Revised Immersion and FSL programming in New Brunswick
It would seem that the intensive campaign to save early French immersion has paid off somewhat in New Brunswick. Today, the government announced a new plan that would combine a modified early entry point to French immersion in Grade 3 with the originally slated Grade 6 entry point. This is still a contraction of the French immersion program, which currently begins in Grade 1. However, the combination of introductory French courses in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 with the option of Grade 3 French immersion represents a significant departure from the old plan to axe all Immersion and core French for Grades 1-4, and then to have intensive French start in Grade 5, before offering the option of immersion in Grade 6.
The press release from the government doesn't indicate why it feels that a Grade 3 entry point to immersion will be so superior to the current Grade 1 model. I suspect that this is a save-face measure to allow it to claim that it is making changes to the curriculum, without appearing to have completely lost the debate against advocates of early immersion. Still, I'm glad to see at least some flexibility on the part of the government.Recommend this Post