How important is it for my child to learn French in school?

It is important for your child to learn French in school because it allows them to learn about francophone culture and it may benefit them in the future.

Why do schools teach French in Canada?

French and English are Canada’s official languages, to honour Canada’s historic anglophone and francophone communities. All English-language schools in Canada teach French as a second language. It helps students better understand Canada’s history and francophone culture.

Why should my child learn French?

Knowing how to speak, read and write French may help your child:

  • Get a job (some jobs require bilingualism)

  • Communicate with French-speaking Canadians

  • Learn about francophone culture

How much French is taught in English-language schools?

If your child is enrolled in an English-language school, they must learn French from Grade 4-8. In secondary school, your child must take at least one French credit to graduate and get their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This is available to students at schools that offer core French classes.

If your child attends a school that has an extended French or French immersion program, they will have the opportunity to learn more French. 

Extended French programs teach 25% of all classes in French at the elementary school level, and require 7 credits in French. 

French immersion programs teach 50% of all classes in French at the elementary school level, and require 10 credits in French.

For More Information

  • French as a Second Language - Information on the advantages of learning French as a Second Language and the program’s requirements. From the Ministry of Education of Ontario.
  • Improving your English and French - Information on the different options with which you can improve your French or English language skills. From the Government of Canada.
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