Devon Gardens Elementary School

French Immersion

The Opportunity is Yours!

French Immersion programs offered in Delta School District reflect Ministry of Education Policy. Delta recognizes that French Immersion programming benefits the cognitive and social development of students, as well as their opportunities for career advancement.

French Immersion is a separate program where instruction is offered in the French language for second language learners. The language of instruction from K-2 will be 100% in French.  English Language Arts is gradually introduced into the classroom in Grade 3, and by Grade 7 students will receive 20% of their instruction in English.  Instruction in the Immersion program will parallel the regular English program in structure, content and academic standards.

The major goal of French Immersion is to provide the opportunity for non-Francophone students to become bilingual in English and French. Upon successful completion of the French Immersion program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • participate easily in conversations in both official languages
  • take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction
  • accept employment where French is the language of the workplace

Students continue their French Immersion studies at these secondary schools (8 to 12): Burnsview, South Delta.

Related Programs


Salon Voltaire (Primary) & Salon Beauchemin (Intermediate): WriteStretch programs for elementary French Immersion students who demonstrate very high linguistic abilities and an extraordinary passion for the Language Arts. A small number of students are selected each year for these Salon programs, based on the submission of a written piece.

Related Links

BC Ministry of Education - Curriculum - French Immersion K to 12
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/firp.htm

Canadian Parents for French - Delta Chapter Web Site
http://www.cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/chapters/chapter-websites/70-websites

French Immersion - Policy and Procedures
Procedure 1270

Support for Parents
http://schools.deltasd.bc.ca/frenchresources4home/
http://www.frenchforlife.ca/