French-Language Education in Ontario

Main initiatives and strategies

Many initiatives, strategies and partners contribute to the uniqueness of French-language schools.

Strategies that support the implementation of the curriculum

Apprenants du français et nouveaux arrivants — A Strategy for French-Language Learners and Newcomers

Over the past several years, the student population of French-language schools has evolved. The Policy Statement and Guidelines on Admission, Welcoming, and Support of Students in French-Language Schools in Ontario provides a framework for developing a modern French-speaking community within an intercultural context. French-language schools welcome many newcomers and students who speak little or no French.

The objective of the Apprenants du français et nouveaux arrivants (AFENA) strategy is to support these students academically and to help them become integrated into the French-language community and society more generally.

At the centre of this strategy is the revision of two curriculum policy documents: Actualisation linguistique en français (ALF) and Programme d'appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA). These programs are adapted to the specific needs of students, in the first instance, who need support with second language acquisition in order to succeed at school and/or, in the second instance, who are newcomers, and in need of support so that they can adapt to Canadian society.

These two curriculum documents were officially launched in spring 2010. They were implemented in all provincial French-language schools in September 2010.

Another objective of the AFENA strategy is to provide teaching staff with training on welcoming students who are newcomers and to hone their ability to teach and evaluate the language skills of non-Francophone students.

Strategies that support performance in literacy and numeracy

Strategies that support student success and Learning to 18

Strategies for students with special needs

Relevant documents