Language

Some suggestions on how to help your child learn English or French:

  • Encourage your child to continue to speak, read, and write in his or her first language. Children who are literate in their first language learn additional languages easier.
  • Encourage your child to participate in group activities or sports with other students after school where he or she will be speaking in English or French.

Itinerant Teachers assist students in meeting the curricular goals of their school program. Students are monitored throughout the year to determine their progress and to assess any need for additional support.

Education in French Language

The majority of school programs in NL are in English. If French is the language of preference for your child, there are several options:

  • Core French starting in grade 4
  • French Immersion Program starting in kindergarten
  • French Immersion Program starting in grade 7 (also called “late immersion”)

The Provincial French-language School Board of Newfoundland and Labrador has six schools with more than 350 students from kindergarten to grade 12. No other school board in the province offers full-time French-language teaching. Teaching is available in four main areas of the province that include St. John’s, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Cape St. George and La Grand’Terre.

The Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador offers pre-schooling programs in French.  As well, in terms of postsecondary education, Memorial University offers undergraduate programs et courses in French Studies.

Many parents choose to enrol their child in a French Immersion program even if they are not francophone. French is an official language in Canada, knowing it can mean more education and employment opportunities in the future.

Note that not all schools offer French programs mentioned above.


We have made every effort to ensure that the information in this Guide is accurate and up-to-date. If you find any errors or omissions, please contact us.

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The Association for New Canadians of Newfoundland and Labrador gratefully acknowledges the support of PEIANC for their permission to use their template in creating this guide.


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