Course Descriptions - Languages

If you have prior experience in the language(s) you have chosen, you must see the teacher to ensure placement in the correct level.

 

French

French:  If you were an Immersion student and want to switch to core French, see Ms. G. Simonson before choosing grade level.

 

French 8  (MFR--8)

Using the “Communi-quête 1” program, this course focuses on the development of communication skills.  Students are taught various strategies to make them more comfortable and enjoy being in a language classroom.  The students will experience a variety of activities which stress oral skills, cooperation and a willingness to participate in class activities.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook which will be used in this course.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

French 9 (MFR--9)

Prerequisite: French 8 or Grade 7 Immersion

Using “Communi-quête 2”, this course uses the skills acquired in French 8 to build further confidence and competence in the language.  Active participation is of prime importance.  More emphasis is given to written expression, although oral skills are still the focus of this course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook which will be used in this course.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

French 10 (Mfr--10)

Prerequisite:  French 9 or teacher’s permission

Using “Communi-quête 3”, this course places an equal emphasis on oral and written skills.  Students will be encouraged to express themselves both orally and in written form in the past, present and future.  Oral presentations and written projects will provide a fairly complex, practical level of French as communication.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook which will be used in this course.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

French 11 (MFR--11) 

Prerequisite:  French 10 or teacher’s permission

This course uses “Bien Dit 3” as the textbook.  It incorporates the four main language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing with the emphasis on communication, although writing skills are of prime importance at this level.  Successful completion of French 11 satisfies the second language requirement for university entrance. It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook which will be used in this course.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

French 12 (MFR--12)

Prerequisite: French 11 or teacher’s permission

Using "Bien Dit 3", as well as numerous authentic documents, French 12 students continue to improve their communication skills through the study and practice of a variety of thematic units.  At this level, greater emphasis will be placed on reading and writing as students are presented with a selection of literature. It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook which will be used in this course.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

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.

The student must create his own learning plan and, therefore, must be an autonomous learner.

 

Japanese

If you have prior experience in Japanese, see Ms. Ho before choosing grade level.

 

Japanese 9 (MJA--9)

Japanese 9 is an introductory course designed for students who have never taken Japanese before. Students will learn how to initiate and maintain short conversations orally and to write simple paragraphs using hiragana (phonetic scripts).  They are also expected to demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and terms that characterize Japanese culture and society. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Japanese 10 (MJA--10)

Prerequisite:  Japanese 9 or teacher's permission

Students are expected to continue to participate orally in a limited number of familiar situations and to write short paragraphs using hiragana and katakana (phonetic scripts).  They are also required to demonstrate a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and society. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Introductory Japanese 11 (MBJA-11)

Introductory Japanese 11 is designed as an accelerated introduction to Japanese.  Emphasis is on practical everyday uses of the Japanese language.  Students are expected to achieve the same learning outcomes specified under Japanese 9 and 10. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Japanese 11 (MJA--11)

Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or teacher's permission

Japanese 11 will be accepted as a second language university requirement. Students are expected to interact in a variety of communicative situations and to write compositions using hiragana, katakana and kanji.  Approximately 100 kanji will be introduced for writing and reading.  Students are also required to employ and explore various manners that characterize Japanese culture and society. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Japanese 12 (MJA--12)

Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or teacher's permission

Students are expected to carry on more complex conversations and to write compositions using prescribed kanji and complicated sentence structures.  Some simple forms of Japanese literature such as haiku, fairy tales and short stories will be introduced for further understanding of Japanese culture and society.  Approximately 120 kanji will be actively used for writing and reading.  A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Mandarin

If you have prior experience in Mandarin, see Ms. Sun before choosing grade level.

 

Mandarin 9 (MMAN-09)

Prerequisite: nil

This introductory course is intended for students who have little spoken or written knowledge of Chinese. The focus of the course will be on the pinyin Romanization system of pronunciation, simple everyday conversations and a core of common expressions. In writing, students will be introduced to the eight basic strokes and a selection of characters related to everyday expressions. In conjunction with the language elements, students will learn some aspects of Chinese culture and experience some creative works in Chinese. Whenever possible, field trips will be arranged to provide students with first-hand experiences in Chinese culture. The outcomes of the course will conform to those established in the Mandarin I.R.P. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  However, copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Mandarin 10 (MMAN-10)

Prerequisite: Man 9 or placement test to be arranged with teacher

In this follow-up course to Mandarin 9, students are expected to consolidate and expand what they have previously learned. The emphasis of the course will continue to be on communicative skills and the proficient use of the pinyin romanization system of pronunciation. In speaking, students will be introduced to a greater repertoire of common expressions and everyday conversations. In writing, students will be exposed to a larger selection of Chinese characters and sentence structures. The study in Chinese culture will continue and students will be introduced to a larger selection of creative works in Chinese. The learning outcomes of the course will conform to those established in the Mandarin I.R.P.

 

Mandarin 11 (MmAN-11)

Prerequisite: Man 10 or teacher's permission

Mandarin 11 is accepted as a second language requirement by universities in BC. The focus of this course will be on students' increasing ability to communicate effectively in Mandarin so that they can take advantage of available academic, vocational, and leisure opportunities. The course will continue to build on the skills introduced in Mandarin 9 and Mandarin 10 with students' increasing exposure to Chinese language and culture. The learning outcomes of the course will conform to those established in the Mandarin I.R.P.

 

Mandarin 12 (MMAN-12)

Prerequisite: Man 11 (or successfully challenged Mandarin 11)

Mandarin 12 is designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin 11.  This course is organized according to the IRP Curriculum Organizers.  The students will be expected to carry on more complex conversations and compositions.

 

AP Chinese Language and Culture 12 (ACLC-12)

Co-requisite: Mandarin 12 or a successful challenge of Mandarin 12.

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin 11 or have a very high proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Mandarin. The course is built upon a variety of topics sharing a common connection to Chinese language and culture. Students may receive AP course credit by successfully completing all learning outcomes and may receive university credit if they score well on the AP Exam.

 

 

Spanish

If you have prior experience in Spanish, see Sra. G. Simonson before choosing grade level.

 

Spanish 9 (MSP--9)

This beginners’ course is an introduction to the basic concepts of Spanish.  This course will stress listening and speaking skills; however, reading and writing skills will not be sacrificed.  Interesting themes will provide students with points of departure for discussion and development.  Students will become acquainted with some aspects of Latin American cultural life as well as the geography of Latin America. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

Note:  Spanish 9 is not recommended for students who have failed to pass French 8.

 

Spanish 10 (MSP--10)

Prerequisite:  Spanish 9 or teacher permission

This course is a continuation of Spanish 9.  Through a communicative approach to language learning, students will build upon the knowledge gained in Spanish 9, and will continue to improve both oral and written skills.  Along with the development of language skills, cultural aspects of Latin America and Spain will be examined. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook, if not purchased for Spanish 9.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Spanish 11 (MSP--11)

Prerequisite: Spanish 10 or teacher permission

In Spanish 11, students continue to increase their ability to communicate in oral and written Spanish in the past, present and future tenses. The emphasis at this level is on reading and writing skills. Successful completion of Spanish 11 satisfies the second language requirement for university entrance. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook. Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.

 

Spanish 12 (MSP--12)

Prerequisite: Spanish 11

This is an advanced course in the study of Spanish language and culture.  With a continued emphasis on reading and writing, students will continue to build on their listening and speaking skills through a variety of communicative activities. A workbook is used in the course.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook, if not already purchased for Spanish 11.  Copies will be available for students to borrow, but not write in, if the choice is made not to purchase a workbook.