French Immersion Testing

April 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm 5 comments

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.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alicia  |  April 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hmmm interesting, I’ve never heard of that! Good luck lil D!

  • 2. Stefanie Couture  |  April 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my gawd! I wouldn’t like my 5 yr old to be tested to determine whether or not he can be in the French stream. Seems a little crazy. I was chatting with Sophie’s mom from class and she was wondering what the process would be if she kept Sophie in Montessori for another year – until gr. 1. She’d be interested in this blog post. Thanks for sharing. And good luck to Lil D.

  • 3. Jaya  |  April 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I have the same issue with my five year old daughter who goes to a Montessori. She has 1 hr French instruction everyday, but since she does not attend the EFI senior kindergarten, they might have to test her before they enrol her in the program. My daughter is a typical 5 yr old and may not perform on demand. Keeping fingers crossed.

  • 4. The French Immersion Test – A Report « Fit for a kid  |  April 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    […] Today was the big day – the much-anticipated French immersion test. […]

  • 5. lucia  |  May 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    que tonteria


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