French Second Language instruction is compulsory from kindergarten to grade 10. The French language curriculum follows the guidelines of the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The curriculum has been developed specifically for non-francophone students.
By default, all students are enrolled in the English Prime program. Two entry points – Grade 1 and Grade 6 – are offered for the French Immersion program. In some instances, late registrations and transfers are accepted into the French Immersion program.
English Prime Program
The English Prime program is available to students in all grades. It is available in all schools, with some modules available online for independent student and family use. In this program, French is taught through pre-intensive, intensive, and post-intensive French instruction which varies from 9% to 60% instruction per week, depending on the grade level.
Kindergarten to Grade 3
From kindergarten to grade 3 students study French 30 minutes per week through digital modules. Activities are designed to support literacy and numeracy skills.
Grade 4 to Grade 12
From grade 4 to grade 12 students participate in pre-intensive (9%), intensive (60%), and post-intensive (12%) French instruction. This instruction follows a literacy-based approach. Math, music and physical education remain in English during the intensive French block.
French Immersion Program
The French Immersion program is available to students through two grade-based entry points (according to Section 6.4 of Policy 309). In this program, French language instruction varies from 25% to 90% per week, depending on the grade level.
As per Provincial Policy 321, section 6.1.2, the Superintendent shall not admit a French-speaking or bilingual student to the French Immersion Program in English language schools.
For current French Immersion program students who wish to withdraw from the program, refer to ASD-W Policy 309-1A.
For families wishing to register for the Grade 1 Early French Immersion or Grade 6 Late French Immersion, please contact your local school.
Grade 1 Entry Point – French Immersion
In grades 1 and 2, 90% of instruction is in French. There is an emphasis on oral language, followed by learning to read and write in French from the beginning of the program. In grades 3 to 5, 80% of instruction is in French and there is 150 minutes per week of English Language Arts. In grades 6 to 8, 70% of instruction is in French. In grades 9 to 10, 50% of instruction is in French. In grades 11 to 12, 25% of instruction is in French.
Grade 6 Entry Point – Late Immersion
In grades 6 to 8, 70% of instruction is in French. In grades 9 to 10, 50% of instruction is in French. In grades 11 to 12, 25% of instruction is in French.
English Language Arts is scheduled as part of the program.
Help and Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no expectation that parents of students in any of the program options must be able to speak French. All program options are designed for children whose first language is not French.
You can read to your child at a young age. This strengthens literacy skills for first and additional language learning. Additionally, parents can help by communicating regularly with their child’s teachers. It is also valuable for parents to encourage their child to read and write in both English and French and to listen to French music, radio or television.
French and English are the Official Languages of Canada and New Brunswick. All students in the anglophone sector can learn French. All programs can meet the needs of learners. There are a variety of ways to support student success in French Second Language. This can include the use of a Personalized Learning Plan, curricular adjustments, accommodations, universal learning supports as well as strong and inclusive classroom practices.
Yes. The curriculum follows the guidelines of the NB Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Students work towards the same goals for all subjects regardless of language of instruction.
For information about French language teaching in our schools, please see the Government of New Brunswick website.
Contacts for additional FSL information
Grade 1 Entry French Immersion:
Grade 6 Entry French Immersion:
Intensive French Program and FLORA: