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French & French Immersion

French handsIn the Core French classes in our English only schools, teachers help students improve their speaking skills and develop a broad basic understanding of the French language.

Our French Immersion Program develops and refines students' ability to communicate in French and expand their knowledge of the language through the study of francophone texts. French Immersion programs support non-French speaking families, as well as French first language families. All communication between school and home is in English. ​

Learning in French (French Immersion)

London and Middlesex: French Immersion programs are offered beginning in Senior Kindergarten at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School and its elementary feeder schools, St. Anthony Catholic French Immersion and St. John Catholic French Immersion​.

French chartWoodstock and Oxford County: French Immersion is offered at St. Mary's High School and its elementary feeder school, Holy Family Catholic French Immersion (beginning in Junior Kindergarten).

St. Thomas and Elgin County: French Immersion is offered beginning in Senior Kindergarten at St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School​.

As French Immersion is an optional program being offered, there is a pre-determined established cap at registration in JK/SK (Woodstock and Oxford County) or SK/1 (London and Middlesex, St. Thomas and Elgin County). Registration outside of JK/SK/1 can only be considered if there is room under the established cap and if students are currently enrolled in another French Immersion or French First Language school.

To register in French Immersion at the secondary school level, students are required to have 3800 hours of French language instruction prior to registration. 

French teacherAt our elementary Catholic French Immersion schools in London, all subjects except Religion and English are taught in French. This means that about 75% of the day is spent learning in French for our students. In the London District Catholic School Board, our French Immersion program begins in Senior Kindergarten. 

In our secondary schools offering the French Immersion program, a variety of French Immersion courses are offered to students at the academic level. Students are encouraged to take Géographie, Histoire, Français, Religion among others, where a minimum of 10 credits are required to receive their French Immersion certificate for secondary school. Math and science courses are offered in English. 


Learning French (Core French)

French is taught at each of our elementary and secondary schools. Beginning September 2020, French as a Second Language instruction will begin in grade 4. Students in Grades 4 to 8 receive 40 minutes of French instruction daily.
At the high school level, our secondary students are encouraged to complete a course in French ​each year, from grade 9 to 12 in order to receive a French certificate. Students must complete at least one French course. Our Catholic secondary schools offer French at both the academic and applied levels.

In addition to French as a Second Language instruction, students in elementary and secondary schools will have many opportunities to engage in cultural experiences (e.g. Carnival, French performers, field trips and exchanges, etc) as part of their French as a Second Language learning experience.