Bilingual education in the LFIA
Bilingualism in kindergarten
In MS and GS (2nd year and 3rd year pre-elementary), families can choose a bilingual French-English education which means 2 and a half days in French and two days in English. Pupils who follow a French only education and have no contact with Dutch can benefit from Dutch lessons twice a week.
Bilingualism in elementary
From CP (first year primary), families can choose between a bilingual track of French and Dutch or French and English. At the end of primary school, families can choose for their child to continue their secondary education in French or in their second language.
The classes from CP to CM2 (1st to 5th year) follow lessons in French 20 hours a week, and lessons in English or Dutch 6 hours a week. Those lessons consist of learning the language, as well as learning about other subjects in the target language. The purpose of this is to get the students learning in two languages.
Programs in Dutch correspond to the programs of Flemish schools.
In addition to the advantage of a child beind able to manipulate two languages both written and oral, studies have proven that early bilingualism improves abilities in such fields as abstract thinking and mathematics. Learning a language at an early age facilitates the acquisition of other languages in the future.