Students throughout British Columbia are getting ready to celebrate en français because this week is French Immersion Celebration Week, as proclaimed by the Province of B.C. Many communities are hosting French Immersion Celebration Week activities.
“Research shows that second language learning improves problem-solving, critical thinking and literacy skills, and develops empathy and understanding of other cultures,” said Diane Tijman, president of Canadian Parents for French, B.C. and Yukon. “Let’s ensure all students in British Columbia be extended this opportunity.”
The Ministry of Education supports French immersion programming in B.C. schools, providing the opportunity for students whose first language is not French to become bilingual in English and French. Immersion refers to using French as the language of instruction and communication in the school setting.
French immersion students follow the same curriculum as all students in the province.
In Sooke, French Immersion is offered by Poirier elementary school (Grades K-5), Journey middle school (Grades 6-8), and Edward Milne Community School (Grades 9-12).
The School District French Program contact for the School District of Sooke (SD62) is Duncan McIndoe. See the full list of contacts here.
- In the last 10 years, the French immersion student population has increased by about 30%.
- 53,487 students are currently enrolled in a French immersion program, nearly 10% of B.C.’s public school population.
- The graduation completion rate in 2016-2017 for French immersion students was 96%.
- B.C. students who graduate from the French immersion program receive two diplomas: the Dogwood Diploma and le Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires (the French Dogwood).
- B.C. government education programs in French
- B.C.-Quebec exchange program
- Canadian Parents for French
- The French Immersion Program in BC