What are the benefits for my child?
After completing Grade 12, your child will:
- be highly proficient in French as a first language and have developed a positive attitude towards the language;
- be part of Francophone culture and identify with the Francophone community;
- be proficient in English;
- be able to pursue post-secondary studies and work in French, English, or both languages;
- be able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities in Canada and around the world.
What is the learning environment like?
- Education is offered in French from Kindergarten through Grade 12, except for the English Language Arts course which is offered in English.
- As an extension of family and community life, the school environment, programming and extra-curricular activities provide your child with a solid and dynamic basis for sustaining use of the French language and participation in Francophone culture.
- English Language Arts is introduced in the early years of schooling. If your child requires assistance in English, support will be provided as required.
- The language of communication between home, school and the school board is French. Assistance is provided to help parents who do not speak French support their child's learning and school experience.
Which program is best for my child?
French First Language is intended for a child:
whose parent learned French as their first language and still understands it;
whose parent received primary-school instruction in French in Canada;
whose brother or sister has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in French in Canada (as described in section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms);
whose parent with Francophone roots wants to introduce their child to the French language and Francophone identity and culture;
whose parent wants their child to retain their French-language skills and Francophone identity and culture (e.g., a Francophone immigrant who is a permanent resident of Canada).
What grade can my child start learning French in?
- French First Language schools begin in Kindergarten or Grade 1; however, eligible students may enter at any grade level.
- If your child speaks little or no French, a variety of programs and strategies will be used to help them learn French and include them in activities taking place in French.
What about learning English?
- Students registered in French First 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 French first language 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.