Education and literacy have long been the cornerstone of the French speaking community. Though the French language may be learned at home as a first language, it is often at school that French is first acquired and then perfected.
I am a graduate of the immersion program in Regina. I didn't choose immersion, my parents chose it for me and I thank them for that decision. I am now trilingual and my knowledge of French has certainly opened doors for me.
In Saskatchewan, a variety of options are available to those wishing to learn French and study in French. Whether studying French as a first language or as a second language, school aged children have options to chose from when deciding on the type of school or program in which to enroll.
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Research and studies show that learning two languages has positive impacts on children. Whether French is the child's first language or second language, there are numerous benefits to learning French that will last a lifetime.
The ‘'Impact of Second Language Education Study'' commissioned by Alberta Education, showed that learning a second language has a positive impact on:
Students develop linguistic, intellectual and academic aptitudes and proficiencies.
Students have greater proficiency in divergent thinking, in memory ability, and a wider attention span.
Each additional year of first and second language education adds to the positive differential compared to students not learning a second language.
Students learn both French and English.
Students are at ease in the francophone and in the anglophone environment, and can thus contribute to society in both official languages.
School programming based on school and community experiences, develops the student’s initiative, risk-taking and small business skills.
Student contribution to community projects helps to develop a social conscience.
Students from francophone schools experience individual and collective involvement thereby developing participatory leadership skills.
Students demonstrate openness to diverse cultural environments while proudly experiencing their own social identity.
Economic and Social Potential
Students have the choice of pursuing postsecondary education in either French or English.
Fluently bilingual in both official languages, students can help Canada meet its labour market requirements. The fields of science, technology, medicine and international trade are in urgent need of people competent in languages other than English.