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French Immersion Program

The secondary component of the French Immersion program provides students with the opportunity to continue their studies and the development of higher level thinking and verbal skills in their second language. Successful graduates of the full program at the end of Grade 12 receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate in addition to the provincial "Dogwood" certificate.

 
The early Immersion program provides one-half of the school day in French-language study for the full seven years of the Intermediate Program (Grades 4-10). The subjects taught in Grades 8-10 are a natural continuation of the child's elementary experience and, thus, pose no unreasonable challenges as students make the transition to secondary school. By continuing into secondary in French Immersion, students maintain and extend their expertise in French in a way they cannot do in other programs.
 
The late Immersion students take an identical program of studies in the secondary years as their early Immersion counterparts. Beginning in grade 11, the amount of time in French is further reduced by one-half. This arrangement enables the students to pursue specialized courses to meet post-secondary requirements. Then, in grade 12, a further reduction in time spent in French occurs. Francais 12 permits the Immersion students to maintain their French proficiency in their final year of school. This is illustrated on the following table.

Grade 8

Grade 9  

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade​​ 12

Français   

Français 

Français 

Français 

Français 

Sciences humaines

Sciences humaines

Sciences humaines

Sciences humaines

        -            

Sciences

Sciences

Sciences

 

 

A Fourth Required Course (varies with School)   


Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Communication/
Drama and/or Art

Communication/
Ecology

Planification 10
(Planning 10)        

            -             

         -             

 

Criteria for admission
 
Completion of an elementary French Immersion program (or its equivalent if transferring from another province or country).
 
Application Procedures
 
Students must complete an application form to continue in secondary French immersion. Completed application forms are returned to the student's elementary school.
 
FI Program Head contact, Mme Marlene Perrett (email: mperrett@vsb.bc.ca 

For general information you can also contact the Consultant for Modern Languages in Learning Services, (604) 713-5228.

Learning a new language "opens doors to knowledge, improves communication skills and provides an advantage in the increasingly competitive workplace." P. Prehaut, Canadian Parents for French.


French Immersion and the TREK Program
Students leaving for TREK in Grade 10 will have two options when returning to French Immersion in Grade 11.

​​Graduating with a Bilingual Dogwood Diploma ​​Graduating without a Bilingual Dogwood Diploma
Students in French Immersion who want their Bilingual Dogwood must meet the VSB requirements outlined below. ​Students in French Immersion who wish to return after one year are welcome back. They will graduate with a Dogwood including their French Immersion work.
​It is recommended that students make an effort to practise their French to make their transition back easier after missing 4 French Immersion courses.
​Some helpful ways to prepare for your return to French Immersion are watching French language TV/cinema, listening to the radio, reading, taking a course at the Alliance Francaise, travelling to a francophone place, doing an Immersion CPF camp, etc.

Students with or without a Bilingual Dogwood can write the DELF B2 exam in Grade 12, which is recognized internationally and can receive credit for being bilingual to a standard accepted by francophone universities and businesses. This exam is offered either through the school (depending on funding) or through the Alliance Francaise.
 
Please see attached letters.  Thank you.
 
 
 
    

Below is a list of courses offered in the French Immersion Program at Kitsilano Secondary School:

**Please refer to Course Planning Guide for more information of each courses


  • Francais Langue 8
  • Sciences Humaines 8
  • Sciences 8
  • Les Arts 8
  • Francais Langue 9
  • Sciences Humaines 9
  • Sciences 9
  • E'Tudes De L'Environnment 10 
  • Francais Langue 10
  • Sciences Humaines 10
  • Sciences 10
  • Education A La Vie Professionnelle
  • Francais Langue 11
  • Sciences Humaines 11
  • Francais Langue 12
  • French Immersion Peer Tutoring 11

 

 FRENCH IMMERSION SKILLS RECOMMENDATION/REFERRAL FORM