What are the benefits for my child?
After several years, your child will:
- have developed basic skills in French as a base for pursuing fluency;
- be able to understand and appreciate Francophone culture and other languages and communities in Canada and around the world.
What is the learning environment like?
- The learning of French is optional and school authorities decide which courses are offered.
- French is taught as a school subject (Alberta Education recommends 30‑40 minutes of instruction per day).
- French is used as the language of classroom communication.
- Your child’s French abilities are developed through the use of themes and projects geared to students’ interests and life experiences.
Which program is best for my child?
- Is intended for a child whose first language is not French.
What grade can my child start learning French in?
- Taking French as a Second Language courses (often referred to as FSL) is optional in Alberta. Students may begin learning French in either Grade 4 or Grade 10.
- In some school districts, a local policy is in place which requires all students in the district to learn a second language, with one of those language offerings being French.
- For more information regarding FSL programming options in your area, please contact your local school authority.
What about learning English?
- Students registered in French as a second language programs take the same English Language Arts program 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 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.