Benefits of Bilingualism

A popular choice…

Learning French is as Canadian as hockey and canoes. Today, more than 150,000 students attend French-first-language schools outside Quebec, 320,000 are in French-immersion programs, and more than two million Canadian students are enrolled in core French.
These children – from all social and economic backgrounds – are benefiting from the rich and rewarding experience of French-language education.

A flexible choice…

Thanks to the high demand, parents can choose from a wide variety of French language education opportunities, each with its
own learning objectives and methods for different student needs. Core French – also known as basic French – is taught as one
subject within a school’s curriculum. Today’s core French programs encourage students to use their linguistic and cultural
knowledge to communicate in real-life situations.

English School boards offer a variety of entry points to French Immersion programs, where most subjects are taught in French. French Immersion programs are designed to teach non francophone children with high degree of proficiency in the French language.

Children with one francophone parent have the right to receive elementary and secondary education in their mother tongue, exploring and devloping their heritage in francophone schools across Canada.

A supported choice…

Parents of children enrolled in core and immersion programs are not expected or required to understand or speak French.
Children with one francophone parent do not need advanced French language skills to be admitted to French-language school.

A proven choice…

Parents often wonder what impact learning French might have on other school subjects. Numerous reports have shown that French second-language education -whether core or immersion- does not diminish math or English language skills.

Learning a second language has been shown to have a positive impact on intellectual growth and enhance cognitive and intellectual abilities.

A smart choice…

More than eight million Canadians speak French. Around the globe, 160 million people live and work in French. In fact, other than English, it’s the only language widely spoken on all five continents.
Learning French connects your child to the whole world. He or she will experience unique opportunities and adventures, meet
new friends and appreciate new cultures. And discover the books, music and films produced in this major world language.

A far-sighted choice…

Parents want the best for their children. Learning French can provide your child with unique lifelong opportunities.
Businesses, governments, the not-for-profit sector and academia all prize knowledge of French. There’s a high demand for bilingual staff in every sector of the economy – from retail to technology, from public service to tourism, from teaching to research.
Whether their career path leads to science, the arts, business or education, learning French will open more doors to a more
secure future.

source: http://cpf.ca/en/files/Learning_French_Pamphlet.pdf 

More reading:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/bilingual-kids-gain-benefits-in-literacy-skills-1.1252909

http://www.cal.org/earlylang/benefits/benefits_of_being_bilingual.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/delia-lloyd/bilingual-education_b_1007760.html

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