At the Junior High level Louis offers French as a Second Language beginning in grade 7. In keeping with the Alberta Education mandate, and our MYP subject area requirements, all students take French from grade 7 through 9.
MYP FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE This program of studies aims to promote in students: • a desire to learn French for personal benefit and to develop communicative skills in French • a willingness to experiment with a second language and to participate in a variety of learning experiences in French • an acceptance and appreciation of French language learning as one of the many subject area experiences in which they engage and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity • a recognition that learning French supports and reinforces knowledge and skills acquired in other subject areas • the acquisition of learning strategies that are also applicable to English Language Arts and other subject areas and can be transferred to the acquisition of other languages • an awareness that the French language is used outside the classroom as a medium for learning and communication
FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE The French as a Second Language (FSL) curriculum outlines the way in which learners demonstrate their acquired communicative, linguistic, cultural, intercultural and strategic competence along a language competency continuum. Students use their life experiences, knowledge, skills and attitudes as a basis for developing their second language communicative abilities for real-life purposes. This program of studies aims to promote in students: • a desire to learn French for personal benefit, • a desire to develop communicative skills in French, • a willingness to experiment with a second language, • a willingness to participate in a variety of learning experiences in French, • an acceptance and appreciation of French language learning as one of the many subject area experiences in which they engage, • a recognition that learning French supports and the acquisition of language learning strategies that can be transferred to the acquisition of other languages, • an awareness that the French language is used outside the classroom as a medium for learning and communication, and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.
Spanish as a Second Language:
The value of learning the Spanish language is enormous for Alberta society as a whole. Apart from the common advantages related to the learning of an international language, it permits an insight into the rich and varied cultures developed in the Spanish-speaking world (with over 20 countries) and bestows more opportunity to communicate directly with Spanish-speaking people.
The learning of Spanish, as any other language, develops awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic diversity. This fact, in addition to preserving cultural identity, is also a means of cultural enrichment and is the best means of fostering understanding and solidarity among peoples and countries. Furthermore, it gives individuals the opportunity to identify, question and challenge their own cultural assumptions, values and perspectives and to contribute positively to society.
Spanish 10-3Y MYP (5 credits) This beginning, course of a 3-year program, is intended for second language learners (not native speakers) with little or no previous instruction in Spanish. The course is designed for students to attain a basic understanding of the grammatical structures necessary to engage in simple oral interactions. The focus is on building the student’s confidence to be able to use the language in every- day situations. Students will also begin to explore the Hispanic culture through a variety of materials and experiences.
Spanish 20-3Y and 30-3Y (5 credits)
Spanish 20 and 30 are the continuation and final courses of Spanish Language and Culture 3-year program. In these courses, students continue to build on their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as their exploration of the Hispanic and Spanish culture through a variety of materials and experiences to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be effective global citizens. Recommended prerequisite: 60% in their previous Spanish course.
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