Administrative Procedure 212

Programs In Languages Other Than English


The Division supports courses and programs in languages other than English.


Bilingual Programs are partial immersion programs in which the target language, other than French, is the language of instruction for up to fifty percent (50%) of the day. Subjects such as fine arts, health, social studies, physical education, mathematics and science may be taught in the target language.

French as a Second Language Courses are offered, beginning in grade 4 or grade 10, and continue to grade 12. French is taught as a subject to develop communication skills and an understanding and appreciation of Francophone culture.

French Immersion Programming is programming where French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day; that is, several or all subjects, except English Language Arts, are taught in French. This program is designed for students whose first language is not French. The objective is proficiency of the English language, functional fluency in French, and an understanding and appreciation of Francophone culture.

Second Language Programs offer students the opportunity to learn another language and to be able to communicate in this language at a level of fluency and proficiency consistent with Alberta Education student learning outcomes.


  1. Instruction in a second language is provided for all students in grades 4 to 6.
  2. Instruction in a second language may be provided to students in grades 7 to 12.
  3. The choice of language(s) offered at any one (1) school is dependent on community interest and the proficiency of staff and availability of resources.
  4. Transportation to immersion and bilingual programs is provided according to Board Policy 17, Student Transportation Services.
  5. French Immersion Programming
    1. The decision to open or close a bilingual or immersion program is made by the Superintendent of the school(s) involved.
    2. Schools offering French Immersion shall provide Alberta Education’s recommended instructional time allocations in French.
    3. English Language Arts shall be provided to all students, consistent with the Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12.
    4. A French speaking administrator shall be appointed in each French Immersion school.
    5. The Assistant Superintendent, Education shall ensure ongoing support for the program.
    6. In order to facilitate and enhance the French Immersion program direction, a Division French Immersion Advisory Committee shall be established.
      1. The Committee will be comprised of one (1) representative from each school offering a French Immersion program, the Second Language consultant, and a Division Office Representative.
    7. The Division French Immersion Certificate requirements shall require a minimum of thirty (30) credits in French Immersion in Senior High including:
      1. French Language Arts 10/20/30.
      2. A minimum of one other 30 level course in French.
      3. Three (3) types of certificates shall be made available:
        1. French Immersion Certificate (successful completion of above requirements);
        2. French Immersion Certificate of Merit (as above with a seventy percent (70%) average);
        3. French Immersion Certificate of Excellence (as above with an eighty percent (80%) average).
  6. Bilingual Program
    1. In schools where other second languages are offered, students will have access to these courses in accordance with Alberta Education’s recommended instructional time allocations.
  7. Second Language Courses
    1. Second Language programming shall be offered according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies and Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12.


September 21, 2016


August 23, 2021


Section 17, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222 Education Act

Funding Manual for School Authorities

Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12

International Language Programs, Alberta Education

School Administrator’s Guide To Implementing Language Programming (2007), Alberta Education

Cross Reference:

AP 200 Organization for Instruction

AP 360 Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting 

AP 430 Role of the Principal