For Parents

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Resources for parents

Are you a parent looking to offer your child all the benefits of a dual-language education? You might feel a little overwhelmed with questions and uncertainties about French-second-language, or FSL, education. Even if you’ve already made the decision to enrol your child in an FSL program, you might be at a loss as to how you can help him or her succeed if you don’t speak French yourself.

CPF is here to help. We have many informative resources that can help you pick the right program for your child; and for parents whose children are already studying FSL, we have resources that can help you help your kids. We are primarily, first and foremost, a parent-oriented organization, so we are here for you and your family every step of the way.

Comparing French Programs

Have questions about the differences between early and late French immersion, core or intensive French, or the Francophone education program? The B.C. Ministry of Education’s info page has a good breakdown of some quick FAQs.

In the Yukon? Check out the Yukon Ministry of Education’s French program info page here.

About French Immersion in B.C.

French immersion has been running in B.C. since 1968, when it started in Coquitlam. Fifty years later, it’s grown to be in nearly every school district in the province and into the Yukon too. For a breakdown of the provincial government’s current policy directives on French immersion, read here.

French for Parents

It can be hard to keep up with your child’s progress in language learning. Getting them to teach you can be a good exercise for both parties, but if you’re looking for some extra support, a good plan could be to get a group together and enrol in Éducacentre’s French for Parents program.

Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning

The ability to understand and speak French is only one benefit of French-second-language education. Research shows that students who are educated in a second language—particularly those in immersion programs—reap additional benefits from the experience. For more info, check out this breakdown.

More FAQs

Have more questions? Hopefully they’re answered in our additional FAQ document. If not, feel free to send us an email at [email protected]!

BC Ministry of Education is committed to providing a high quality education for K-12 students in British Columbia.

BCCPAC (BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) is a charitable non-profit organization that advocates for the best possible public education for all children in BC through the active involvement of parents. Our membership of over 1,000 includes parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils in BC.

French Trade Commission is a department of the French government.

Gouvernement du Québec is in charge of services and programs in the province of Quebec.

Industry Canada helps Canada’s businesses and consumers succeed by providing resources, programs and services.

Legislative Assembly of BC is one of two components of the Parliament of British Columbia.

Other Language Learning Support Organizations

Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organization that offers French language courses, access to a multimedia library and organizes cultural activities.

ArtStarts in schools is a unique not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among BC’s young people.

BCCPAC (BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) is a charitable non-profit organization that advocates for the best possible public education for all children in BC through the active involvement of parents. Our membership of over 1,000 includes parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils in BC.

Traditional Learning Academy assists with home-schooling and supports parents as the primary educators of their children.

Yes, You Can Help! Canadian Parents for French Alberta and Alberta Education’s French Language Education Services joined together to produceYes, you can help!, a resource for parents with children in french second language programs. Now available online, it answers many questions and provides support to parents on issues about second language learning.

Peer Tutoring Literacy Program

CPF Guide to FSL Schools

CPF Pamphlets

CPF School Self-Assessment Tool

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