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FRENCH 8 (FR-8)
 
This semester course focuses on the development of basic communication skills. Students learn strategies to make them more comfortable learning a second language. They will participate in a variety of activities stressing the development or oral skills and comprehension. Students will also learn to write simple sentences on topics studied in class, as well as information about Francophone countries and culture.
 
 
FRANCAIS LANGUE SECONDE-IMMERSION 8
 
This course is appropriate for students who were in the French Immersion program in their primary, elementary and intermediate years. The course is taught using only French and students are expected to communicate entirely in French. Students participate in a variety of activities, including the study of literary texts, to enable them to become stronger readers, writers and speakers of French, and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Francophone culture.
 
 
SKILLS 8
 
Students must have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills in order to graduate with a Dogwood Diploma. For students who require supplemental instruction, they may be registered in a Skills 8 block instead of French 8.
Topics or Focus:
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Math skills
 
 
FRENCH 9          (elective)
Pre-requisite:  French 8
 
Focus Areas:
  • Language strategies to speak and understand French in real-life situations.
  • Simple conversations about topics studied in class.
  • Vocabulary and structures for sharing ideas and information, for example describing describing people, objects, places, interests, questions, and opinions.
  • Basic past, present and future time frames of common verbs.
  • Cultural practices and traditions in various Francophone regions.
 
 
FRENCH 10           (elective)  4 credits
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of French 9
 
Focus Areas:
  • Language learning strategies.
  • Communicating (orally and in writing) in real-life situations in basic past, present, and future time.
  • Exploring of authentic print and audio texts (texts, emails, blogs, ads, articles, recipes, websites, dialogs, presentations...).
  • Participation in short conversations on familiar real-life topics.
  • Aspects of francophone culture.
 
 
FRENCH 11           (elective)  4 credits
Pre-requisite:  French 10
 
Focus Areas:
  • More complex strategies, vocabulary and language structures for increasingly fluent communication.
  • Past, present, and future time frames.
  • Exploration and interpretation of more complex print and audio texts (blogs, ads, articles, letters, songs, poems, websites, presentations, newscasts...).
  • Conversations on a variety of (real life) topics.
  • Connections between language and culture.
 
 
FRENCH 12           (elective)  4 credits
Pre-requisite:  French 11
 
Focus Areas:
  • Increasingly complex strategies, vocabulary and structures for understanding and communicating in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Multiple past, present, and future timeframes.
  • Exploring, interpreting, and responding to a wide variety of print and audio texts (blogs, ads, articles, letters, songs, poems, short stories, websites, presentations, newscasts...).
  • Conversations and discussions on a variety of topics.
  • Exploring connections between language and culture.
 
 
INTRODUCTORY/BEGINNER GERMAN 11           (elective)  4 credits
Pre-requisite: Good work habits
 
Introductory German 11 is an accelerated introduction to German for students who have no prior experience with the language.
 
Focus Areas:
  • Language learning strategies
  • Communicating basic ideas and information both orally and in writing in real-life/travel situations, using basic past, present, and future time frames.
  • Pronunciation and intonation.
  • Understanding key information and supporting details in authentic print and audio texts (texts, emails, blogs, ads, websites, songs, recipes, conversations, presentations...).
  • German communities around the world.
 

GERMAN 11           (elective)  4 credits
Prerequisite: Introductory German 11 or teacher's permission based on prior knowledge of German
 
After successful completion of this course students receive second language credit necessary for admission to many post-secondary institutions across the country.
 
Focus Areas:
  • More complex vocabulary and language structures for communicating with growing fluency, orally and in writing, in past, present, and future time frames.
  • Exploring and understanding a variety of authentic print and audio texts (blogs, ads, articles, letters, songs, poems, websites, newscasts, presentations...).
  • Conversations and discussions on a growing variety of real-life topics.
  • Regional variations of German language and culture.
 
 
GERMAN 12           (elective)  4 credits
Prerequisite: German 11, or teacher's permission
 
Focus Areas:
  • Complex vocabulary, and sentence structures to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Multiple past, present, and future time frames, complex questions, sequencing events and expressing opinions and wishes.
  • Exploring, interpreting and responding to a wide variety of print and audio texts (blogs, ads, articles, letters, songs, poems, short stories, website, newscasts...).
  • Aspects of German culture (art, literature, music, famous German speakers).