The Core French program at AMDSB develops a range of essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills (the four interconnected strands of FSL learning), and promotes analytical, critical, and metacognitive thinking skills. The program also includes the opportunity to experience authentic Quebec culture through the St. Donat excursion, and study various other French language cultures around the world.
We offer Core French in elementary schools starting in Grade 4. At the secondary level, we offer Core French in Grades 9 through 12 for all pathways (academic, applied, college, university) in both in-class and online contexts.
Secondary French students are invited to challenge the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue Française) certification each year.
The DELF, recognized in more than 165 countries:
- Provides lifelong certification
- Recognizes your proficiency in French
- Awards you with an official document that could be added to your resume or portfolio
- Describes what you can do in oral communication, listening, reading and writing in French
- Opens doors for travel, job and educational opportunities
- Is a certified language assessment for acceptance into a French university (B2 level or higher)
How can I support my child if I don’t speak French?
The internet is a great resource for supports because many tutorials, websites and reference materials are now available online. Encourage your child to read for pleasure in both French and English, as reading for pleasure enriches your child’s vocabulary and boosts his/her self confidence.
Other suggestions for parents are:
- Communicate with teachers about your concerns, questions or suggestions;
- Volunteer in the classroom;
- Invest in a good French/English dictionary and a book of verbs;
- Expose your child to French outside of school (books from the library, theatre, T.V., etc.)
- Get involved with Canadian Parents for French
What if my child has difficulties?
Additional practice with French outside of regular classroom time can be helpful. Use such resources as the School Board’s Getting Students Connected website, or investigate curriculum content in English.
You can also:
- Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help
- Consult with the teacher regularly to discuss progress and remedial strategies
- Encourage your child to talk about what happens in French class