French Immersion Program
At St. George’s, we offer a French immersion program from Kindergarten to Grade 6, with students spending an equal amount of time in English and French learning environments. French exposure is emphasized with a French homeroom at the beginning and end of each day for students in Kindergarten through to Grade 2, and again in Grade 6. Homeroom periods in Grades 3,4 and 5 are in English.
All students follow an enriched second language program. In addition to French, Social studies, Art, Ethic and Religious culture as well as Sciences are all taught in French.
St. George’s complements its formal French language immersion program at the elementary school with two afterschool clubs: Le club de Français, for younger students, is designed to further enhance oral fluency in a playful environment, while “L’atelier d’écriture créative” is offered to students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 who want to acquire greater mastery of the writing components of the French language.
The Difference Between French Immersion and Bilingual Programs
A French immersion program focuses on the development of oral and communication skills. Reading is taught to support information gathering and writing is taught with the explicit goal of communicating factual information and opinions, with French grammar taught in order to support these oral and written communication goals.
A bilingual program offers both French and English mother tongue instruction concurrently. Mastery of the French written language/grammar and analysis of literary texts are the ultimate objective. St. George's students who show advance proficiency in the French language can follow the bilingual program at the High School (Français langue Maternelle) and can also choose to prepare for Advanced placement French exams, as well as Français langue maternelle (mother tongue ministry exams) with some additional coaching offered by the school.