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French Immersion

Be Immersed

Immersion is an engaging way for students to learn another language by studying a range of subjects entirely in French. Even with no prior exposure to the language, students quickly become proficient by systematically building their skills.

The Glennie French Immersion program is offered to students in Year 7 and continues until the end of Year 9. Year 7 students can be complete beginners in French. French Immersion students follow the same curriculum as other students with the difference being that they complete the subjects below, including assessment work and examinations, entirely in French.

  • Years 7 and 8: Mathematics, Science, Social Science and French
  • Year 9: Science, Social Science and French

What are the benefits?

It’s not just about French, learning any language through immersion provides benefits that are the building blocks for a successful career beyond school:

  • The confidence and enrichment that comes from success.
  • Enhanced listening and thinking skills.
  • Improved study skills, self-discipline and motivation.
  • Greater mental flexibility.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • An increased understanding of how language works, including an improved understanding of the English language.

Who Can Do it?

Girls who have a passion for learning, a desire to expand their brains and possess the knowledge that they can achieve if they are committed and prepared to work hard, should consider French Immersion.
The following attributes are identified in students who enjoyed and were successful in immersion programs:

  • Motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Able to develop independent learning skills.
  • Interested in language learning.
  • Willing to try new ideas.
  • Capable of coping with a challenge, resilient.
  • Seek ways to maximise achievement.
  • Have a positive outlook.
  • Handle stress in an appropriate way.
  • Respond well to constructive criticism.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning.

How to decide?

French Immersion is a tough challenge. Parental support is a factor for success, but it must be the student’s decision to join the program. Family discussions, as well as discussions with your daughter’s class teacher, language teacher and French Immersion staff, will be beneficial if you are considering the option of French Immersion.

The Glennie Immersion girls also take part in an exchange to France for several weeks in Year 10. It is motivation for the girls, but it should not be their sole reason for choosing immersion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the fundamental learning factor? Why has Glennie embraced it?

A: Glennie started the program in 1998 based on results observed at other schools such as Benowa State High (French), and Kenmore State High (German), in both the language studied and the other subjects.
Bilingual people outperform monolingual in most verbal and non-verbal tests (Peal and Lambert’s tests).

Q: What is the actual benefit to doing French Immersion? Will this help my daughter later in life?
A: The obvious benefit is the language, but many other skills and personal attributes are acquired and developed over the three-year program including planning, memory, concentration, maturity, confidence, high-level thinking skills,
multitasking, problem-solving, flexibility, better study habits.

Q: Will my daughter drop grades by doing French Immersion? Will it affect her Year 11 and 12 outcomes?
A: Firstly, it doesn’t affect the grades in English or Mathematics. Occasionally, some students drop a grade initially in Science or Social Science due to the vocabulary involved. It is worth noting that the girls achieve great academic results in their senior studies due to the work ethic they have developed during the Immersion Program.

Q: Will my daughter get enough support if she is struggling?
A: Tutorials are organised before or after school with their teachers.

Q: Is extra tuition available or are there outside tutors to help?
A: It is possible to have a personal tutor but the number of French lessons at school during the week should be enough. Former French Immersion students help younger girls in the boarding house.

Q: Can my daughter still play sport and participate in music and choirs?
A: As long as the girls are organised and catch up with missed lessons, there is no need to cut down on extra-curricular activities.

gms-1711089-inset-images21 A student’s perspective

French Immersion helped me to become a better student and stay on top of my work. Having never taken French before commencing the program, initially I found it difficult. As I became more familiar with the language everything began to fall into place. Being surrounded by other students who were all enthusiastic to learn and do their best encouraged me to work hard. In terms of my grades, as my French skills became stronger my grades improved. I found that, as it became easier to understand the language, all I had to do was understand the content of the lessons just the same as I would if I were learning in English. Lydia Paine

French in Junior Years

Girls learn French in Junior Years which is excellent preparation for the French Immersion program in Years 7 to 9.

Girls in Years 1 to 6 become familiar with the French culture through their studies as well as participating in cultural activities including Bastille Day celebrations, the Toowoomba Languages and Cultural Festival and experiencing French cuisine. The girls also spend time with French exchange students who visit the School as part of a reciprocal arrangement of the Year 10 French Immersion tour to France.

Glennie French Immersion Supporters Group

French Immersion students develop a great sense of community and their parents quickly become part of the French Immersion family. Members meet during term time to plan the much anticipated French trip and organise fundraising events to offset some of the costs of the trip.

Joining the group is a great way for parents new to Immersion to gain support and advice as their daughter progresses through the program . . . Read More

Parent Information Evening

If you were unable to attend the Parent Information Evening, you can view the video via Youtube.