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French Immersion Program & German Bilingual

FRENCH IMMERSION

What are the goals of French immersion programs?

“The Edmonton Public School District students will meet provincial program expectations and will demonstrate their knowledge and skills on nationally and internationally recognized proficiency guidelines such as those developed by the Public Service Commission of Canada.

The goal of the Early and Continuing French immersion program is to help students successfully complete the Alberta curriculum requirements and develop an Advanced Plus level of proficiency in French by the end of Grade 12.  An understanding and appreciation of francophone cultures will also be emphasized.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the French immersion programs will be able to communicate, undertake post-secondary studies and pursue employment opportunities in both English and French.”

--Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education

How successful is French immersion?

“Thirty-five years of research shows that French immersion students do as well as, and often better than, their English-program peers in all subject areas.  The results of Alberta Education’s Achievement Tests consistently show that French immersion students perform better than regular program students in mathematics, science and social studies at Grades 3, 6 and 9 and on the grade 12 Diploma Exams.”

--Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education

What are the benefits of learning French?

“The Impact of Second Language Education study shows the benefits of learning a second language are much broader than simply the ability to speak in another language.  It reports on research that affirms the importance of second language education on intellectual potential, scholastic achievement, first language skills, citizenship and the economy.”

Go to Alberta Education for more information. 

How do I support my child’s learning?

Parents often worry that they will not be able to support their children or help with homework.  You might be interested to know that many of the parents of Rio Terrace students speak very little or no French.

There are many ways parents can help their child. 

  • Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions.
  • Check out the learning resources Rio Terrace teachers have compiled on SchoolZone.
  • Get a copy of Alberta Education’s practical handbook for immersion parents called Yes, You can Help!, written by experienced immersion parents.
  • Contact Canadian Parents for French, a national volunteer organization made up of parents with children in French immersion and core French programs.  Visit the CPF website at www.cpf.ca or call CPF Alberta at 780.433.7311 .
  • Students with learning challenges do not have to move to an English program.  Research shows that most learning difficulties are not language-related and can be addressed in any language.  Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns.

GERMAN

GERMAN BILINGUAL

What are the goals of the German Bilingual program?

  • “Attainment of challenging, age-appropriate academic skills and knowledge using English and German.
  • Advanced levels of functional proficiency in English and German.
  • Understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural differences.”

Edmonton Public Schools

Why participate in the German Bilingual program?

  • “Different reasons may be given in response to this question. There are some parents who find it difficult to transmit a solid knowledge of German in the home, but who would like their child to know the language so that he or she will not lose all contacts with his or her European heritage as the child grows up.
  • Other parents may want to give their child the opportunity to get a head start on a good knowledge of German for the future. German is one of the major European languages. It is the mother tongue of over 100 million people.
  • Speakers of English are at an advantage when learning German as both languages belong to the same linguistic family and have many similarities.
  • The past and present contributions made by speakers of German to literature, music, philosophy, the arts and sciences will remain to be of great interest in the future - not to mention Germany's continuing development in the economic sphere.
  • Research shows that the acquisition of second language skills impacts positively on a child’s development of English. Students in the Edmonton Public School Board German Bilingual Program consistently achieve higher than the average results on the provincial achievement examinations. Furthermore, they are often more creative, mentally flexible and have a more diverse vocabulary than do their unilingual peers.
  • Many bilingual individuals maintain that knowing another language well gives them access to the ways of thinking and behaving embodied in the foreign language and culture; moreover, it forces them to re-examine their own values as well. One might well say that by knowing others you come to know yourself better.
  • Second language skills are sought after by businesses looking to hire the best candidates. Think about all of the big and small companies that do business with German companies.
  • In Junior High, English-German Bilingual Program students currently participate in a student exchange with students in Germany.
  • The children are proud of their German language skills! They can function with their German "in the real world."
  • Evidence has shown that children who have learned a second language learn additional languages more quickly. German is already the third language for many of our students.”

What are the benefits of learning German?

“The Impact of Second Language Education study shows the benefits of learning a second language are much broader than simply the ability to speak in another language.  It reports on research that affirms the importance of second language education on intellectual potential, scholastic achievement, first language skills, citizenship and the economy.”

Go to Alberta Education for more information on the conclusions of this study.

How do I support my child’s learning?

Parents often worry that they will not be able to support their children or help with homework.  You might be interested to know that many of the parents of Rio Terrace students speak no or very little German.

There are many ways parents can help their child.

  • Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions.
  • Check out the learning resources Rio Terrace teachers have compiled on SchoolZone.
  • Contact AEGBEE, Association for English - German Bilingual Education of Edmonton, an association created to support, promote and guide the German Bilingual program. 
  • Students with learning challenges do not have to move to an English program.  Research shows that most learning difficulties are not language-related and can be addressed in any language.  Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns.

 

 

German:A Great Option for a Brighter Future