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Information sessions are being held by the Catholic school board from Nov. 10 -12 for parents interested in enrolling their children in French immersion for the 2016-2017 school year.
Parents will be given an overview, criteria, and changes to be expected from the regular program.
Dufferin-Peel offers French immersion from Grade 1 at eight school sites. Students spend 90 per cent of their day learning in the French language.
All subjects and activities except for religion and family life, will be delivered in French.
In Grades 2 and 3, 70 per cent of the instruction will be in French, with the proportion of English increasing to 50 per cent in later years.
Students in the program typically attain a mid-range level of competency, meaning after at least 4,510 hours of French instruction, the student should be able to read newspapers and books, with the occasional help of a dictionary, and watch and understand radio and television news and other programs.
The student should also be able to hold conversations, demonstrate knowledge of the culture, society, customs, economy, government, institutions, and, after a few months’ residence, function in a French-speaking community.
Online registration will begin following the information sessions. The deadline for submissions hasn’t yet been announced. If demand is high, a centralized, computer-generated lottery will be held following the deadline.