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International Languages/ESL Department 418
International Languages/ESL Department

 We are pleased to offer innovative, inclusive and action-oriented language learning that focuses on helping students achieve language proficiency in the areas of oral communication, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension and written expression. Our framework for learning is a focus on developing our students’ 21st century competencies and fostering intercultural understanding.  Our students develop their learning skills in the areas of critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration, citizenship and character through complex modes of inquiry, problem-solving, analysis and real-life applications.  The language acquisition/refinement process is grounded in Authentic Communicative Tasks to engage adolescent learners and help them to make real world connections in their learning.

 
French Immersion: Focus on Increased Language Proficiency in the areas of:
Listening: authentic, current French auditory materials, exposure to different regional accents, exploration of formal and informal communication “registers”​.

 
Speaking: for different communicative purposes and situations (ex: to exchange information, to persuade, to share opinions, etc.
Reading: exposure to Québecois literature, media texts, modern drama, graphic texts, formal and informal letters, etc. (Grade 9)
Exposure to classic and modern French literature and literature from the French colonies, information/graphic texts, news reports, editorials and various media texts (Grade 10)
Writing: for practical/real-life situations (ex: sending a formal letter or email, advertising for a roommate, etc.) and for literary analysis (character analysis for novel study, etc.)
 
Core French: Focus on Language Acquisition and Increasing Vocabulary
Listening: authentic, current French auditory materials, exploration of expressions used for daily communicative activities
Speaking: for different authentic communicative purposes and situations (ex: to describe, to ask questions, to retell events in the past, etc.)
Reading: exposure to short informational and short narrative texts (Grade 9) Exposure to classic French literature and various media texts (Grade 10)
Writing: for practical/real-life situations (ex: giving written directions/instructions, writing an email to a friend, writing a greeting card) and for literary analysis (character analysis for novel study, etc.). ​ 
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