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French and International Languages

Curriculum Chair 

The Modern Languages Department at St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School offers courses in Core French and French Immersion.

In the Core French classes we focus our teaching around the philosophy of the CEFR where communication plays a major role in everyday learning. Students learn the language in a manner that will help them to use the language in day to day interactions and practical ways. Since students are still in the beginning stages of learning French as a Second Language, we offer learning activities that are based on real-life experiences such as ordering food and planning a trip. We practise these activities with the students in the classroom setting and then create an environment in which the students have to put their skills to practical use.  Our Core French classes are offered from grade 9 to 12, applied and academic/university levels.

The courses offered in Immersion program are:

Grade 9: French Langauge, Religion, and Geography.

Grade 10: French, Religion, History, Phys Ed., Science, and Career and Civics.

Grade 11 and 12 French and Religion are offered.

We focus our teaching around the philosophy of the CEFR where communication plays a major role in everyday learning. Students learn the language in a manner that will help them to use the language in meaningful and practical ways. This is especially important in the Core French program where students are still in the beginning stages of learning French as a Second Language.

To do this, we offer learning activities that are based on real-life experiences such as ordering food. We practise this activity with the students in the classroom setting and then create an environment in which the students have to put their skills to practical use. To do this, we setup a crêpe making station where students have to order their crêpe and their desired toppings in French.

Every other year, our department organizes an exchange with a lycée in Bar-Le-Duc, France. This is a 2 week reciprocal exchange where 25 students from France spend two weeks (in October/November) with the students and staff of St. Peter and in March (over March Break and one other week) the students and a few staff from St. Peter travel to France to spend two weeks with their exchange partners. This is an incredible experience for all involved. There are many activities planned and the students really get to experience something special as they develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

By grade 12, all students enrolled in a French as a Second Language course (Core or Immersion) are offered the opportunity to sit the DELF exam. This is a French language proficiency test for students studying French as a second language through to their grade 12 year. If successful, the certificate that they receive is valid for life and recognized worldwide. It is also beneficial for students choosing to take French courses in post-secondary institutions as a successful exam could replace the French entrance exam that many universities offer. It is also an ace for students who are looking to travel and work or volunteer abroad. This exam in completed in May and tests students abilities in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.