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French as a Second Language

 

Bienvenue! Welcome! This site is for parents, guardians and family members of students in Core French, Extended French or French Immersion programs in the Toronto Catholic District School Board, as well as interested community members. You will find information about our programs, the application process and how to support your child in their journey to learn French as a second or additional language, Special Education and Inclusion in French as a Second Language (FSL) programs, resources, links and more. 

 

In our work, we strive to: 

 

  • Increase confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL; 
  • Increase the percentage of students studying FSL until graduation; and 
  • Increase student, parent, and community engagement in FSL. 
 
This vision aligns with the vision and goals of the Ministry of Education for FSL programming that are outlined in the Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools Kindergarten to Grade 12
 

French P​rograms 

 

​Core French 

In elementary, Core French is offered from Grades 1 to 8. In Grades 1 to 4, students study French for 30 minutes, four days per week. In Grades 5 to 8, students study French for 30 minutes, five days per week. At the secondary level, academic, applied and open courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. Students must earn at least one Secondary School credit in French to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 
 

French Imm​ersion 

In elementary, French Immersion is offered from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in 19 schools. Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in most other subjects. From Kindergarten to Grade 4, students will receive approximately 75% of their instruction in French. From Grades 5 to 8, students will receive approximately 50% of their instruction in French. French instructional time may vary to address the school’s local need, particularly in combined grades. Students who complete the French Immersion program from Grades 9 to 12 are eligible for the TCDSB French Immersion Certificate upon graduation. 
 
For more information, visit the French Immersion page. 
 

Extende​d French 

In elementary, Extended French is offered from Grades 5 to 8 in 18 schools. Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in at least one other subject, such as social studies, history, geography, physical education, health and visual arts. Instruction is provided in French for approximately 50% of the total instructional time until Grade 8 graduation. French instructional time may vary to address the school’s local need, particularly in combined grades. 

For more information, visit the Extended French​ page. 
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