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Why learn French?

This is a question many parents ask. First of all it is an intellectual exercise for the brain. It's like a crossword puzzle that stimulates your mind. We are given certain capacities and we were given those capacities to use. Learning French is a discipline that teaches you grammar, structure, vocabulary, humour and many other cultural traits.

Being bilingual helps you find a job, communicate with other people when traveling to foreign countries, undertake more responsibilities and it builds confidence. Today's students are virtual and real citizens of the world. Languages like French are not going to disappear.

Learning French helps you to understand other people and their culture. The word "to eat" in Chinese really means "to eat rice". Learning another language provides you with a window into a whole different culture, geography and economy.

Learning French gives you the ability to discover new ideas, new thoughts and to look at things in a different perspective. Language is about discovering a new world and that new world will certainly be one where ideas, knowledge and communication will be the main currency. Learning another language is like giving a gold deposit to your child without the risk.

Your children have everything to gain and nothing to lose!

The French Program

The aim of the new French as a second language (FSL) curriculum is to prepare students to perform effectively in the challenging world they will face by providing them with the skills they will need to communicate in a second language. To make the curriculum relevant to students’ lives, knowledge and skills are taught in contexts that reflect their interests and experiences. Students will be able to choose from courses that lead to study at the postsecondary level or to the workplace, depending on their individual interests, strengths, and aspirations. (MOE)

The FSL Programs at Brebeuf

The FSL curriculum comprises two programs at Brebeuf : Core French and Extended French. These programs reflect students’ differing needs in studying French and are designed to provide students with different levels of intensity in developing their French language knowledge and skills. (MOE)

Core French

The aim of the Core French program is to provide students with fundamental communication skills in French and an understanding of the nature of the language and its culture. Core French offers students the chance to develop a usable command of the French language that can be expanded through further study or through contact with French-speaking people.

By the end of the four-year program, students will be able to participate in a straightforward conversation in French; will be able to read – with the help of a dictionary – books, magazines, and newspapers in French; and will be able to understand the general meaning of radio and television news and other programs. (MOE)

Minimal required hours of previous instruction: 600 hours

Extended French

The aim of the Extended French program is to develop students’ French language knowledge and skills and to provide them with an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world.

By the end of the four-year program, students will be able to converse freely on familiar topics; will be able to read – with the occasional help of a dictionary – books, magazines, and newspapers in French; and will be able to function in a French-speaking community. Schools may grant a certificate in Extended French if the student has successfully completed the sequence of four courses in Extended French and a minimum of three courses in other subjects taught in French. (MOE)

Courses taught in French at Brebeuf are: Histoire, Géographie, Religions du Monde.

What are the academic benefits of learning a second language?

  • develops your child's listening and learning skills as well as self-discipline;
  • increases cognitive abilities, creating a more flexible thinker;
  • enhances his knowledge of and his ability to communicate in his first language;
  • makes learning a third or fourth language much easier.

 The New French Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Brochure