Course Descriptions - French Immersion

French Immersion

 

McMath is proud to offer its French Immersion Program since 2004. The French Immersion Team offers a strong academic and extracurricular programme that suits its diverse student needs.

 

Four subjects are offered in the French Immersion Programme at McMath: Social Studies, Science, P.E. and French Language. In order to complete the Ministry’s French Immersion requirements, students must enrol and get credits in the following courses:

 

 Grade

 Courses

     8

  • Humanités 8 (a double block that consist of Sciences humaines 8 and Français langue 8)
  • Sciences naturelles 8
  • Éducation physique 8

    9

  • Français langue 9
  • Sciences humaines 9
  • Sciences naturelles 9
  • Éducation physique 9

   10

  • Français langue 10
  • Sciences humaines 10
  • Sciences naturelles 10

   11

 At least one of the following Français langue 11 options:

  • Communication orale 11
  • Études du cinéma et de la littérature francophones 11
  • Médias et communication numérique 11

 At least one of the following Sciences humaines 11 options: 

  • Explorations en sciences humaines et sociales 11
  • Histoire et cultures francophones 11

   12

  • Français langue 12

 

It is strongly encouraged that students enrol in these courses at McMath to benefit from French classroom environment and dynamics.

 

Students who want to improve and consolidate their skills in the French Language have two options of electives in Grade 11 and 12: Français langue AP and Peer Tutoring. AP is an excellent choice for senior students who want to increase their exposure to French. The course emphasizes the use of language for active communication; it seeks to develop language skills that can be used in various activities and disciplines rather than to cover any specific body of subject matter. Peer Tutoring is available to students who would like to assist teachers in their tasks and help younger students. By working with a teacher in a French class, the student improves his skills.

 

The French Immersion Program also supports its students with learning needs. On an individual needs basis, students who are experiencing or have a history of learning difficulties may receive extra help in their schooling. Students may be recommended to enrol in a block of learning support in French. The FI Resource Teacher provides support in all courses the students have, may those be in English or French.

 

The French Immersion department also encourages its students to participate in various extracurricular activities to fully develop their linguistic and cultural skills. Each year, various fieldtrips or activities are organised (e.g. plays, shows, semaine de la Francophonie, Children’s Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival). Trips or Students Exchanges are also organized in France and Québec. Students may also complete Volunteer hours in French.

 

 

HUMANITES 8

The Français langue component of this course continues with the development of the linguistic skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - begun at the elementary level.  Students will be given the opportunity to be creative and exercise their critical thinking skills through different means (class discussions, personal reading).  Using the writing process, students will develop their composition abilities.  They will learn techniques to enable them to communicate effectively and clearly when writing in French.  Grammatical points will be reviewed or introduced as an integral part of the writing and speaking processes.  These skills are taught together with meta-cognitive strategies that will enable students to become stronger readers, writers and speakers. The workbook Transmission is used to support learning. It is to be noted that the oral/aural component of Français langue is as important as the written one.

 

The Sciences humaines component of this course parallels the Social Studies component of Humanities 8.

 

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION 8 (MPHE-8) / ÉDUCATION PHYSIQUE 8 (FEPSF 08)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to maintain physical health throughout their lives. Our aim is to have students appreciate the importance of physical well-being and its relationship to the intellectual, mental, and social health of all individuals. Students will actively participate in a variety of units including: soccer, badminton, weight training, dance, health & careers, minor games, basketball, football, ultimate, and softball.  Students will experience multiple ways to understand and improve their fitness.  Students will be asked to complete 5 service hours throughout the school year.  Beginning in the 2018/19 school year students in French Immersion at the grade 8 level will complete PE in French Immersion.

 

EDUCATION PHYSIQUE ET SANTE 9 (FEPSF09)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to maintain physical health throughout their lives. Our aim is to have students appreciate the importance of physical well-being and its relationship to the intellectual, mental, and social health of all individuals. Students will actively participate in a variety of units including: soccer, badminton, weight training, dance, health & careers, minor games, basketball, football, ultimate, and softball.  Students will experience multiple ways to understand and improve their fitness.  Students will be asked to complete 5 service hours throughout the school year.  Beginning in the 2018/19 school year students in French Immersion at the grade 8 level will complete PE in French Immersion.

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 9 (FFRAL09)

and

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 10 (FFRAL10)

This series of courses offers a progressive development of linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Students will be given the opportunity to be creative and exercise their critical thinking skills through different means (class discussions, personal reading…).  These skills are taught together with meta-cognitive strategies that will enable students to become stronger readers, writers and speakers.  Students will learn techniques to enable them to communicate effectively and clearly when writing and speaking in French.  Grammatical points will be reviewed or introduced as an integral part of the course. Students also study and experience Francophone culture through various multimodal texts. The workbooks Transmission are used to support learning. It is to be noted that the oral/aural component of these courses is as important as the written one.

 

***NEW*** FRANÇAIS LANGUE 11

In Grade 11, French Immersion students are required to complete one of the offered options. Although each option has a specific focus, students are expected to develop all linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  The courses offered are as follows:

 

Option 1: COMMUNICATION ORALE 11  (FSPLG11)  

Oral Communication is designed to encourage students to refine and clarify their communication through practice and revision of French-language texts, with an emphasis on oral communication. The course provides students with opportunities to explore original texts, as well as to create, write, and share their own texts for a range of purposes and real-world audiences and to develop active listening skills. Through processes of drafting, reflection and revising, students will build a body of work for a range of language situations. Over time, they will develop confidence in their oral and written communication skills.

 

Option 2: ÉTUDES DU CINÉMA ET DE LA LITTÉRATURE FRANCOPHONES 11 (FLTST11)

French-Language Film and Literary Studies is designed to encourage students to discover, explore, analyze and interpret cinematographic and literary works of the French-speaking world. By studying a variety of texts, students will acquire knowledge of Francophone culture, which will contribute to the development of their identity. The course will enable students to discover cinematographic works and a variety of literary texts and works from different eras, cultures, styles, and genres. In addition, students will develop their ability to analyze, interpret, and reflect in order to better appreciate works from the French-speaking world. They will explore their imagination and develop their creativity, writing style, and spoken communication through multiple genres.

 

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 12 (FFRAL 12)

This course aims to assist students in developing advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French, as well as to encourage students to realize their intellectual and emotional potential through a sophisticated study of literature in all genres. It is to be noted that the oral/aural component of Français langue is as important as the written one. This is a provincially examinable course with a weight of 40% on the speaking component.

 

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 12 AP (AFRL-12)

Prerequisite: Français langue 10 or French 11

Français langue AP is an excellent choice for senior students who want to increase their exposure to French.  Course content reflects the student’s interests (the arts, current events, literature, sports, etc.).  The course emphasizes the use of language for active communication.  The course seeks to develop language skills that can be used in various activities and disciplines rather than to cover any specific body of subject matter.  In past years, students’ choices include: Victor Hugo, his life, era and poems; Cinema screenplays; the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard and its critique; the writing and recording of an original song; the production of a French cuisine show; the peer tutoring of younger French students.

This course is perfect for students who:

  • want to increase their exposure to French;
  • learn more in a French authentic context;
  • struggle with French and want to be successful in the Provincial Exam;
  • want to continue their studies in French.

Students must create their own learning plan and, therefore, must be autonomous learners.

 

SCIENCES HUMAINES 9 (FSCHF09)

The purpose of Sciences humaines 9 is to develop students’ growth as creative and knowledgeable Canadian and world citizens.  The course offers students the opportunity to develop, reinforce and expand upon geographical and historical knowledge, and skills that were introduced in Humanties 8.  The critical thinking skills will include information gathering from various sources; analyzing and interpreting resources; presenting and justifying your position on issues; decision making; and working cooperatively with others.  The Social Studies curriculum will include current affairs, social issues, historical studies and philosophies from the 16th to 18th centuries.

 

SCIENCES HUMAINES 10 (FSCH-10)

Sciences humaines 10 continues to build on the themes developed in earlier courses.  The study of 19th Century Canadian history focuses on the building of identity Canada and the issue of responsible government.  Geographic knowledge and the skills acquired from previous courses are reinforced through the study of the environment and economy of Western Canada.

 

***NEW*** SCIENCES HUMAINES 11

Prerequisite: Sciences humaines 10

In addition to the Français langue course, Grade 11 French Immersion students are required to complete a second course in French. Students must choose between these two Social Studies options:

Option 1: EXPLORATIONS EN SCIENCES HUMAINES ET SOCIALES 11 (FEPSS11)

The curriculum for Explorations in Social Studies is designed to provide flexibility for teachers and students while ensuring that the rigorous provincial curriculum standards are met. Based on students’ interests and the curriculum, students develop and complete their own research projects based on disciplines of Social Studies. To complete their research, students follow the Social Studies inquiry processes to ask questions; gather, assess, interpret, and analyze ideas and sources; and communicate findings and decisions. The course’s main focus is to help students develop and refine their abilities to not only gather, but also interpret and critically evaluate various sources in order to form their own ideas and opinions about the world around them.

Options 2: HISTOIRE ET CULTURES FRANCOPHONES 11 (FHC--11)

The course Francophone History and Cultures follows the same structure as the Explorationscourse. However, students enrolled in Francophone Historymust complete their research projects on topics related to French Canadian history (e.g., Québec Quiet Revolution, French minority linguistic rights, French communities in BC…) or the history of the French Speaking World (e.g. French colonialism, independence of African countries, French communities in Louisiana…)

 

SCIENCES NATURELLES 8 (FSCF-08)

The science program has four main goals:  to develop a positive attitude towards science; to equip students with necessary skills and processes; to increase students’ scientific knowledge; and to encourage critical thinking.  In Science 8, students will study cells, immunity, kinetic molecular theory, wave vs. particle physics, optics and plate tectonics.  In addition, students will learn the importance of lab safety. 

 

SCIENCES NATURELLES 9 (FSCF-09)

Sciences naturelles 9 is a continuation of earlier pursuits of positive scientific attitudes, development of skills and processes, increasing scientific knowledge, and development of thinking abilities.  Students will study atoms, elements and compounds, reproduction, electricity, and ecology. Students may purchase an optional workbook for use in this course.

 

SCIENCES NATURELLES 10 (FSCF-10)

Sciences naturelles 10 is a continuation of earlier pursuits of positive scientific attitudes, development of skills and processes, increasing scientific knowledge, and development of thinking abilities.  Students will study chemistry (reactions and radioactivity), physics (motion), biology (genetics), and space (big bang theory).