NEW! Gr 5 - Late Immersion

Get to know our French Immersion community...


K-12 Early Immersion 
Thursday, Jan 27
7 - 8 p.m.
Virtual Zoom - Link


Gr 5 - Late Immersion
Tuesday, Jan 18
7 - 8 p.m.
Virtual Zoom - Link

Can't make it to the info session? No problem, the presentation will be recorded and a summary of frequently asked questions will be shared online (no attendees will be recorded).

Email us or call 403.878.6668 to BOOK AN IN PERSON SCHOOL TOUR, by appointment only. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced and masking is mandatory.  


"It truly feels like a community. And it’s not just about the French programming. We appreciate the weekly themes and emails from the principal. Our child talks a lot about what he/she is learning from the HUG coaches. And the custodian is super friendly, too. We enjoyed the pre COVID-19 dances, winter festival, etc. and the online Family Paint Night. This truly is a wonderful place and we tell people often how glad we are for choosing Connaught."- Parent


French Immersion is a Canadian-made educational program in which a child, whose first language is not French, studies in French. Students have the option to enter the program in kindergarten or grade one.  

  • French Immersion is designed for children that are just discovering the language and previous experience is not required 
  • Learning a second language has been shown to bring cognitive and academic benefits
  • Opens up career opportunities
  • Research has shown that learning a second language could have a positive effect on first language development
  • French students are eligible for a larger pool of post secondary and scholarships
  • Travel and exchange opportunities
  • Children are functionally bilingual by grade 12
  • Builds a foundation for learning additional languages
  • École Connaught has a dedicated music teacher and a physical education teacher

Frequently Asked Questions about French Immersion


gr 5Our new Late French Immersion program is for grade five students and can be accessed by any child who is currently in grade four. Late French Immersion will offer your child an opportunity to learn a second language. Here are a few things to consider:

  • All French immersion programs are designed for students and families who do not speak French.
  • The decision to choose late immersion should be made as a family, the child needs to have a desire to learn French
  • Small class size
  • Qualities of a late entry learner: A curious, critical thinker, who is imaginative, resilient, willing to try new things, takes risks and works hard.
  • Students will be ready to join the French immersion stream at CHHS in gr. 7
  • The first few months will be a challenge as students work hard to learn the language.
  • Students that are successful in their current program will continue to do well in French; they will be caught up and ready for grade 7 at CHHS.

Grade 5 Late Immersion will start in Sept 2022 at École Connaught School and there will be a limited number of spots available. Formal registration will begin on February 1, 2022. If you would like to access the late entry program for your child, please enter your information on this pre-registration form as this program will be delivered on a first come, first served basis. 

Pre registration is not required, however with limited space, we will give preference to those that have pre registered. We will also reach to to your family for additional opportunities to connect and answer any questions that you may have. 

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"French Immersion is all about independence. So, it is okay that I don’t speak French because my child always has help at school. I am able to follow along and help out when necessary" - Grade 4 Parent

As a parent, I don't speak French, how will I help my child? 

The earlier children are exposed to language and literacy through activities like reading and writing, the more likely they are to do well at school. This is the case no matter what language they are exposed to in their early years.

Even before they start school, children acquire thinking and communication skills that enable them to learn other languages and to succeed in school. They learn those skills by hearing and speaking the language of their home – whether it is English or Portuguese, Farsi, Urdu or Chinese.

You don’t need special skills to help your child learn French. Spending time with your child – talking about what he or she is thinking about and doing in his or her everyday life – will make a difference.

Student can learn skills in one language and transfer them to another

The goal of French Immersion is to develop proficiency, not just in French but in English as well – Canada’s two official languages. This goal is based on solid research. Studies show that if your child develops abilities in French, this will help your child continue to improve in English. There are many skills and abilities that transfer between different languages. These can include phonetic skills, comprehension strategies, higher-order thinking skills and familiarity with text formats, such as books, manuals, recipes and websites. This explains why children who are literate in one language are likely to have an advantage in learning a second. It also explains why your child’s developing proficiency in French will not limit his or her growth in mastering English.

Parents can play a big role in supporting their child’s success in French. Below are some of the literacy skills that can be transferred from one language to another.

  • Communicating effectively – regardless of the language being used, communication makes us organize our thinking. We need to think about our audience and choose language that explains our thinking with precision.
  • Thinking imaginatively and analytically – we use language to wonder about and imagine solutions to everyday problems, and to weigh a range of possibilities and outcomes to our actions.
  • Accessing, managing, evaluating and creating information – languages serve as tools that allow us to receive information, build knowledge and communicate understanding. When we learn to do this in one language, we can apply it to any language we speak.
  • Understanding how we learn and think – when we come to know how we think and what helps us learn, we grow in our ability to apply this knowledge to new learning. When we recognize our unique strengths and ways of learning, we can apply this in every language we use.
Effective ways to help support your child with French?
    • Show an interest in the program and their progress
    • Encourage and support their efforts
    • Participate wherever possible in the total life of the school. Become a volunteer in the classroom by coming on field trips, helping with reading programs, helping with Munch a Lunch, etc.
    • Provide additional opportunities for exposure to French language and culture beyond the classroom, such as choosing one or two TV programs and watch them on the French channel or participate in French community events.
    • Help them develop good study habits: reread homework questions, understand what the question is asking, find answers in notes or other resources, and help them to answer questions by formulating complete sentences.
    • Have them read orally and summarize briefly what is read. This often helps consolidate French comprehension and encourages the child to extract the general meaning of a passage rather than dwelling on a few words they don’t understand. If those few tricky words keep re-appearing in passages, then consult a dictionary or online translator. It is normal not to understand every word.
    • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher, they can direct you to helpful websites or resources, and give you additional information about specific assignments. 
    • Set up homework partners with the help of the teacher, so your child can contact their study partner for support.
    What resources are available to me and my child?

    Research shows that French Immersion is the most effective way for a child to become functionally bilingual. French Immersion in Alberta is the delivery of the curriculum guidelines using French as the language of instruction. Children may enter the program in Kindergarten or Grade One and transfer in from another immersion program at any time.

    When making educational choices, more and more parents are recognizing that knowing a second language is an important skill in today’s academic and business world – and will be even more important in the future. Consider the many advantages of this amazing program. Studies have shown that children learn second languages much easier than adults. Children benefit from learning two languages- their thinking and reasoning skills improve and English skills are enhanced. Students graduate from French Immersion programs with a high level of proficiency in French and English and an increased sense of confidence and independence.

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