FAQ’s about the Bilingual program at cis
- What is the Bilingual Program at CIS and how do I enrol my child?
CIS is proud to have offered our Bilingual (French/English) Program since August, 2015. All students from Grade 1 and up who demonstrate an interest and aptitude in learning French are eligible for the program. Students learn in French for over 10 hours a week (40%).
Along with our Bilingual Program, French Language courses are offered to all students who wish to learn French from the age of three and up. Our program allows everyone to progress at their own pace. This helps students recognize their own strengths and areas that need to be strengthened. Cooperation, autonomy, and individual progression of learning are all objectives of our program.
If students wish to enrol in this program, one of our French instructors will conduct a quick assessment of the child’s French level and whether the program would be suitable for them.
- What subjects are offered in the Bilingual Program?
At CIS, we teach science, social studies, health classes and, of course, French-language courses in French for our Bilingual Program. Students in the Bilingual Program have the advantage of following the Canadian curriculum while improving their language skills in French. This represents 120 minutes per day of instruction, or about 40% of instruction time; which is why our students improve their language skills very quickly.
- What are the benefits of enrolling my child in the Bilingual Program?
We keep our classes small, allowing our teachers to focus on French as a meta-cognitive tool, not only as a communicative and linguistic tool. We encourage learning through discovery and projects while using state-of-the-art teaching tools (inverted classroom, laptops, tablets and interactive whiteboards). We know children learn in different ways and at different paces; we practice differentiated instruction to respect different styles of learning and enable our students to reach their full potential.
- Do you offer other programs for my child to learn French without being in the Bilingual Program?
CIS offers specific French Language courses from 3 years old preparing them effectively for the Bilingual Program (if they choose to enrol). With French Language as an option, students learn in French for up to 4 hours a day.
From 2017 and on, our students will have the opportunity to challenge the DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) to have their language level officially certified in French.
- Who teaches your Bilingual Program and your French-language classes?
Our team is made up of 3 French teachers from Canada and France and a Cambodian teaching assistant who is fluent in French and studied at the French Institute in Phnom Penh. They are committed to educating students and their families about the richness of French culture and its diversity.
We have already seen a number of students from non-French-speaking families able to speak fluently in French in just a few years.
- Have any students from CIS gone on to study French elsewhere?
We are very proud of two students who are continuing their schooling in Quebec, Canada and have chosen to continue their studies in French; a perfect example of the transition and integration of Francophone culture.
- What else should I know about the Bilingual Program and French-language options at CIS?
Every year, we celebrate the Francophone culture through various events bringing together our school community. Our annual assembly in French prepared by our students is an opportunity for them to share their interest in this program with the entire CIS community.
Our students are constantly interacting with our partner school, École Française Internationale (EFI). This allows students to practice their French frequently, learn more about the French culture, and allows us to organize learning times in common.
Our school library has an impressive selection of books in French; we believe in the importance of expanding our French library each year. At CIS we learn in French and read it too!