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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRENCH-LANGUAGE SCHOOLS AND FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE SCHOOLS Parents in Ontario are aware of the importance of being bilingual, and as a result, many are investigating the various school systems available to them for their children’s education. For many, the distinction between French-language schools and immersion programs offered in English-language schools is not clear. The following provides a brief comparative overview of the differences between the two:

french-language education

immersion programs

(provided by French-language schools)

(provided by English-language schools)

What is it?

What is it?

A complete network of French-language schools, colleges and bilingual universities where students learn and live in a francophone environment.

Programs offered by English-language schools that allow students to learn French as a second language.

Eligible students:

Target students:

1. Rights holders: Parents who

Anglophone students who wish to receive an English-language education while learning French as a second language.

meet the criteria established in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can enroll their children in French-language schools. Children are automatically admitted.*

2. Non-rights holders: All other non-rights parents must submit an application to the admission committee of the school of their choice.

Programs and services:

Programs and services:

From childhood to adulthood – Daycare services, elementary school including full-time junior and senior kindergarten, secondary school, college, training programs and university.

Elementary and secondary school levels.

Secondary

Elementary

University

College

Secondary

Elementary school

Daycare

Characteristics:

Characteristics:

All classes are taught in French, with the exception of English. Teaching, school life and extracurricular activities are carried on in French, in a French cultural setting.

French is the second language of instruction for a minumum of 50% of total instruction time. At the primary level, French programs must include the study of French as a second language and in 2 other subjects. At the secondary level, students must accumulate a total of 10 credits in French. School life and extracurricular activities generally take place in English.

English classes are taught in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum. (No difference)

Outcome:

Outcome:

High level and sustainable competencies in both official languages and of the francophone culture.**

The ability to communicate in French as a second language and to become functionally bilingual.

* Visit www.elfontario.ca/en/admission-criteria.html for the admission criteria. **For more information, please consult the Statistics Canada study titled “Youth Bilingualism in Canada” http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-004-x/2008004/article/10767-eng.htm.

For complete and detailed information, visit www.elfontario.ca.


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRENCH-LANGUAGE SCHOOLS AND FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH