What is FLAIR?
French immersion has been in Louisiana schools for over 30 years. Lincoln Parish, in its commitment to excellence in education, began the first immersion program north of I-10 in 2018 with 31 adventuresome students and their families. Hearing these children speak and listen to their teacher in French is amazing! If you did not know differently, you would assume these children must come from French-speaking homes. Not at all!
In the past 20 years, immersion education has grown across the United States. In fact, the number of programs has more than doubled during this time. Why? Take a few minutes to browse our website for these answers.
The benefits of immersion education are huge! Here are
the Top 3:
Academic skills are enhanced. Data from multiple sources shows that immersion students do as well as if not better than their non-immersion peers in English language skills, math, science, and social studies. The connections the brain is making using these two languages help support their academic studies.
In today’s global market, our students need to have an understanding of other cultures and languages. One of the deciding factors for many businesses to locate to a city is the access to a workforce that is proficient in another language.
Children’s brains are wired to learn language. They learn French in the same manner they are learning English, through speaking and listening in context, repetition, play, and songs. At this stage in their learning development, they do not perceive French as “foreign.” It is just one more way for them to be able to communicate.
Corinne Leyden Nutt
World Language Supervisor,
Lincoln Parish Schools
FLAIR is at the Kindergarten - 2nd grade level at Glen View Elementary, with a new grade starting 2022 at Cypress Springs, both in Ruston. One immersion class per grade that offers students the opportunity for second language learning in all aspects of their curriculum. French is spoken to and by the students during instructional time. At Glen View, Language Arts instruction is provided in English. Students follow the standards set forth by the Louisiana State Department of Education. The students are enrolled in the program on a voluntary basis.
French is the current immersion language chosen by Lincoln Parish based on many factors. One of those factors was the record and history of high quality French immersion programs that have been in the state for over 30 years, which are supported by the CODOFIL agency. CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) is an agency created by the Louisiana state legislature in 1968.
How Immersion Works
During the immersion part of the school day, the curriculum is taught in the immersion language. Students are learning their content knowledge through the immersion language. The language is the vehicle of instruction and not the target of instruction. Language and content are learned together. At least 60% of the students’ day is taught in the target language.
Students comprehend and process 100% of their school day in the same way they would if it were conducted in English. They do not begin to speak in the target language immediately much in the same way they learned their first language. Comprehension and language production is not a translation exercise from English into the target language. Your child will start by answering the academic questions in English when asked in the target language. Expect that your student will first produce memorized phrases, such as songs, numbers, and days of the week. Then your child will begin to produce lists and chunks of phrases. Your child will speak in independent sentences during year two of immersion. Your child will speak in detailed paragraph like explanations in the target language in year three.
What to Expect
Your child will comprehend and process 100% of their school day in the same way they would if it were conducted in English.
Students will not begin to speak in French immediately.
Students will not translate from English into French.
Your child will start by answering the academic questions in English when asked in French.
Expect that your child will first produce memorized phrases, such as songs, numbers, days of the week. Then your child will begin to produce lists and chunks of phrases.
Your child will speak in independent sentences during year two of immersion.
Your child will speak in detailed paragraph like explanations in French in year three.
Immersion for Every Child
FLAIR is designed for every child. This is not a gifted or accelerated learner program. Students with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds benefit from immersion.
Admission into Immersion
Parents will fill out an Immersion application form for their Kindergarten or First grade student when they register their student. It is a rolling admissions program. Students currently enrolled in the immersion program do not re-enroll. They are already enrolled in the program throughout its entirety. Siblings of students already in immersion are automatically admitted into the program if an enrollment form is filled out before the class fills.