French Immersion Testing
On Thursday April 14th at 10:45 am, Lil D goes for testing to see if his level of French knowledge is adequate for Grade 1 Early French Immersion (EFI).
Why must he be tested? He must be tested because he did not got to Early French Immersion senior kindergarten within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).
How will they test him? I have no idea. Have you ever tried to “test” a five-year old by asking them to show a friend/family a “trick” they know when they don’t feel like it?
When I had initially called the school board to make sure he could be admitted to Grade 1 EFI from a private senior kindergarten program, they told me I needed a letter from his school indicating the hours of instruction he had received in French. They never mentioned anything about testing.
I provided the letter. He has a teacher who speaks exclusively French to him throughout the 7-hour day, gives him French “lessons” on French materials (as they are done in Montessori) in addition to a couple of French “circles” each day. This compared to OCDSB senior kindergarten which is 2.5 hours a day.
The testing really irks me. I have a friend who’s child was in senior kindergarten in a French school board public school but he still needs to be tested. She is as concerned as I am. It’s that “perform on command” thing that bothers us most I think. These boys are five!
I tried to find a senior kindergarten early french immersion curriculum so I have an idea of their expectations or a set of criteria against which he will be measured. It doesn’t exist, at least in an easily accessible place online. The grade 1 expectations are there though.
Perhaps this is because there are none (just guessing). Did you know that children are not legally required to go to school until Grade 1? So, I guess they would be excluded from Early French Immersion if they didn’t start school in kindergarten.
The Montessori school that Lil D attends has also tried to get the curriculum expectations for Early French Immersion but the director has not received a response from the school board.
I think I would be okay with it if they tested every kid before sending them to Grade 1 (with an examiner they had never met before), but of course they won’t.
I hope that April 14th is an “on” day for Lil D. Otherwise, the school should be put on notice – I can be very loud when I feel I haven’t been treated fairly.