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The mission of the Languages Department is to provide every student at SJAM with a diverse learning experience in another language. Courses are offered in French from grade 9 to grade 12 and also in Spanish at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Our students have opportunities for advanced study and cultural immersion abroad through different exchange programs. Language Department teachers work to prepare students for University level studies through traditional text-based learning and innovative materials and techniques. Supplementary tools such as audio-visuals, software and Internet sources spark student interest and augment classroom instruction. Teachers tailor lesson plans to meet students’ individual needs and maximize their involvement. As a result, students gain an understanding of another language and an appreciation of its culture.

 So why should you study another language?

  •  To learn how to communicate better with others
  • To gain perspective on yourself and on your own culture
  • To gain an appreciation and understanding of other cultures, traditions and languages
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language itself
  • And most of all: To gain skills that will be useful in whatever future career you may choose.

GRADE 9

FSF1PI (Core French, Applied)

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French in structured situations, with a focus on everyday topics, and to apply their knowledge of French in everyday situations.  Students will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities.

 

FSF1DI (Core French, Academic)

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities.

 

FSF1DX (Core French, Enriched)

This course is a perfect fit for future SJAM students coming out of Immersion. It focuses equally on reading and writing as well as listening and speaking comprehension. Along with the mandated curriculum, we have a strong emphasis on current Francophone pop culture (music, bandes dessinées, movies, arts) as well as literature, grammar and francophone history. The course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts.  Students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well their ability to communicate in French with confidence, by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary French Immersion program.

Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Movies like Tintin, Astérix et Obélix, les Choristes, etc. will be seen and discussed in class.  Prerequisite:  This course is suitable for students coming from French Immersion Programs.

 


GRADE 10

FSF2DI (Core French, Academic)

This course enables students to increase their knowledge of the French language and gain further oral confidence. It will help further develop their language skills and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture.  Students wishing to further develop and strengthen their language skills will have the opportunity to breach in FSF3UX after discussion with the teacher and the department head.  Prerequisite:  FSF1DI.

 

FSF2DX (Core French, Enriched)

This course provides students with extensive opportunities to communicate, interact, and think critically and creatively in French. Students will use a variety of language-learning strategies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will respond to and interact with print, oral, visual, and electronic texts. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture.  Prerequisite: FSF 1DX.

Novel choices : «Le petit Prince» de St Exupéry, «La guerre des boutons» de Pergaud

 

LWSBDI (Spanish, Academic) NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

This is a first year Spanish course designed to introduce the student to the Spanish language and the world of Hispanic culture. This course will develop oral communication, reading and writing skills to enable the student to communicate in practical situations.  In Spanish, there are a lot of extra projects that enhance a student’s cultural awareness. Projects include: cooking at least three Spanish meals, make piñatas, kites and papel picado. Prerequisite:  None.

 


GRADE 11

FSF3UI (Core French, University)

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills.  Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends, etc. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture.  Prerequisite:  FSF2DI.

 

FSF3UX (Core French, Enriched)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills through debates and improv. Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or a play. Students will develop their knowledge of the French language through the study of contemporary and historically well known French European literature. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture.  Prerequisite: FSF 2DX and/or after special consideration FSF 2DI.

 

LWSCUI (Spanish, University) NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

This course is a continuation of the themes studied in Grade 10 Spanish.  Prerequisite:  LWSBDI.

 


GRADE 12

FSF4UI (Core French, University)

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills.  Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as travel, healthy relationships, working life, etc. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture.  Prerequisite:  FSF3UI.

 

FSF4UX (Core French, Enriched University)

This course draws further on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills through debates. Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a novel or a play. Students will develop their knowledge of the French language through the study of contemporary and historically well-known French/Francophone literature. Many movies will be viewed to support the richness of the French speaking world and culture. A project on «bandes dessinées» will be part of the final evaluation.  Prerequisite:  FSF3UX.

 

LWSDUI (Spanish, University)  NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

En la clase de grado 12 vamos a:

  • Aprender nuevas estructuras gramaticales: los tiempos en el pasado (preterito, imperfecto, presente perfecto y subjonctivo).
  • Leer una novela : Él que Dirán (That’s what they say)
  • Ver películas
  • Escribir un ensayo (Palabras Necias Oídos Sordos)
  • Estudiar las culturas españolas en sudamerica.
  • ¡Unos viajes interesantes!

¡¡¡COMER!!!

Prerequisite:  LWSCUI