What is Extended French?
Students can begin the Extended French Program at Sir Earnest MacMillan Elementary School in grades 7-8, and continue at Lester B. Pearson High School in grades 9-12. At the completion of this program, students earn an Ontario Secondary School Certificate for Extended French.
What's the Difference Between Extended French & French Immersion?
Both programs are designed to help children become bilingual by teaching the curriculum in both English and French. The French Immersion program is designed to provide students with a minimum of 3,800 hours of instruction in French by the end of Grade 8. Students participating in the Extended French Program will receive a minimum of 1,260 hours of instruction in French by the end of Grade 8. Students will graduate high school with the ability to converse freely on familiar topics; will be able to read – with the occasional help of a dictionary – books, magazines, and newspapers in French; and will be able to function in a French-speaking community
Interested in learning more about the program?
For more information about Extended French at Lester B. Pearson High School, please contact program lead Judith Genis.
Extended French begins in Grade 7 and is offered at Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School in Burlington. Students who choose this program have 50% of their instructional time in English and 50% in French, allowing students to accumulate 475 hours of instruction in French each year. Students complete Grades 7 and Grade 8 at Sir. Ernest MacMillan PS. In high school, Extended French is offered at Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington. To receive a certificate of completion for the Extended French program, students must complete 7 credits, including 4 French Language Arts courses and a minimum of 3 others courses where the language of instruction is French.
Unfortunately, students who complete Grade 7 and 8 Extended French do not qualify for the French Immersion programs offered at other secondary schools. Students who begin Core French in Grade 4 and continue into Extended French for Grade 7 and 8, acquire a total of 1,510 hours of French instruction. This allows Extended French students to complete the requirements for an Extended French certificate with a strong level of French proficiency.
FEF 1D4 - Francais
CGC 1D4 - Geographie
FEF 2D4 - Francais
CHC 2D4 - Histoire
CHV2O4 / GLC 2O4 - Civiques and Carrieres
FEF 3U4 - Francais
FEF 4U4 - Francais
University preparation courses are offered as well.