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French Immersion

The French Immersion program is based out of W.L. McLeod Elementary in Vanderhoof.  If you want your child to develop proficiency in Canada’s two official languages, and to learn about another culture, French Immersion has a great deal to offer. Children benefit from learning in two languages – their thinking and reasoning skills improve, and English language skills are enhanced. Many parents also believe that French Immersion will give their child additional career opportunities. We live in an increasingly global economy, so proficiency in more than one language will be an advantage for career development and will give students a competitive advantage in the job market. The French Immersion program is open to any student in kindergarten or starting grade 1. Out-of-district families are accommodated when possible. A child needs prior knowledge of French to enter the French Immersion program after the beginning of grade 1.


What about English?

While there may be an initial lag in some English skills in the primary years, immersion students rapidly catch up to students in regular programs during the intermediate years.


Home support?

Many parents ask:”If I don’t speak French at home, how can I help my child in French Immersion?” The French Immersion program is designed for children of non-French speaking parents. Your involvement and support for your child’s education is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your child is successful in school – that is true no matter what program your child is taking. Reading to your child in English is one important role you can play.


Percentage of French used by grade level?

In grades K-2 English may be used at the outset to establish routines. After this, English is used only if necessary and in exceptional circumstances. Please feel free to contact W.L. McLeod (250)567-2267 for more information.