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Modern Languages. French, German & Spanish

Successful completion of 30-level International Languages meets the admission requirements established by most universities.

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French Challenge

The challenge process is designed for students who have already mastered the elements of the course and do not need to attend the class. Students from a Francophone or Grade 9 French Immersion background may wish to demonstrate their competency at French 10, 20, and/or 30. The opportunity to challenge will happen once per semester, and students may challenge one level per semester. Students will meet the teacher at a meeting in November or May, prepare and submit a portfolio, and then take a four part exam in January or June. The exams will test reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  A student may not challenge a course in which he/she has been registered during the current semester.

 

French 10

5 Credits

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Grade 9 French. The language is taught through an action-oriented communicative approach in a cultural context. Topics include Activities, Shopping, Vacations, and Fine Arts.

Prerequisite: 60% in Grade 9 French.

 

French 10i

5 Credits

This course is designed for introduction to IB students who have successfully completed junior high French. The course reviews the basics and builds a solid foundation of the four language skills through topics of activities, vacations, and fine arts.

Recommended Prerequisite: Grade 9 French in a 6-year program.

 

French 20

5 Credits

In this course, language skills are enhanced with activities at an advanced level. Films and music will be used extensively.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in French 10 or equivalent.

 

French 30

5 Credits

The emphasis of this course is on increased ability to understand and speak French, as well as read and write with accuracy through structured and free composition. The themes of study include World of Work, Travel and Tourism, Media and Conservation, and the Environment. Aspects of the Francophone world will be studied through literary extracts, music and film.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in French 20.

 

French B SL Years 1 & 2

5 Credits for both French 20 and 30

These two courses fulfill the Language B component of the IB Curriculum. Through the study of French B, students will continue in the refinement of all language skills and will also have the chance to explore French language and culture in greater detail. With French B, students will communicate and work cooperatively in French, using the language to increase their global
awareness, particularly in French Speaking countries. Completion of French B SL Year 2 will equip students with advanced-intermediate skills and the ability to begin post-secondary language study at the 200 level.

Prerequisite: French 10i.

German

German 10

5 Credits

This introductory course uses a task-based approach to language learning. This means that the focus will be on learning functional language skills. Emphasis will be placed on speaking while acquiring the necessary reading and writing skills required to effectively communicate in this popular European language. Students will begin to express themselves in different areas such as personal information, free-time activities, school, shopping, and food and beverages. A variety of media will be employed as students explore the culture and traditions of German speaking people throughout Europe.

Prerequisite: Minimum 60% in Language Arts 9 or English 10-1.

 

German 20

5 Credits

The focus of this course will continue be on learning functional language skills, namely speaking and listening activities. Reading and writing skills will also be practiced. Students will begin to express themselves in using a variety of tenses, for a variety of purposes, in relation to entertainment, travel and vacation plans as well as future plans. Films, music videos as well language-learning websites will be employed as students explore the culture and traditions of German-speaking people throughout Europe.

Prerequisite: Minimum 60% in German 10.

 

German 30

5 Credits

This course will focus on continuing to learn speaking and listening activities. Students will begin to express themselves in using a variety of tenses for a variety of purposes, and will be able to express themselves in relations to travel, media, contemporary life and issues in the European context. We will use films, music videos and websites as students explore the culture and traditions of German-speaking people throughout Europe.

Prerequisite: Minimum 60% in German 20.

Spanish

Spanish 10

5 Credits

This course is for students who would like to learn Spanish and have no previous experience. The focus is on learning to speak in realistic situations with a standard Latin American accent. When one learns to pronounce the Spanish alphabet correctly, spelling is relatively simple. The first stage of learning is an interactive on-line adventure through Spain where students learn the fundamentals of the language. Students also have the option to learn to speak with a Castilian accent from Spain if they wish.

Prerequisite: None.

 

Spanish 10i ab initio

5 Credits

This course is for students who would like to learn Spanish and have no previous experience. The focus is on learning to speak in realistic situations with a standard Latin American accent. When one learns to pronounce the Spanish alphabet correctly, spelling is relatively simple. The first stage of learning is an interactive on-line adventure through Spain where students learn the fundamentals of the language. Students also have the option to learn to speak with a Castilian accent from Spain, if they wish.

Prerequisite: None.

 

Spanish 20

5 Credits

Students of Spanish 20 focus on improving their listening, speaking and writing. More advanced grammar and verb structures are learnt while studying the cultures of Spain and Latin America. The coursework is the equivalent of first semester Spanish 100 level at a university in Alberta.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Spanish 10.

 

Spanish 30

5 Credits

This course will offer a more in-depth look into the rich diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures by studying aspects of the arts, music, technology and entertainment. Hobbies, sports and the environment will also be explored. The coursework is the equivalent of second semester Spanish 100 level at a university in Alberta. Completion of Spanish 30 permits students to commence their Spanish studies in university at the 200 level.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Spanish 20.

 

Spanish AB SL Years 1 & 2

5 Credits for both Spanish 20 and 30

The Spanish ab initio course is for students with little or no experience of the language (Ab initio means from the beginning). The course has three general themes: individual and society, leisure and work, and urban and rural environment. Students practice and explore the language and can become conversant within these themes by graduation. The Spanish ab initio programme allows students to complete the equivalent coursework of the first year study of Spanish at university. Completion of Year 2 permits students to commence their Spanish studies in post-secondary at
the 200 level.

Prerequisite: Spanish 10i ab initio.

Watch an interesting video from the University of Calgary on the advantages of second languages!