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French As a Second Language Programs in the Toronto District School Board Core French Extended French French Immersion Facts and Figures The Toronto District School Board is a strong supporter of second language learning

There are over 100,000 students in TDSB Core French Programs (Gr 4-12) There are over 26,000 students in TDSB French Immersion and Extended French programs Research shows that learning a second language enhances your ability to learn your first language and makes it easier to learn other languages 2 Core French Mandatory program for all Ontario students who are in English programs Begins in grade 4 and is offered through elementary

school to grade 8 There is one compulsory secondary credit for students in Ontario to receive their secondary school diploma. This is usually taken in Grade 9. Core French is available in most schools to the end of Grade 12. The program offers about 40 minutes a day of French language instruction The focus of the program is the study of language and culture 3 Junior Extended French The Junior Extended French program began in the TDSB in 2004

with 7 schools and has expanded to include 30 schools in 2014. The program is available across the system to all students in grade 3 English classes The program begins in Grade 4 and provides a half day of instruction in French and a half day of instruction in English to the end of Grade 8 The subjects taught in French are Language (franais) Social Studies The Arts ( music, drama and visual arts) The subjects taught in English are: Language Mathematics

Science and Technology The program is offered to the end of Grade 12. Graduating students who successfully complete the secondary school program (a minimum of 7 credits- 4 French and 3 in a subject taught in French) are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in Extended French from the TDSB 4 Early French Immersion The Early French Immersion program began in Toronto in the early 1970s and continues to expand. There are currently 61 schools that offer the program

Application to the program is open to all students who are in their junior kindergarten year or 4 years of age Early Immersion begins in Senior Kindergarten. All class activities are conducted in French until the end of grade 3 although some specialist subjects like Phys Ed may be taught in English 5 Early French Immersion English is introduced in Grade 4 for about one hour per day and increases to half of the daily class time by Grade 6

After Grade 8, students continue the French Immersion program at designated secondary schools. Students who successfully complete the secondary program (a minimum of 10 credits: 4 French and 6 in subjects taught in French) will receive a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion from the TDSB. The TDSB also offers an Honours Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion for students who obtain 11 or more credits in French instruction. 6 Application Process

The application process for all Early French Immersion programs is on line The website for the on-line applications is www.tdsb.on.ca/pars The deadline for application is December 5, 2014 All applicants who apply on time are guaranteed an offer of placement in the program but not in a particular school 7 Application Process Siblings have a priority placement in the same school as their older sibling providing that they

apply on time and the children will be in the same French program and the same school at the same time Parents will be offered a placement for their child via the email they have provided beginning in December and continuing through the following weeks. Parents must take action as outlined in the email offer to accept the placement on line. 8 Registration Parents will be invited by the school to register there, at which time they

will: show proof of residency complete the Pathway forms Apply for transportation if applicable 9 Transportation Some students are eligible for transportation for the FI program. Eligibility is determined by distance (the home address of the student is outside of 1.6 km walking distance to the FI school).

Students are offered transportation on school buses from SK to Grade 5 if they meet the distance criterion After grade 5, TTC tickets are provided for Grade 6,7,8 students if they meet the distance criterion of 3.2 km Any student attending a French program under Optional Attendance (a school other than the one offered) is not eligible to apply for transportation 10

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