Yes, You Can Help! Information and Inspiration for French Immersion Parents – the ground-breaking Alberta Education book that has sold thousands of copies since the first edition in 1996 – is now available online!
The brand new digital version includes all of the same information, but:
- it is accessible free of charge on the Alberta Education Website
- statistics, references, etc. have been updated
- recent research results and insights into immersion as well as changes in education guidelines and practices have been incorporated
- hotlinks give easy access to more in-depth information, cross-references, and footnotes
- topics are addressed one “page” (screen) at a time, so readers can quickly find the information they seek.
Yes, You Can Help! is designed for parents from preschool to postsecondary. The 12 major sections include:
- 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
- But my child is…! (diverse needs in French immersion)
- What have graduates said about French immersion?
Extended French Program
Extended French describes the continuity of the French Immersion program into high school. The objectives of this program are to enable students to maintain and develop the French language skills they have already acquired in addition to fostering an understanding and appreciation of French culture. Students in the program who successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits including FLA 30 will receive a bilingual certificate.
The Extended French program is offered to students entering grade 10 who have completed the Early or Late French Immersion programs in grade 9. The following courses are offered as part of the Extended French program: French Language Arts, Études Sociales and Mathématiques.
French Language Arts
The French Immersion program uses French as the only language of instruction. Students in the program take their core courses entirely in French. They have done so since grade 1 (early immersion) or grade 7 (late immersion). If you are transferring from another school please be advised that this is not an FSL program. Please see the FSL program in the International Languages section. These FLA courses are available to students in the Extended French program.
French Language Arts 10-1
Students will continue developing their oral communication, reading and writing skills. Through their oral and written work, the students will also gain a better knowledge of French cultural values. Students displaying a strong work ethic and acceptable levels of achievement will be encouraged to register in FLA 20 AP.
French Language Arts 10-1 AP
The French Language Arts course continues to develop the student’s linguistic skills, through speaking, reading and writing situations. The student will also explore the history of French literature as well as the social-cultural values of the French people and their lifestyle. This course will prepare the students for more senior AP courses.
French Language Arts 20-1
Students will continue developing their oral communication, reading and writing skills. Through their oral and written work, the students will also gain a better knowledge of French cultural values.
French Language Arts 20-1 AP
The Advanced Placement French Course in Language and Literature emphasizes the study of a variety of texts and a variety of writing tasks. Students will be able to understand and appreciate texts from a variety of sources: novels or short stories, newspaper and magazines and various pieces of literature. Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of the French language through their writing. Students write the French Language Advanced Placement exam in May of their grade 11 year.
French Language Arts 30-1
The French Language Arts 30 course continues to develop the student’s linguistic skills. The student will develop the ability to think logically, read critically, speak knowledgeably and listen actively to increase understanding, and cultivate their written expression.
French Language Arts 30-1 AP
The Advanced Placement French Course in Language and Literature emphasizes the study of a variety of texts and a variety of writing tasks. Students will be able to understand and appreciate texts from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries and are encouraged to expand their knowledge of the French language through their writing.