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The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language: Kendall, PhD King, Alison, PhD Mackey: 9780061246562: Amazon.com: Books

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Early French Immersion: Our Pros & Cons | Mommy Blogs @ JustMommies

Early French Immersion: Our Pros & Cons | Mommy Blogs @ JustMommies | French Immersion | Scoop.it
Parenting is never without its difficult decisions and for the most part I feel like I have handled them with ease and tact and things have always flowed
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Interesting view from a professor in comments I’ve heard a few of my friends (English professors at UofT, Uof A and UBC) mention that FI students generally have a harder time with English writing, composition, creative writing. 

Read more: http://www.justmommies.com/blog/2011/04/early-french-immersion-our-pros-cons/#ixzz2xVX9B7sB

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Is “immersion” the French word for “elitist”?

Is “immersion” the French word for “elitist”? | French Immersion | Scoop.it
There are many laudable reasons for enrolling your child in French Immersion. But, for this parent, they're outweighed by a troubling truth.
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Elitism criticism but lots of parent comments

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Why is French immersion so popular?

Why is French immersion so popular? | French Immersion | Scoop.it
The programs provide all the benefits of a private school without the tuition costs - or so parents hope
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very very good review of disadvantages

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COLUMN: Is French immersion the right choice for your child?

COLUMN: Is French immersion the right choice for your child? | French Immersion | Scoop.it
Brant News' School Superintendent Says column presented by Greg Anderson
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student composition is more academic and there are fewer children with behavioral concern,

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eCommons - Challenging the French immersion orthodoxy : student stories and counterstories

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Check out pdf file for students who withdrew out of FI

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canadianfamily.ca on Facebook

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Benefits of learning another language 

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New framework for teaching French in Ontario

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The State of FSL Education in Canada | Canadian Parents for French (en)

The State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada research reports examine how well French-second-language (FSL) programs are faring across Canada, using common indicators of effective support for FSL programs.

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Valuable and pertinent information in the Executive Summary

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How do I support my child in French Immersion?

You don't have to speak French to help your child with French Immersion. Our French programs are designed for children of non-French speaking parents. Your i...
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All Children's Potential: Benefits of French Immersion

All Children's Potential: Benefits of French Immersion | French Immersion | Scoop.it
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he cognitive benefits of bilingualism are well-established.[1] For example, it has been shown that, compared to their monolingual peers, bilingual children are better able to focus their attention on relevant information and ignore irrelevant distractions.[2],[3] Other research has shown that the effects of aging on the brain are diminished among bilingual adults.[4]

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French Immersion vs English Kindergarten - experiences? | WonderCafe

French Immersion vs English Kindergarten - experiences? | WonderCafe | French Immersion | Scoop.it

ath, reading, and spelling have all been exptensively tested in terms of comparing English to FI programs, writing skills (and specifically creative writing) have very rarely been evaluated or compared. I'm assuming this is because creative writing skills are much more difficult to assess on standardized tests.

I guess my problem is that I have yet to find someone who's child is in French Immersion and enjoys and excels at creative writing in say Junior or Senior High. Now, I don't want to make it sound like I "intend" my son to excell at it - far from it. I just feel like I need reassurance that if that is what he is meant to do, FI will not prevent him from doing it. Does anyone here have a junior or senior high FI student who excels in creative writing in English?

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Why French immersion should be in all schools – or none at all

Why French immersion should be in all schools – or none at all | French Immersion | Scoop.it
The current system streams kids from high socio-economic backgrounds away from classrooms shared by all
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verall, reading scores for French Immersion students are marginally higher according to the 2000 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, but no one has determined whether that’s simply due to the streaming of high-performing students that French Immersion programs facilitate.hey are populated with more students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds, contain fewer boys and fewer special education students. Dr. Willms found that almost 60 per cent of those enrolled in French Immersion come from families in the highest socioeconomic groups but only 9 per cent from the lowest. Statistics Canada’s report French Immersion 30 Year Later also confirmed that “students in French immersion programs tend to come from better off families than non-immersion students” and found that 60 per cent of French Immersion students are girls. The Canada Council on Learning reported that “...special-education services are less often available within French-immersion programs” and attrition rates for French Immersion programs are “particularly high among students with learning disabilities.”

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What are your thoughts about the French Immersion program? - AskMommy.ca

What are your thoughts about the French Immersion program? - AskMommy.ca | French Immersion | Scoop.it
Any experience with it?
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Mother respond "One last thing to note, it is common that up until about grade 5 or 6 french immersion kids tend to be slightly behind those in the english program.  Unfortunately, it is in this time period that concerned parents tend to pull their kids out.  In grade 7 both groups are about the same, but in grade 8 the immersion kids start to pull ahead and tend to continue to lead until the end of highschool.  This is not necessarily a cause and effect relationship, but just a statistic that may help the decision.

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Best Tools For Schools » French Immersion: What’s your take?

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great comments at the bottom mostly of parents whose kids didn't make it

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Boys vs. girls - Canadian Living

Boys vs. girls - Canadian Living | French Immersion | Scoop.it
A French immersion parent weighs the long-term benefits of French immersion against the learning challenges.
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Boys underrepresented in FI, family background, Problems-spelling

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French immersion enrolment skyrockets as a new linguistic category emerges

French immersion enrolment skyrockets as a new linguistic category emerges | French Immersion | Scoop.it
The children of the first cohort are starting to arrive at elementary schools at a time when enrolment is at an all-time high and demand is far outstripping availability

Via Geoff Collins
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2nd generation of FI, great statistics on attrition rates, advantages cited

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French immersion programs face high demand, challenges - Canada - CBC News

French immersion programs face high demand, challenges - Canada - CBC News | French Immersion | Scoop.it
More than 30 per cent of students in every province outside of Quebec were enrolled in some form of French as a second language program in the 2010-2011 school year, the advocacy group Canadian Parents for French says.

Via Danièle Vautour
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