French Immersion - Resources

School Resources - French Immersion

Library

Each dual-track school has a French section in the library consisting of both fiction and non-fiction materials which include compact disks, CD ROMs, kits, maps, magazines and videos. As well the Kamloops Public Library has a selection of materials in French.

Students in French Immersion access French and English materials from the Library for personal or school related use.

Learning Assistance

Immersion students have the same spectrum of abilities as any other cross section of the populations. For children having difficulties, each dual-track school provides the services of a learning assistance resource teacher (LART or in French "orthopedagogue").

This specialist works in French with individuals and small groups.

Curriculum and Materials

The Ministry of Education has developed a specific curriculum for French Immersion. Attached to this curriculum is an extensive list of recommended learning resources which have been previewed and approved at the provincial level. Individual schools choose materials from this list to suit their classroom programs.

District Educational Resources - French Immersion

Student Support Services

All School District No. 73 parents and students have access to specialists such as behavioral consultants, speech and language pathologists and psychometricians (psychological testing). These services are available in English only.

Community Resources

Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Canadian Parents for French - BC Branch #203, 227 - 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1S1
Phone:  1-800-665-1222

Canadian Parents for French - Kamloops Chapter, Box 434, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5L2
Your school can provide you with the name and phone number of the local CPF contact person.

Canadian Parents for French is a registered charity, composed primarily of English-speaking members, advocating the value of French as an integral part of Canada.

Our local chapter supports and promotes French programs in the School District No. 73 through many events. For example, CPF has:

  • Provided funds for field trips;
  • Purchased resource materials to enhance both the school and public libraries;
  • Provided funds for special cultural events such as film festivals and visitations by French authors and entertainers;
  • Sponsored school activities such as the Battle of the Books and Concours with funds and prizes; and
  • Provided bursaries for graduating students who are continuing part of their studies in French.

Additionally, CPF acts as an information sharing resource for parents, educators, government, the media and the general public regarding:

  • other French programs and events such as B.C. Family French Camp and La Fete;
  • parents with educational and social concerns regarding the Immersion program;
  • the latest in research on the Immersion program; and
  • ideas and suggestions for working with your child as they prepare for school.

CPF also acts as advocates to create and promote opportunities for young Canadians to learn and use French as a second language.

CPF has a number of publications, videos and informative pamphlets on the subject of immersion. These should be available through your dual-track school library. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly through CPF - BC Branch. 

Message from a Student in French Immersion

Dear Marianne:

Recently, you asked me to write a letter, which reflected on my experience in the French Immersion Program in the Kamloops School District. I was part of the second class to fully complete {kindergarten to grade 12) the Immersion Program which has been running locally for about twenty years. I graduated from high school about five years ago now and I thought this would be a good time to share my experiences with you.

 

I started learning French in kindergarten, so the choice of the program was not mine. I asked my parents why I was put into the French Immersion Program. They first reassured me that it was not a politically based decision due to the animosity that existed between both sides of the country. The main reason for my educational choice was to learn another language, or to get two educations for the price of one. Whether or not the language was French, they felt the program was a bonus that should be taken advantage of. My parents loved the idea of getting double the education in the same amount of time.

 

Starting the French Immersion Program so early was positive for two reasons. One of which was that we got to learn another language at a young age. As a youngster, I grasped the language quicker and better than my English speaking friends who got their first exposure to French at the high school level. Another reason was that I felt the program made me a better student by the challenge involved in the program. I learned how to spread myself around by being able to operate in a bilingual world. Even though I learned things in French, I had to apply them in both English and French circumstances. The program made me a better student by forcing me to extend my French teachings into English as well.

 

There is one negative aspect of the French Immersion Program that I would like to mention. Later in high school, we had to make the transition from the core subjects, like science and math, being taught in French to learning them in English. I will not lie; the transition was hard. Fundamentally, I was even with my English friends, but the terminology 'change' was difficult. For the most part, I had to learn all the English terminology and then equate it to the French terminology that I had been taught. The first few months of this were rough, but gradually, the shift to English became easier.

 

The Immersion Program showed me another language as well as a different view of life. One of the teachers I enjoyed the most was Sylvain Leclerc who was a native of Quebec. Not only did he/she teach me French, but he/she also made me aware of what life was like in Quebec. As most of my teachers throughout school were Western Canadian, I was thankful for the broader view of the culture in my country that I received in the French Immersion Program.

 

Today, I do not use my French language very much. Occasionally, I will watch a hockey game or listen to French radio, but that is about it. I did find it useful a couple of years ago during the Canada Summer Games in Kamloops. I was able to do some bilingual announcing for the mens fastball competition. Much to my surprise, I played against some of the same players the next week at the national championships and they commented to me how impressed that they were at my abilities to announce in both English and French and how good my French was. I took the whole situation as quite a compliment to my French Immersion education.

 

To conclude my letter, I would just like to say that I really enjoyed my French Immersion schooling. I was challenged at school and got a second language from it. My biligualism has helped me to understand what it truly means to be Canadian.

 

Merci,

Daniel

Dear Parents:

French Immersion is a second language program which provides an environment where the language is spoken and valued.  In French Immersion a student will have over 6,500 hours of instruction in French in Elementary School and about 2,000 hours in Secondary. The Immersion Program is designed to produce students functionally literate and fluent in both languages.

 

In Core French the intention is to produce the language foundation from which an individual may continue the pursuit of bilingualism.