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Title: York Catholic District School Board French Immersion Initiative September 2009 Author: Information Systems Last modified by: SoftXP Created Date – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: York Catholic District School Board

York Catholic District School Board
French Immersion Program
  • Immaculate Conception CES (Woodbridge)
  • Parent Information Night
  • November 24, 2010

Immaculate Conception CES
Principal Mr. R. Sciulli
Staff 15 teaching staff 7 support staff
School Council Co-Chair Mrs. T. Pileggi Mrs. J. PiPietro
Students 306
School Building 23 years old
Immaculate Conception CES
Annual Community BBQ Disciple of the Month Scientist in the School
Carnival/Carnevale Immaculate Conception Feast Day School Liturgies and Masses
Celebrating Diversity Events Luke 418 Social Justice Committee Spirit Days
Christmas Community Mass Oral Communications Special Needs Track and Field Day
Christmas Outreach Initiative Primary Play Day Track and Field
Dinner with Santa Movie Nights
Immaculate Conception CES - (continued)
Book Fair Dance-a-thon Read to the Principal Program
Bullying Prevention Peer Mediation and Peace Education Green Earth Initiatives Virtue and Caught Caring Recognition Assemblies
Catholic Education Week Intermediate and Junior Boys and Girls Volleyball Welcome to Kindergarten
Clothing and Food Drives International Walk to School Day Share Life
Cross Country Junior and Intermediate Girls and Boys Basketball Students Council
Immaculate Conception CES
  • Community Partnerships
  • Catholic School Council
  • Community Safety Village
  • Woodbridge Fire Department
  • Woodbridge Food Bank
  • Share Life
  • Safe School Committee
  • Ansley Grove Public Library Programs
  • Town of Woodbridge
  • York Region Police Grade 6 VIP Program

Rationale for French Immersion Programs
  • French is one of Canadas two official languages
    and one of Ontarios two official languages of
  • Knowledge of a second language strengthens
    first-language skills.
  • Ability to speak two or more languages generally
    enhances reasoning and problem-solving, as well
    as creative-thinking skills.
  • Research shows children educated in content
    subjects (like science and geography) in two
    languages develop higher reasoning and analytical
  • Knowledge of French provides students with an
    advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada
    and internationally.

Program Accessibility
  • The Ministry specifies that French Immersion is
    open to all students, including those with
    English as a Second Language.
  • Parents are not required to be French speaking.

Successful French Immersion Students
Research suggests that children who are
successful in French Immersion are
  • Risk takers
  • Interested in learning new things
  • Attending school regularly
  • Positive in their attitude toward school
  • Able to communicate well verbally in their first
  • Effective listeners
  • Capable of good memory skills

Types of FSL Programs
Core French (Current) French Immersion (Proposed)
French Instruction in Primary Grades 1 to 3 130 minutes per week Grades 4 and 5 200 minutes per week Grades 6 to 8 170 minutes per week Available in Grades 1 to 8 Beginning in Grade 1 French is the language of instruction for approximately 85 of the total hours of instructional time in Grades 1 to 3. 50 of the total hours of instructional times in Grades 4 to 8.
Y.C.D.S.B. Program Delivery
  • The French Immersion program began in Grade 1,
    September 2010. Currently we have Grade 1 and 2
    French Immersion.
  • French is the language of instruction for 85 of
    the time in the primary grades and will be 50
    from grades 4 to 8.
  • The program will deliver approximately 4,700
    hours of instruction between Grades 1 to Grade 8.

Curriculum For Subjects Taught in French
  • Students will be taught the Ontario curriculum.
  • For subjects like Science or Geography, the
    expectations in each grade are essentially those
    outlined in the English-language subject
    curriculum documents.
  • Learning resources provided in French follow the
    Ontario English language curriculum.
  • Students will be expected to achieve the regular
    English language curriculum expectations before
    the end of
  • Grade 8.

Assessment Policy
  • The assessment and evaluation of students in
    the French Immersion Program will be consistent
    with Board procedures and practices for all

  • Students in grades JK to 3 residing 1.2 km
    beyond the school will receive transportation.
    As well, students in grades 4 to 8, who live
    beyond 1.6 km and live within the French
    Immersion transportation boundary will receive
    transportation. Students are required to walk a
    short distance to and from these centralized bus

Immaculate Conception CES French Immersion
  • Immaculate Conception
  • French Immersion
  • Transportation Boundary
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • San Marco
  • St. Andrew
  • St. Agnes of Assisi
  • St. Angela Merici
  • St. Catherine Siena
  • St. Clare
  • St. Clement
  • St. Emily
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel
  • St. Gregory the Great Academy
  • St. John Bosco
  • St. Margaret Mary

Implementation Model
  • French Immersion at Immaculate Conception is
    available to grade 1 students for September 2011.
    The school also offers English classes.
  • Optimal enrollment for the grade 1 French
    Immersion program will be two classes of 23

Criteria for Student Selection
  • Catholic kindergarten students living within the
    Immaculate Conception boundary or current SK
    students attending Immaculate Conception will be
    given priority placement in the Grade 1 French
    Immersion Program..
  • The remaining placements will be selected by
    public lottery until 46 places are filled.
  • The public lottery process involves the random
    selection of applications among those submitted.

Application Process
  • Complete and submit a French Immersion on-line
    application form on the York Catholic District
    School Board website at www.ycdsb.ca by January
    14, 2011.
  • Priority placements will be given to Catholic
    students living in the Immaculate Conception CES
  • If the number of applications exceeds the number
    of available openings, a public lottery process
    will be conducted at the French Immersion school
    at 500 p.m. on January 27, 2011.
  • Approved applicants will be notified shortly
    after the lottery.
  • Approved applicants must register at Immaculate
    Conception no later than February 28, 2011.

Questions and Answers
  • Why Early French Immersion (EFI)?
  • Research shows that Early Immersion leads to the
    highest fluency in French
  • Will my childs English skills suffer?
  • There is a certain lag in English Language Arts
    for the first few years of the French Immersion
    program, specifically spelling skills in English.
    However, the gap is minimized with the
    introduction of English in Grade 4.

Questions and Answers
  • How does the French Immersion program impact
    student achievement in mathematics and other
  • Research indicates that the performance of French
    Immersion students in other subjects is equal to
    the performance of students in the English

Questions and Answers
  • How do students perform on standard
  • provincial assessments (EQAO) in
  • grade 3 and grade 6?
  • Most French Immersion schools will exempt
    students from writing the grade 3 EQAO test in
  • A high percentage of schools with French
    Immersion Programs in the GTA have exceeded the
    provincial and board average on the grade 6 EQAO
    test in English

Questions and Answers
  • Is it important for someone at home to speak
  • The program is designed for children of
    non-French speaking families. All communication
    from the school to parents will be in English,
    including report cards.

Questions and Answers
  • How may I help my child with homework when I do
    not speak French?
  • While it may be helpful, it is not necessary, for
    parents to speak French. Research studies
    confirm that children achieve greater academic
    success when parents read daily to their child in
    the childs first language.

Questions and Answers
  • Is French Immersion appropriate for all
  • students?
  • Children who have poor listening skills, memory
    skills, or who have had difficulty learning their
    first language tend to experience difficulty in
    the program. Children who have difficulty
    learning to read in English may have difficulty
    learning to read in French.

Questions and Answers
  • What will happen if my child experiences
  • difficulties in French Immersion?
  • The classroom teacher will provide additional
    assistance to the student. If this does not
    address the difficulties, then the classroom
    teacher will consult with the special education
    teacher, principal, and parent to discuss a plan
    of support. If special education intervention
    is recommended, then the support will be
    delivered in English.

Questions and Answers
  • What type of French will my child be learning?
  • Standard French vocabulary and structures are
    taught. A variety of accents exists in all
    languages during a school career a child will
    probably be exposed to teachers from various
    parts of the world who are models of well-spoken

Questions and Answers
  • Will my child be bilingual after Grade 8?
  • No. A young person who has completed an
    elementary French Immersion Program often appears
    quite comfortable and competent in the French
    language. While this is expected, students are
    not considered to be functionally bilingual until
    the end of Grade 12.

Questions and Answers
  • How can I learn more about French
  • Immersion research?
  • The following website links provide information
    about French Immersion research studies
  • http//sitemaker.umich.edu/356.hess/research_on_fr
  • -immersion_programs
  • http//sitemaker.umich.edu/356.hess/research_probl
  • Immersion Education for the Millennium What We
  • Learned from 30 Years of Research on Second
  • Language Immersion,

  • Questions and Comments
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