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ESL & Modern Languages

Course Descriptions

Modern Languages Courses:

 

French, Academic (FSF1D)

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.

 

French, Applied (FSF1P)

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.

 

Punjabi, Academic (LIPBD)

This course provides students with the language learning experiences that will enable them to communicate more effectively in Punjabi.
Students will continue to develop and apply their speaking skills in a variety of contexts, and will participate in activities that will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language under study is spoken betaking part in community-sponsored events and activities involving both print and technological resources.
Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and repertoire of language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple.

 

Spanish, Academic (LWSBD)

This course provides students with the language learning experiences that will enable them to communicate in the language of study. Students will continue to develop and apply their speaking skills in a variety of contexts, and will participate in activities that will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language under study is spoken betaking part in community-sponsored events and activities involving both print and technological resources.
Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and repertoire of language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple.

 

French, Academic (FSF2D)

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.

 

French, Applied (FSF2P)

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing
skills using a broad-based theme such as adolescence. Students will expand their knowledge of
French by studying a series of theme-related topics, such as students’ rights and responsibilities,
relationships with peers and adults, and part-time jobs.

 

Spanish, University (LWSCU)

This course offers students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the international language and to enhance their communication skills. Students will use increasingly sophisticated language in a variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students will also enhance their thinking skills through the critical study of literature, and continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources.

Prerequisite: International Languages, Level 2 Academic

 

French, University (FSF3U)

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 a play. Students will produce various written
assignments, including a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language
conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.


Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 10, Academic

 

Spanish, University (LWSDU)

This course prepares students for university studies in the international language. Students will enhance their ability to use the language with clarity and precision, and will develop the language skills needed to engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively. Students will also have opportunities to add to their knowledge of the culture of countries where the language is spoken through the use of community resources and computer technology.

Prerequisite: International Languages, Level 3, University Preparation

 

French, University (FSF4U)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of Frenchlanguage
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 use of correct
grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will
be emphasized throughout the course.


Prerequisite: Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation

 

English as a Second Language Courses:

 

Beginning Communications in English (ESLAO)

This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to
introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in
their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in
listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic
purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language
structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write
phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the
knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.

 

English in Daily LIfe (ESLBO)

This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English
for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in
structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts
designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of
English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to
compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation
to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new
province and country.

 

English in School and Work (ESLCO)

This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and
writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will
make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts
in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand
their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the
mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and
responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current
Canadian issues.

 

Study Skills in English (ESLDO)

This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in
classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed
citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills
required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking
skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety
of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond
critically to a variety of print and media texts.

 

Bridges to English (ESLEO)

This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the
transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary
school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of
academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read
and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports;
and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will
further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.

 

 

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