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International Languages

At AOB we are an International Language School.

French and Spanish. See below for more details.

French 10-9Y, 20-9Y, 30-9Y

 For learners in grades 10 to 12, the intent of the program of studies is to develop and further refine the four language skills by providing language learning experiences that are both concrete and abstract in nature. Students at this level express their messages in the past, the present and the future, while using discourse elements to present their ideas in a more elaborate and coherent fashion. This means that the types of learning activities these learners encounter require more sophisticated language use.

As students review the various linguistic elements they acquired in junior high, they draw on an expanded vocabulary and language concepts base to deepen their linguistic knowledge, while further developing their ability to use French language. They increase their cultural knowledge and interpersonal skills by acquiring more information about Francophone cultures and the subtle nuances of the French language, in addition to recognizing the importance of global citizenship in new and emerging economies.

French 10-9Y (5 credits), 20-9Y (5 credits), and 30-9Y (5 credits) are designed for students who have had French prior to attending high school. These courses are not recommended for students coming from immersion situations.  A 30 level French course will be accepted for University entrance.

French 30 students are encouraged to take the DELF (Diplôme d’études et Langue Française) exam in April/May. This diploma certificate offers advantages for postsecondary education and enhances one’s resume.

Note: Students who study French qualify for the Spring Break Travel Club, or the France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Quebec exchange program, or the Quebec summer work exchange.

Spanish Language and Culture


Over 400 million people in the world speak Spanish. The value of learning Spanish is that it permits an insight into the rich and varied cultures developed in the Spanish-speaking world and bestows more opportunity to communicate directly with Spanish speakers. The aim of the Spanish Language and Culture program of studies is the development of communicative competence in Spanish as well as the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be effective global citizens, through the exploration of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Language and Culture 10-3Y, 20-3Y and 30-3Y are academic courses. It is recommended that students entering Spanish Language and Culture be in the English 10-1 sequence. The Spanish Language and Culture 30-3Y course can be used for University entrance into most faculties that accept students directly out of high school (with the exception of Engineering). Specifically, Spanish Language and Culture may be used as an “A Group” option in other faculties.

The Three year sequence Spanish Language and Culture 10-3Y, 20-3Y, 30-3Y – is appropriate for students with little or no experience in the language.

Spanish Language and Culture 10-3Y (5 credits)

This course is for the total beginner. It introduces students to basic vocabulary and structures. Both written and oral skills are emphasized.

 Spanish Language and Culture 20-3Y (5 credits)

Prerequisite: 60% recommended in Spanish 10

Listening and speaking skills are developed and an emphasis on reading and writing is increased.

Spanish Language and Culture 30-3Y (5 credits)

Prerequisite: 60% recommended in Spanish 20

Emphasis is placed equally on all four skill areas-listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to maximize communication skills.

* Spanish LC30 may be used a University entrance requirement in some faculties.


Spanish Study of Film 15, 25, 35 (3 credits each)

The Study of Film is intended for students who wish to expand their knowledge of film and understanding of film-making.  This course will provide students with more advanced and in-depth skills and experiences that will assist them in further developing their critical appreciation of film in order to become more informed consumers. 

Students will learn to be able to watch film in an entirely different way. They will experience varying genres of film (science fiction, western, documentaries, etc.) from the silent era to recent releases. The hope is to have students be inspired to create in a visual and written from by the films covered in each level of the course.