1. Why consider Extended French?
Extended French is an effective method of learning another language. Students in Extended French programs
communicate in the target language while maintaining fluency in their first language.
2. Is Extended French for any child?
Extended French is open to any student starting Grade 5. A successful Extended French student generally
demonstrates the following characteristics:
• Expresses him/herself well
• Has strong skills in his or her first language
• Enjoys language activities
• Has a good memory
• Is confident
• Enjoys new challenges
• Has strong study habits
To find out about your child’s suitability for the program, you may wish to contact your child’s current
teacher or the administrator of the Extended French school in your area.
3. How do I find out more about Extended French?
Parents who want to know more about the program are encouraged to arrange a visit with one of our
Extended French schools. A visit offers parents the opportunity to see Extended French classes in action
and to meet the teachers, school administrators, and students who are involved in the program.
4. Will my child’s English skills be affected?
Research shows that bilingual children are flexible thinkers and effective problem solvers with a well-
developed sense of language. Second language education significantly strengthens first language skills in
areas of reading, vocabulary, grammar and communication skills.
5. Is student transportation available?
Transportation is available on existing transportation routes. Information regarding your child’s
transportation can be obtained by calling Tri-Board Student Transportation Services at 1-866-569-6638.
6. How can I support my child even if I don’t speak French?
Parents of Extended French students may have few or no French language skills but can support their child
in a variety of ways. To support your child in Extended French:
• Promote effective study habits
• Provide a structured learning environment for homework
• Have your child explain homework and share what he/she has learned
• Invest in a good French/English dictionary and a book of verbs
• Make French books available in the home
• Expose your child to French outside of school through the arts and French cultural
events in the community
• Consider taking a French course for adults
• Contact Canadian Parents for French (www.cpfont.on.ca) for more information
As in any classroom, program support is provided through differentiated instruction. However, more intensive
support using Special Education resources is not available in French.