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French Immersion

French Immersion in Lethbridge School District No. 51

French Immersion classes are offered from kindergarten to grade 12. The curriculum for subjects taught in French is the same as in the English program and follows the same Alberta curriculum guidelines. Please see this link for more Alberta Education information about French immersion programming:

Within the Lethbridge Public School System, French Immersion classes began in the 1980's. French programs were initiated at Agnes Davidson and Fleetwood Bawden schools. The School Board amalgamated French resources in 1992 and designated Agnes Davidson as the city's elementary level immersion school. However, beginning in the fall of 2017, Nicholas Sheran School became the designate French Immersion School for students living on the West side of Lethbridge while Agnes Davidson remains the French Immersion School for students residing in the South and North sections of Lethbridge.  The combination of French and English classes has led to a school designation of "dual track".

French Programming

Download the Lethbridge School District No. 51 French Programming information sheet using this link: FRENCH INFORMATION

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should register in French Immersion?

Any family wanting to enrich learning experience for their child should consider French Immersion. While the program is primarily intended for students whose family is not French speaking, many French families enroll their children in our French Immersion program.  French speaking families really enrich the program. Instructional strategies and materials are designed for families who are not French speaking. Students are offered the same assistance as any English Program would.


When is English instruction taught at École Nicholas Sheran?

From Kindergarten to grade two, students are taught 100% French. Formal English instruction begins at grade three where your child will receive one hour of English Language Arts instruction daily until grade 5.


If I do not speak French, how will I help my child?

  • Showing an interest in the program and in their child’s progress.
  • Encouraging and supporting their child’s efforts
  • Participate wherever possible in the total life of the school. Become a volunteer in the
    classroom by coming on field trips, helping with our reading programs, helping with
    Lunch on the Go, etc.
  • Providing additional opportunities for exposure to French language and culture beyond the classroom, such as choosing one or two TV programs with which their child is familiar and watching them on the French channel or participating in French community events.  For more info of French cultural events, see info at the end of the document.
  • Help your child develop good study habits, such as having your child reread homework questions, understand what the question is asking, help your child find answers in notes or other resources, and help your child answer questions by formulating complete sentences.
  • Have your child read orally to you and summarize briefly what is read. This often helps consolidated their own French comprehension and encourages their child to extract the general meaning of a passage rather than dwelling on a few words they don’t understand. If those few tricky words keep re-appearing in passages, then consult a dictionary or online translator. It is normal not to understand every word.
  • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher. Your teacher can direct you to helpful websites or resources, and give you addition information about specific assignments.
  • Set up homework partners with the help of your child’s teacher, your child can contact their partner for support.


If I teach my child to read in English, will this be confusing for my child?

If you notice that your child is confusing some letter sounds while reading in English, teach your child about the differences of certain letter sounds in French and English by making a chart or diagram. Usually, the initial confusion will be short-lived and your child will have the benefit of discovering that they are readers not only in French, but in English as well!


How can I support my young child at home?

  • Read regularly to and with your young child at home, in English is fine, to promote a love of reading. A child exposed to a language-rich environment usually performs well in the French Immersion setting. Do listen to your child read and sing at home. Ask questions about what they have read. Do not attempt to correct your child if you are uncertain about the French.Provide an environment rich in experiences, such as visits to the nature centre or swimming pool. Talk about these experiences afterwards.
  • Listen to music with your child. (French music and books can be purchased at The Public Libraries, La Mediathèque, Chapters, etc.)
  • Attend a French community activity with your child, such as the “Cabane à sucre” (Maple sugar shack). (Contact the Canadian Parents for French or L’association canadienne-francaise de l’Alberta- ACFA)
  • Be patient during the first months of school as your child becomes accustomed to their new class, teacher and language. Be appreciative of your child’s effort to work and play in a new language. Encourage your child!
  • Attend parent-teacher-student interviews and keep in contact with your child’s teacher to discuss progress. 
  • Do remember that each child learns at different rates and in different ways. Try not to compare your child to anyone else.
  • Ensure your child has adequate rest.

Resources

I'M LEARNING FRENCH! The benefits of French language programs 
Outlines the many benefits of a French-language education for your child. A smart choice!

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STAY IN FRENCH! The benefits of continuing French language learning
Outlines the numerous benefits of continuing a French-language education. Build on a smart choice!

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I want my child to be a...creative thinker, an excellent communicator, a success in tomorrow’s world
Outlines the advantages that come with being bilingual through studying in one of Canada’s world-renowned French immersion programs

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Canadian Parents for French Alberta
Canadian Parents for French furthers bilingualism by promoting and creating opportunities for youth to learn and use French.