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French-Australian Bilingual Program

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Channel 9 News

On 9 March the French Bilingual Program was featured on Channel 9 News in a story on languages being taught in Queensland Schools. The story can be found on the Channel 9 website

View the Tingalpa French-English Bilingual Program Film.

In 2015 Tingalpa State School implemented a new and exciting initiative. A French- Australian bilingual program was introduced. This program has the support of Department of Education and Training and the French Ministry of Education via the French Embassy in Canberra.

The initiative began with one Prep class in 2015, and in 2016 we expanded the program to include Prep to Year 3. As the program rolls up in subsequent years, we envisage that there will be one French-Australian bilingual class in each year level. We are working towards gaining full accreditation with the French Ministry of Education so that our French-Australian Bilingual program will be recognised as the first school in Queensland to implement a harmonised French and Australian curriculum.

What makes this program such an exciting initiative, is that the children will be 'immersed' in the French language. Their instruction will be in both French and in English. Prep to Year 2 will see an immersion ratio of 80% French instruction and 20% English instruction. From Year 3 the ratio of French instruction to English instruction will shift to 70-30 to accommodate the greater demands of the Australian curriculum.

French Bilingual Program - Ratio and subjects

​PREP
​French
​English
​80%
​20%
​French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and Art
​English, Music, Sport

​Year 1

​French
​English
​80%
​20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography and Art
English, Science, Music, Sport

​Year 2

​French
​English
​80%
​20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography and Art
English, Music, Sport
​Science
​Wellbeing

​Year 3/4/5/6

​French
​English
​50%
​50%
​French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Music and Art
​English, Mathematics, Sport, History and Geography
​Science
​Wellbeing


The students work with two teachers. One teacher instructs in English on the ‘English’ day and the other instructs in French on the ‘French’ days. French trained, native French speaking teachershave been recruited to work alongside our Australian teachers on this innovative program. All teachersare also required to be Queensland accredited teachers.

The highest priority will be placed on students developing their literacy and numeracy skills through the implementation of the Australian Curriculum just as their peers do in other classes. The students in the bilingual class will also experience a harmonisation of the French Curriculum with our Australian Curriculum.

Eligibility Criteria for Enrolment in French Australian Bilingual Program

If you believe you have the correct documents, please see our Enrolments page for more information on the enrolment process.

Educational Partners

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been entered into between DET, The French- Australian Brisbane School Ltd, and the Embassy of France. The purpose of the MOU is to build long term relationships that will benefit all three parties. This coalition of representatives of the French Embassy, The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alliance Francaise, and other members of the French community have offered to provide financial support to the school.

Information on what is happening in the Brisbane French Community.

To learn more about the enrolment / waitlist process, visit the Enrolling at our school page.





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Last reviewed 29 October 2019
Last updated 29 October 2019