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What is French Immersion like at O’Neill Catholic High School?
As a general rule, Grade 9 students do not earn credits. The curriculum for this year is a continuation of what took place from Grades 6 through 8. What does change, however, is each subject is taught by a specialist with specialized facilities and equipment.
In French Immersion, the students will continue to take many of their subjects in French. The number of hours of French instruction varies each year in high school but is approximately 70% in grades 9 and 10 and decreases slightly for grades 11 and 12.
French Immersion programs enable students to acquire the linguistic tools to communicate effectively in the country’s two official languages – English and French..
French Immersion Programs
French Immersion programs are based on the principle that children learn a second language most effectively when using it to study a different subject, for example science or social studies. The French Immersion Program at O'Neill Catholic is a place for the students entering Grade 9 from the elementary French Immersion program to continue their education in French.
How is this different than the Grade 9 student in the English program?
The only real difference is that the French Immersion student will be taking two language arts subjects (one in French and on in English). The English class is the same as any other student in the regular English program. Also, the French Immersion student cannot choose an elective in the Grade 9 year. This, however, does not affect his choice of electives in Grade.
Changes in Recent Years
Approval for bilingualism in 1989 started out at 63%. In 2002, 74% of Canadians said they support the policy of multiculturalism.
Federal Government is now hiring bilingual Canadians when available instead of providing language training to Anglophones.
Science/Math Mme Amanda Jacek-Flaman (B. Fr. Ed., Specialty in Math Ed.)
Math Mme Catherine Benham (Accredited and Math Major)
Français M. Denis Genest (French Major)
Mme Amanda Lauzon (M A - French Linguistics,, TESOL Post-Grad Cert.)
Mme Heather Kalenchuk (French Major)
Social Mme Ada Paez (French and Social Major)
Mme Michelle Phair (French Major, Ethics Major)
Bilingual Mention/French Immersion
To graduation from the Immersion program with a Bilingual Mention Certificate, students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits in French (out of a total of 24 from Grades 10 to 12). We currently have over 15 courses to choose from.
Being a student in French Immersion offers out-of-province and out-of-country trips for Grade 9 - 12 so students have an opportunity to use their second language.
Europe trip in grade 11 or 12. Preference given to students in French Immersion and those taking Spanish (fundraising is available).
3 months in Quebec (Saskatchewan-Quebec Exchnge in grade 11).
Opportunity to go work as a nanny in France, Switzerland, Belgium.
The following video was created by the University of Calgary but the reality of a second language applies to Saskatchewan as well.
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