St. Charles Catholic Elementary School
 Academic Programs

French as a Second Language

Purpose and Goals

Sudbury Catholic Schools values second language learning. We offer early French Immersion and Core French programs to all students. SCDSB French teachers are all fluent in French and trained in second language education. A variety of books, audio-visual materials and computer programs are available throughout the board for classroom use.

The Goals for FSL in Ontario:


In all French as a Second Language programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

  • Use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings
  • Learn about Canada, its two official language, and other cultures
  • Appreciate and acknowledge the interconnectedness and interdependence of the global community
  • Be responsible for their own learning as they work independently and in groups
  • Use effective language learning strategies
  • Become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as World citizensSource : The Ontario Curriculum: French as a Second Language (2013)

Program Description

Core French
Core French is taught as one subject within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board’s Regular Program curriculum. Beginning in Grade 4, students receive 40 minutes of French instruction each day.

French Language skills are taught through having a genuine purpose: “a task to be accomplished, a problem to be resolved, an obligation to be fulfilled, or an objective to be achieved” around listening, speaking, reading and writing, and are designed to prepare your child to apply their linguistic and cultural knowledge in real-life situations.

French Immersion
The SDCSB offers an early French Immersion program option which is available to all students. This is a highly successful approach to second language learning in which students receive instruction in French for a significant portion of the day. Students study the same curriculum content as their peers in the regular English program. It is designed to provide English-speaking children with the opportunity to become highly proficient in French as well as in English. There is no expectation that parents of students in the French Immersion program are able to understand or speak French.

An Immersion program means that French is not only the medium in which subjects are taught, but it is also the means of communication between pupils and teacher in the classroom and, as much as possible beyond the classroom.

By the end of the four-year program in secondary school, students will:

  • Participate easily in conversations and discussions
  • Be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction

For more information about our French as a Second Language Program, please go to the following website.

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