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Toronto Catholic District School Board


French As A Second Language
Department Overview
The French department at Cardinal Newman encompasses both Core and Extended French programs. Students have the opportunity to take both Core and Extended French from Grades 9 through 12. A student in the Extended French program takes seven courses entirely in French. Four of these are language courses and the three remaining are Geographie, Histoire and Les grandes religions.

The department also offers Pre-AP courses and the Advanced Placement (AP) option in Grade 12 French.

At Newman we encourage interactive language learning. This can take many forms, including participation in the student exchange program, summer work exchange program and Quebec language bursary program. Not only do our students make a formal study of the French language, but they also celebrate in French and even do volunteer work in French! At Cardinal Newman, French is alive and well. Vive le francais!
 
Ms. Virginia OSullivan, Department Head
 
French Opportunities
The French Department would like to highlight two exceptional opportunities for high school students to spend time in Quebec during the summer.
 
The first is the Explore Programme, which is a five week French language bursary sponsored by the federal government.  It is held in various places throughout Canada and most expenses are covered.  Students must enter the lottery by the end of February of any given year.  Names are drawn for spots and students are informed by the beginning of April.  Students must have completed Grade 11 by the summer of their tip.  This is a bursary that is available throughout university and sometimes provides a university credit.  Check out the website at www.myexplore.ca

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(Christian Roxas and Rachel Gordon, Explore Progamme)

The second opportunity is the YMCA Summer Work Exchange Programme.  This is a work exchange where Ontario students are found jobs in Quebec and billet with a family for the 5-6 weeks they are working.  The Ontario family generally hosts a students from Quebec at the same time as their teenager goes to Quebec.  Minimum wage is paid and jobs are generally in childcare, landscaping and tourism.  Ages 16-17 are targeted, so many students can apply the summer they are in grade 10 and 11.  Check out the opportunities at http://my.ymcagta.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=612

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(Ellen McGran - left with her French Partner Daphne, YMCA Summer Work Exchange)

French Department News, 2012-2013

Canadian Education Exchange Foundation - On Friday, November 2, 250 grade 9 and 10 french students welcomed a guest speaker from the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation, Isabella Smoljan.  She is a retired teacher from Cardinal Carter who volunteers to talk to students about exchange opportunities.  Blessed Cardinal Newman has sent one to three students every year to study abroad with this organization for the last twenty years.  Last year's representatives were Ellen McGran and Dylan Thomas.

  • The Canadian Education Exchange Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation. CEEF organizes educational exchange programs for students and teachers through partnerships with governments and private agencies in many countries. The organization and management of CEEF exchanges in Canada is carried out by a small professional multilingual staff with the assistance of many volunteers – school principals, teachers, former exchange participants, parents and retired teachers.
  • CEEF student exchanges are school-based. When you apply, your school principal must approve your participation by signing your application form.
  • There are two phases to every student exchange: a hosting period, and a visiting period.
  • When you are successfully matched for a Three-month Program, a visiting exchange student lives with your family from the middle of August until the early November and attends classes in your school once the fall term begins.
  • To complete the exchange, you travel to the home country of your exchange partner, live with his/her family from early February until early May and attend school in that country.

If you would like to participate in an international exchange but feel that you are not quite ready for a three-month program, consider applying for one of CEEF’s Summer Programs to France or Spain. (Summer Programs are available only to students living in Ontario). Ontario students spend July in France or Spain and then host their visiting exchange partner in Ontario in August. The website to look up this great opportunity is www.ceef.ca

Thanks to Isabella for her entertaining delivery of the presentation, and for even showing one group how adept she is at doing the splits!  Merci, Isabella.   

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  (L to R: Madame O'Sullivan, French Department Head, Guest Speaker Ms. Smoljan & Mlle. Drozd, French Teacher)

French Fall Fair - The 3rd annual French Fall Fair was held on October 23d.  It was a resounding success.  Five of our French immersion feeder schools attended for a breakfast of croissants and hot chocolate followed by a spectacular "spectacle" in the auditorium.  Extended French students from grades 9 to 12 participated and a great time was had by all!  Particular highlights were seeing Grade 8 teachers dance the Macarena onstage as well as Grade 8 students competing to see who could dance the best "Gangnam Style"!  A special thanks to our two MCs Kevin Thom and Leslyee Igbinosun.   Un grand merci a tous!

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2012 - 2013 Course Descriptions 

Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF 1D)
This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction or equivalent

Core French, Grade 9, Applied (FSF 1P)
This course emphasizes the concurrent development of oral communication, reading and writing skills, using a broad-based theme, such as the media. Students will enhance their ability to understand and speak French through conversations, discussions and presentations. They will also read short stories, articles, poems and songs, and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues and invitations. Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction or equivalent
 
Core French, Grade 10, Academic (FSF 2D)
This course enables students to increase their knowledge of the French language, further develop their language skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world. Exploring a variety of themes, students will develop and apply critical thinking skills in discussion, in their analysis and interpretation of texts, and in their own writing. Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
 
Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation (FSF 3U)
This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills. Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or play. Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay. The correct use of grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic
 
Core French, Grade 12, University Preparation (FSF 4U)
This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French language skills. Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture and current issues. They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay. The correct use of grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation
 
Extended French, Grade 9, Academic (FEF 1P)
This course emphasizes the expansion of students’ oral communication, reading and writing skills through the study of themes that reflect their interests. Students will apply their knowledge of French in discussions, debates, dramatizations and oral presentations. Students will read and write in a variety of genres (e.g., poems, articles, brochures) and study at least one short novel intended for a French-speaking audience. Prerequisite: Minimum of 1,260 hours of French instruction or equivalent

Extended French, Grade 10, Academic (FEF 2D)
This course emphasizes the continued development and refinement of students’ oral communication, reading and writing skills as they explore a variety of themes. Students will expand their knowledge and appreciation of francophone culture through the study and interpretation of novels, poems and plays intended for a French-speaking audience. Prerequisite: Extended French or French Immersion, Grade 9, Academic
 
Extended French, Grade 11, University Preparation (FEF 3U)
This course focuses on developing French language skills through the study of Canadian francophone authors. Students will analyze works in a variety of genres and will produce various types of written assignments, including a formal essay. The correct use of grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: Extended French, Grade 10, Academic

Extended French, Grade 12, University Preparation (FEF 4U)
This course emphasizes the development of French language skills through the study of Canadian and international francophone literature. Students will interpret literary works, produce written assignments in a variety of genres and conduct research on a major topic for written and oral presentation. The correct use of grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: Extended French, Grade 11, University Preparation