Online Grade 5 Extended French application forms for the 2023-2024 school year are now closed.
If you wish to register your child for Gr. 5 Extended French, please consult the information below and contact the designated Extended French school in your area to inquire if space is available.
Any student who is eligible to attend a Dufferin-Peel Catholic school and who is presently a Grade 4 student is invited to apply for the Extended French (EF) program for Grade 5 in September 2023. The Extended French program starts in Grade 5 with 50% of the program taught in French at the elementary level. The subjects taught in French are French Language, Social Studies, Science, and one of the following subjects: Visual Art, Music, Drama or Physical Education. This program offers an excellent opportunity for becoming functionally bilingual in later years.
Elementary students should attend the Extended French School in their designated area. Please consult the DPCDSB boundaries map on this webpage to locate the designated Extended French school for your area.
Virtual Extended French information sessions for parent(s)/guardian(s) were delivered on February 7 & 9, 2023. The recording is posted below.
Meeting Recording: Extended French Parent/Guardian Information Sessions
Important Dates to Remember
Information slide decks are provided below for parents/guardians to walk them through the process of both the application and registration process for Extended French Programs.
Click on image below to access the slide deck.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be expected to include required components (listed below) as part of the Grade 5 Extended French application process. The components must be uploaded in the online application link. Please note: When applying for same-age/same-grade siblings, separate applications must be submitted for each child.
1. Extended French - Registration Form - 2023-2024 (Fillable PDF: Complete and Sign)
2. Grade 4 Term 1 Student Report Card (PDF Copy)
The following items are available to use as a reflection tool when deciding to apply to the Grade 5 Extended French program. These forms do NOT need to be submitted as part of the application package:
Extended French Student Information Sheet Part A
(Student & Parent/Guardian reflection form, fillable PDF)
Extended French Student Information Sheet Part B
(Educator reflection checklist, fillable PDF, Parent/Guardian must request the completion of this form from the child’s home school)
This slide deck will be provided after March 10, 2023.
ABOUT DPCDSB EXTENDED FRENCH SITES
The DPCDSB Extended French program begins in Grade 5 and is available until Grade 12. This is a regional program, and each individual Extended French site is open to students within their boundaries. Currently, the Extended French program is only offered for in-person learning. Please view the list of Extended French locations and their feeder schools in the chart below.
If you are still interested in having your child attend the Extended French program in the 2023-2024 school year, please view the list of Extended French locations and their feeder schools in the chart below and contact the Extended French school directly to determine if spots are still available.
Boundary maps for the Extended French locations are accessible below by region:
ABOUT DPCDSB EXTENDED FRENCH PROGRAMS
The Extended French Program begins in Grade 5 and continues through Grade 12. The program provides students with the means to develop more advanced French skills, enabling them to communicate effectively in speech and in writing.
Transportation is currently provided for students living within the approved boundaries of an Extended French school. Please note that transportation reviews take place on a yearly basis. Please
contact STOPR for more detailed information about transportation to Extended French locations. If you live in the Dufferin area, please contact the
Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services.
Entry into the Dufferin-Peel Extended French program begins in Grade 5. Students who wish to enter the Grade 5 Extended French program must be eligible to attend a Dufferin-Peel school. Currently, the Extended French program is only offered for in-person learning at designated Extended French locations.
Parents/Guardians who wish to enroll their child in an Extended French program after the Grade 5 entry point, can do so
a) Space at the Extended French School is available (in-person learning only), and;
b) The student was previously enrolled or currently enrolled in an Extended French Program,
c) The student can demonstrate appropriate French language proficiency (an assessment may be required).
EXTRA FSL ACTIVITIES FOR EXTENDED FRENCH STUDENTS
Looking for some extra practice to build your child's French proficiency in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing?
Monthly FSL Activities for Students
FSL Family Literacy Evening Event (May 4, 2022)
Watch the FSL Family Literacy Promotional Video
The goal of the event is to:
- To equip parents with tools and resources to support their child in developing listening, speaking, and reading skills in all French language programs.
- To develop a common understanding of what literacy could look like and sound like in elementary French language programs.
FSL Family Literacy Evening Event Recording
Additional Resources for Parents/Guardians of FSL StudentsQUESTIONS?
Click on the links below to access information shared during the FSL family literacy evening event:
For more information about applying for the DPCDSB Extended French Program, please contact the Program Department FSL Secretary at 905-890-0708 ext. 24332.
Secondary Extended French
Secondary Extended French Locations receive students for the Elementary Extended French locations that feed into their boundaries. For a list of the elementary Extended French schools that feed into the secondary Extended French schools, please see the charts below:
Click here for approved Extended French Boundary map for Dufferin and Caledon.
Click here for approved Extended French Boundary map for Brampton.
Click here for approved Extended French Boundary map for Mississauga.
Why choose Extended French?
The aims of the Extended French program are:
- To have an understanding of the cultures of French speaking societies
- To be functionally bilingual by the end of Grade 12
- To develop strong skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French
The Extended French program is open to ALL students
Various ministry documents such as the
FSL Framework confirm that FSL programs are for all students. The FSL curriculum policy documents (Elementary/Secondary) outline program and planning considerations to meet the needs of all students. They prescribe the importance of supporting all learners in FSL and include information about appropriate instructional approaches .
There are many considerations and factors, which help parents and/or guardians, make an informed decision about the Extended French program for their child. These are:
Enjoys and plays with language (rhyming and word games)
Listens effectively (i.e. retell or explain a story in sequence)
Displays strong communication skills (listening and speaking) in their mother tongue
Follows directions and instructions
Identifies and prints name, the alphabet and some words
Demonstrates an awareness of individual sounds and sound patterns
Cooperates with others and works /plays well in groups
Perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges
Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities
Demonstrates a willingness to take risks
Demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning
Approaches new tasks with a positive attitude
Regular attendance (known as a strong indicator for success)
These qualities encourage good learning habits in
ALL subject areas.
How can I help my child in Extended French?
Many parents may have a limited background in French or may not speak the language at all. Parents do not need to know any French to support their children in Extended French. Instead, parents can give their children the most help by providing encouragement and positive support.
The FSL curriculum documents (Elementary/Secondary) state that parent can also:
- Encourage their children to talk, read, and write at home in their first language to strengthen their first-language skills, which are the foundation for learning French.
- Read aloud to their children either in their first language or in French.
- Encourage their children to write in French (e.g., shopping lists, stories, a letter).
- Go to the library with their children to borrow books, music, and DVDs in their first language and in French, and talk about them with their children.
- Join a local group to meet other parents and to find out about French resources and cultural opportunities in the community. 
For further information about parental support in FSL programs, parent(s)/guardian(s) can access the
Canadian Parents for French website or can visit this
ministry parent guide. Please
click here an Extended French program FAQ page.
Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs, 2015
FSL Elementary curriculum (2013)
FSL Secondary curriculum (2014)
For more information about applying and registering to the Extended French Program, call Diane Dumoulin, Bilingual Program Secretary at 905-890-0708 ext. 24332.