French as a Second Language

Limestone Learning Foundation

The Limestone District School Board offers a variety of French Programs that differ in intensity but share a common vision. Limestone believes all students benefit from second language programming in their cognitive, academic, and social development. Through our French as a Second Language (FSL) programs, all LDSB students will graduate with confidence and ability to communicate in French effectively in their daily lives.

In our work, we strive to:

  • Increase student confidence, proficiency, and achievement in FSL;

  • Increase the percentage of students studying FSL until graduation; and 

  • Increase student, educator, parent, and community engagement in FSL.

This vision aligns with the vision and goals of the Ministry of Education for FSL programming that are outlined in the Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools Kindergarten to Grade 12).

There are many proven benefits of learning an additional language. In Canada, where French and English have equal status as official languages, there are significant advantages to being able to communicate in both. Research shows that second-language learning can enhance first-language and overall literacy skills. In an era of increasing globalization, it is critical to heighten students' awareness that English-French bilingualism is an economic and cultural asset both within Canada and beyond. (Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2013 pages 3-4).

The Board offers three French Programs: Core French, Early Immersion and Extended French (Late Immersion).

Our programs are intended to support students learning French as a second language. All parent/guardian communication between the school and home is in English. It is not expected that parents/guardians be able to communicate in French in order for their child to be successful.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.