Calgary Board of Education
 

French

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French as a Second Language Course Sequences

  1. For students with no previous knowledge of French
    French 10 - 3Y
  2. For students who have completed grade 9 French as a Second Language
    French 20 - 3Y
  3. For students who completed FLA9 (French Immersion) with a mark above 80%
    French 30 - 3Y

French 10-3Y

Eiffel tower

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This introduction to French will familiarize the students with the basics of the language. Cultural activities also play a prominent role in the course. There is a general introduction to the French -speaking world. Thematic units are related to the student’s interests and incorporate everyday communicative activities. Students work individually and co-operatively on language activities and projects.

Students who enter this course have little or no previous knowledge of French.

French 20-3Y

This course continues to expand on student communication competencies, as well as cultural knowledge. Students have the opportunity to solidify and broaden their knowledge of the language. Students participate in oral and written activities, both individually and co-operatively. Thematic units are related to the student’s interests and incorporate everyday activities. Students may enhance their cultural knowledge through technology and French media.

Students who enter this course have completed French 10-3Y or grade 9 French as a Second Language. Students who proceed directly into French 20-3Y, from grade 9 French, receive 10 credits (waived credits for French 10-3Y).

French 30-3Y

This course continues to expand on student communicative competency, as well as cultural knowledge. This also affords students the opportunity to have a career nationally or internationally, have increased post-secondary choices, and to develop a deeper understanding as a bilingual citizen of Canada. Students work individually and cooperatively on language activities and projects. Students also enhance their cultural knowledge through technology and French media. Thematic units are related to the student’s interests and incorporate everyday communicative scenarios.

French 30 students participate in the French for the Future Conference. Students may also opt to write the DELF exam which would give them a permanent certificate of their abilities, recognized worldwide. Students also have many opportunities to go beyond the classroom, including short term immersion opportunities in Canada or travel overseas.

Students who enter this course have completed French 20-3Y or grade 9 FLA (French immersion) with a mark above 80%.

French 31

Students who are serious about continuing the process towards fluency are encouraged to enroll in French 31. This course continues to expand on student communicative competency, as well as cultural knowledge. This also affords students the opportunity to have a career nationally or internationally, have increased post-secondary choices, and to develop a deeper understanding as a bilingual citizen of Canada. Students work individually and cooperatively on language activities and projects.

Students may also opt to write the DELF exam which would give them a permanent certificate of their abilities, recognized worldwide. Students also have many opportunities to go beyond the classroom, including short term immersion opportunities in Canada or travel overseas.

Students who enter this course have completed French 30-3Y with a mark above 75%.

Meet the Teacher

Mme Julia Wowkodaw

Mme W. in Pepieux

Mme Wowkodaw frequently travels to France.
Here she is enjoying lunch on the patio of a home
in Languedoc.

Mme Wowkodaw has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.

She received a Professional Improvement Fellowship from the CBE to study in France in July, 2013. She successfully completed the course and received her DALF C1 level certificate from the French government.

She is also an accredited DELF examiner and evaluates CBE students who sit the DELF exams.

2016 Trip to France

We are planning a trip to Paris and the Riviera in March, 2016. Students must be taking a French course in order to participate in this trip as it will be an opportunity for them to practice their language and cultural skills that they acquire in the FSL program. Students must also attend regular meetings before the trip in order to prepare for the places we will be visiting.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe,Notre Dame,the Opera, the Catacombs, Versailles
  • Avignon: the Palais des Papes
  • Nimes: the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct), the Roman amphitheatre and other Roman monuments
  • Nice: Vieux Nice, visit to a perfume factory
  • Monaco: royal palace tour, changing of the guard at the royal palace

Link to Download France Brochure

Students who participated in the 2014 trip to Paris had a fabulous time! We visited the major monuments, and we also attended a fashion show in the Galeries Lafayette. For fun, we placed “love padlocks” on the Pont des Arts!


Recent News

French Pen Pals

Students in all French classes are paired with students in Sarthe, France. They are able to talk about themselves, their hobbies, and life in Canada. In return, they receive correspondence from their pen pals in France.

Lunch at La Chaumière

The French 10 and 20 classes went to La Chaumière in December. They had a delicious lunch and a presentation on table etiquette in a fine dining establishment. Students always enjoy this excursion and ask to go back the following year.


DELF Exam 2014

We had several students who signed up to do their DELF A2 exam. They were all successful in passing and received their diploma from the French government as well as congratulations from the CBE. One student mentioned that it was helpful in her application to the University of Lethbridge in the Faculty of Education.

DELF 2014

The DELF is an internationally recognized language credentialing diploma that allows for post-secondary, work, travel, exchange and volunteer opportunities in France and abroad. The diploma is based on the four language competencies of speaking, reading, writing and listening.

Carnaval de Beaverbrook

The French 30 class helped organize our first ever Carnaval d’hiver at Lord Beaverbrook. We enjoyed racing on “dog-sleds”, throwing snowballs at a cardboard Bonhomme Carnaval, and eating la tire (maple taffy).


Useful Links

  • DELF – Diplôme d’études en langue française/French Language Studies Diploma
  • LBHS DELF Information (pdf)
  • 2013 CBE DELF Registration Form
  • Why take French? – Selection of videos created by the Second Languages Council of the Alberta Teacher’s Association
  • FFF – French for the Future annual student conference

French Language Programs: Beyond the classroom

  • Explore Program – 5-week bursary program designed to experience, learn, travel, and make friends for life
  • SWSE – 6-week YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (to Quebec/Francophone Ontario)

French Language Resources

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