Suggestions for Parents of French Immersion Students

Speak positively about the program, the teacher, and the school. Express any questions or concerns you might have to the teacher or principal, not to your child. Remember: your child's progress in the program will be affected by your attitude, and his/her success depends on the efforts and mutual support of those at home as well as at school.

Let your child know that you are pleased with his/her progress, but do not expect him/her to provide you with an account of each day's activities. Children take the routines of school for granted, and often want a change of subject when they reach home.

Children who are eager to speak French at home should be encouraged to do so, but never forced.

Do not attempt to correct your child if you are uncertain of the correct expression or pronunciation. Give your child the benefit of the doubt and let him/her teach you!

Take advantage of situations which increase your child's exposure to French language and culture, such as French television programs, cultural events, music, and books.

Do not compare your child's progress with his/her classmates. No two students develop and learn at exactly the same rate, nor in exactly the same way.

Assist your child in completing class assignments or projects by helping with organizational or presentation skills, by helping him/her locate appropriate resources for research or reference, and by explaining specific concepts in English, if necessary.

Volunteer to help at the school, either in the classroom, as a chaperone, or with the Catholic School Council.

Become a member of Canadian Parents for French (CPF).