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Late French Immersion allows students to study beginning in Grade 6

March 19, 2019

LateFrench_schools.jpgWhen it comes to learning French, late is great for Saskatoon Public Schools.

Late French Immersion classrooms located at École Alvin Buckwold School, École Forest Grove School, and École Henry Kelsey offer a unique learning opportunity by allowing students to begin immersive second language study in Grade 6 and graduate with a bilingual diploma upon completion of Grade 12.

Registration for the Late French Immersion program beginning in September 2019 is open to current Grade 5 students. 

Upon entering the program in Grade 6, students are fully immersed and learn the foundations of the French language using their established thinking skills. Often, they are initially learning language equivalents to begin to express themselves in French. Later in Grade 6, students no longer think in equivalents but begin to think in French once they have acquired a sufficient language base.

In Grade 7, students continue to explore the language, build vocabulary, communicate orally with purpose, and write to explain their thoughts and learning. The ability to speak, read, and write in French is applied in all subject areas and enables students to continue to learn the French language in multiple subjects. All subject areas are taught in French, except for English Language Arts.

In Grade 8, the elementary and Late French Immersion students join to form one cohesive class. At the end of Grade 8, all students are prepared to move forward with their French language studies at the collegiate level.

Families interested in the Late French Immersion program are invited to contact the Late French Immersion school which serves their neighbourhood.

  • École Forest Grove School (Arbor Creek, Aspen Ridge, Brighton, College Park, East College Park, Erindale, Evergreen, Silverspring, Sutherland, University Heights, Willowgrove)

  • École Henry Kelsey (all neighbourhoods located west of the river)

  • École Alvin Buckwold School (Adelaide/Churchill, Avalon, Brevoort Park, Briarwood, Buena Vista, Exhibition, Greystone Heights, Grosvenor Park, Haultain, Holliston, Lakeridge, Lakeview, Lakewood, Nutana, Nutana Park, Queen Elizabeth, Rosewood, Stonebridge, The Willows, Varsity View, Wildwood)