French Immersion Speaker Series

French Immersion Speaker Series

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Are you considering French Immersion for your child?

Does your child already attend a French Immersion school?

The HSCDSB is hosting a three-part speaker series that explores French Immersion from three different perspectives. 

You are invited to join any, or all, of these free virtual information sessions

Session 1

Increasing Your Child’s Opportunities for Success in French Immersion

Thursday, May 5: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In this presentation, Dr. Nancy Wise will discuss some of the widespread, but unsubstantiated, beliefs people have about French immersion, and how those beliefs often result in barriers that restrict access to the program for some students. 

She will share research evidence obtained by leading investigators indicating that, with the provision of support both in and outside of school, most students are successful in French immersion.  

Information, strategies, and resources designed to increase students’ opportunities for success in the French Immersion program will be suggested, including steps parents can take to support their child’s French language learning journey.

About the Presenter: Dr. Nancy Wise is an educational consultant who specializes in French immersion. She has a Ph.D. in Second Language Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education fromOISE/University of Toronto.  Nancy worked for 28 years as a Special Education teacher for the York Region District School Board. She spent 20 of those years in the French Immersion context, advocating for students with diverse learning needs. Her research has been published by the Ontario Ministry of Education and in peer-reviewed educational journals.

Session 2

Meet Our French Immersion Teachers

Thursday, May 12: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet French Immersion teachers and learn about how your child will acquire French as a Second Language at the HSCDSB.

Session 3

Meet Our French Immersion Families

Thursday, May 19: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet some of our current French Immersion families and learn about their experience in the program.