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, emphasis will be placed on oral communication through many impromptu dialogues, and competitive games.  Reading and writing skills will also be developed as students are presented with a selection of literature and current events. 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.  Students will be exposed to Japan's festivals and holidays, traditional arts and crafts, historical and contemporary Japan, and Japanese pop culture and media.  Students will be introduced to web resources and mobile apps to enhance language learning in Japanese.  

 

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.  Activities will encourage students to gain more insight into Japan's festivals and holidays, traditional arts and crafts, historical and contemporary Japan, and Japanese pop culture and media.  Students will also employ web resources and mobile apps to enhance language learning in Japanese.  

 

Introductory Japanese 11 (MBJA-11)

Introductory Japanese 11 is designed as an accelerated introduction to Japanese and requires that students have good work habits due to the intensive nature of the course.  Students are expected to achieve the same learning outcomes specified under Japanese 9 and 10.  Emphasis is on practical everyday uses of the Japanese language, but activities will also encourage students to gain more insight into Japan's festivals and holidays, traditional arts and crafts, historical and contemporary Japan, and Japanese pop culture and media.  Students will also employ web resources and mobile apps to enhance language learning in Japanese. 

 

Japanese 11 (MJA--11)

Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or teacher's permission 

Japanese 11 is 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 80 kanji will be introduced for writing and reading.  Students are also required to employ and explore various manners that characterize Japanese culture and society, such as how gender, age, relationships, and occupation affect the use of language.  They will employ web resources and mobile apps to increase their language proficiency in Japanese.  

 

Japanese 12 (MJA--12)

Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or teacher's permission

 

Japanese 12 fulfills the language requirement for UBC Arts.  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, folktales, pop song lyrics, easy news articles and short stories will be introduced for further understanding of Japanese culture and society.  Students will also study the stories of the Nikkei (Japanese Canadians).  They will employ web resources and mobile apps to become digitally literate in Japanese. Approximately 120 kanji will be actively used for writing and reading.  

 

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.  It is highly recommended that students purchase the workbook 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.

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Mandarin 12 (MMAN-12)

Prerequisite: Man 11 (or successfully challenged Mandarin 11)

Mandarin 12 is designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin 11.  The study of Mandarin Chinese as a form of self-expression enables learners to communicate with a wide range of sentance structures for communicating meaning.  Students communicate with increasing proficiency in Mandarin Chinese to understand global issues, and explore opportunities for careers, travel, personal growth, and study abroad.  Learners develop competencies in Language Thinking, Communication, and  Personal and Social Awareness.  

 

AP Chinese Language and Culture 12 (ACLC-12)

Co-requisite: Mandarin 11 or a successful challenge of Mandarin 11.

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin 11 or have a very high proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking Mandarin Chinese. 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.  Opportunities for spontaneous oral language practice will also be given priority this year.  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.