French Immersion class to be offered this fall

  • May. 14, 2007 7:00 p.m.

The school district has hired a French Immersion teacher and is now looking for students to fill his classroom.
The district is holding a meeting Thursday (May 17) at Sk’aadgaa Naay elementary to give interested parents more information about the program.
The French Immersion program is open to children who will be going into grade 1, 2 or 3 this fall. It will be held at Sk’aadgaa Naay.
“It’s going to be very, very exciting,” said trustee Christine Martynuik, who has been advocating for a French Immersion program for the past couple of years. “We’ve hired a teacher and he has committed to come for three years.”
The students who enroll this fall will continue with the same teacher, she said. That means next year, the class will be for grades 2, 3 and 4.
If interest in the program is strong, the district may be able to hire another teacher next year and start a second French Immersion class, she said.
Ms Martynuik, a fluent French speaker, said she has seen young students go from no French to being able to converse easily with her after just a few weeks in a French Immersion program.
“It’s just amazing,” she said.
Thursday night’s information and registration meeting starts at 7 pm and will be held in the Haida language room at Sk’aadgaa Naay.