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Secondary French Immersion

Secondary French Immersion

Since 2017, the North Vancouver School District has implemented new changes to the French Immersion secondary program. The changes aimed to provide greater flexibility to secondary students while completing the program.

The major changes include:

1. Students have the option of taking Science (8e, 9e, 10e) in French or in English, so long as they complete the minimum number of courses in French for the bilingual Dogwood.

2. Four new courses have been added to the French Immersion timetable:

a. Éducation physique et santé en plein air (8e): This course addresses two areas of learning, physical education and health education, brought together in order to promote and develop all aspects of well-being. Given the North Shore's natural setting, this course will also offer opportunities for outdoor learning experiences in a French environment.

b. Culture et communication (9e): In this course, students will develop their oral language abilities through various project based learning experiences that explore a variety of art forms from the francophone world. Through various artistic avenues such as music, visual arts and cinematography, students will develop their communication skills and openness to other cultures.

c. Carrières et leadership (10e): This course provides opportunities for students to plan for successful lifelong learning, explore factors that have an impact on future career choices and opportunities, develop financial literacy skills, and cultivate self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Further, students will develop strategies to support them in maintaining a work-life balance to encourage physical and mental health. A particular emphasis on deepening students' leadership skills will be woven throughout this course.

d. Culture et communication (11e): This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the links between language and culture. This course will be required to participate on the District trip to France.

Students must complete 13 courses through Grades 8-12 in French. These are a combination of core academic courses (Français langue and Sciences humaines) and choice courses, (options through grades 8-12 in Sciences naturelles, Culture et communication, Carrières et leadership and Éducation physique et santé en plein air). Throughout these core and choice classes, students are completely immersed in French language and French is used for all meaningful communication and instruction.

Cultural awareness and understanding of the French language are increased by various socio-cultural opportunities provided by the school district in collaboration with Canadian Parents for French. These language opportunities include: Festival du film, Concours d'art oratoire, Français pour l'avenir, and Idélire (French author visits).

In April, Grade 11 and 12 students have the option to participate in the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF), an internationally recognized external accreditation exam to validate their skills in French. In addition to these opportunities, the North Vancouver School District offers two trips for students – to Québec and Orléans, France.

It is important to note that students can be enrolled in French Immersion and participate in other academies (such as Digital Media, Sport and Fine Arts academies) offered by the North Vancouver School District at various school sites.

Click here for the French Immersion Course Checklist (for planning purposes only)

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Secondary French Immersion Information Session Presentation 2019

Click here or on the image below to download the Secondary French Immersion information session presentation from January 23, 2019.

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FI Secondary Presentation 2019 - PDF