The French immersion program is open to all students. If you want your child to develop proficiency in Canada's two official languages, and to learn about another culture, French immersion has a great deal to offer.
Belmont's French immersion program begins in Kindergarten. At this level, students attend five half days a week (morning or afternoon) and instruction is entirely in the French language. From Grades 1 to 5, students attend for the full day. At these grade levels, 80% of the instruction is delivered in the French language with only 20% of instructional time spent in English (as per provincial guidelines).
"French Immersion is a highly successful approach to second language learning- an effective way for students to become functionally fluent in French while achieving all of the objectives of the regular school program.
In Manitoba, the French Immersion Program has been recognized since 1995 as an official program by the Department of Education and Training.
Graduates from French Immersion receive essentially the same education as their peers in English language schools, with the added benefit of having a second language.
Recent studies show that learning another language cannot only have a positive impact on your child’s first language; it actually enhances learning in all areas.
The French Immersion experience can lead them to the richness of bilingual and bicultural thinking. It is of little wonder; therefore, that French Immersion provides our youth an important “21st century asset” and to use the words of His Excellency John Ralston Saul, it gives them “an invaluable added strength in life"
The French immersion approach is based on the premise young children learn a second language best when a “gentle approach” is used. They learn French in somewhat the same way they acquired their first language at home.
Parental involvement and encouragement are tremendously important to the academic success of all children. French Immersion students are no exception. A child's first language provides a sound base for the acquisition of a second language. Talk with your child about school. Show an interest in your child’s daily activities. Read together daily. Be positive about the program and the teacher.