Canadian Parents for French - Calgary Chapter
last modified: 1 November 2012
CPF Calgary Chapter is a volunteer association working to promote and support French-second-language learning opportunities for those associated with the city of Calgary, Alberta.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support local schools, teachers, and your children by purchasing a membership in Canadian Parents for French. 65% of your membership fee comes back to your local chapter.
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French in the future
Join us for our first meeting of the school year! Guest speakers, door prizes, chapter AGM. details
French-speaking mentors sought
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is launching a campaign to recruit mentors who speak French or want to be matched with a bilingual child or teen. Please forward this volunteering opportunity to your contacts, families, friends and members. For any question regarding this program, please contact Pauline Jacques, Francophone Program Coordinator, at 403-978-9292 or email@example.com.
All Calgary parents have adequate information on which to base a choice of language program for their children’s education.
All interested students have good access to French Immersion programs, and access is not limited to those with a parent available to drive or those who can afford a transportation fee.
Students with special needs are supported and accommodated in French Immersion programs so that they, too, can become bilingual..
Parents have adequate information to be effective and comfortable in supporting their children in French programs from kindergarten to post-secondary.
Parents know what to look for, expect, encourage, and support in French Immersion programs so that they can be partners with the education system in making the program the very best that it can be.
Students have good access to the extra-curricular opportunities to experience and use French that are so important to becoming not only fluent in French but confident in using the language.
All students receive the information, encouragement and support they need when making the choice of whether to continue to study in French.
CPF Calgary Chapter grows stronger so that it can be increasingly effective in achieving this vision.
All CPF members and potential members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Meetings are conducted entirely in English.
Did you know that in 2008/09 there were more than 10,300 French immersion students in the two Calgary school districts? This represented 7% of the total school population within those districts. There were also more than 900 immersion students in three private schools.
The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) offers public French immersion programs from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. For information follow these links:
early French immersion (students begin in Kindergarten or Grade 1)
late French immersion (students begin in Grade 7)
for more about immersion and the other CBE language programs click here
The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) offers public French immersion programs from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. For information follow these links:
early or late French immersion (students begin in Kindergarten/Grade 1 or Grade 7)
the designated CCSD French immersion schools for your Calgary community district
French Immersion programs are offered at the following private schools:
For a list of preschools and playschools in Calgary which feature some French-second-language learning, click here. This ranges from "immersion" programs in which most or all of the time is spent in French to those which regularly include some introduction to French.
For postseconday opportunities to continue French studies in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada, click here.
Concerned about helping your immersion student? Want to know what other immersion parents have learned? Looking for French resources and extracurricular activities? Yes, you can help your child in French immersion! answers these and many other questions. A wealth of useful information for French immersion parents, this online resource from Alberta Education was written by unilingual parents with the assistance of teachers, administrators, researchers, and education department staff.
Your membership in CPF makes this web page possible! Join Canadian Parents for French. It costs just $25 for one year or $60 for three. Of that fee, 65% goes to the Calgary Chapter, 25% to the Alberta Branch, and 10% covers processing costs. By joining CPF, you support your child through:
access to more information about resources/ways to help, local events in French, and other people to talk to
participating in CPF-organized events, including workshops, conferences, and activities for families
demonstrating support of French-second-language education to federal and provincial governments and local school boards.
Discount from the Alliance Française for CPF Calgary members: Members of CPF in Calgary can now access a special rate -- just $25 -- for membership in the Alliance Française of Calgary. This membership permits parents and children to use the excellent library of current French magazines, books, children's books, DVDs, CDs and music and to participate in many events and activities promoting and supporting the French language and culture. Simply show your current CPF membership card to the folks at the Alliance Française on the 2nd floor in the Herald Building, Suite 200, 206 - 7 Ave SW.
Counselling Service for Parents of Bilingual Children
The Parent Counselling Service at the University of Calgary Language Research Centre is designed for parents with questions about raising their children to speak more than one language. If you have questions related to schooling and bilingualism, please fill out this form, which will be sent to Dr. Rahat Naqvi.
Upcoming events and activities in Calgary
Once a month the Alliance française offers a Saturday morning traditional French breakfast (café and croissant) with story telling for children.
SPEFSA (the Société de la petite enfance et de la famille du Sud de l'Alberta) offers support and learning opportunities in French to families. Activities in French for preschool children include themed story times, crafts, puppet shows, learning to play together, etc. Located in La Cité des Rocheuses, 4800 Richard Rd. SW.
The Alliance Française offers French courses for students and adults, drama workshops for children, cultural events, and the DELF examinations. They also offer volunteer opportunities for grade 10-12 immersion students. School programs offered by the Alliance française of Calgary: visits to the Alliance française, organization of a reading challenge program, author visits to school classes, Calgary yesterday to today. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-245-5662 ext 0.
Want to improve or maintain your own French? Are you a parent trying to enhance your French skills? A graduate wanting to maintain your proficiency? Consider the wide variety of opportunities offered by the Alliance Française of Calgary: classes for different levels and needs as well as a variety of interesting workshops (wine tasting, cooking, movies, reading clubs, and much more).
French in your home
Purchase French books, CDs, DVDs through Lacoste Bookstore. They will assist you -- in English -- in choosing just the just the right items for your child's interests and level of French.
The Centre de Ressources Francothèque offers offers a bibliothèque (book lending library), mediathèque (video and DVD library) and a joujouthèque (toy and game lending library). Located in La Cité des Rocheuses, 4800 Richard Rd. SW.
Subscribe to a French magazine or a book-of-the-month - click here for a list of sources
listen to French Radio
has good information about French TV and radio, as well as a variety of
games and activities (click on jeunesse).
The University of Calgary's CJSW station
at 90.9 FM also offers Transe en Danse on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m.,
with French music from around the world, French community news from Calgary,
For a wide range of additional ideas click here.