Why French Immersion?

A video made by our French immersion neighbors in Lafayette Parish.

Benefits of French Immersion: A List

  1. It opens one more door for students and their future well-being and gives them a lifelong ability to communicate with French-speaking people, here in Louisiana and around the globe.

  2. It increases their appreciation of other languages and cultures as well as their own.

  3. It increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.

  4. It helps them learn other languages more easily.

  5. It gives them a more global view of the United States and the world.

  6. It enriches travel experiences, especially to the 53 countries where French is spoken.

  7. It enhances their creativity and problem-solving ability.

  8. It has a positive impact on their intellectual growth and cognitive (the mental process by which knowledge is acquired) development.

  9. It helps them become more flexible thinkers, with superior listening skills.

  10. Learning a second language has a positive effect on learning your first language skills. In other words, learning French improves English language skills. By the end of the elementary school years, students in immersion often outperform those in the regular program on tests in literacy.

  11. French Immersion students meet or exceed English program students’ performance in mathematics.

  12. Students in French Immersion have higher self-esteem, better social skills and tend to be more tolerant toward minorities.


(School District 47, St. George, British Columbia)