Learning an Additional Language in the Seven Oaks School Division
When making educational choices for their children, more and more parents are recognizing that knowing an additional language is an important skill in today’s ever-shrinking world – and will be even more important in their children’s future. Consider the many advantages!
Students in the Seven Oaks School Division have the opportunity to study in more than a dozen different languages. During the regular school day parents may choose to have their children receive instruction in one of four languages in addition to English. These programs are offered at several schools within the school division. Students are strongly encouraged to enter the program at the Kindergarten or the Grade 1 level. The following options will be are offered:
French Immersion Program
In grades 1 – 5 students receive instruction in most subject areas in French for approximately 75% of the school day after the kindergarten year. Since students attend kindergarten for only a half-day, a higher percentage of instruction in French is necessary. At the middle and senior years levels students receive instruction in French for somewhat less than 75% of the school day. Attending an information meeting or contacting one of the following schools will allow you to find out more about the French Immersion program.
||525 Belmont Avenue
|École James Nisbet Community School
||70 Doubleday Drive
|École Constable E. Finney School
||25 Anglia Avenue
|École Rivière-Rouge Community School
||55 Swinford Way
|École Leila North Community School
||20 Allan Blye Drive
|École Seven Oaks Middle School
||800 Salter Street
|Garden City Collegiate
||711 Jefferson Avenue
Students receive instruction in core subject areas in either the Ukrainian, Ojibwe or Filipino language for approximately 50% of the school day. Students entering the program at the Kindergarten or Grade 1 level have the best opportunity for success. These schools offer bilingual programming in the Seven Oaks School Division.
Instruction in Ukrainian can continue at H. C. Avery Middle School after the early years.
Ojibwe is currently offered for Kindergarten to Grade 5 and Filipino is currently offered for Kindergarten to Grade 4 with anticipation of continuing on for future grades.
Heritage Language Program
This program is run from October to March during the regular school year. Any student who attends school in the school division is eligible to register for AFTER SCHOOL language classes in Arabic, Cree, Filipino, German, Italian, Ojibwe, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, or Spanish. Additionally English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also a choice. Classes run from 4:30 – 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week (with the exception of Ojibwe which only runs Tuesday and Wednesday each week). Students are asked to register through their home school during the month of September. Click here for more details or contact Elvira Espiritu at 204-927-3700 for further information.
Languages at the Senior High Level
Students may opt for second language instruction as part of their regular course selection at the senior high level. At West Kildonan Collegiate, students may attend German language classes and receive credit at the Senior 2 – 4 levels. At Garden City Collegiate students may elect to attend classes in German and Spanish.
Any student in one of the division’s high schools may apply to write a special language credit exam usually written once a year on one or two evenings in February. Special language exams are given by qualified examiners who may award up to 4 high school credits to students who feel that they can be successful in languages for which there is no instruction during the regular school day. EXAMPLE – Filipino, Punjabi, Ukrainian.
Click here for details on the Special Language Credit Exams.
English as a Second Language (ESL) - adult program
ESL classes are available for adults through Seven Oaks School Division. Please click here to visit the Adult Learning Centre website for details.