French Immersion

Say "Bonjour" to French Immersion!

Say "Bonjour" to French Immersion programming for your child and give them the gift of a second language! 

At Ardrossan Elementary, we offer a dual track program where parents can choose to register in French Immersion. This program is offered for ECS to Grade 6 students.  We are happy to accept registrations for students in all grades, however students in grades 2-6 must have been following previous French Immersion programming. French Immersion students in ECS to Grade 2 will have an immersion experience with 100 per cent French instruction. Grades 3-6 will have between 75 -80 per cent of their instruction in French. It is an opportunity to discover not only a language, but also a culture! Vive le francais!

Rendez-vous Extraordinaire!

Franco-Albertan Band "Postscript" Performing at Rendez-vous sponsored by CPF - Ardrossan Chapter

An outstanding week full of activities promoting French language and culture....quels 

souvenirs!

Have you considered ECS French Immersion?

Frequently Asked Questions…

What is French Immersion?

  • The French Immersion Program provides students with fluency in speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in French by the end of Grade 12.
  • French is the language of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten continuing to Grade 3 when English is introduced.
  • Check out Alberta Education’s What do I want my child to achieve in French ?

Why Should I Consider French Immersion for my Child?

Learning French offers students significant linguistic, academic and cognitive benefits:

  • strengthens English literacy skills and listening skills;
  • enhances problem-solving abilities;
  • strengthens concentration, math, and the ability to filter out non-important information;
  • provides students with more flexible, divergent, and creative thinking skills;
  • delays dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later on in life;
  • provides graduates with more choices for advanced education and career options;
  • gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market anywhere;
  • broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre;
  • helps students to better understand the history, development and government of their country;
  • builds cultural awareness and empathy;
  • increases a student's feeling of self-esteem and pride; and
  • makes learning additional languages easier.

 

But, We Don’t Speak French at Home! How does that work?

  • You are not alone. Most parents of French Immersion students do not speak French! In fact, it was non-French speaking parents who established French Immersion in the first place! Your child will do just fine whether or not you speak French at home.
  • Check out Yes, You Can Help!

 

I Need More Information

If you would like more information on what French Immersion looks like at Ardrossan Elementary, contact Mme Helene Hewitt or Mrs. Kyla Harding to set up a time to meet. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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