Click below to view French Immersion Registration Information for the 2017-18 school year.*Paris Central School - Grade 6 French Immersion Registration: Current Grade 5 students at Burford District Elementary School who will be transitioning to Paris Central School for Grade 6, starting September 2017, can contact the Principal at Burford District Elementary School for more information, 519-449-2457. Grade 5 students who are coming in from another school board and who are currently in a French Immersion program are to contact the Principal at Paris Central School, 519-442-4163.
The Grand Erie District School Board offers two approaches to French language instruction:
"The Core French and French Immersion programs differ in intensity but share a common purpose: to develop students' oral communication (listening and speaking), reading, and writing skills in the French language."
The French-as-a-Second-Language programs will benefit all students regardless of whether or not they plan post-secondary studies in French. There are, however, significant differences in focus and in the language competence expected of students in each course.
Generally, the choice of program a student selects is determined by the total number of hours of French instruction accumulated by the end of Grade 8 (600 for Core French and a minimum of 3800 for French Immersion). The longer exposure to French instruction provided by the Immersion program allows students to acquire a greater knowledge of the language and greater effectiveness in its use.
The aim of the French Immersion program is to:
By the end of the four-year French Immersion program in secondary school, students will:
Dual-Track schools offer French Immersion and English language classes while single-track schools offer only French Immersion programs.
|Single-Track French Immersion Schools||Dual-Track French Immersion Schools|
|Confederation Elementary School|
Dufferin Public School
|Burford District Elementary School (Grades K-5)|
Caledonia Centennial Public School
Lakewood Elementary School
Paris Central Public School (Grades 6)
Walsh Public School
The Core French program is offered from grades 4 to 8 in every school for a minimum of 200 minutes per five-day cycle.
In the secondary schools, a student must earn at least one credit in French to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma. In grades 10 to 12, students may choose an additional academic Core French course each year.
Both the Ministry of Education and the Grand Erie District School Board value the Core French program which provides students with relevant learning experiences to develop their oral communication, reading, and writing skills in French. Students in the Core French program will demonstrate a working understanding of information heard and read and will be able to speak in familiar situations.