How can I support my child if I don’t speak French?
You can support your child with schoolwork by supporting a positive attitude towards school. You can also support your child by providing a regular place and time for nightly review and French reading each day. Online resources are available for additional support.
How does language learning look in the beginning of the Late French Immersion Program?
Students learn how to read and write in French much like they would have learned in English, in early primary. At the beginning of the year, we study the French alphabet, and single letter sounds, then combined letter sounds, we work on high frequency words and participate in guided reading groups. In addition, they transfer all their English reading strategies over in French, such as sounding out words, making inferences and drawing conclusions.
How will my child’s English learning be affected?
Students do not do English Language Arts in Grade 6, but follow the English Language Arts curriculum from Grade 7-12. Studies show that learning a second language benefits first language development, and that French Immersion students complete high school with average or above average proficiency in English Language Arts.
Does LFI follow the regular curriculum?
The curriculum content and outcomes are the same in the French Immersion and English Programs, except for the additional outcomes in French Language Arts.
Will there be extra homework?
Yes! In Grade 6, students can expect nightly review and 15 minutes of French reading. In Grade 7, students will likely have 30-60 minutes of homework, in order to catch up to their Early French Immersion classmates before they have mixed classes in Grade 8.
Where is LFI offered, and is there any support for transportation?
École Puntledge Park is centrally located in the Comox Valley, near Downtown Courtenay. It is close to many public bus routes. Some students may have access to the district school bus at the end of the day only to return to Royston or Cumberland. Many families often organize carpooling groups.