905-934-8501 349 Niagara Street, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4V9

Modern Languages

STAFF:
C. Lafferty (Program Leader)
V. Orasanin (French)
S. McKean (French)

Bonjour!

This summer Mme McKean and Mme Orasanin both took an intensive course with the Ministry of France to become evaluators for the DELF (DÎplome d’études en langue français or The Diploma in French Language Studies) test which follows the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) curriculum.  CEFR is considered the most comprehensive and understandable way to describe language proficiency.  There are 4 levels to both the CEFR and the DELF; A1 and A2 are Basic levels, B1 and B2 are the Independent levels and C1 and C2 are the Proficient levels.  It is reasonable to think that after 4 years of high school French, students, if they wish, may take the DELF at the B2 level.  This is not a mandatory test.  Once they have attained a level on the DELF, they get a certificate from the Ministry of France and they have that level for life.  Students can include this accomplishment on their application to University and on their resume for their career.  Universities and Governments know exactly how proficient a person is based on the level they have achieved.  There are some requirements to be full-filled before a student is eligible to take the DELF test in their Grade 12 year; such as strong attendance, strong marks in the course and the participation in a certain number of DELF preparation classes that will be offered during lunch time. Students and parents are encouraged to go on line where there are a great number of practice activities and tests.  For more information, please contact Mme Orasanin at the school.

Community Trips:   

In 2015, Mme Orasanin organized a community trip to Spain and Portugal and in 2017, she organized a community trip to Italy.  The weather was as fabulous at all the sites we visited.

In July of 2019, Mme Orasanin will be taking another group to Paris, the French Riviera and Italy.  There is still time to enroll on this Community Trip. See Mme Orasanin for more information.

COURSES:
Core French, Grade 9, Applied (FSF1P)
This course emphasizes the concurrent development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills, using a broad-based theme such as the media. Students will enhance their ability to understand and speak French through conversations, discussions, and presentations. They will also read short stories, articles, poems, and songs, and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues, and invitations.

Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF1D)
This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.
This course emphasizes analytic reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.

Core French, Grade 10, Academic (FSF2D)
This course enables students to increase their knowledge of the French language, further develop their language skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world. Exploring a variety of themes, students will develop and apply critical thinking skills in discussion, in their analysis and interpretation of texts, and in their own writing.

German, Grade 10, LWGBD
This course provides the students with the language learning experiences that will enable them to communicate in the language of study. Students will continue to develop and apply their speaking skills in a variety of contexts, and will participate in activities that will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language under study is spoken by taking part in community-sponsored events and activities involving both print and technological resources. Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and repertoire of language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple. (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, Classical and International Languages)

Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation (FSF3U)
This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills. Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or a play. Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic

German, Grade11, LWGCU
This course offers students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the international language and to enhance their communication skills. Students will use increasingly sophisticated language in a variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students will also enhance their thinking skills through the critical study of literature, and continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources. (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, Classical Studies and International Languages)
Prerequisite: International Languages, Level 2, Academic (LWGBD)

Core French, Grade 12, University Preparation (FSF4U)This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French language skills. Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture, and current issues. They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will

be emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation

German, Grade 12, LWGDU
This course prepares students for university studies in the international language. Students will enhance their ability to use the language with clarity and precision, and will develop the language skills needed to engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively. Students will also have opportunities to add to their knowledge of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through the use of community resources and computer technology. (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, Classical Studies and International Languages)
Prerequisite: International Languages, Level 3, University Preparation (LWGCU)