"Bilingualism transformed her life.
It opened the door to opportunities that would have otherwise passed her by. Now she wants to pass on those same opportunities to her three children, all of whom attend the local French immersion school.They represent a little-studied but growing segment of Canada: French immersion’s second generation."
Joe Friesen successfully presents a glimpse
into French immersion and bilingual culture.
There is some evidence that French immersion students considered the education they received enough of an advantage to want to pass it on.
A 1990 study of an early wave of French immersion graduates in Saskatchewan found that more than 80 per cent said they wanted their children to follow in their footsteps by pursuing immersion.
The children of immersion are creating something like a new linguistic
They go home to environments where one or two parents are capable of speaking French with them and helping with their homework. It’s not the same as living in an easily defined anglophone or francophone environment, yet it still represents a change from earlier generations.
By choosing to continue with French immersion into a second generation, these families are saying, “This is part of how we grew up and this is who we are as Canadians.”
I am so proud to be a member of the French immersion community.