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Through learning a new language and understanding a new culture we hope that students will respect and appreciate similarities and differences between them and others, as well as use their language knowledge to reach out and care for others.

Graduation Requirements Statement

Students do not require a second language to graduate.

Additional Information

Many post-secondary institutions require a second language up to the Grade 11 level for admissions. Please check their website. For any assistance, please contact the academic advisor.

To be exempted from the prerequisite for the course, a challenge and placement process is available each year only to students who have one of the following:

  • students with immersion background or who speak the language at home. An exception may be made for students with multiple years of Chinese school.
  • grown up speaking the target language at home.

The challenge and placement process involves a language exam and a cultural portfolio assignment.

Please complete this form: Language Placement Assessment Registration

FRENCH
French 9

Prerequisite: French 8

Description:

French 9 is a course that builds on pre-existing grammatical knowledge and abilities in order to enhance writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. Students will be given opportunities to learn about Francophone culture through poetry, current events, music, and other media. Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

French 10

Prerequisite: French 9

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

In French 10 we will continue to learn to communicate effectively in French and to expand knowledge of French culture. More complex language structures will be studied. Interaction in French will improve conversational skills.

French 11

Prerequisite: French 10

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

French 11 will expand the ability to communicate meaningfully in French in every-day situations.  In this course, students will learn more tenses and other grammatical structures in order to enhance the sophistication of their communication in French.  Students will also learn about Francophone culture through various types of media including current events, music, and poetry.  Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

French 12

Prerequisite: French 11

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

In French 12 students will continue in their acquisition of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.  The course’s end goal is to equip students with all the knowledge they need to communicate effectively using a variety of grammatical structures which include verb tenses, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.  Exposure to various aspects of French culture is done through the study of authentic documents, poetry and literature.  Features of French language courses include student-designed projects, story-writing, and a poetry recitation.

MANDARIN
Mandarin 9

Description:

Mandarin 9 is an entry-level Mandarin course designed for students who have little-to-no background in written and/or oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying: An Invitation to Chinese Vol. 1 Part I, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn around 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in dialogues that introduces oneself and one’s family, as well as routines and simple commercial transactions.

Mandarin 10

Prerequisite: Mandarin 9

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

Mandarin 10 is a lower beginner Mandarin course designed for students who have had 110-120 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Vol. 1 Part 2, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in dialogues about leisure activities, places, transportation and cuisine.

Mandarin 11

Prerequisite: Mandarin 10

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

Mandarin 11 is an upper beginner Mandarin course designed for students who have had 220-240 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language in both written and oral forms but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of this course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Volume 2 Part 1, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in topics such as health, nutrition and illness as well as more advanced commercial transactions.

Recommendations:

Students do not require a second language to graduate.

Nevertheless, most post-secondary programs require at least a Language 11; taking up to a Language 11 is recommended.

Mandarin 12

Prerequisite: Mandarin 11

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

Mandarin 12 (Non-Heritage) is a lower intermediate Mandarin course designed for students who have had 330-360 hours of instruction in written and oral Mandarin Chinese. This course aims not only to teach the language is both written and oral form but also to teach about the culture of Chinese people around the globe. It is also the hope of the course that they may use the language skills and cultural knowledge to spread the love of Christ to the people of Chinese heritage that they will encounter throughout their lives. We will be using Huanying Volume 2 Part 2, as well as other supplementary materials provided by the teacher. By the end of this course, the students will learn another 300-350 Chinese characters and will be able to engage in topics such as China, Travelling and Tourism.

SPANISH
Spanish 9

Description:

Spanish 9 is an introductory level Spanish course designed for students that would like to gain practical Spanish speaking skills. Spanish is spoken by over 360 million people worldwide and over twenty different nations. With Canada’s proximity and business interactions with the United States and Mexico, our ties with the Spanish-speaking world continue to grow and deepen. Hence, speaking Spanish is useful for careers in business, tourism and the hospitality industries. As Christians, we are encouraged to serve those in need. Speaking Spanish will enable youth to competently communicate on mission activities and trips such as the recurrent RCS Guatemala Missions trip.

Spanish 10

Prerequisite: Spanish 9

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

Spanish 10 is when things start to get really interesting and more challenging. We move on from basic vocabulary, grammar and a few verbs carrying on a greater conversation both in writing and by speaking. As followers of Christ, we are called to help those less fortunate than ourselves; many of which live in Spanish speaking countries. Learning Spanish will enable students to communicate effectively on missions’ trips such as our recurrent RCS Guatemala Missions trip. 

Recommendations:

Students should be proficient in conjugating regular Spanish verbs in the present tense.

Spanish 11

Prerequisite: Spanish 10

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

Spanish 11 is the logical progression after Spanish 10 and continues with more challenging and complex work. We continue to gain greater knowledge with full utilization of the past as well as informal future tenses. Students will hone and greatly increase their knowledge. At the Grade 11 level practical real-life conversations are expected. Sophisticated writing also becomes possible, as we introduce past and future tenses. As followers of Christ, we are called to help those less fortunate than ourselves; many of which live in Spanish speaking countries. The more Spanish a student understands and can use, the more they will be able to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers, including on mission trips such as our recurrent RCS Guatemala Missions trip.

Recommendations:

Students should be proficient in conjugating Spanish verbs in both the present and preterite past tenses.

Spanish 12

Prerequisite: Spanish 11

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

In Spanish 12, students are expected to engage in increasingly complex and spontaneous oral and written interactions in which they demonstrate their facility with Spanish. Students are able to locate information with confidence, skim for relevant facts, and use Spanish-language resources in their community and elsewhere. As students develop increasing facility with oral and written language, they experience and can respond to both contemporary and traditional works in a variety of genres. Although not required for many post-secondary programs, taking a language 12 is recommended if you are going into Arts (as it is required for graduation from some University programs) or are not sure what you are going to do in the future, to keep your options open.

Recommendations:

Students should be proficient in conjugating Spanish verbs in the present tense, irregular verbs and past tenses (preterite and imperfect).