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Recommendations for students entering Grade 10 who wish to enroll in French courses:

Students, who have a limited background in French, have studied French in elementary school and/or one or two years in junior high, register in French 10.

Students, who have taken 3 years of junior high French, have excelled in Grade 9 French and have the recommendation of the junior high teacher, register in French 20. Placement tests may be necessary to determine whether the student will be placed in French 10 or 20. This will be implemented at the discretion of the department. Upon successful completion of French 20 credits will be awarded in French 10.

Students, who have successfully completed 3 years of late immersion and have the recommendation of the junior high French Language Arts teacher, register in French 30. Upon successful completion of this course credits for French 10 and 20 will be awarded.

French 10 – 5 credits

This is an academic course offering many creative and interesting approaches to second language learning. Students with little or no French background can register in French 10. The course focuses on listening, reading, writing and speaking.

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French 20 – 5 credits

Language learning will approached from a thematic perspective with equal weighting given to reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will improve their ability to communicate their own experiences and their specific interests.

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French 30 – 5 credits

Students who pass French 20 or bilingual/immersion students should register in this course in their Grade 11 year. Once again, language learning will be achieved with a thematic approach, which makes language acquisition more meaningful to the student. Students can expect to have a strong French language base by the end of French 30 and are eligible to take university level French courses.

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French 10 Honors Prep – 5 credits

This special French 10 class is designed for Grade 10 Honors students with minimal French (one year or less) who wish to pursue the IB Diploma. This course enables students to develop the vocabulary, structures, cultural knowledge, attitudes, and general linguistic confidence sufficient to ensure a successful entry into second semester French 20 Honors. This course is offered in the first semester in Grade 10.

French 20 Honors – 5 credits
Prerequisite: A minimum of 3 years of French in Junior High including Grade 9 (85%) or French 10 H Prep

In addition to the regular French 20 program, Honors students will engage in enrichment activities that are more difficult and advanced in terms of scope and depth, frequency, and richness of expression in preparation for IB French. Some areas of enrichment will include:

• Rigorous use of spoken French in the classroom
• Advanced grammatical structures
• Greater vocabulary acquisition (active and passive)
• Continual listening comprehension exercises and tests (including dictees)
• Reading and discussion of challenging texts

This course will be taken in the second semester of Grade 10.

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French 30A IB – 5 credits
Prerequisite: French 20 Honors

In addition to the regular FSL 30 program, IB students will engage in enrichment activities that are more difficult and advanced in terms of scope and depth, frequency, and richness of expression in preparation for French 30B part I and part II exam to be taken in the students’ grade twelve year. There will not be an IB external assessment in French 30A IB. The IB external assessment will take place in French 30B part I and part II. Some areas of enrichment will include:

• Rigorous use of spoken French in the classroom
• Advanced grammatical structures
• Greater vocabulary acquisition (active and passive)
• Continual listening comprehension exercises and tests (including dictees)
• Reading and discussion of challenging texts

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French 31a/b IB – 10 credits
Prerequisite: French 30IB

Both French 31a (first semester) and 31b IB (second semester) are necessary courses in preparation for the French IB Diploma exam. Emphasis is placed on consolidation of grammatical structures to enhance written composition using a variety of formats: journals, editorials, personal and formal letters, reports, stories etc. Student’s oral assessment for the IB Exam is ongoing during both courses. Reading a variety of formats for text comprehension and vocabulary acquisition are a major component and includes several novel studies. There is no Provincial Diploma Exam so the final IB Exam is in May.

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