École Leduc Junior High School
École Leduc Junior High School offers an extensive and well-established French Immersion Program. It is our belief that ÉLJHS offers a well-rounded program: a program that not only thoroughly provides the skills of writing, reading-viewing, speaking and understanding the language but also one that creates a cultural awareness. There are several opportunities to use French beyond the classroom such as the Quebec trip, French restaurant trips, and several French cultural presentations and events.
Below are some questions, answers, and helpful links about the French Immersion program at École Leduc Junior High School / Des questions et des réponses au sujet de l’immersion française.
Canadian Parents for French – National Site
Canadian Parents for French – Alberta Site
Alberta Education Information
Yes, You Can Help! (A Parents’ Resource)
French Immersion Brochure from Black Gold Regional School Division No. 18.
Learning another language can help your child to:
We are now more closely connected to our global neighbours than ever before. Advances in technology are making it easier to travel and communicate with people all over the world. Increasing immigration is making our local communities more diverse and enriched. In addition, our economic well-being is linked to our ability to succeed in the international marketplace.
The Impact of Second Language Education by Alberta Education shows the benefits of learning a second language are much broader than simply the ability to speak in another language. It reports on research that affirms the importance of second language education on intellectual potential, scholastic achievement, first language skills, citizenship and the economy.
The research conclusions in each area are as follows:
Many parents worry that their children’s English language skills will be affected by learning another language. The truth is that a child’s English will not be harmed by learning another language and may even be improved! In studies that looked at the effect of learning another language on first language skills, the results have been positive. Students in second language programs readily transfer the skills they learn in one language to the other. They learn a lot about the English language by looking for similarities and differences between English and the language they are learning. All Alberta students take the same English language arts program and are expected to achieve the same standards. In early immersion programs, because of the initial focus on learning the second language, students do lag behind peers in the regular program in some English skills. However, they quickly catch up once they have had one or two years of English language arts. By Grade 5 or Grade 6, children in immersion programs do as well as or better than those in the English language program. Many studies have found that English skills are actually enhanced by learning another language. Immersion and bilingual program students often outperform students in the regular program in some English skill areas. Want to help improve your child’s English language skills? Suggest learning another language!