FRENCH IMMERSION IN THE COMOX VALLEY

What is French Immersion?
French Immersion is an educational program of choice in which students receive much of their instruction in French. Designed specifically for children whose first language is not French, French Immersion is a highly successful approach to second language learning—an effective way for students to become functionally bilingual while achieving all the learning outcomes of the B.C. curriculum.

What is Early and Late French Immersion?
Students enter the Early Immersion Program in Kindergarten and if space permits Grade 1. From Kindergarten through Grade 3, all instruction is in French. With the start of instruction in English Language Arts in Grade 4, students receive 80% instruction in French in Grades 4-7. At the secondary level, students receive 50% instruction in French at the Grade 8-9 level, 37.5% instruction in French in Grade 10 and 25% of French instruction in Grades 11-12.

Many parents choose EFI because language learning poses few problems for the young child and the Early Immersion program capitalizes on the young child's inherent inclination to learn languages. The process of language learning works best when the learner is engaged in vital, necessary communication. Early Immersion works so well because a young child lacks self-consciousness, prejudice and negativism and loves mimicry, memorization and repetition. Early Immersion provides more time working in the second language and more time results in more learning. The success of the target language is directly related to the amount of exposure to it and the child learns to speak with more native fluency. Late Immersion offers students an alternate entry point to the French Immersion Program. 

The Late French Immersion Program begins at grade 6 and continues to grade 12 with students who have no previous training in the French Language. In grade 6, 100% of the B.C. curriculum is taught in French; decreasing to 80% in Grade 7 when English Language Arts is reintroduced. In Grade 8, Early and Late French Immersion students merge into one program. Canadian Parents for French has published this document containing Frequently Asked Questions regarding Late French Immersion

What is the French Immersion Program Organization in SD71?
The Comox Valley School District 71, offers two French Immersion options: Early French Immersion, beginning at Kindergarten/Grade One and Late French Immersion beginning at Grade 6. The French Immersion program was created specifically for children whose first language is not French. It is common for parents to have little or no knowledge of the French language. Communication, newsletters home, report cards and parent-teacher conferences are all in English.

Early French Immersion Late French Immersion
K-3 - 100% instruction in French
Gr. 4-7 - 80% instruction in French
Gr. 6 - 100% instruction in French
Gr. 7 - 80% instruction in French
Gr. 8-9 - 50% instruction in French
Gr. 10 - 37.5% instruction in French
Gr. 11-12 - 25% instruction in French
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