All stakeholders create a culture of learning so that students come first.

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 06:56:10

French as a Second Language
and French Immersion Programming

French Immersion Student

For more information about French as a Second Language and French Immersion programming and teaching opportunities within the KPDSB, please inquire to Ann McDonald, Curriculum Administrator by email at ann.mcdonald@kpdsb.on.ca.

The vision statement of the KPDSB is 'All stakeholders create a culture of learning so that students come first.'  This statement holds true in all of our programs, including our French Language programs. 

The advantages of learning to speak French at a functionally-bilingual level in our schools are numerous: students will be able to communicate with French-speaking people in Canada and around the world; they learn to understand and appreciate the history and evolution of their cultures; and, students benefit from a competitive advantage in the workforce (Ontario Curriculum: French as a Second Language, Ontario Ministry of Education, 2013).  Research has proven that second language learning strengthens first-language skills, cognitive development, reasoning, creative-thinking skills and builds student confidence. 

Our French Language programs teach and assess student learning in four strands: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, like all other Ontario school boards, will implement the new Ontario French as a Second Language Curriculum in September 2014.  In preparation for the launch of this new curriculum, all KPDSB French as a Second Language teachers have taken part in curriculum training, and have had opportunities to take part in professional learning recently with French instructional specialists in areas of student engagement, best teaching practices, and student assessment.