French in High School

Secondary School French Language Programs Fact Sheet

What are my options?

Students who have completed their elementary school education in either an Immersion or French first language program have the opportunity to continue their French language education at the secondary level.

What is the difference between Extended and Immersion French?

These two programs reflect students' differing needs in studying French and are designed to provide students with different levels of intensity in developing their French language knowledge and skills.

Extended French

The aim of the Extended French Program is to develop students' language knowledge and skills and to provide them with an understanding and appreciation of Francophone culture in Canada and around the world. By the end of the four-your program students will be able to converse freely on familiar topics, will be able to read and will be able to function in a French-speaking community.

French Immersion

The aim of the French Immersion program is to develop and refine students' ability to communicate in French as well as to expand their knowledge of the language through the study of Francophone literature. By the end of the four-year program, students will participate easily in conversations and discussions and they will be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction and students can feel confident to accept employment in which French is the working language.

What do the Secondary programs look like?

Students who take courses taught in the French language in either an Extended or Immersion program follow the same curriculum as students who take the same courses taught in English. All courses follow the curriculum guidelines of the Ministry of Education.

Extended French

During the course of a four year program a minimum of 7 credits are required

4 courses in Extended French
1 course in Geography
1 course in History

*One other course taught in French

By the end of the Extended French program, students will be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction and students can feel confident to accept employment in which French is the working language.

French Immersion

During the course of a four year program a minimum of 10 credits are required.

4 courses in French Immersion
1 course in Geography
1 course in History

* Four other courses taught in French

*The selection of courses varies from school to school. Contact the Moderns Department Head of each school for further information or refer to school course calendars. Many schools also offer Co-op placements in a French speaking environment.

  

Why continue studying French at the Secondary level?

Students who have been enrolled in an enriched elementary French program become acquainted with the French language and culture. At the end of Grade 8 a certain degree of fluency in the French language is acquired. Students who choose to continue with French language studies at the secondary level are choosing to maintain their fluency in French. Students who pursue either an Extended or French Immersion program will continue to be in daily contact with French speaking teachers and peers and therefore will be able to maintain much of the oral proficiency and confidence they acquired over eight years.

What benefits are there to continuing with French?

Learning French as a second language increases the ease with which other languages can be learned.

Learning a second language enhances problem-solving and hypothesis-testing skills; the same skills used in math and science.

In 1995 a COMPAS survey found that three-quarters of English speaking parents believe learning a second language is an important part of a good Canadian education.
(Taken from “A view of FSL in Canada 1998-1999”, CPF)

Many University programs require a senior second language for entry.

Having a second language has benefited many graduates seeking employment and in some cases, has paid them a premium.

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