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French Immersion on the rise in the Lakeland

The Lakeland Catholic School Division is noting an upward trend in the number of students who are taking French Immersion, French as a second language and completing the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) certification program that is offered by the school division.
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Lakeland – French immersion and enrollment for French as a second language is on the rise within the Lakeland Catholic School Division (LCSD), according to information presented to Lakeland Catholic Board of Trustees on June 15 at a regular meeting. 

In the 2020-21 school year, 626 LCSD students were enrolled in French Immersion. In addition, there were 504 students taking French as a second language.  

Those numbers have since risen to 679 for French Immersion and 562 in French Second Language programs for the 2021-22 school year.  

Students are also taking advantage of the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) certification program, which is offered by the school, noted Nicole Hebert, a Religious Education Coordinator for the division. 

The certification is recognized worldwide and creates many opportunities for students after high school, in the work force, and with various national and international post-secondary programs.