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Extended French Students

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We are very happy and proud to be able to offer an Extended French / French Immersion program at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. 

The goal of this program is to develop overall skills and communication in French through an action-oriented approach.  The Ontario Secondary School French as a Second Language (FSL) Curriculum for Extended French offers a minimum of seven courses in French which include four French language courses (one per grade) and at least three other subjects taught in French.  At Notre Dame, students must complete at least ten courses in French with the option of two additional courses available which fulfills the requirements of a French Immersion program.  This will give our students more opportunities to develop their proficiency in French.

Studying French

The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is one of Canada's two official languages, but also widely used around the world.

As one of Canada's two official languages, the study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. Widely used around the world, the ability to read, write, listen and speak in French is valuable for a number of reasons. Learning French allows students to:

  • strengthen their first-language skills;
  • enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities;
  • increase their understanding of other cultures; and
  • gain career advantages.

Goals of French as a Second Language programs

The primary goal of French as a Second Language (FSL) programs in Ontario is to increase students' confidence and proficiency to use French effectively in their daily lives. All FSL programs emphasize the development of:

  • listening;
  • speaking;
  • reading; and
  • writing skills.

French programs offered

Core French

Secondary students have the option of studying French at an academic, applied and open level. All students must complete a minimum of one French credit for graduation.

Extended French and/or French Immersion programs

Students who have completed Extended French or a French Immersion programs in elementary school can continue their French language studies at the secondary level.

Secondary students are required to complete 30 credits to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The French Immersion program requires students to complete 10 of the 30 credits in FrenchUpon completion, our students receive a French Immersion certificate at graduation. The chart below outlines the courses students are required to take in French.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

French

French

French

French

Religion

Religion

World Religions

Religion (optional)

Geography

History

   

Health and Physical Education

Careers and Civics (optional)

   

We offer the French Immersion program at the following secondary schools in the following Grades as of September 2017

School

Address

Extended French program

Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School

1020 Dryden Blvd., Whitby

Grade 9 -12

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

1375 Harwood Avenue North, Ajax

Grade 9-11

St. Mary Catholic Secondary School

1918 Whites Road, Pickering

Grade 9 -12

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the French Immersion Program, please do not hesitate to contact Mme J. Rodriguez (Curriculum Chair) at 905 686-4300 ext. 52039.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the Core French Program, please contact the English and Modern Languages Curriculum Chair.

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