French programs

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French programs

Yukon students have several options to learn French in Yukon schools. Not all schools offer all options.

Would you like to read this page in French? Click the Français link at the top right-hand corner of the page!

On this page, you can learn about:

French First Language
French Second Language   
Core French (Basic)
Core French (Intensive)
French Immersion
Option Plus French
French study and work programs
Why learn French?
Survey and focus group discussions about French programs 

French First Language

Students who qualify under the Admission to French First Language Schools Policy, arising from Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, can attend École Émilie-Tremblay (K4 to 6), Académie Parhélie (7 to 12) or École Nomade (Home Education Kindergarten to 12).

In this program, all subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are taught in French except for English courses, which are introduced in Grade 4.

Students who graduate from the French First Language program receive le diplôme d’études secondaires.

The French First Language schools are managed by the Yukon Francophone School Board, Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon.

For more information about French First Language education, call École Émilie-Tremblay or Académie Parhélie at 867-667-8150 or visit


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French Second Language

French Second Language (FSL) programs are for students whose first language is not French.

Yukon Education offers three FSL programs:

  • Core French
  • Intensive French
  • French Immersion (Early and Late)

Not all schools offer these programs. FSL is not available in Beaver Creek, Carcross, Carmacks, Destruction Bay, Old Crow, Pelly Crossing, Ross River or Teslin. French Immersion is offered only in Whitehorse.

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Core French

Core French provides students with basic French conversation skills.

Students receive up to 120 minutes of French instruction weekly—for short periods every day or for longer periods a few times a week.

In schools where Core French is the only second language offered, Core French is mandatory for all students in Grades 5 to 8. Some schools choose to offer it as early as Kindergarten.

Core French is offered as an elective course in Grades 9 to 12.  Grade 10, 11 and 12 Core French courses are credited toward the Yukon Graduation Certificate.

For more information about Basic Core French, visit the British Columbia Core French curriculum page or call the French Language Programs unit: 867-667-8237.

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Intensive French

The Intensive French program leads to effective and meaningful communication in French.

Intensive French may be mandatory or optional, depending on the school. It begins in Grade 5 or 6, depending on the school. Students receive 80% of instruction in French for half of the year and 20% for the other half. Mathematics is taught in English all year. Post-Intensive French continues through Grade 12 as an optional program.

Intensive French is currently offered in the following schools:

  • Christ the King Elementary, 867-667-3527
  • Hidden Valley Elementary, 867-667-8164
  • Holy Family Elementary, 867-667-3500
  • Selkirk Elementary School, 867-667-3688
  • Robert Service School, 867-993-5435
  • Vanier Catholic Secondary, 867-667-5901

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For more information about Intensive French, visit or call the French Language Programs Unit: 867-667-8237.

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French Immersion

Graduates of the French Immersion program are expected to be able to continue their studies or work in either French or English.

Students can enter the French Immersion program in Kindergarten or Grade 1 (Early Immersion) or in Grade 6 (Late Immersion).

Get details on our French Immersion page.

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Option Plus French

Vanier Catholic Secondary School offers Option Plus French—Social Studies 10 in French—when enough students are interested.

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French study and work programs

French summer bursaries

Yukon students can enhance their classroom-based French studies through the following residential bursary programs managed by Canadian Heritage:

  • Destination CLIC, a three-week summer program for francophone students in Grades 8 and 9. Applications for summer 2017 are being accepted until March 31, 2017.
  • Explore, a five-week summer program for Grade 11 and post-secondary students. Applications for summer 2017 are being accepted until February 28, 2017.

French Immersion work experience program Odyssey

The Odyssey program is an opportunity for Yukon students to work as paid English-language assistants in French-language schools in New Brunswick and Quebec. This nine-month program offers an immersion experience in French-speaking Canada, while helping teachers with the oral and cultural aspects of a second language. Every year, French-speaking “monitors” come to Yukon through the Odyssey program to work with students in our French Second Language classrooms. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are being accepted until February 28, 2017.

French post-secondary fellowship bursary

This bursary aims to encourage Canadians to study at the post-secondary level in French to acquire knowledge of their second official language or, in the case of French speaking students, their own language. The deadline for the first round of bursary selections is September 30, 2016. Late applications may be considered. Application forms and additional information are available by contacting

Watch our bilingual video aboutExplore, a bursary program that gives students an opportunity to travel for an intensive immersion experience. Applications are being accepted until February 28, 2016.

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Why learn French?

You might be wondering why your child should learn to speak French. Here are some good reasons:

  • French is an official language of Canada.
  • French is spoken by over 10 million Canadians.
  • French is an international language spoken by 175 million people worldwide.
  • Speaking French gives your child a competitive edge in the job market anywhere in Canada and in many other countries. Many jobs require applicants to be bilingual.
  • Speaking French can lead to participation in Yukon’s vibrant French community.
  • Taking French can lead to post-secondary studies in French and an additional Yukon Government grant to support those studies.
  • Speaking French can lead to participation in summer bursary programs such as Destination CLIC and Explore.
  • Speaking another language increases your child’s understanding of and respect for other people and other cultures, especially French Canadian culture.

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Survey and focus group discussions about French programs

Read the results of our survey of Whitehorse parents about French Second Language programs.

Read the report on focus group discussions  about French Second Language programs in Whitehorse and rural Yukon.

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French Programs

Department of Education
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Tel: 867-667-8610
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 8610
Fax: 867-393-6339

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