Tips for French Immersion Teachers

It can be a challenge to encourage students who are learning French to read and converse in their new language! Here are some ideas and resources to help:

Build a robust French library!

  • Familiarize yourself with some book series and characters your French Immersion readers will enjoy. According to the Kids & Family Reading Report™ Canadian Edition, kids often look to their teachers and school librarians for book ideas! If you need some help finding recommendations to pass along to your students, check out our Top 25 French Immersion Books.
  • You can search “French Immersion” on the Reading Club site to find books identified as the best for French Immersion readers.
  • As a teacher, you know you’re going to have a wide range of reading levels and a variety of interests in your classroom. Learn more about building a French Immersion classroom library in the next section.

Engage your students!

  • Introduce your students to French music, movies, games, and traditions! Check out our book and CD collections to help them develop listening and comprehension skills. Also, check your Teacher’s Desk for author letters and activities to download in French.
  • Encourage your students to extend their vocabulary beyond the school environment! Take field trips to French theatre, festivals, or concerts and invite French-speaking community members as guest speakers.

Ease parents’ worries!

  • Many parents of French Immersion students don’t speak French themselves, but would like the ability to help their children select books for reading at home. Every French book on our website has a bilingual description, so parents can read about each book in both English and French!
  • Ensure assignments are explained in class and are reviewing skills your students have already learned at school. Parents can help by reinforcing the habits their child needs to complete their work independently, such as concentration, critical thinking, organization, and problem solving, rather than with the content of the assignments.
  • Engage parents to read with their children, even if they don’t speak French! We’ve made a printable letter you can send home to parents that will tell them how they can help their children select books, create a French library, and build reading skills
  • Need help guiding parents to the right books for their children? You can find a curated list of French Immersion books for different levels by selecting Shop by Collection in Reading Club Online.

How to Build a French Immersion Classroom Library

According to the Kids & Family Reading Report™ Canadian Edition, many children have trouble finding books they like. Try some of our best tips to have a wide selection in your classroom library:

  • Offer a wide variety of genres, reading levels, series, authors, and characters to pick from so everyone can connect with a book in your classroom! Experts suggest that your classroom library should have at least 20 books per student.
  • Include some high-interest/low vocabulary books for those who are reading at a lower level, but still need topics and stories that are age-appropriate.
  • Encourage students to try their favourite English books in French! Not only will re-reading familiar stories boost their confidence, but also their reading comprehension. Scholastic Reading Club offers many series in both English and French.
  • If you live in or are visiting a city with a large French-speaking population, check out used book stores and garage sales for affordable books.
  • Ask friends, family, and other teachers to donate any French books they’re finished with.
  • Partner with Scholastic Reading Club to offer your students and their families a wide variety of French books, flyers that change monthly, and lower prices than they’ll find in stores – and the best part – Bonus Bank Rewards for you to spend on classroom resources with each student order!
  • Check Les indispensables du prof and Classroom Essentials for books and resources – you can spend your Bonus Bank Rewards there!