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Sir John A. Macdonald

Modern Languages

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Program Description

French

The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is not only one of Canada’s two official languages, but is also widely used around the world. Knowledge of a second language is valuable for a number of reasons. Through learning a second language, students can strengthen their first-language skills and enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities; they all tend to become more tolerant and respectful to other cultures. In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally.

Spanish

Today’s students are living in an international community. In such a world, communication on the international plane is of crucial importance, and knowledge of language an invaluable asset. The study of Spanish helps students develop the skills they will need to communicate effectively with people from other countries and at the same time improve their skills in the English Language.
The communication skills of listening, speaking, and writing are more important than ever in the modern business world. Moreover, learning more than one language develops the ability to think creatively and to solve problems effectively. Studying other languages will also give students new insights into their first language.
Spanish also introduces students to the heritage of other societies, and so it will increase their awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Through the study of languages, students gain a greater understanding of the perspectives of the different peoples who comprise Canada’s diverse society, and develop a deeper appreciation of and respect for the identity, rights, and values of others. The study of Spanish also promotes career mobility, since successful participation in the global community depends in part on knowledge of world language.-

Courses Offered

FSF2D1 Grade 10 Academic French

In Grade 10 French, you will continue developing  your skills in the three language competency areas: reading, writing, and oral communication. You will build upon the language structures you have been learning throughout your study of the language. In addition your study of the culture of the francophonie will continue and broaden. You will be introduced to a variety of literature and you will read your first novel in French!

FSF2P1 Grade 10 Applied French

In Grade 10 French, you will continue developing  your skills in the three language competency areas: reading, writing, and oral communication. You will build upon the language structures you have been learning throughout your study of the language.  In addition your study of the culture of the francophonie will continue and broaden. You will be introduced to a variety of literature and you will read your first novel in French!

FSF3U1 Grade 11 University French

In grade 11 French, you take great steps towards functional bilingualism. The complexity of reading is enhanced as more and more authentic texts are examined. You will read at least two novels throughout the course and do a wider variety of research-based and oral assignments. You will have access to conferencing and voice recording technology to enhance your second language experience.

FSF4U1 Grade 12 University French

In grade 12 French, you really start to sense a comfort level of fluency in the language. More authentic texts are studied as some of the great names  in French and French-Canadian literature are canvassed (Gabrielle  Roy, Michel Tremblay, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Guy de Maupassant, etc.). By the end of the four-year program, you will be able to participate in a straight-forward conversation in French; will be able to read – with the help of a dictionary – books, magazines, and newspapers in French; and will be able to understand the general meaning of radio and television news and other programs. You will be well prepared to continue studies in French at the university level.

LWSBD1 Grade 10 Academic Spanish

This course provides students with the language learning experiences that will enable them to communicate Spanish. Students will develop and apply their speaking skills in a variety of contexts, and will participate in activities that will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of  countries where the language under study is spoken by taking part in community- sponsored events and activities involving both print and technological resources. Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and repertoire of language structures. the language they will use at this level will still be simple.

LWSCU1 Grade 11 University Spanish

This course offers students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of Spanish and to enhance their communication skills. Students will use increasingly sophisticated language in a variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources.

LWSDU1 Grade 12 University Spanish

This course prepares students for university studies in the international language. Students will enhance their ability to use the language with clarity and precision, and will develop the language skills needed to engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively. students will also have opportunities to add to their knowledge of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through the use of community resources and computer technology.

Updated on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
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