‡ Overview of Program ‡ Student Candidates ‡ Role of Parents ‡ District Procedures

What is Early French Immersion (EFI)?
‡ Canadian made education program that began over 30 years ago. In Richmond since 1978. Designed for students whose first language is NOT French. Begins in Kindergarten or Grade one. All subjects are taught in French. English Language Arts is introduced in Grade 3. Students may continue in the French Immersion High Schools (McRoberts or McMath).

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Who makes a good candidate ?
Students who are:
‡ willing to take risks ‡ comfortable and enjoy playing with other children ‡ interested in words, know the alphabet names and sounds ‡ express themselves orally and have a strong language ability

How is French Taught?
‡ Daily routines and experiences will build on comprehension of French oral communication ‡ Participation in shared reading and listening experiences through picture books, fairy tales, stories, rhymes, videos etc. ‡ French songs, games and play situations by imitating and repeating words and sentences. ‡ Mimes and gestures, context and illustrations

How can parents support their child?
‡ ‡ ‡ Become involved in the classroom and school Share expertise and skills with the class Help organize activities, assist on fieldtrips, prepare materials at home, give ideas or input to the program Expose your child to your own traditions and stories Show positive attitude towards language and culture. Continue to read stories in English. Watch French programs or videos, listen to a French CD

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Why Choose EFI?
‡ ‡ ‡ Opportunity to become functionally fluent in French Enhance language use skills (reading and writing) Enhances non-linguistic skills such as divergent thinking, attitudes towards others and mathematics skills Increase your ability to appreciate and enjoy the arts, literature, music and theatre of the various Frenchspeaking nations Pursue secondary and post-secondary studies in French



What is the Registration Process?
‡ Parent to register in person at your catchment school. ‡ Child must be 5 years old by Dec. 31, 2012. ‡ Bring proof of Canadian Citizenship (or landed immigrant/permanent residence status) for both parent and child. ‡ Bring your child¶s original birth certificate and immunization record. ‡ Bring proof of Richmond residency (tax notice, mortgage document, purchase/rental agreement) ± no photocopies, please

How Do I Apply for EFI?
‡ Applications will begin on January 16, 2012. ‡ Pick up an Alternate Program Application Form from the school where you have registered. ‡ Submit application to the Richmond School Board, 7811 Granville Avenue, 1st Floor, by: Friday, February 3, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ‡ Draw date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 ‡ Applicants will be informed of draw results by February 15, 2012. ‡ Parents to confirm acceptance (email only) by: March 1, 2012.

Things to note:
‡ EFI is offered at 7 schools in Richmond: Mitchell, Whiteside, Anderson, Bridge, Dixon, Gilmore and Homma. ‡ Kindergarten will be all day (FDK) ‡ Transportation is the parent¶s responsibility ‡ Acceptance into the school of choice is on a lottery basis.

Sibling Priority
‡ Priority will be given to a child who has a sibling in the immersion program in the same school at the same time and there is space. ‡ If there are more sibling applicants than spaces, there will be a separate draw in that school. ‡ Siblings of students enrolled in the English program are not given sibling priority in LFI.

Contact Information
Program Information

‡ Diane Jubinville, Teacher Consultant, French Programs 604-668-6000 Ext. 6588 djubinville@sd38.bc.ca http://sd38french.blogspot.com/
Registration, Draw, Transfer Information

‡ Karen Chang, Administrative Assistant 604-668-6606 alternateprograms@sd38.bc.ca


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