A Language Integration Program

A bilingual school based on an innovative and ambitious pedagogy of languages. French is the first language of learning (75% to 90% of the instruction according to the grade level), English is introduced from Pre-K (10% to 25% of instruction) and is used through different subjects. Each teacher teaches in their mother tongue, thus sharing with students their own educational culture.

Structured Language Immersion: Our Approach to Effective Integration

We believe that immersion can be ineffective if it is not accompanied, structured, and conducted according to a balanced progression. We dedicate time and resources for children to more comfortably integrate by providing intensive exposure to the target language in an individual structured setting free from stress. We assess each student’s level upon entry to best meet their needs. Then, we implement a language integration program to assist students in their language learning journey.

Investing in Bilingual Education: A Collaborative Commitment with Parents

Opting for a bilingual school is an educational opportunity which is stimulating as well as enriching both for the child and the family. Multilingual and multicultural skills developed within our school are invaluable assets for the child’s education and future. Parents who choose our school must fully commit to it. Each parent must consider the soundness of his/her choice as Cousteau implements a demanding curriculum requires strong parental involvement. The following pages aim at helping you make the right decision. It also works as a partnership contract between the school and the parents in order to contribute to the welfare of all our pupils.

The benefits of the bilingual program at Cousteau School

Knowing more than one language creates cognitive flexibility in your child, improving their problem solving, focus, working memory and abstract thinking – all critical skills for future academic success .

Cognitive Development:

Bilingual education enhances cognitive abilities, fostering improved problem-solving skills, multitasking, and enhanced creativity. Exposure to two languages challenges the brain, leading to stronger mental flexibility and adaptability.

Cultural Awareness:

Bilingual education exposes students to different cultures, fostering an appreciation for diversity. This global perspective not only enriches their understanding of the world but also promotes open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity.

Academic Advantages:

Bilingual education has been linked to academic success. Research suggests that bilingual students tend to outperform their monolingual peers in standardized tests, demonstrating heightened cognitive abilities and analytical skills.

Career Opportunities:

In an increasingly interconnected world, bilingualism is an asset in various professions. Many employers value individuals who can communicate fluently in multiple languages, creating more career opportunities and increasing competitiveness in the job market.

Experience Cousteau’s academic excellence and bilingual education

Cousteau offers a unique academic experience through the teaching of a rigorous bilingual education from Pre-K to Grade 9.