Frequently Asked Questions
Who can register in French Immersion program?
The French Immersion program is open to all children. It is designed for children whose first language is not French.
Is the French Immersion program viewed as being a successful program?
Yes. The French Immersion model is the most researched model of second language acquisition in the world. Canada’s model is used in the United States and abroad.
What effect does learning a second language have on the cognitive development of the child?
Research indicates that children who learn more than one language gain in cognitive development. Through learning a second language, children come to see the world from a second perspective, demonstrating divergent thought process development.
Why is total Immersion so important in the early grades?
Children in French Immersion live in a primarily English environment. Their French Immersion classroom is in most likelihood the only place where they will have an opportunity to develop their French language skills. In the interest of giving French Immersion students a good grounding in their second language, it is best to focus exclusively on developing their French language skills in the early grades.
Why continue Immersion at the High School?
High school gives students the opportunity to use, perfect, and improve both written and oral French. Brain research shows the more students are exposed to a second language at a young age the more likely they will retain the skill in later life. Like any skill you must use it!
Will students in French Immersion lose their English?
Absolutely not. Beyond their classroom, French Immersion students are surrounded by English - at home, and through the media. Students in French Immersion simply acquire a second language in addition to their mother tongue. In Red Deer Public Schools, formal English Language Arts is not introduced until grade three and students’ English and content subject skills are at par with or above their counterparts in English language programs by the beginning of Middle school.
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