The Halton District School Board supports the Ontario Ministry of Education's vision and goals for French as a Second Language (FSL) programs. All programs in the French as a Second Language curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels share a common vision.
Students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada's official languages, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world.
In each French as a Second Language program (Core and Immersion), students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:
- Use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings
- Learn about Canada, its two official languages, and other francophone cultures
- Appreciate how connected and interdependent the global community is
- Be responsible for their own learning as they work independently and in groups
- Use effective language learning strategies
- Become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as world citizens.
HDSB offers Core French and French Immersion learning pathways. Core French begins in grade 1, and the optional French Immersion has a grade 2 entry point.
Both Core French and French Immersion Tracks
- Can be followed until the end of Grade 12
- Will result in proficiency in French
- Cover all four strands (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
- Use authentic tasks, the action-oriented approach, new vocabulary and repetition to bring students to proficiency
- High expectations for students to engage with the language
Additional Core French & French Immersion Information
- Learning the language in a literacy based and focused way
- Time for practice is incorporated into class time
- Grades 1-3: 1 period per week
- Grades 4-5: 2-4 periods per week
- Grades 6-8: 4-5 periods per week
- Learning the language in an integrated way, using many subjects
- Some schools are dual-track, meaning they offer both programs, some schools only offer Core French, in which case students would change schools to register in French Immersion
- Grades 2-3: 80% - 100% of the day
- Grades 4-8: 50% of the day
French Immersion Registration
Learn More About Registering for HDSB French Immersion
- Registration opens in December, and closes at the end of January during the grade one year.
- An email will be sent to parents of grade 1 students announcing when registration will begin
- The registration button can be used by families within HDSB or from out-of-Board
- Considerations for families while deciding on registration for French Immersion:
- How has my child’s language development progressed?
- How well has my child engaged in the Primary Core French program?
- How has my child’s math development progressed?
- What information has been shared with me about my child’s learning strengths and needs?
- Have I considered the information from the Progress Report?
- Would my family adapt to potentially having students at different schools?
- Have I considered potentially changing schools again if my child decided to demit from the program mid-year?
Grade 1 Parent Information French Immersion Program
- To see if your neighbourhood school offers French Immersion, please check “Find My Local School”
- If you have questions, please call your local school offering French Immersion
DELF Exam in HDSB
- Core French students in grade 12
- French Immersion students in grade 12
- Self-select level A2-B2 for the exam
- Students who pass the exam will receive a world-recognized DELF certificate
FSL Programs and Students with Special Needs
For more information about French as a Second Language programs in English-language school boards, including students with special needs and English language learners, refer to the information and resources posted on the Ontario Ministry of Education website.
In the Halton District School Board, we believe that every child is capable of learning French. There are six principles set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education that guide our work:
- French as a Second Language programs are for all students
- Teaching and learning French is recognized and valued
- French as a Second Language serves as a bridge between languages and cultures
- Learning French as a Second Language strengthens literacy skills
- Research informs decision-making, and
- Learning French as a Second Language is a lifelong journey
FSL Homework Toolbox
This site supports parents who have children in a “French Immersion” (FI) program and wish to assist them with homework in French. It is also a resource for FI students who require an accessible user friendly reference tool to help with homework. Learners and educators in other FSL programs will also find it helpful.
FSL Homework Toolbox