Q: WILL THE IMMERSION IN FRENCH AFFECT MY CHILD’S READING ABILITY IN ENGLISH?
A: The reading and study skills learned in French transfer into English and the reading and study skills learned in English transfer to French. That is, once a child has grasped that letters make sounds, and sounds combine to make words, that skill is applicable to any language with the same alphabet. Both French and English language are taught 5 hours a week.
Bilingualism enhances children’s understanding of the workings of language, and—since one-third of the words in English are of French origin—knowledge of French helps build vocabulary for reading in English.