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French As a Second Language

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The French as a Second Language (FSL) refers to courses in which the French language is taught as a subject.  French abilities are developed through opportunities to communicate in French in a variety of school, travel, leisure and job-related contexts.  FSL also enables students to better understand francophone cultures in Canada and in Canada and in other countries of the world. Alberta Education provides two entry points for French as a Second Language (FSL) at either the Grade 4 or Grade 10.

Three Year FSL


In the Three-Year FSL Program of Studies, students begin their study of the French language in grade 10.

The goal of the Three-Year FSL program is to enable high school students with no prior learning of French, by the end of grade 12, to understand and express themselves in basic situations. Students will use the cultural and strategic knowledge they have gained to communicate in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Nine Year FSL


In the Nine-Year FSL Program of Studies, students begin their study of the French language in grade 4.Collage of French Resources and Student Work


The goal of the Nine-Year FSL program is to enable students, by the end of grade 12, to communicate ideas coherently on a wide range of familiar topics. Students will also use their cultural and strategic knowledge to interact, get what they want and cope skillfully with the problems of daily life.


FSL is offered in most of our schools.  Please check individualized school programs for more information.



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