All of our Ottawa Catholic schools offer French as a Second Language (FSL) pathways for our students.
We have a number of FSL entry points to choose from, beginning as early as Junior Kindergarten. Learning another language opens the door to intercultural understanding career development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring our students feel confident and secure in exploring the French language. Our FSL programs aim to enable our students to communicate in French in a variety of school, travel, leisure and job related contexts. We want to ensure that we provide an open environment where students feel free to experiment, allowing students to take risks in speaking French, whether they are in core, extended, or immersion programs.
The Ministry of Education requires students to have completed 3,800 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8 in order to enter the French Immersion program in Grade 9. In order to meet this requirement, Grade 4 is designated as the entry point for Immersion.
Navigating your way through the many different options for FSL programs can be difficult. We have included a brief summary of the options available to our students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. View the text summary by clicking here >>
Are you more of a visual learner? Here is a handy diagram to explain the pathway options for our students.
The school principal should always be your primary contact for inquiries regarding educational programs.
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Student Success Department
570 West Hunt Club Road
Nepean, Ontario K2G 3R4
Our programs also have to meet the needs of a diverse multicultural classroom where French may be the third or even fourth language that the students are learning. Students learn to work together, building acceptance and tolerance. And there is no better way to achieve this than learning a new language together.
We have broken down the list of subjects taught in French and English in the various different pathways for our students. Find out which subjects are offered in the French lanugage of instruction for students in all grade levels.
The FSL Homework Toolbox is a useful resource for parents and students. The website features: general tips for learning French; strategies for reading, writing and mathematics; tips for completing homework; learning skills and work habits; glossaries; frequently asked questions; and popular French books and music.