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Alternative Programs

Mandarin Bilingual Language Program

The Mandarin Bilingual Language program provides students with an opportunity to acquire or maintain proficiency in Mandarin. Programming begins in kindergarten, although children may also enter grade 1 without previous knowledge of the language. Later entry is determined on an individual basis.

Students in the Mandarin Bilingual Program stay half a day in their English classroom while the other half a day in their Chinese classroom. Mandarin is the primary language of instruction for the subjects of Chinese language Arts, Mathematics, Health, and Physical Education while they are in Chinese classroom. They learn English Language Arts, Science, social Studies, and Arts with English instruction in English classroom.

For more information please click the link: http://www.epsb.ca/programs/language/chinesemandarinbilingual/

FSL Program

At Kildare School we offer French as a Second Language (FSL) at the grade four level. In Alberta, French as a Second Language refers to a course sequence in which the French language is taught as a subject. Research has demonstrated that a second language is best taught between 30 to 40 minutes a day over the course of a school year to enable students to develop communication skills, linguistic knowledge, cultural understanding, intercultural competence and language learning strategies.