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!

Last 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.

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 

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