French Enrichment Program
Our French Enrichment Program complements the curricula of the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia’s French education systems, as well as that of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. It enriches individual student experiences and encourages many to reach their full potential in French reading, writing, and oral expression skills.
For students in the public FSL program, we offer Core French at three levels: A1 (grades 5-6), A2 (grades 7-8), and A3 (grades 9-12). Our courses include diverse opportunities for action-centered learning and connection to real-world events and situations.
We also offer a writing course that is specifically tailored to French Immersion students, as well as a preparatory course for students who wish to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. So as to help prepare and help younger students in French, we also run a Junior French Club with an engaging and lively curriculum.
Our courses focus on the interconnectedness of today’s world and the benefits of learning French as a second language, ensuring students develop a sense of global citizenry and become life-long learners.
Core French 1 (Grade 4-5)
At this beginning level, students develop their skills in concrete ways. Through exercises and activities promoting oral and reading comprehension, students are able to both understand and use everyday expressions in French. By listening and responding to texts and speaking and interacting with others, students are able to effectively use familiar phrases and to formulate basic sentences. They are able to introduce themselves, ask simple questions of others, and participate in the basics of necessary everyday conversation. Students begin to develop an awareness of intercultural understanding and knowledge of French-speaking cultures. Particular attention is also given to developing the foundations of correct pronunciation and intonation at this level.
Core French 2 (Grade 6-7)
This intermediate-level course develops reading, writing, and oral expression strategies for students as they move toward more advanced modes of analysis. Students learn to read for meaning and are taught how to use various comprehension strategies to understand texts in modelled, shared, guided, and independent contexts. Writing skills are honed via an understanding of purpose, audience, and form. The creation of word lists, brainstorming, and organizing content in French are important aspects of developing effective writing skills for students. Students also review such grammatical points as subject-verb agreement, appropriate use of the parts of speech, correct spelling and punctuation. Oral communication skills are cultivated through a variety of exercises with special attention given to developing a smooth pace of speech and appropriate intonation.
Pre-IB French (Grade 7-8)
This French preparatory course for the International Baccalaureate provides students with the tools they need to succeed at an advanced level. With consideration for the current level of each student at the time of registration, along with the requirements for the International Baccalaureate, this program promotes individualized student advancement and achievement of concrete goals. Students work to respond successfully to comprehension questions pertaining to CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) BI level texts and to develop further communication skills, oral and written. Grounded in the intercultural understanding and global citizenry that the International Baccalaureate promotes, this course ensures that students are capable of participating in extended conversations and writing on diverse subjects and ideas found in such sources as newspapers, films, speeches, and articles.
Core French 3 (Grade 9-12)
At this advanced level, students work to communicate in complex ways in oral and written formats. Language learning strategies include listening to and discussion of oral texts in both structured and open-ended contexts. Students enrich vocabulary through discussions of current events in French-language press, television, and other media. Communication of ideas in writing is also promoted through structured and open-ended contexts. Students further refine their writing through exercises focusing on audience, situation, and purpose. Students will be able to identify and use grammar and language conventions appropriate for the interaction with people in French-speaking cultures throughout the globe. Critical thinking skills and goal setting for future learning also comprise the content of this advanced-level course.