Seven Reasons to Choose French Immersion
1. There is great value in learning a second language. The value of knowing a second language is widely acknowledged. It opens doors in the world of business, higher education, and travel, while at the same time broadens one’s understanding of other nationalities and cultures. Furthermore, second language facility reinforces understanding of one’s first language and equips many to then learn a third and even a fourth language. Perhaps the most important reason to learn a second language is that it strengthens brain connections enhancing thinking skills such as problem-solving.
2. Immersion is the most effective method known for learning a second language. Early French Immersion works so well because a young child loves mimicry, memorization and repetition. Children enrolled in the French Immersion program “get the best of both worlds”; proficiency in both the English and French languages. After elementary school, the French Immersion program continues in grades 6 - 12, thus enabling students to continue the development of their skills in two languages.
3. In addition to learning the French language, Immersion students continue to master English and all other subjects in the curriculum. We are concerned not only about your child’s progress in French, but also ensure strong programming in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and other subjects. French Immersion students have consistently scored as well or better than other students on provincial achievement tests in all subject areas, while becoming proficient in a second language at the same time. And although formal English instruction does not begin until grade three, the transfer of skills and knowledge from French to English is very rapid, enabling Immersion students to quickly “catch up” in their English language studies.
4. French Immersion is suitable for a broad range of students. Because of the way in which children learn French through Immersion, it need not be restricted to “bright” children only. Children who possess at least average skills, for their age, in their native language are well-suited for French Immersion. On the other hand, there are a few children for whom Immersion may not be a suitable program. You are invited to contact the Immersion staff if you have any questions or concerns regarding the suitability of the program for your child.
5. It is not necessary for parents to know the French language in order for their children to be successful. Most Immersion parents have either a limited knowledge of French (“I took it in high school but can’t remember anything.”) or have no working knowledge at all.
Furthermore, Immersion teachers will provide pointers to parents, particularly in the early years, so that they can help their child with homework in the French language. Parents can also help at home by doing all of the regular things: reading to their child in English, visiting the public library, going on family outings, ensuring that homework is completed, and communicating regularly with the teacher.
6. Convenient transportation and child care are readily available. Many French Immersion students live within the school’s established walk limits. For those who do not, free bussing (for grades 1 - 5) is available from all Red Deer neighbourhoods designated to attend Mountview. Your child will be picked up near your home each morning, dropped off at the school doors, and returned again each afternoon. A supervised lunch program exists within the school and the Red Deer Child Care Society operates a Before-and-After-School Care Program for those families who require additional child care.
7. There are no additional fees for the French Immersion pr