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FRENCH

The goal of the French Program is to enable students to function in a French milieu and develop an appreciation for its language and culture. Because students arrive with different levels of French, they are streamed into French as a second language, either “Français, langue seconde, programme de base” or “Français, langue seconde, programme enrichi” (regular or enriched). Each group is challenged with materials adapted to the students’ abilities. As students progress, complexities and new concepts are added to the basics learned in Cycle One-Year One. A spiral approach is used, continuously reviewing previously learned concepts which have not yet been mastered.

All students are required to write the Langue seconde Provincial Exam by the end of Cycle Two-Year Three; students in the “enrichi” program may also have the opportunity to register for the “Français, langue d’enseignement” course and write the specific Provincial Exam for that course. Space is limited and students are chosen based on prior achievement and motivation.

FRENCH      Cycle One-Year One - Langue seconde, programme enrichi

This course focuses on sentence structure (phrase de base). The students study and use basic sentence structure as building blocks for more complicated structures. These structures are then used to write different types of texts, including description and narration-based texts. Students are also required to prepare oral presentations integrating learned grammatical concepts. Students read a minimum of three novels.

FRENCH      Cycle One-Year Two - Langue seconde, programme enrichi

This course builds on sentence structure (phrase de base) studied in Cycle One-Year One. Students learn how to integrate more complicated components into basic sentence structure. They explore a variety of texts, especially those which are description-based. Students prepare oral presentations integrating grammatical concepts and read a minimum of three novels.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year One - Langue seconde, programme enrichi

Students build on grammatical concepts acquired in Cycle One and develop written and oral abilities using more complex sentence structures, verb tenses and punctuation. They use explanation-based, narrative and poetic texts. Students prepare oral presentations, which show an understanding of grammatical concepts and read selected texts and a minimum of three novels.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year Two - Langue seconde, programme enrichi

Analytical grammar and written compositions are important components of this course. Students study and analyze several types of texts, including argumentation, poetry, plays, short stories and novels. They make several oral presentations using the concepts acquired throughout the year. Students are required to read a minimum of three novels.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year Three - Langue d’enseignement

Students study and analyze several types of texts, including argumentation, poetry, current affairs (editorial, critique, newspaper articles) and novels. “Argumentation” focuses on explanations, demonstrations of argument and counter-argument.

Students are required to produce several argument-based texts and to read at least three novels.

June MEES evaluation based on writing competency: Produire des textes variés.

FRENCH Cycle Two-Year Three - Langue seconde, programme enrichi

The course is project and multi-task oriented, reviewing and using acquired concepts to reinforce learning and prepare students for the Langue seconde, programme enrichi Provincial Exam. Students are required to understand, describe, present and comment on any given subject, through oral comprehensions and presentations, as well as diverse essays. Students learn to structure their argumentation in order to defend their opinions and are required to read at least three novels.

June MEES evaluation based on writing and reading competencies: Produire et lire des textes variés.

FRENCH      Cycle One-Year One - Langue seconde, programme de base

Students review and learn basic tenses. They are able to describe events, things and persons, in the past, present and future tenses. The course is theme-based and emphasizes building vocabulary pertaining to class topics. Students read related texts, which focus on general content and at least two literary works. They present the information they acquire orally and in a written format.

FRENCH      Cycle One-Year Two - Langue seconde, programme de base

Students build on previously acquired vocabulary and verb tenses and are taught to communicate intentions, ambitions and experiences. They learn to inquire about activities and persons, and to report findings. The course is theme-based, requiring both written and oral communication. Students are required to understand short texts and read at least two novels.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year One - Langue seconde, programme de base

Students build on previously acquired vocabulary and verb tenses and are able to communicate ambitions, make inquiries, and report findings. They learn to place events in chronological order. The course is project-based, requiring students to acquire, organize and report information. Students prepare oral presentations on various topics and are required to read a minimum of two novels.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year Two - Langue seconde, programme de base

Vocabulary and verb tenses allow students to better describe individuals and objects. Students learn how to express opinions, personal feelings and give advice. They are able to make hypotheses, chronologically report and identify events. Literary material includes novels, short stories, description and opinion-based texts. The students’ facility with language becomes evident through written and oral assignments. Finally, students are required to read at least three literary works.

FRENCH      Cycle Two-Year Three - Langue seconde, programme de base

The course is project oriented, reviewing acquired concepts to reinforce learning and prepare students for the Langue seconde, programme de base Provincial Exam. Students are required to understand, describe, present and comment on project content, through oral comprehensions and presentations, as well as three different types of texts: invitational, descriptive and opinion-based essays. Students learn to structure their argumentation in order to defend their opinions and are required to read at least two novels.
June MEES evaluation based on all three competencies: Produire et lire des textes variés, Interagir en français.