French Immersion

French Immersion at EMDYS

What are the benefits for my child?

 After completing the French immersion program, your child will:

  • be fluent in French;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be able to live, work and pursue post-secondary studies in French, English, or both languages;
  • be part of and have an understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures;
  • be able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities in Canada and around the world.

What is the learning environment like?

  • French is used as the language of instruction for a significant part of each school day; several or all subjects are taught in French except the English Language Arts course.
  • French Immersion programming begins with an intensive period of French language development. Students build a foundation in French so that they can learn to read and begin their studies in other subjects, such as math, science, social studies, the fine arts, etc. School and extra-curricular activities in French may be used to support the development of language skills and cultural appreciation.
  • The language of communication between home and school is English.

Which program is best for my child?

French immersion is intended for a child whose first language is not French.


What about English learning?

  • Students registered in the French immersion programming follow the same English Language Arts program of studies as all other Alberta students.
  • The development of reading and writing skills is the same in both languages. Once learned, these skills transfer easily from one language to the other.

What else should I know?

  • All courses taken by French first language, French immersion, and FSL students follow Alberta Education's program of studies.
  • After learning more than one language, your child will have a greater ability to learn additional languages