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Modern Languages

 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 strengthen their first-language skills, enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities, and increase their understanding 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.

French Immersion

St-Thomas of Villanova offers two programs with the modern languages department. First, our French Immersion program caters to students who come from a full french grade school, and or a french immersion grade school.The primary goal is to ensure that our french immersion students maintain their fluency and continue to use French effectively. The program enables students to better understand the stages of language learning and the use of language learning strategies in order to become proficient, and articulate in the French language. Students who choose to be part of this program will take 10 courses entirely in French from grade 9 to grade 12. Once they have completed their 10 courses, they will receive a french immersion certificate. 

French as a Second Language

Secondly, we have our FSL program.The primary goal of FSL programs in Ontario is to increase, within realistic and well-defined parameters, a student’s ability to use French effectively. The program enables students to better understand the stages of language learning and the use of language learning strategies in order to become proficient second-language learners. All programs emphasize the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of a contextual approach and a variety of authentic resources. Students who complete 4 French courses from grade 9 to grade 12 will receive an FSL certificate. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the French Immersion program and FSL program?

The French Immersion program is geared towards students who come from a full French grade school and or French Immersion grade school. The FSL program is for students who come from an English speaking grade school but wish to pursue French as a second language throughout their high school years.

How many French Immersion courses do you need to take in order to obtain a French Immersion certificate?

Students need to take a total of 10 courses entirely in French.

Which courses would they need to take to be part of the French Immersion program?

Students will take a total of 4 Français courses, 3 religion courses, Géographie, Histoire, et Civisme/Choix de carrière.

Can a student take one of these courses in summer school?

Yes, as long as it is in the French language. Otherwise, it won’t count as a FI course.

How many courses does a student need to take in order to receive a French as a second language certificate?

Students need to take 4 French courses, one for each year of high school.

What is the Common European Framework?

The CEFR provides a comprehensive overview of competencies that French language learners need to develop in order to communicate and interact effectively. It presents levels of language proficiency, starting at the basic level A1, continuing to A2, B1, and B2 (which is considered independent). Levels C1 and C2 reflect a competency level beyond secondary school.

What is the DELF exam?

The DELF exam is an assessment of proficiency from an external lens that is outside the required component of the regular French as a Second Language program. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a DELF certificate awarded by the French Ministry of National Education (France).

Does this mean my child may not have a chance to write the DELF test?

Anybody can write the DELF test. However, the students who are chosen from our board would write the test that is provided here in Windsor. There are a variety of different cities that provide the test at a certain time in the year, most notably Toronto. The CEFR website has all the information as to where and when the exam will be written.
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