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

   10

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

   11

  • Français langue 11
  • Sciences humaines 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.

 

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 9 (FFRAL09)

and

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 10 (FFRAL10)

and

FRANÇAIS LANGUE 11 (FFRAL11)

 

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.

 

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 that impacted the development of Europe and North Africa 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.

 

SCIENCES HUMAINES 11 (FSCH-11)

Prerequisite: Sciences humaines 10

Sciences humaines 11 is the culmination of the compulsory Social Studies curriculum (K-11) and as such, deals with fundamentally important topics and issues that are basic to citizenship in Canada and the world.  Students will examine the historical background and structure of our legal system and our federal, provincial, and municipal governments and analyze contemporary issues such as the Constitution, the future of the federal system, separatism, and land claim settlements.  Another aspect of Social Studies 11 is an in-depth study of current global issues. Equally relevant is a thorough study of Canada’s growth as an independent nation in the 20th Century and its role in the world community.  Highlights of this section of the course are issues of war and peace (e.g. World Wars I and II, peacekeeping) and socio-economic development (e.g. the 20s, the 30s, current situation).  Social Studies 11 will be of particular interest to students wishing to study Economics 12, Geography 12, History 12, and/or Law 12. 

 

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 body systems, cells, fluids, optics and water systems.  In addition, students will learn the importance of lab safety. Students may purchase an optional workbook for use in this course.

 

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 (energy flow and change in ecosystems), and earth science (thermal energy transfer, including plate tectonics). Students may purchase an optional workbook for use in this course.