French as a Second Language
Students & Families
Students in DSB1 will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French!
DSB1 is proud to offer FSL programming to all learners. Each month, we will provide information highlighting our programs, along with resources and supports for our learners and families.
1. Did you know that French programming begins in Kindergarten?
DSB1 provides Core French or French Immersion programming beginning in Kindergarten. This early introduction to learning a second language builds a strong foundation and sets our students up for success in our bilingual regional context and beyond.
2. Did you know that learning an additional language has many benefits for your child?
As one of Canada's two official languages, French as a Second Language is taught in all schools within DSB1. Students have significant advantages when they speak more than one language. Learning another language helps students:
- strengthen their problem-solving, reasoning, and creative thinking skills
- develop their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures
- increase their competitiveness in an increasingly global job market
3. Did you know that you don’t have to speak French to support your child in learning the language?
Families of French Immersion students are not expected to know French. Although French is the language of the class, communication between school and home is in English. The French Immersion program is designed for English-speaking families. Families can connect with the school principal and their children’s teachers to learn more about the French Immersion or Core French program, homework expectations, and how to support children’s success.
4. Did you know that students who continue to study in French until grade 12 can choose to challenge the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française)?
This internationally recognized certificate brings many benefits and is valid for life. The document below provides further information about the DELF exam, including eligibility, levels and additional support and practice materials.
5. Did you know that the best way to maximize in-class learning is to practice your French outside of the school setting in authentic ways?
We are fortunate to be surrounded by French in Northern Ontario. There are many opportunities to practice French right in our immediate and surrounding communities.
6. Did you know that there are many resources to support practicing French throughout the summer?
Exposure to French throughout the summer will build confidence when moving to the next grade.