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French as a Second Language

Renfrew County District School Board believes French is no longer just the object of instruction; it is the language of instruction. Students use the target language to complete specific tasks or solve problems presented within authentic and meaningful social contexts.

We also believe the ability to speak and understand French allows students to communicate with French-speaking people in Canada and around the world, to understand and appreciate the history and evolution of their cultures, and to develop and benefit from a competitive advantage in the workforce.The Renfrew County District School board supports and promotes the Ontario Ministry of Education's vision  in all of its French language programs:

"Students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada's official languages, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world."

(The Ontario Curriculum, French as A Second Language, Revised,   Core French, Grades 4-8, Extended French, Grades 4-8, French Immersion, Grades 1-8.  2013, p.6.)

The FSL Programs:

  • `Core French -Students learn French as a subject. At the elementary level, students must accumulate a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8. At the secondary level, academic, applied and open courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12.

  • Extended French -Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in at least one other subject. At the elementary level, at least 25 per cent of all instruction is provided in French. At the secondary level, academic courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. In the Extended French program, students accumulate seven credits in French: four are FSL language courses and three are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.

  • French Immersion -Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more other subjects. At the elementary level, at least 50 per cent of all instruction is provided in French. At the secondary level, academic and applied courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. In the French Immersion program, students accumulate ten credits in French: four are FSL language courses and six are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.

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