Access to French Immersion Expanding Across Ontario
Ontario is expanding French immersion programs across the province to give more high school students the opportunity to learn a second language.
Starting in September 2013, the language courses that are needed to complete a French immersion program will be offered at the applied level. Currently, these courses are only offered at the academic level.
Students who take French immersion can also take a variety of subjects in French, helping them to develop strong language skills. This change will provide more opportunities for students to pursue bilingual careers.
A revised curriculum for French immersion will be released in 2012 with classes starting in September 2013. Boards have the option of offering French immersion programs based on local demands and resources. About 20,000 high school students are currently taking French immersion in Ontario.
“In today’s competitive global market, the knowledge of a second language is increasingly valuable and financially rewarding,” says Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. “Giving our students this opportunity will give them a leading edge to compete for the jobs of today and in the future.”