February 5-11 2012 is officially recognized in British Columbia and the Yukon as French Immersion Celebration Week.
In BC the French Immersion program has been offered for over 30 years and enrolment in the program has continued to grow each year. According to the 2011 Pan-Canadian Report on Official Languages in Education, BC experienced a 44% increase in French Immersion programs between 1998 and 2008; total numbers of French Immersion students rose from 29,432 to 42,464 in just 10 years. Today over 238, 000 students are enrolled in French Second Language programs, including Core French and French Immersion.
In the North Vancouver School District, French Immersion continues to be a very popular program of choice for families. There are currently close to 2400 students enrolled in French Immersion programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
During this week of celebration, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and dedication of French Immersion students, teachers, and their parents, particularly the members of Canadian Parents for French (CPF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing French language educational and socio-cultural initiatives and events. Bravo à tous!
Thanks to the efforts of educators and parents in our school district, students in our school district are able to participate in a number of enriching French language and cultural experiences, including the following upcoming events: Concours d’art oratoire (French Public Speaking Contest http://www.cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/events/concours-dart-oratoire April 5th at the LMCC; Le français pour l’avenir (French for the Future) http://www.francais-avenir.org/en/ April 24th at Simon Fraser University; and the school district’s Québec trip to Auberge du mont May 6-12, 2012.
For more information and a list of French Immersion Celebration Week activities please consult the CPF BC/Yukon website: http://www.cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/events/french-celebration-week