An English immersion program is being organized at
the Communal School of Douvrain. This program begin in kinder garden (at 5 years
old), and year after year, will gradually phase into the primary grades.
are the reasons for carrying forward with this experience ?
Today, learning foreign languages is a necessity for everyone, especially for
our youth who will eventually be working in the European Community.
The traditional method of language learning does
not give very satisfying results. Therefore, we envision another way :
immersion. Learning a foreign language is the easiest and occurs most rapidly
during the first 8 years of an individual's life. The results are also more
longstanding. At this age, the intellectual flexibility and the phonetic organs
allow the child the ability to learn and speak any language.
What does immersion consist
The immersion method consists
of an organization of games and activities as well as the teaching of ail the
curriculum subjects in the chosen foreign language (English). The method also
consists of plunging the learners into a « language bath » with a native
This « language bath » implies certain principles :
Contact with the language must be quantitatively
important (at Douvrain: 13 periods per week).
The target language must be the vehicle of
communication between the teacher and the students and as soon as possible
amongst the learners themselves.
The curriculum subjects must be taught in the
Games and other activities must also be organized
in the target language.
is the rôle of the native language in the immersion program ?
Solidifying the learning capacities and their development in the native language
(French) must take place in school since this responsibility cannot be left
alone to the parents.
of the Immersion Program (teaching English to French speakers)
By the end of the 6th year in primary
school, the students will acquire a competency in English as similar as possible
to English speaking children of the same age.
In their other core subjects (French, math,...),
the immersion students will be up to par with non-immersion students.
To invite everyone to participate in this type of
foreign language learning which, up until now, was only available to families
who could afford to send their children abroad or to private schools.
To put at the disposition of our region dozens of
graduated bilingual secondary students ( and why not tri or quatrilingual ?), as
early as 2009. To achieve this, contacts will be made with the secondary schools
in Saint-Ghislain (especially the Charles Plisnier High School).
you would like your child to benefit from this experience, you can already begin
to reserve your registration for the next school year by clicking here. Please
note that the students who are previously registered at one of our four schools
If you would like to teach English immersion at
our school and you have the proper qualifications, you can submit your resume