Modern Languages

While there is no doubt that the study of languages has always been an important component of a St. Andrew’s education, acquiring strong language skills is more important than ever in this rapidly changing world.
 
Offering programs in French and Spanish, our dedicated faculty provide students the opportunity to learn in a positive, dynamic, and stimulating environment. Detailed study of culture, literature, the languages themselves, and a host of trips contribute to fostering the skills, knowledge, and passion necessary for success in a multilingual society.
 
An Enriched French program at the Middle School level offers students already familiar with the language an opportunity to push ahead; the Extended French program in the Upper School enables students to complete high school with an additional certificate that will set them ahead of their peers – a Ministry of Education certificate in Extended French.

Claudio Numa
Head of Modern Languages
 

FRENCH

CORE FRENCH

  • Introductory French - FSL13 
    Prerequisite: None
   This introductory course has been prepared for newly-enroled grade 9 and 10 students who have no previous
   experience of French.
 
   This course emphasizes the development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills at a beginner level.
   Students will build a knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, family, the
   classroom, traveling, eating, and making small-talk. Classes will be supplemented with authentic video, a
   listening program, an online workbook and online practice tests and review.
  • Grade 9, Academic - FSF1D 
    Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction, or equivalent

    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will continue to develop language knowledge and skills by using language-learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.

    During the winter term students participate in an exciting five day language adventure in St. Donat, Québec. There is an additional fee associated with this trip. This program allows students to enrich their linguistic and cultural knowledge of French in an authentic French-speaking environment.
  • Grade 10, Academic - FSF2D 
    Prerequisite: grade 9 Core French, Academic or Applied

    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar, and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will continue to develop their language knowledge and skills through the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will continue to develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.

    During the winter term students may participate in an exciting five day language adventure in St. Donat, Québec. There is an additional fee associated with this trip. This program allows students to enrich their linguistic and cultural knowledge of French in an authentic French-speaking environment.
  • Grade 11, University Preparation - FSF3U 
    Prerequisite: grade 10 Core French, Academic

    This course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with greater independence. Students will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They will continue to broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and to develop the skills necessary for life-long language learning.
  • Grade 12, University Preparation - FSF4U
    Prerequisite: grade 11 Core French, University Preparation

    This course provides extensive opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently. Students will apply language-learning strategies in a wide variety of real-life situations, and will continue to develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. Students will also continue to enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and to develop the skills necessary for life-long language learning.

EXTENDED FRENCH

  • Grade 9, Academic - FEF1D 
    Prerequisite: Minimum of 1260 hours of elementary Extended French instruction, or equivalent

    This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts. Students will continue to use language-learning strategies introduced in the elementary Extended French program. They will develop their creative and critical thinking skills, through independently responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts, and will continue to enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities. They will also develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.
  • Grade 10, Academic - FEF2D
    Prerequisite: grade 9 Extended French, Academic

    This course provides extensive opportunities for students to use their communication skills in French and to apply language-learning strategies. Students will respond to and interact with French oral and written texts in a variety of real-life contexts, using their creative and critical thinking skills to explore and evaluate information and ideas in the texts. Students will increase their knowledge of the language through the study of French-Canadian authors. They will also continue to increase their understanding and appreciation of French-speaking communities and to develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.
  • Grade 11, University Preparation - FEF3U 
    Prerequisite: grade 10 Extended French, Academic

    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate about concrete and abstract topics in various situations. Students will consolidate language-learning strategies and apply them in a variety of real-life contexts in order to enhance and refine their communication skills, and will continue to develop creative and critical thinking skills. Students will develop their knowledge of the language through the study of contemporary and well-known French European authors. They will also continue to deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.
  • AP Extended French, Grade 12, University Preparation - FEF4UP
    Prerequisite: grade 11 Extended French, University Preparation

    This course will be taught in conjunction with the College Board’s Advanced Placement curriculum

    This course further emphasizes the consolidation of communication skills required to interact in French for various purposes about concrete and abstract topics. Students will independently apply language-learning strategies in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts, and will broaden their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and analysing oral and written texts. Students will increase their knowledge of the language through the study of Canadian and international French literature. They will also continue to enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and to develop the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.

    Different texts and readers are used in this course, providing students with a wide range of language and cultural experiences. Some of the required extensive and intensive readings will be selected from modern French, French-Canadian and other French-speaking authors, as well as from magazines and newspapers. From these sources, students will develop individual or small-group, oral and written presentations and reports, small-group or class discussions, and critical written appreciation. All students will take part in peer editing and in the evaluation of oral presentations. During the final term every student must complete an individual oral and written research assignment on a “French-centred” topic. Excellent French films and videos are used to enhance students' cultural appreciation.

SPANISH

  • Spanish, Level 2, Academic - LWSBD 
    Prerequisite: None

    This course provides students with the language learning experiences that will enable them to communicate in Spanish. 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 explore aspects of Spanish culture 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 Spanish language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple.

    Student exchanges to Spanish-speaking countries are offered at this level. At course completion, a written and oral exam is administered.
  • Spanish, Level 3, University Preparation - LWSCU
    Prerequisite: Spanish, Level 2, Academic or Open

    This course offers students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of Spanish 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 Spanish is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources.

    Student exchanges to Spanish-speaking countries are offered at this level. At course completion, a written and oral exam is administered.
  • Spanish, Level 4, University Preparation - LWSDU
    Prerequisite: Spanish, Level 3, University Preparation

    This course prepares students for university studies in Spanish. 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.

    In this course students encounter a detailed and extensive study of Spanish language and culture. Emphasis is on discussion of authors, writing compositions, and reading a Spanish novel. Students are exposed to selected grammar and verb forms, spontaneous dialogue, oral presentations, debates and an independent study assignment.

    An independent study is assigned mid-way through the course. At course completion, a written and oral exam is administered.
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