Learn about French language programs in schools

  • French First Language
  • French Immersion Second Language
  • Core French and Option Plus Second Language
  • French Intensive Second Language
  • Why learn French?
  1. French First Language

    The Admission to French First Language Schools Policy come from Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students who qualify under the policy can attend:

    • École Émilie-Tremblay (pre-kindergarten to Grade 6);
    • Académie Parhélie (Grade 7 to 12); or
    • École Nomade (Home Education Kindergarten to Grade 12).

    In this program all subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are taught in French. The exception is English, which is taught in English and introduced in Grade 4.

    Students who graduate from the French First Language program receive le diplôme d’études secondaires.

    The Yukon Francophone School Board, la Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) manages the French First Language programs.

    To register or for more information

    Visit la Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon or phone École Émilie-Tremblay or Académie Parhélie at 867-667-8150.

  2. French Immersion Second Language

    French Second Language programs are for students whose 1st language is not French. It gives them the opportunity to become fluent in both English and French.

    French Immersion

    Is available only in Whitehorse. Students can enter the French Immersion program in:

    • Kindergarten or Grade 1 (Early Immersion); or
    • Grade 6 (Late Immersion).

    The approach of French Immersion programs can vary from school to school. For example, the amount of English that is taught in the early grades of French Immersion may be different across schools.

    It's expected that French Immersion program graduates will be able to:

    • continue their studies in either French or English; or
    • work in either French or English.

    How to register

    To register you child, visit the Register your child for school webpage.

    Watch videos about French Immersion in Yukon

    Early French Immersion

    Early French Immersion starts in Kindergarten or Grade 1. It provides as immersive a French language environment as possible for students.

    In Early French Immersion, there is little or no English in Kindergarten. English Language Arts as a subject is typically introduced in Grade 4, but may start earlier.

    The following schools offer Early French Immersion:

    Compare Early Immersion programs

    Student expectations and outcomes are the same in both schools with some differences.

    École Whitehorse Elementary School

    This is a single-track French Immersion school.

    • French is the dominant language in the school, which means:
      • announcements are made in French;
      • teachers and other staff communicate with one another, and with students in French;
      • assemblies are conducted in French; and
      • Learning Assistants (LAs), Educational Assistants (EAs) and counsellors speak French.
    • French is the sole language of instruction in the Kindergarten classroom.
    • Physical education, music and information technology are also taught in French.
    • At the start of Grade 1, students receive up to 90 minutes of English literacy instruction (word study, reading and writing). As they reach certain benchmarks:
      • the amount of English is reduced; and
      • reading instruction switches to French.
    • At the start of Grades 2 and 3, students receive up to 60 minutes of English literacy instruction (word study, reading and writing). As they reach certain benchmarks:
      • the amount of English is reduced; and
      • reading instruction switches to French.

    Selkirk Elementary School

    This is a dual-track school offering both English and French Immersion programs.

    • As much as possible, communication with French Immersion students is in French. However, both English and French are used in the school, which means:
      • most PA announcements are made in English;
      • many teachers and other staff communicate with one another and with students in English;
      • assemblies and concerts are conducted in English but include student presentations in both languages; and
      • Learning Assistants (LAs), Educational Assistants (EAs) and counsellors may speak English or French.
    • French is the sole language of instruction in the Kindergarten classroom.
    • There is a French-language choir.
    • Subjects such as physical education, music and information technology are taught in English. (This could change in future years.)
    • Reading instruction in Grade 1 is in French.

    Late French Immersion

    Late French Immersion starts in Grade 6. It aims to provide as immersive an environment as possible for students.

    • No formal English is taught in Grade 6.
    • English Language Arts are reintroduced in Grade 7.
    • Students can move on to the secondary school French Immersion program in Grade 8 (with those who started the program in Kindergarten or Grade 1).

    School offering Late French Immersion:

    Secondary school French Immersion

    The French Second Language program continues for Grade 8 to 12.

    School offering secondary school French Immersion:

    French Immersion curriculum

    For more information about French Immersion curriculum, visit British Columbia’s Français langue seconde – immersion curriculum.

    Want to know more?

    Phone the French Language Programs unit at 867-667-8610.

     

  3. Core French and Option Plus Second Language

    Core French

    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;
    • Grades 5 to 8.

    Some schools choose to offer Core French 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.

    French Second Language is not available in:

    • Beaver Creek;
    • Carcross;
    • Carmacks;
    • Destruction Bay;
    • Old Crow;
    • Pelly Crossing;
    • Ross River; and
    • Teslin.

    Core French curriculum

    For more information about Basic Core French, visit the British Columbia Core French curriculum page or call the French Language Programs unit at 867-667-8237.

    Option Plus French

    Vanier Catholic Secondary School offers Option Plus French—Social Studies 10 in French—when enough students are interested.

    How to register

    To register you child, visit the Register your child for school webpage.

    Want to know more?

    Phone the French Language Programs unit at 867-667-8610.

     

  4. French Intensive Second Language

    The Intensive French program leads to effective and meaningful communication in French.

    • Intensive French:
      • may be mandatory or optional, depending on the school; and
      • it begins in Grade 5 or 6.
    • 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:

    Watch our videos:

    How to register

    To register you child, visit the Register your child for school webpage.

    Want to know more?

    Visit Intensive French Français intensif or phone the French Language Programs unit at 867-667-8610.

  5. Why learn French?

    Watch a video on being bilingual in Yukon.

    Here are some good reasons why your child should learn to speak French.

    • French is an official language of Canada.
    • French is spoken by over 10 million Canadians.
    • French is an international language spoken by over 200 million people worldwide.
    • Speaking French gives your child a competitive edge in the job market:
      • anywhere in Canada;
      • in many other countries; and
      • many jobs require applicants to be bilingual.
    • Speaking French can lead to participation in Yukon’s vibrant French community.
    • Taking French can lead to post-secondary studies in French, and an additional Government of Yukon grant to support those studies.
    • Speaking French can lead to participation in summer bursary programs such as Destination CLIC and Explore.
    • Speaking another language increases your child’s understanding of and respect for other people and other cultures.