French immersion consists of programs and courses designed for English-speaking students in which French is the language of instruction and, as much as possible, the means of communication of the classroom. French immersion serves to achieve the Essential Graduation Learnings.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, two options in French immersion studies are available: early French immersion (EFI) and late French immersion (LFI).
EFI extends from Kindergarten to Level III, beginning at the Kindergarten level with 100 percent of instruction in French. With the introduction of English Language Arts at Grade 3 and other subjects in English in later grades, the percentage of instructional time in French decreases through the years of schooling.
LFI extends from Grade 7 to Level III with approximately 75 percent of instruction in French in Grades 7 and 8. The percentage of instruction in French decreases through the years of schooling.