This meeting will be of interest to families with students entering high school or already in high school.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Vanier Catholic Secondary School, learning commons
Topics for the discussion
Read more about the opportunity for students to write the DELF exam to earn a certificate of French second language proficiency.
Yukon students have several options to learn French in Yukon schools. Not all schools offer all options.
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On this page, you can learn about:
French First Language
French Second Language
Core French (Basic)
Core French (Intensive)
Option Plus French
French study and work programs
Why learn French?
Survey and focus group discussions about French programs
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 – 6), Académie Parhélie (7 – 12) or École Nomade (Home Education 1 - 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 www.csfy.ca.
French Second Language
French Second Language (FSL) programs are for students whose first language is not French.
Yukon Education offers three FSL programs:
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.
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.
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:
For more information about Intensive French, visit http://francaisintensif.ca/index.php/en/ or call the French Language Programs unit: 867-667-8237.
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.
French summer bursaries
Yukon students can enhance their classroom-based French studies through the following residential bursary programs managed by Canadian Heritage:
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 email@example.com.
Watch our bilingual video about Explore, a bursary program that gives students an opportunity to travel for an intensive immersion experience. Applications are being accepted until February 28, 2016.
You might be wondering why your child should learn to speak French. Here are some good reasons:
Read the report on focus group discussions about French Second Language programs in Whitehorse and rural Yukon.