Secondary Core and Extended French

Core French

  • At the secondary level, Core French is a single credit course (110 hours) and is offered at all levels from grades 9 to 12. In keeping with Ministry of Education requirements, French is compulsory in grade 9.
  • We offer Open, Modified, Applied, Academic French courses depending upon student enrollment.
  • Students can take French courses throughout Grades 9 to12.
  • Students can receive a French Certificate at Graduation upon completion of 4 French credits

Extended French…learn more here.  

  • Extended French is currently offered at Assumption College School (Brantford) and Holy Trinity Catholic High School (Simcoe).
  • It is intended for student who have completed 1260 hours of French instruction or equivalent.
  • Students will complete four Extended French credits and three additional credits that are taught in French.
  • Extended French is offered at Holy Trinity and Assumption College with plans to add Extended French for Grade 9 beginning at St Johns for 2024.

French Club

  • All the high schools offer a vibrant French club.
  • Students meet regularly to have the opportunity to practice their French and learn more about French culture.
  • All three French clubs meet annually for a special ‘Club Français’ dinner (Current plans are on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Travel Opportunities

  • FSL students can travel to Quebec City to experience the Winter Carnival (Assumption College High School and Holy Trinity).
  • A bi-annual trip to France and Italy is offered to Grade 11 and 12 FSL students at St. John’s College High School and Assumption College High School.
  • All travel opportunities subject to Public Health recommendations and Board approval.

Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)

The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is a certification of French Language abilities for non-native speakers of French. It is composed of four independent diplomas corresponding to the first four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR): A1, A2, B1 and B2. The “DELF is aimed at secondary-school aged students. DELF certificates are valid for life and do not expire”.

The DELF examination consists of 4 parts:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The DELF examination is based upon the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues or CECR, in French). The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability. It is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills.

DELF exams for Spring 2021 are pending and information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

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