The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is not only one of Canada’s two official languages, but is also widely used around the world. Knowledge of a second language is valuable for a number of reasons. Through learning a second language, students can strengthen their first-language skills and enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities; they also tend to become more tolerant and respectful of other cultures. In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally.
The aim of the new French as a second language (FSL) curriculum is to prepare students to perform effectively in the challenging world they will face by providing them with the skills they will need to communicate in a second language.To make the curriculum relevant to students’ lives, knowledge and skills are taught in contexts that reflect their interests and experiences. Students will be able to choose from courses that lead to study at the postsecondary level or to the workplace, depending on their individual interests, strengths, and aspirations.
At Stamford, we offer the core French program from grades 9-12. The French language program focuses on the development of oral communication, reading and writing skills through interaction with various texts, forms of media and each other. It takes time and patience to learn a second language, at Collegiate we this experience fun and engaging by using various types of activities and SMARTboard technology. Students will have the opportunity to learn and grow together as they delve into the French language and the French culture. In addition, we are excited to offer Italian as a second language in grades 10 through 12.
As we are all aware, acquiring a new language requires practice, but with time and confidence, learning a second language can be a lot of fun. With the variety of our motivational activities, second language skills do evolve and are gradually refined through a process of study, creativity, problem solving and risk-taking.
This process allows each individual to experience a second language in a unique way at his/her own pace and gain benefits from a second language that can last a lifetime. It is highly encouraged for students to continue with their second language to enhance their skills and open other doors for their future.