For Parents

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For Parents2019-03-11T13:41:18-07:00

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.

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.

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

BC Ministry of Intergovernmental Relations
works to ensure that British Columbia’s relations with the federal government, other provincial governments and international governments advance our interests.

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.

Canadian Club of Vancouver promotes Canadian identity and fosters Canadian unity. It encourages knowledge of Canada’s own history, honours native talent in the arts, sciences, business and public affairs, and – as stated in the original founding objectives – ‘fosters patriotic sentiment.’

French For Life is facilitated by Canadian Parents for French- MB (CPF-MB), in partnership with l’Association manitobaine des directrices et directeurs des écoles d’immersion française (AMDI). The project serves to promote French-Second-Language (FSL) education in general, and has a focus on the benefits of the French Immersion program and Basic French options.

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.

Government of Canada is a single point of access to all programs, services, departments, ministries and organizations of the Canadian government.

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.

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (P.I.C.S.) Society is a non-profit society, charitable organization and United Way member agency that seeks to build a healthy and just society which values all cultures.

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 such as:

· Why learn a second language?
· A made-in-Canada solution (What is French immersion? What does the research say?)
· I want to help, but it’s in French!
· The secondary years and beyond
· The importance of French outside of school
A handout that outlines the benefits of choosing French Second Language education for your children: Cognitive Benefits of FSL Education

A workbook filled with activities that introduce French to English-speaking children: CPF Early Childhood Activity Book

A handout that outlines questions commonly asked by parents considering French Immersion: French Immersion Questions and Answers

A handout that outlines the status and value of FSL education for Canadian students: French Second Language Education

Your Education Matters TV Program

Your Education Matters is the only TV program in BC dedicated to addressing education issues beyond the headlines. Hosted by Dr. Paul Shaker, Past-Dean of Education at SFU, the program provides insight and opinions from practitioners and scholars on education issues that matter for parents, students, educators and policy makers alike.

From decision-making for your child’s education to accountability and diversity in our schools to health education, Your Education Matters welcomes guests who explore the challenges and possible solutions for education issues, so viewers are informed and prepared to actively participate in making their family’s education experience successful.

Your Education Matters will air a new episode with a new topic monthly and rebroadcasts on 2 channels.

Visit: Your Education Matters TV Program

Learning French in BC & Yukon Schools

Have you ever wondered how Early Immersion differs from Late Immersion? Or what teaching approach is used in Intensive French? A new brochure entitled Learning French in B.C. & Yukon Schools answers these questions. Intended for parents eager for their children to learn French as a second or other language, this brochure gives an overview of the French programs in our schools. The main goal of this pamphlet is to clarify the differences between French Second Language programs and courses, by comparing the advantages, the approaches to language learning, the conditions of eligibility, the start date, and the duration of each. The development of English language skills and the type of diploma students who study French will receive are also discussed. Learning French in BC & Yukon Schools ENG Learning French in BC & Yukon Schools FRE

See also:

Peer Tutoring Literacy Program

CPF Guide to FSL Schools


Youth Activities

CPF School Self-Assessment Tool

Resource Order Form

Durham School District Resources on French Immersion

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