French Language Education Overview
Crescent Heights High School
Alberta Education recognizes that English and French are the official languages of Canada. Canadian citizens belonging to the Francophone minority in Alberta have the right to have their children educated in Francophone schools according to section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and section 10 of the School Act.
As French is one of Canada’s two official languages, learning French is considered important to enhance opportunities for living and working throughout Canada and the world, as well as to foster a greater understanding between French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians. Alberta Education encourages opportunities for all Alberta students to learn French by making available alternative French language programs such as French immersion and French as a second language courses.
What are the benefits for my child?
After completing the French immersion program, your child will:
- be fluent in French;
- be able to live, work and pursue post-secondary studies in French, English, or both languages;
- be part of and have an understanding and appreciation of Francophone culture;
- be proficient in English;
- be able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities in Canada and around the world.
What is the learning environment like?
- French is used as the language of instruction for a significant part of each school day; several or all subjects are taught in French except the English Language Arts course.
- French Immersion programming begins with an intensive period of French language development. Students build a foundation in French so that they can learn to read and begin their studies in other subjects, such as math, science, social studies, the fine arts, etc. School and extra-curricular activities in French may be used to support the development of language skills and cultural appreciation.
- The language of communication between home and school is English.
Which program is best for my child?
French immersion is intended for a child whose first language is not French.
What grade can my child start learning French in?
- Many schools offer early French immersion beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1.
- Some schools also offer late French immersion beginning in Grade 6 or Grade 7.
What about English learning?
- Students registered in French immersion programs take the same English Language Arts programs as all other Alberta students.
- The development of reading and writing skills is the same in both languages. Once learned, these skills transfer easily from one language to the other.
What else should I know?
- All courses taken by French first language, French immersion, and FSL students follow Alberta Education's program of studies.
- After learning more than one language, your child will have a greater ability to learn additional languages