DON'T SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND FRENCH? DON'T WORRY!


Parents should feel secure in the knowledge that their child’s best interests are at heart and at the forefront of Emerson Academy’s mission. We believe that our students’ families are integral to their success and are therefore included in our circle of influence.

It is important to note however, that neither the parent nor the child need possess prior knowledge of French in order for students to succeed at Emerson Academy. Our gifted staff design the curriculum assuming that the children will only experience French at school, and dedicate time throughout the day for our students to revisit previous lessons and ensure that they have been understood before moving on to the next concept. Furthermore, beginning in Grade 1, their French "homework" can easily be completed in school at the end of each day. Bilingual teachers dedicate an extra hour to provide the children with the opportunity to practice their new language, skills and knowledge independently, or to give them extra assistance if/as needed. While you are welcome to review your child's great work at any time, you are not required to help him or her complete it.



HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S BILINGUALISM:


  • Support your child's bilingual education in the same way you would support any other new skill or endeavour he or she engaged in - with love, encouragement, praise and celebrations of success!


  • Do what feels comfortable for you and your family. Don’t try to speak a language with your child if you are not comfortable or fluent in that language  


  • Don’t worry if your child mixes his or her two languages. This is a normal part of becoming bilingual and in fact demonstrates cognitive progress. Provide your child with many opportunities to hear, speak, play, and interact in your home language.


  • If possible, encourage your child to speak only French with any bilingual or French children or adults you may know


  • If you think your child has a language delay, consult a speech language pathologist for advice regarding the best ways to help your child learn more than one language.


  • If you are still wondering whether you should enroll your child in French Immersion, download a French Immersion FAQ sheet now to help you discern between fact and fiction when it comes to the benefits of bilingualism.


Check out our "C'est What?" blog to learn more about what to do when you don't speak French at home, and enjoy other conversation starters!

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