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St. Clair Catholic District School Board currently offers a successful French Immersion program in several of our schools for students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. We believe students enrolled in this program not only acquire strong language skills in Canada’s two official languages, but also receive a rich academic foundation formed in an affirming Catholic faith community.

Research has shown that children who begin to study a second language at an early age develop strong skills in both languages and perform as well or better than students enrolled in English programs.

The French Immersion Full Day Kindergarten program has the same general goals as an English Kindergarten program: the balanced development of multiple dimensions (spiritual, cultural, intellectual, emotional, physical, social and aesthetic) with the added goal of introducing children to the French language in a natural way. This introduction to French is an important step in the process of developing language comprehension sufficient for the immersion student to learn to read in French and learn subject content.

 

 

French Immersion Kindergarten programs will:French Immersion Image 1

  • use French words supported by the use of pictures and objects
  • use French books, videos, music and games
  • have French speaking teachers, speaking in French in increasing amounts supported by the use of gestures, mime, intonation, pictures and objects to convey meaning
  • support students by encouraging the use of French through activities, songs, and play
  • emphasize listening skills to stimulate language acquisition
  • incorporate French culture through authentic activities

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Our French Immersion Schools

The Board currently offers a successful French Immersion program in several of our schools for students from Junior Kindergarten through grade twelve. We believe students enrolled in this program not only acquire strong language skills in Canada’s two official languages, but also receive a rich academic foundation formed in an affirming Catholic faith community.  Click here for registration information.

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French Immersion Sites
Elementary (K-8) Secondary (9-12)
Gregory A. Hogan
1825 Hogan Dr.
Sarnia, Ontario
N7S 6G9
(519) 543 8190
 
Monsignor Uyen
255 Lark St.
Chatham, Ontario
N7L 1G9
(519) 352 1880
 
St. Anne Blenheim
183 Snow Ave., Box 2038
Blenheim, Ontario
N0P 1A0
(519) 676 7352
 
New 2016-2017
Christ the King
227 Thomas Ave.
Wallaceburg, Ontario
N8A 4C4
(519) 627-6745
Ursuline College Catholic
Secondary School
85 Grand Ave. West
Chatham, Ontario
N7L 1B6
(519) 351 2987
 

St. Patrick's Catholic High School
1001 The Rapids Parkway
Sarnia, Ontario
N7S 6K2
(519) 541 1811

 

Boundary Details for each of our French Immersion Catholic Schools

Gregory A Hogan Catholic School - (K-8) Serving the Sarnia and surrounding area population

Sarnia French Immersion Boundary

Christ the King Catholic School (Currently K-1 for 2017-18) - Serving the Wallaceburg and surrounding area population

Christ the King French Immersion Boundary

Monsignor Uyen Catholic School - (K-8) Serving the Chatham and surrounding area population

Monsignor Uyen French Immersion Boundary

St. Anne Catholic School, Blenheim - (K-8) Serving the Blenheim and surrounding area population

St. Anne Blenheim French Immersion Boundary

Research Says…

The study of a second language is an enriching educational experience that has shown to contribute to the social, emotional and intellectual development of learners. A significant body of research on cognitive psychology has shown that second language acquisition helps develop problem solving, hypothesis-testing skills as well as fostering creativity. 

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Second language learners:
  • demonstrate increased skills in divergent thinking tasks and in memory ability and attention span
  • increase neurological pathways in the brain and can transfer skills from their second language to their first language and visa versa
  • develop cross-curricular skills and can adapt to varying cultural contexts demonstrating greater cultural sensitivity
  • increase their opportunities to gain employment in a global market, especially in the areas of science, technology, medicine and global commerce
  • have increased opportunities to pursue jobs with higher paid salaries
  • enhance the range of opportunities for students as a life-long learner in a global community
Our Program…
JK/SK (Year 1 and Year 2) 

Kindergarten students will speak French in increasing amounts supported by the use of gestures, mime, intonation, pictures and objects to convey meaning. Language of instruction gradually moves from English to French with an 88 percent French and 12 percent English model. 

Grades 1 & 2

Language of instruction is 88 percent in French and 21 percent is in English with Science being taught in French.  The emphasis is primarily in developing oral communication skills in French with the opportunities to also develop reading and writing skills.

Grade 3

Language of instruction moves to 58 percent French and 42 percent English with increased time devoted to English language studies.  Science and the majority of math is now taught in English.

Grades 4 – 8

Language of instruction is approximately 50 percent French and 50 percent English with Math and Science and most Religion taught in English.

Grades 9 – 12

Students who continue their French immersion studies at the secondary level are required to complete ten (10) courses, four (4) of which need to be Français in order to receive their French Immersion Certificate upon successful completion of the program.  All French immersion courses are offered at the academic level.  

 

Elementary 
Grade Grade K-2 Grade 3 Grade 4-6 Grade 7-8
Language of Instruction French English French English French English French English
Subjects

Math
Language
Science
Social Studies
The Arts
Music
Phys. Ed.

Religion
Language
 

Math
Language
Social Studies
The Arts
Music
Phys. Ed.

Religion
Language
Science
 

Language
Social Studies
The Arts
Music
Phys. Ed.
Religion
Language
Math
Science
 
Language
History/
Geography
The Arts
Music
Phys. Ed.
Religion
Language
Math
Science
 
TOTAL % per Week 88% 12% 58% 42% 52% 48% 50% 50%
 
Secondary
Grade Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 & 12

Courses Offered

Religion
Français
Géographie
 
Religion
Français
Histoire
La Citoyenneté et les carrières
Religion
Français
 
Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Link  to Canadian Parents of French Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is the non-profit national network of volunteers who values French as an integral part of Canada’s heritage.   This organization dedicates itself to promoting  French-second-language learning and to providing opportunities for young Canadians to continue with their French studies.  Their sites offers many wonderful resources, strategies and tools for parents, students and educators.
Common European Framework of Reference
Did you know that... ?
  • Learning a second language is becoming increasingly more important in a global economy
  • Canada is committed to promoting bilingualism in a society that is increasingly more mobile and diverse
  • The Common European Framework is informing best practices in learning of a second language by describing what students can do with the language, as opposed to what they know about the language
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What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?
 
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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a framework for describing how well a student can speak, read, write and use a language
The CEFR can be described as follows:
 
Comprehensive:  
  • provides a comprehensive description of what knowledge and skills students have to acquire in order to communicate in a language.
Internationally Recognized:
  • is already used and recognized in more than 160 countries worldwide, and gaining momentum in other regions
Practical:
  • levels of the CEFR are described as simple, clear can do statements
  • statements outlines what a learner at that level can do with the language in real-life situations
Hands-on:
  • students participate in action-oriented tasks that engage students in using the language to communicate for real, authentic purposes, rather than learning grammar rules and vocabulary in isolation.
What are the levels?
Basic User A1 Discover stage; simple interaction about self and immediate environment
A2 Communicates in simple and routine tasks; uses most common polite phrases and information exchanges
Independent User B1 Can maintain interaction; discussion and opinions; can deal with spontaneous situations that arise
B2 Construct arguments and defend a position; explain viewpoint and negotiate; self-correcting; fluency and spontaneity
Proficient User C1 Independent, fluent, spontaneous; extensive vocabulary; clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation
C2 Precise; fluent, sophisticated use in advance-level and academic situations
Ministry Documents and Support Resources
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Ministry French Immersion Curriculum Document, Grades 1 – 8  and Ministry CORE and Extended French Curriculum Document, Grades 4 – 8, 2013

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?Ministry Curriculum Document, CORE, Extended and Immersion French, 2014

All French curriculum documents and support resources can be found on the Ministry of Ontario website.

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EQAO Website

Here you will find Information on provincial testing including:

Useful Websites

 
My Explore Link
  • My Explore offers six week language bursary grants or summer work exchanges available to students enrolled in a French Immersion Program.


 

 
FSL Homework Toolbox Link
 
  • A useful resource for parents and students in French Immersion and Core French programs.  
  • Provides many useful tips, strategies and links to assist parents and students learning French as a second language

 

 
My Odyssey Link
 
  • Odyssey is a language-assistant program designed to encourage students in a French Immersion program to improve their French language communication skills and to deepen their understanding of French culture.