Modern Languages – Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

French 8
This required course is introduced by a bridging unit that allows students with little or no French to develop the skills necessary to learn alongside those who may have begun learning French as early as Grade 4. Students will be able to derive meaning in new language situations and share information about activities and interests.

French 9
Students who choose to continue in French will develop their ability to participate in selected meaningful, real-life situations, to share opinions and preferences, and to respond to authentic creative works from the Francophone world.

French 10
French 10 is an opportunity for students to develop their ability to describe events and experiences in the past, present and future. They will be given opportunities to exchange ideas, thoughts, opinions and points of view, giving reasons and reactions.

French 11
French 11 provides the opportunity for students to retrieve, research and use relevant information from French-language resources to complete authentic tasks. They will be able to identify the contributions of Francophones to Canada and the world.

French 12
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course.)
This course is the culmination of five years of study of French language and culture. Students will be asked to synthesize acquired information in oral, visual and written form and to interact spontaneously in a variety of meaningful real-life situations. They will have opportunities to discuss contemporary issues in the Francophone world.

A.P. French 12
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course. Students are encouraged to write the A.P. Examination.)
Conducted almost exclusively in French, this course covers the French 12 curriculum and many university-level topics. Students are expected to exchange ideas, thoughts, opinions and points of view, giving reasons and reactions. They will practice adapting language, expressions and behaviors to suit cultural contexts. Extra course time will be needed to complete requirements.

Italian 9
Students learn the basics of the Italian language. With an emphasis on conversation, students also learn to read, write and understand Italian. They are also exposed to Italian culture and tradition through different types of media; such as internet, music, DVDs and art.

Italian 10
Students expand their knowledge of the Italian language through written and oral comprehension activities that will broaden their ability to communicate in Italian and increase their appreciation of the Italian culture.

Introductory Italian 11
This is a fast paced course encompassing Italian 9 and 10. It will give students a basic knowledge of Italian while introducing them to Italian customs and traditions.

Italian 11
Students expand their knowledge of Italian further. They explore the immigration of Italians to Canada and to other countries. Students discover current trends and events in Italy and attain a more sophisticated appreciation of the Italian language and culture.

Italian 12
This course provides an in depth look at the Italian language emphasizing communication and examining culture through authentic materials and more sophisticated real life situations.

Japanese 9
In this course students will be introduced to the basic skills required for oral and written communication in Japanese. There will be an emphasis on cultural understanding and writing skills in Hiragana. Elementary Kanji will also be introduced.

Japanese 10
This is a continuation of Japanese 9 with further emphasis on written and oral communication skills. Katakana is introduced. The importance of the Japanese language as a socio-cultural tool is also stressed through conversation practice.

Introductory Japanese 11
This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the Japanese language. Students will concentrate on pronunciation, grammar and practical elementary expression skills in Japanese, in addition to studying the culture of Japan. This course covers the equivalent of Japanese 9 and 10.

Japanese 11
Communication and comprehension skills are stressed. The importance of respect language (Keigo) is introduced.

Japanese 12
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course.)
Students will study more complex facets of the oral and written language and will explore Japanese culture in greater depth.

Mandarin 9
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of oral and written communication using simplified Chinese characters and the Hanyu Pinyin system. Students will acquire a vocabulary base of 200 characters that they are able to read and write, with another 200 characters that they are able to recognize.  During the course of the school year the following themes will include, but not be limited to:  greetings; family and pets; countries and nationalities; numbers and counting; dates and birthdays; daily routine; weather.

Mandarin 10
This course is a continuation of Mandarin 9 with an emphasis on written and oral communication skills.  It will introduce vocabulary associated with the following themes:  hobbies and sports; clothing and colours; locations and prepositions; school life.  Students will continue to explore the culture of Mandarin-speaking countries, and in the process acquire a vocabulary base of 400 characters that they are able to read and write, with another 400 characters that they are able to recognize.  Students will continue to learn vocabulary in Hanyu Pinyin as well.

Introductory Mandarin 11
This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the language and culture where Mandarin is spoken. The content covered is that of Mandarin 9 and Mandarin 10 combined.  See the course descriptions for these courses for more details.

Mandarin 11
This is an intermediate-level Mandarin course with emphasis on reading, communication and comprehension skills. Additional Chinese characters will be introduced as the following themes are covered:  celebrations and holidays; asking and giving directions; shopping and bargaining; visiting the doctor; types of entertainment.  Knowledge of the Hanyu Pinyin system is expected.

Mandarin 12
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course.)
This is an advanced-level Mandarin course with continued emphasis on oral and written communication and comprehension.  Students will explore Mandarin literature, history and culture in greater depth than previous levels.  Themes will include but not be limited to:  facts about China and Chinese; travel; food and fashion; personalities and occupations; idiomatic expressions.  A variety of authentic writing tasks will be included.

AP Chinese Language and Culture
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course. Students are encouraged to write the A.P. Examination.)
This course is intended for students who are in their fourth or fifth year of language study, or have had equivalent experience with the language. An intermediate college level course will be followed to develop students’ proficiencies in three communicative modes (interpretive, interpersonal and presentational) addressing 5 goals (communication, cultural competence, connections to other disciplines, comparisons between languages and cultures, and the language applications in the broader communities). The course also stresses the importance of developing technical word processing skills commonly used in the Chinese speaking world.  Students are expected to maintain an A or B average throughout the year. Students may take this course concurrently with Mandarin 12 Honours.

Spanish 9
Students are taught to understand, speak, read and write the Spanish language. Traditions and daily living of Spanish-speaking people in the Americas are also explored.

Spanish 10
This course expands the students’ written, oral and comprehension skills and their appreciation of Spanish culture.

Introductory Spanish 11
This course is designed to help students develop a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. It will also introduce students to the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. This course covers the equivalent of Spanish 9 and 10.  See the course descriptions for these courses for more details.

Spanish 11
Students will expand their oral, written and comprehension skills at a more sophisticated level. The culture of Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas is explored further.

Spanish 12
(An optional provincial examination exists for this course.)

This course emphasizes oral, written and comprehension skills in much greater depth. Students’ knowledge of language and culture is further developed.