Like other ethnic groups in Australia, French-speaking parents are keen to pass on their language and culture to their children. It is by no means an automatic process and without support, many fail to motivate their children to keep up French as a mother tongue.It is especially difficult once the child has entered the Australian school system.
This is why a group of North Shore families with a French-speaking background (French, Belgian, Swiss, Canadian, North African, Mauritian) created the French speaking Association of the North Shore, (F.A.N.S.), in June 1998. Its purpose is the promotion of the French language and culture amongst the French-speaking families located in the area.
A native French-speaking child in Australia may feel isolated because he / she receives all their learning stimulus in English (at school, relationship with other children and adults, reading, television, etc.). However most importantly they do not wish to differ from their peers. These are the two major factors that need to be addressed if parents wish to keep the language spoken at home with their bilingual child.