Chinook's Edge School Division

French Immersion

École Deer Meadow is a dual track school, offering a regular English program and a French Immersion program from grades 5 through 8. In French Immersion, French is not only a subject, but a language of instruction and a means of communication. In our program, more than 50% of the regular school curriculum is taught in French. Students in French Immersion also receive instruction in English Language Arts. Our program provides an optimal learning environment for all children to successfully learn the French Language, while enhancing the skills in their first language. Here are six frequently asked questions regarding our French Immersion program:

How much French Instruction do students receive? Our French Immersion students at grade 5 and 6 do approximately 70% of their instruction in French. At grade 7 and 8 that percentage drops when students are in Academy classes.

What if I don't know French? Parents do not have to know any French. French Immersion is designed to instruct students without any French background.

How can I support my child? Teachers understand that most parents will not be able to communicate with their children in French at home, but anticipate that they will attempt to support their child’s learning of French after school hours. This may include making available: French dictionaries, atlases, books, magazines, games, songs or videos. French phone and computer applications or even French camps or programs in the summer time are also worthwhile investments for enhancing and augmenting learning.

Teacher-parent contacts are communicated in English as are student report cards.      

What about English?  The program outcomes are different. There is more emphasis on oral communication in French Immersion, however many of the reading and writing outcomes are similar.

Is French a popular language to learn? Yes! More than 30,000 Alberta students take French Immersion. More than 300,000 students are enrolled nation-wide. Approximately 200,000 Albertans can carry on a conversation in both French and English.  In addition, Canada is considered a world leader in second language education.

Where can I find additional information? École Deer Meadow School and the Olds Chapter of Canadian Parents for French (CPF) are ready and willing to offer additional information and support:

CESD Co-ordinator

  • Jane Atkins
  • (403) 227-7070
  • French Immersion Co-ordinator

Staff Contacts

  • Mme. Ginette Shamvu
  • Mr. Carey Collin
  • (403) 791-2205
  • (403) 556-1003
  • French Immersion Teacher
  • Principal

Parent Contacts

  • Cheryl Parker
  • (403) 556-2496
  • President CPF Olds Chapter

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