Lycée Louis Pasteur launches its Intensive French Program starting in September 2014

For new students in Grades 1 to 5 with little or no French language skills

CALGARY, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Lycée Louis Pasteur, the International French school accredited by both the Ministry of Education (France) and Alberta Education announces the creation of an Intensive French class starting in September 2014. This special program is dedicated to students entering Grades 1 to 5 who wish to attend the Lycée Louis Pasteur but who have little or no prior exposure to French language.

This very successful Intensive French program, implemented in France and in several International French schools in North America, forms part of the Lycée Louis Pasteur's multi-faceted strategy to open its doors to more Canadian or international families based in Calgary. Although the Lycée was and remains open to non-French speaking students from age 3 to 5 years of age, there were cases in which older students or siblings could not attend the school because of their lack of French language skills.  The Intensive French program removes this obstacle and allows students entering Grades 1 to 5 to learn the French language rapidly and integrate fully into the Lycée's regular bilingual academic stream according to their individual progress.

Small class sizes will facilitate personalized learning of the French language with teachers experienced in teaching French as a second language. They will employ a wide variety of strategies and resources to make learning French enjoyable. Students will quickly acquire age appropriate comprehension, reading, writing and oral language skills.

With each student being individually and continuously assessed, and in consultation with the parents, each student will join his or her regular academic grade whenever he or she has achieved an appropriate level of French.

"We are confident that our new Intensive French Program will be successful," says Hervé Gagliardi, Head of School at Lycée Louis Pasteur. "In the past we have had many applications that we had to decline because the students did not have a sufficient French language skills to enter their grade. This new class will resolve the issue."

An information session focusing on the Intensive French Program will take place on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Lycée Louis Pasteur. The Head of School, Hervé Gagliardi, and the Primary School Director, Nadya Aroussi, will discuss in detail the evaluation process of the program, its curriculum and the expected results. Their presentation will also cover the benefits of a bilingual education. To attend, please email

The application deadline for the Intensive French Program is March 12th, 2014.

Beyond this date, students will be evaluated and accepted according to availability.


The Lycée Louis Pasteur ( is a private international French school from 3 years old to grade 12. It is accredited by Alberta Education, the French Ministry of Education, and the Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE), as well as by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC), and the Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS). The dual curriculum, which combines basic principles of Albertan, North American, and international education, ensures that students are bilingual in French and English and have advanced Spanish skills by the time they reach high school. Success in the Alberta Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma exams, the French Brevet, and the French Baccalaureate is a key goal of the LLP program. The French Baccalaureate, identical at lycées across the globe, provides students with internationally recognized certification for admission into universities worldwide. The school is part of a global network of 488 international lycées which follow the same French curriculum, allowing students to transition seamlessly to another lycée anywhere in the world.

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Calgary, Alberta T2T 6G2
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