As one of Canada's two official languages, FSL is taught in Ontario's English-language school boards. Students have significant advantages when they speak more than one language. Learning another language helps students:
In addition to providing a foundation for the learning of additional languages and the potential for more opportunities to participate in an increasingly globalized economy, learning FSL helps Ontario students to understand Canada's history and to develop an appreciation of French culture.
What are the requirements?
Since French is one of Canada's two official languages, students in Ontario's publicly funded English-language schools are required to:
Who can take FSL programs?
FSL programs are for all students in English-language boards, including students with special needs and English language learners. Directions for planning the delivery of curriculum to students with special education needs are included in all curriculum policy documents, including those for FSL.
What are the FSL programs in Ontario?
Student's proficiency in French increases based on the amount of time and the level of intensity of instruction in French. The three FSL programs help students develop an appreciation of the language and French culture in Canada and the world.
School boards have the option of offering Extended French and French Immersion programs based on local demands and resources. Decisions to establish these programs and their structure (e.g. point of entry), are made by the local school board. Students in these programs are not in the Core French program.
What is the Framework for FSL?
A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 was released in February 2013, as an overarching strategic ten-year document that serves as a call to action and a guide to strengthen FSL programming through the cohesive efforts of educators, students, parents and communities.
Read the framework for FSL in Ontario schools:
The Framework articulates:
Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs: A Guide for Ontario Schools
This document serves as a companion to the Framework for FSL by providing additional research, data and examples of inclusive practice. It focuses on ways to make all FSL programs more available to students with special education needs and on the supports these students need to succeed.
Welcoming English Language Learners into French as a Second Language Programs
This document builds on the Framework for FSL with additional research and strategies relevant to English language learners.