French

Language is one of the Lord’s many beautiful gifts to the world, for only through language can we communicate with those around us. We value language as an integral part of God’s creation, and we encourage second language learning. The study of French is designed to give students familiarity with a foreign language while raising their awareness of another culture. Students will be encouraged to see the importance of being able to communicate with others in order to share the love of Christ and His message of salvation.

French core courses are offered for Grades 9 through 12, with courses at all levels placing an emphasis on communication through speaking, listening, reading, comprehension, and writing skills. Students encounter authentic cultural materials, from television commercials to poetry and music, which enrich their understanding of both language and culture. Students are encouraged to continue taking French beyond the required Grade 9 course. Not only is a basic knowledge of French an example of responsible citizenship in a bilingual country, a whole new world of opportunities is open to the bilingual individual.

These include opportunities in business, government, the service industry, and missionary work, to mention a few. In keeping with the program’s desire to create an authentic French learning environment, the Grade 12 French class travels to Quebec City for a 4 day immersion experience. Exploring, dining, and sightseeing in the old city are all a part of this exciting adventure! As well, students who have completed Grade 11 are presented with the opportunity to participate in the Explore Program. This government funded bursary program allows students an affordable immersion experience in the province of Quebec. Students will learn French while living amongst French speaking Canadians and becoming familiar with different aspects of their culture.

Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF1D)

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent

Core French, Grade 9, Applied (FSF1P)

This course emphasizes the concurrent development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills, using a broad-based theme such as the media. Students will enhance their ability to understand and speak French through conversations, discussions, and presentations. They will also read short stories, articles, poems, and songs, and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues, and invitations.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent

Core French, Grade 10, Academic (FSF2D)

This course enables students to increase their knowledge of the French language, further develop their language skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world. Exploring a variety of themes, students will develop and apply critical thinking-skills in discussion, in their analysis and interpretation of texts, and in their own writing.

Prerequisite:  Core French, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation (FSF3U)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills.   Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or a play. Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay.  The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic

Core French, Grade 12, University Preparation (FSF4U)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French-language skills. Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture, and current issues.  They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay.  The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation