C. Lafferty (Program Leader)
The goal of our French courses is to help students gain the communication skills needed when they encounter various social situations in their community and beyond. We encourage our students to use their French speaking skills with enthusiasm in the classroom, how to take risks in a fun, supportive environment, and how to be critical thinkers (all of which are skills that are needed in the future). We believe that the acquisition of a second language promotes cultural awareness and acceptance of others.
In their grade 12 year, DSBN French students have the opportunity to complete the DELF French Proficiency test. The DELF is an internationally recognized examination issued by the French Ministry of National Education, and the diplomas are recognized worldwide as lifelong proof of the student’s French language skills.
Successful students will be given a diploma with their proficiency certification from the DELF Centre in France, which can be used for specialized programming at post-secondary schools, as well as with potential employers. Students are eligible to write the DELF exam if they are currently enrolled in or have completed Grade 12 University Core French (FSF4U).
In recent years, community trips have been organized to Paris, the French Riviera, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
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.
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.
This course emphasizes analytic reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.
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.
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