Students in French Immersion follow the same curriculum as students in the regular English program do, but their courses are in French instead of English. There is no fee for the program. French Immersion students take four courses in French during their grade 8 year and three courses in French in grade 9 and 10. Over the grade 11 and 12 years, students will take a total of three courses in French spread over two years.
Our French Immersion program offers students the opportunity to learn subjects in an immersion context and to be able to attain a high level of fluency in the language by the end of grade 12. The program intends to offer the best available courses and curriculum to compliment the studies of a student who would like to graduate one day with a bilingual provincial Dogwood certificate.
Other Useful Links and Information
AUFC Scholarship Opportunities
The Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC) is offering 25 merit scholarships of $5000 to students currently enrolled in a French language immersion school who plan on pursuing university studies in French at a participating AUFC member university. For more information, please visit our website: http://acufc.ca/
Become a Parent Volunteer
Canadian Parents for French is looking for volunteers across the province to get involved in their local school communities to help support and promote quality French language education for all students.
Your level of commitment is really up to you! You could help organize local French musical performances, movie nights, exchanges, camps, public speaking competitions and so much more!
Your involvement could be as simple as helping your local CPF Chapter with all of the little things from stuffing envelopes to blowing up balloons, or as involved as meeting with school trustees, to taking on a leadership role within your local chapter.
Each chapter operates a little differently so depending on where you live, there are different opportunities. There are also opportunities at the Provincial Branch Office in Vancouver, so if you would like to be a part of our events, or help us out in the office, let us know!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 1.800.665.1222 ex 315.
Business Administration Bilingual Bachelor Program
There is a bilingual Bachelor program in Business-Administration at Laval University in Quebec City. It is aimed at students that do not fully master the French language. First year students have a choice of taking courses in French or English and will receive French courses along the way. Further Information available on this link:
Canadian Parents For French
The CPF Ridge Meadows Board would be grateful for more volunteer participation. Help us to maintain quality French programs for our children. Our chapter contributes to Grade 12 CPF Scholarships, Cultural Exchange Grants, Welcome Kits, French Book Fairs, French Film Festival, Verbathon, Concours D’art Oratoire, preschool story time, parental representation on the French Advisory Committee, teacher appreciation and French summer camp.
For questions and “how to” information, please refer to their website:
Free Rosetta Stone French-Language Courses Available
Are you a parent who would like to improve your knowledge and understanding of French? For adults who would like to take an introductory French-language course, the Central Interior Distance Education School (CIDES) offers free Rosetta Stone online learning courses.Rosetta is a fun, interactive and proven way to learn. CIDES partners with Rosetta Stone to offer BC Ministry of Education language courses for credit. To learn more about Rosetta Stone™, visit http://www.rosettastone.com/
Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon Branch
Rowan Burge – Chapter Support and Outreach Officer
227 – 1555 West 7th Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1
Phone: 778.329.9115 ext 315 Toll Free: 1.800.665.1222
Facebook: Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon
Further information please visit our websites at:
French for the Future’s National Essay Contest. More information available at: https://www.french-future.org/programs/essay-contest/
Make Your Own Heritage Minute / Minute du patrimoine! More information available at: http://histoiresdesirjohna.ca/?#contest
GALALA amateur talent competition for French-speaking youth. More information available at:: http://www.galala.ca/#c-est-quoi-galala
Francophone Events Across BC
La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique has kindly provided a list of Francophone events taking place across BC. Visit: http://www.lacolombiebritannique.ca
French Exchanges and Trips
British Columbia/Quebec Six Month Bilingual Exchange Program
The BC–Quebec Exchange Program enables BC students in grade 10 and 11 to spend 3 months living in Quebec. Students must apply in grade 9 or 10 to go on exchange the following year. There is no application fee for the program, and all travel costs are covered by the Ministry of Education. More info: www.gov.bc.ca/QuebecExchange
French Language Travel Programs
Have a student who is interested in cultural discoveries, exciting experiences, new friends, and exploring a francophone region of Canada?
The Explore bursary covers room, board and tuition for full-time students enrolling in a five-week French immersion program. Anglophone students with Grade 11 or higher can apply for the bursary. Students who successfully complete this exchange can use it as credit for graduation. Please visit www.myexplore.ca for further details and an application form.
Destination Clic similarly offers a bursary covering room, board and tuition for a three-week immersion program for francophone students in Grades 8 and 9. Please visit www.destinationclic.ca for further details and an application form.
Odyssey is a paid full-time work experience program that allows students to travel within Canada, gain experience in a school environment and share their cultures. Students work as language-assistants under the supervision of a teacher, encouraging students to improve their knowledge of language and culture. Academic credits are available for this program.. Please visit www.myodyssey.ca for further details and an application form
OSEF France Canada offers 3 month reciprocal home and school exchange programs for students aged 13 to 17 as well as a 1 month Summer Exchange. More info: http://www.osef.ca
Senate Page Program
This unique opportunity is something senior students could consider. Fifteen university students are selected from across Canada every year to participate in this program. Students who participate find it to be a positive, life changing program. For more information visit:http://www.parl.gc.ca/Employment/Senate/PageProgram/senpages-e.htm
Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada is Canada’s largest youth forum. Every week of the school year, 120-138 teens from across Canada (ages 15-17) come to Ottawa, Ontario. There, they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career themes, develop their civic leadership skills, and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 78,000 youth have lived the EWC experience so far!
To learn more please visit the Calendar: https://www.ewc-rdc.ca/en/our_youth_program/calendar.html
Encounters with Canada: http://www.encounters-rencontres.ca/home.php?language=EN
Rencontres du Canada: http://www.encounters-rencontres.ca/home.php?language=FR
CPF is delighted to announce a partnership between our branch and Encounters with Canada, a dynamic cultural organization aimed at building cultural awareness in Canada. Encounters with Canada runs a one-week, bilingual, Canadian studies program at The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa. From September through May, more than 130, 15 – 17 year olds attend the youth forum each week. Encounters aims to bring young Canadians of different backgrounds and regions together for an opportunity to learn about one another, to discover their country through one another, and to gain a better understanding of Canadian institutions.
While Encounters with Canada covers the travel and accommodation costs, students are required to raise the $625 registration fee. Each year, CPF has awarded twenty $100 bursaries to youth delegates from BC and Yukon to help subsidize the registration fee. Only children of CPF members are eligible for the bursary. Bursaries will be allocated to members on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the CPF website to apply for the bursary: http://bc-yk.cpf.ca/actvities/youth-activities/cpf-encounters-bursary/