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French as a Second Language

  • As of September 2022, the Grade 9 French as a Second Language courses will be offered using the current Academic courses and course codes (FSF1D, FEF1D and FIF1D). 
  • Educators should be aware that, with the exception of these courses, the 2014 French as a Second Language curriculum policy for Grades 9 to 12 will remain in effect. 

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 Core French Academic FSF1D Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent
9 Core French Open FSF1O None
9 Extended French Academic FEF1D Minimum of 1260 hours of instruction in French, or equivalent
9 French Immersion Academic FIF1D Minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in French, or equivalent
10 Core French Academic FSF2D Grade 9 Core French, Academic or Applied
10 Core French Applied FSF2P Grade 9 Core French, Academic or Applied
10 Core French Open FSF2O Grade 9 Core French, Open
10 Extended French Academic FEF2D Grade 9 Extended French, Academic
10 French Immersion Academic FIF2D Grade 9 French Immersion, Academic or Applied
10 French Immersion Applied FIF2P Grade 9 French Immersion, Academic or Applied
11 Core French University FSF3U Grade 10 Core French, Academic
11 Core French Open FSF3O Grade 10 Core French, Academic, Applied, or Open
11 Extended French University FEF3U Grade 10 Extended French, Academic
11 French Immersion University FIF3U Grade 10 French Immersion, Academic
11 French Immersion Open FIF3O Grade 10 French Immersion,
Academic or Applied
12 Core French University FSF4U Grade 11 Core French, University
12 Core French Open FSF4O Grade 11 Core French, University or Open
12 Extended French University FEF4U Grade 11 Extended French, University
12 French Immersion University FIF4U Grade 11 French Immersion, University
12 French Immersion Open FIF4O Grade 11 French Immersion, University or Open

Core French

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Extended French

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French Immersion

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  • Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF1D)
    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent
  • Core French, Grade 9, Open (FSF1O)
    This is an introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of French or who have not accumulated the minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction. Students will begin to understand and speak French in guided and structured interactive settings, and will develop fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through discussing issues and situations that are relevant to their daily lives. Throughout the course, students will develop their awareness of diverse French-speaking communities in Canada and acquire an understanding and appreciation of these communities. They will also develop a variety of skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Extended French, Grade 9, Academic (FEF1D)
    This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Extended French program. They will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through independently responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Minimum of 1260 hours of instruction in French, or equivalent
  • French Immersion, Grade 9, Academic (FIF1D)
    This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well their ability to communicate in French with confidence, by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary French Immersion program. Students will enhance their knowledge of the French language through the study of French Canadian literature. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in French, or equivalent
  • Core French, Grade 10, Academic (FSF2D)
    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar, and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
  • Core French, Grade 10, Applied (FSF2P)
    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about everyday matters and topics of personal interest in real-life situations. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in structured, guided, and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through using language learning strategies for understanding texts and communicating clearly. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
  • Core French, Grade 10, Open (FSF2O)
    This course provides opportunities for students to speak French in guided and structured interactive settings. Students will communicate about matters of personal interest and familiar topics through listening, speaking, reading, and writing in real-life situations, using print, oral, visual, and electronic texts. Students will develop a general understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, as well as skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 9, Open
  • Extended French, Grade 10, Academic (FEF2D)
    This course provides extensive opportunities for students to use their communication skills in French and to apply language learning strategies. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by responding to and interacting with French oral and written texts in a variety of real-life contexts, using their creative and critical thinking skills to explore and evaluate information and ideas in the texts. Students will increase their knowledge of the French language through the study of French authors. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Extended French, Grade 9, Academic
  • French Immersion, Grade 10, Academic (FIF2D)
    This course provides students with extensive opportunities to communicate, interact, and think critically and creatively in French. Students will use a variety of language learning strategies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will respond to and interact with print, oral, visual, and electronic texts. Students will develop their knowledge of the French language through the study of contemporary French literature and historically well-known French European literature. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
  • French Immersion, Grade 10, Applied (FIF2P)
    This course emphasizes the development and use of skills and strategies in communication and interaction in French. Students will acquire literacy skills by using creative and critical analysis processes in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in real-life contexts. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
  • Core French, Grade 11, University (FSF3U)
    This course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with greater independence. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic
  • Core French, Grade 11, Open (FSF3O)
    This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in real-life situations. Students will develop their ability to communicate, making connections to previous experiences and using newly acquired skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic, Applied, or Open
  • Extended French, Grade 11, University (FEF3U)
    This course provides opportunities for students to communicate about concrete and abstract topics in various situations. Students will consolidate and refine their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by applying language learning strategies, as well as creative and critical thinking skills, in a variety of real-life contexts. Students will develop their knowledge of the French language through the study of contemporary French authors and well-known French European authors. They will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Extended French, Grade 10, Academic
  • French Immersion, Grade 11, University (FIF3U)
    This course provides opportunities for students to consolidate the communication skills required to speak and interact with increasing confidence and accuracy in French in a variety of academic and social contexts. Students will use their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and apply language learning strategies while exploring a variety of concrete and abstract topics. Students will increase their knowledge of the French language through the study of French literature from around the world. They will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 10, Academic
  • French Immersion, Grade 11, Open (FIF3O)
    This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in real-life situations for practical purposes. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will explore and create a variety of texts, with a particular focus on using skills related to the study of French that can be applied in the workplace and beyond. Students will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
  • Core French, Grade 12, University (FSF4U)
    This course provides extensive opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, apply language learning strategies in a wide variety of real-life situations, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation
  • Core French, Grade 12, Open (FSF4O)
    This course provides a variety of opportunities for students to speak and interact in French. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, use language-learning strategies in a variety of real-life situations and personally relevant contexts, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation or Open
  • Extended French, Grade 12, University (FEF4U)
    This course further emphasizes the consolidation of communication skills required to interact in French for various purposes about concrete and abstract topics. Students will independently apply language learning strategies in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will broaden their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and analysing oral and written texts. Students will increase their knowledge of the French language through the study of Canadian and international French literature. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: Extended French, Grade 11, University Preparation
  • French Immersion, Grade 12, University (FIF4U)
    This course provides students with extensive opportunities to communicate, interact, and think critically and creatively in French. Students will consolidate their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and apply language learning strategies while communicating about concrete and abstract topics, and will independently respond to and interact with a variety of oral and written texts. Students will study a selection of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 11, University Preparation
  • French Immersion, Grade 12, Open (FIF4O)
    This course provides opportunities for students to consolidate communication and critical and creative thinking skills related to the study of French that can be applied in the workplace and beyond. Students will develop collaborative skills and self-confidence through hands-on activities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, using French in real-life contexts and new and familiar situations. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
    • Prerequisite: French Immersion, Grade 11, University Preparation or Open