(Closed) NWR- French Immersion

posted 8 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi there,

I’m not a parent…but I plan to be one some day, and I will definitely be enrolling my children into French Immersion. My parents did this for me when I was younger, and it opened up a world of possibilities to me. While all of my friends had trouble finding jobs in high school and university… I got high paying jobs because I was able to speak both languages. While fellow teachers are still substituting, I graduated in May and got a full time job teaching french immersion. Almost everywhere you go, they are in big need for french teachers! I think about how I would have felt had my parents not put me in french immersion. It would have closed so many doors…. I would not be the same person I am today. French Immersion will do nothing but good things for your children. I may be a bit biased as a french immersion teacher…but I can’t stress the importance enough! Your children will thank you for it down the road.

Post # 4
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m no longer in Canada, but grew up around the Ottawa area and was in French immersion myself. If I still lived back home, I would enroll my children. I think it’s a great choice for personal growth and opens a lot of doors. Learning any foreign language does. 

ETA: Adding to Mrs.H2B’s thoughts, I too was enrolled in French immersion and am very lucky my parents made that decision. My biggest regret was not continuing with it all the way through high school and into University. If I could go back and change that, believe me I would. While I still have my basic skills… I’m a far, far cry from bilingual and it limited my career choices while still living in Canada. I was a political staffer but would have loved to work as a Public Servant for the job security… that was a no-go.

While you may still have plenty of opportunity with a mix of good education and experience, like the PP said, having French as a second language on your resume can really put you at an advantage.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I am in Ottawa and work for the Feds.  Let me tell you, French immersion is a great plan.  Many of the Government jobs even as far as Alberta and sometimes BC are bilingual imperative now.  Many companies that deal with the Feds in any which way also demand that their staff be bilingual so that they can work together.

It is the best possible way to learn French as well. Learning it as a language on it’s own, later in life c’est tres difficile!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My parents didn’t speak any French. It was never an issue for us. Although I’d say the learned some along the way with me, and if they committed to it I’m sure could have learned a lot more.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My parents are both french immersion teachers as well, but I know many people who have been in the program without this advantage, and who have had great success. It really has nothing to do with parents…. as long as you’re supportive, that’s all that matters. You will have great support from the teachers and the school system.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My nephew is in grade 1 and just started French immersion. He really likes learning a new language although he gets a bit mixed up sometimes. It’ll get easier as time goes on, it’s all pretty new to him now! He likes the idea that when he’s older he’ll be able to travel and talk to people in another language and that it’ll help him with jobs. He’s pretty smart for a six year old, LOL! My sister and her husband don’t speak much french, but so far it doesn’t seem to be a problem. I suspect if he does need more help they’ll find him a french tutor, although my sister took french through to OAC, so she has a pretty good base in it.

Personally, I’d love to put our kids in French Immersion, but we’ll see what happens. Our local elementary school is within walking distance of our house and is the top rated school in all of Mississauga, beating out even the private schools. That’s really hard to pass up. Maybe we’ll try to find some french tutoring outside of school because I totally agree, it opens up a world of possibilities.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My son is only 4, but he starts kindergarten in September and it will be french immersion! I can’t wait, we’re both really excited!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I will also add that French is not an easy language to learn, immersion is probably the best way to go about it because children learn faster than later on in life, and a class here and there doesn’t have the same value as immersion.
I am French and work for the federal gov. in Ottawa, and see many English speaking people struggle to learn French as they want to further their career (being bilingual is imperative in most positions); they have to go in immersion themselves in order to learn French, but with the added pressure that if they fail, they don’t get to keep the job…

Post # 12
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

@tranquility:

 

My Mum is English only and doesn’t speak a word of French.

Post # 14
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hello

 

I teach Grade 2 French Immersion (in Toronto).. I taught grade 1 Fiance for two years.  I can say that at least 3/4 of my students every year are learning French as their 3rd language with neither of the parents speaking French.

If your child enjoys learning French, they will be fine.  It can be difficult at first, but the kids usually catch on by grade 2.  I agree with H2B, it will open doors for your child in the future. H2B, my situation was exactly like yours!  

Lastly, many Fiance kids do better in both languages (English and French) by grade 6. You don’t have to worry about teaching them English, they can pick it up easily.

 

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Question: Should kids start french immersion in grade 1 or is there a preferred time? I know the younger they are, the easier it is. But can anyone jump in at any point or would you have to have testing to show the child was at a grade __ french immersion level?

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Bakerella (Hi!)

 

In the Toronto board, they start in Sk, but in the Peel board they start in 1. It is  best to start as early as possible. I’m not sure if there is a test to show what level french your child would be if they jumped in at any point, although it wouldn’t be hard for the teacher to figure it out by just talking to the child and asking them to write something.  

 

You do have to have a certain amount of hours though to graduate with a French certificate.  So if you jumped in at some point, and missed a year or two, they wouldn’t get an official certificate.

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