least 50% of their instruction in French, with the percentage changing depending on the student’s grade. When students graduate in Grade 8, they will have received at least 3,800 hours of instruction in French.  The program is designed to produce students who are bilingual through the use of English and French in the classroom.

Skills and abilities that are learned in one language are transferable between languages, and will help students succeed in tasks in a different language.  

Literacy Skills

Communicating Effectively

Thinking Imaginatively & Analytically

Accessing, Managing, Evaluating and Creating Information

Understanding How We Learn and Think

You can learn more through the Government of Ontario document Supporting your Child’s Success in French Immersion and Extended French Elementary Schools: A Parent’s Guide.

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