Benefits of Bilingualism

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French is one of the official languages in Canada, so learning to speak French is an inherent part of Canadian culture. Today there are more than 150,000 students who attend French-first-language schools outside of Quebec. Of these, 320,000 are French immersion programs and more than 2 million Canadian students are enrolled in core French! Clearly, […]

Helpful hints when it’s all in French!

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Homework has three main purposes: • to finish work not completed in school; • to provide practice and extension of concepts presented in class; • to allow for student preparation in upcoming class lessons. Early in the school year, you should find out what the expected amount of homework will be in your child’s class […]

How do I help with his French Homework?

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This is a recurring question that we get from parents. The French Immersion program is catered to parents whose first language is not French. So because parents cannot understand the homework given to their children, teachers usually review the questions and explain the concept before sending the kids home with the homework. Some suggestions that […]

How do I support my child with French Immersion?

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Here are some suggestions for parents: • Be positive about the program and the teacher; • Show interest in your child’s daily activities; • Check newsletters for special events; • Check backpack or agenda for homework; • Communicate with teachers your concerns, questions or suggestions; • Listen to your child read in French and English; […]

What if…?

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• If homework sessions become long and frustrating, investigate the cause. It could mean that your child is having to catch up on work that was to be completed at school, but was not, because of inattention of some other cause. It could mean that the child is not making the best use of study […]

Tips from Experienced Parents

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Get to know your child’s French teacher. Discuss the program and find out what you and your child can expect. Encourage your child to talk about his experiences in class. What project is he working on? What does he enjoy the most? Maybe even get you to teach you some French. If your child is […]

50 ways to encourage your child in French

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Try using these words to encourage your child in their studies or in improving their behavior. They will appreciate your efforts in trying to connect with them in a different language. It also shows that you value French at home and that you are recognizing his/her efforts. Good luck! 1.Magnifique! (Magnificent!) 2.Fantastique! (Fantastic!) 3.Formidable! (Tremendous!) […]

Why should my child join My French Club?

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Whether your child is in Core French or French Immersion, additional exposure to French is important in achieving the program goals. Just as living in an English environment contributes to the development of your children’s English, similarly experiencing French outside the classroom will enhance their French skills, understanding of the culture, as well as their […]