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French as a Second Language

In Canada, where French and English have equal status as official languages, there are significant advantages to being able to communicate in both. French is recognized and valued as an integral component of Ontario’s educational system. 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.

 

In all French as a Second Language Programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

·         use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings;

·         learn about Canada, its two official languages, and other cultures;

·         appreciate and acknowledge the interconnectedness and interdependence of the global community;

·         be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups;

·         use effective language learning strategies;

·         and become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as world citizens

 

Taken from the revised curriculum document (2013) for French as a Second Language.

 

French is a compulsory subject, mandatoryfrom Grades 4 to 9.  Students are encouraged to continue the study of French following Grade 9. As students work on their Individual Pathways Plans (IPP), they can reflect on experiential and immersion opportunities that are available to them, some of which can be found on the document Student French Language Experiential Opportunities. While working on their IPP’s on Career Cruising, students are encouraged to access the interface in French and/or to research the offerings for many French post-secondary programs. They can also look at many job opportunities that are available both locally and globally, in which they can be utilizing their French language skills.  As well, students are encouraged to read and think about the Questions to Guide Your French Pathways Planning.

 

This chart maps out all the courses in the discipline and shows the links between courses and the possible prerequisites for them. It does not attempt to depict all possible movements from course to course.


FSL 


The prerequisite for Grade 9 French Immersion is the elementary French Immersion program, or equivalent. Students who have successfully completed elementary Extended French or French Immersion programs and do not wish to pursue further studies in these programs should be considered for advancement in the Core French program, if they demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills.

 

Note: Any FSL course will meet the secondary school diploma requirements for a compulsory credit in French as a second language and a maximum of 2 credits in FSL can count as compulsory credits (one from Group 1 and one from either Group 2 or Group 3). 

French Immersion FIF1D
This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently in a variety of real-
life and personally relevant contexts. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing,

as well their ability to communicate in French with confidence, by using language learning strategies introduced
in the elementary French Immersion program. Students will enhance their knowledge of the French language
through the study of French Canadian literature. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of
diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in elementary French Immersion, or equivalent
French Immersion FIF1P
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and exchange information in French in a variety
of real-life situations, with support as appropriate. Students will develop the key listening, speaking, reading, and
writing skills introduced in the elementary French Immersion program. They will also increase their
understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for
lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in elementary French Immersion, or equivalent
Core French FSF1D
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing
independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in
listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core
French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their
understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for
lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction, or equivalent
Core French FSF1O
This is an introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of French or who have not accumulated the minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction. Students will begin to understand and speak French in guided and structured interactive settings, and will develop fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through discussing issues and situations that are relevant to their daily lives. Throughout the course, students will develop their awareness of diverse French-speaking communities in Canada and acquire an understanding and appreciation of these communities. They will also develop a variety of skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
Core French FSF1P
This is an introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of French or who have not
accumulated the minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction. Students will begin to understand
and speak French in guided and structured interactive settings, and will develop fundamental skills in listening,
speaking, reading, and writing through discussing issues and situations that are relevant to their daily lives.
Throughout the course, students will develop their awareness of diverse French-speaking communities in
Canada and acquire an understanding and appreciation of these communities. They will also develop a variety of
skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction, or equivalent
French Immersion FIF2D
This course provides students with extensive opportunities to communicate, interact, and think critically and
creatively in French. Students will use a variety of language learning strategies in listening, speaking, reading,
and writing, and will respond to and interact with print, oral, visual, and electronic texts. Students will develop

their knowledge of the French language through the study of contemporary French literature and historically well-
known French European literature. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse

French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FIF1D - French Immersion
French Immersion FIF2P
This course emphasizes the development and use of skills and strategies in communication and interaction in
French. Students will acquire literacy skills by using creative and critical analysis processes in listening,
speaking, reading, and writing in real-life contexts. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation
of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FIF1D - French Immersion
Core French FSF2D
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar,
and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information,
ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will
develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the selective use of strategies that
contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse
French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FSF1D - Core French or FSF1P - Core French
Core French FSF2O
This course provides opportunities for students to speak French in guided and structured interactive settings.
Students will communicate about matters of personal interest and familiar topics through listening, speaking,
reading, and writing in real-life situations, using print, oral, visual, and electronic texts. Students will develop a
general understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, as well as skills necessary for
lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FSF1O - Core French
Core French FSF2P
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about everyday matters and topics of
personal interest in real-life situations. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in
structured, guided, and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will develop their skills in
listening, speaking, reading, and writing through using language learning strategies for understanding texts and
communicating clearly. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking
communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FSF1D - Core French or FSF1P - Core French
French Immersion FIF3O
This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in real-life situations for practical
purposes. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and will explore and
create a variety of texts, with a particular focus on using skills related to the study of French that can be applied

in the workplace and beyond. Students will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-
speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FIF2D - French Immersion or FIF2P - French Immersion
French Immersion FIF3U
This course provides opportunities for students to consolidate the communication skills required to speak and
interact with increasing confidence and accuracy in French in a variety of academic and social contexts.
Students will use their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and apply language learning strategies
while exploring a variety of concrete and abstract topics. Students will increase their knowledge of the French
language through the study of French literature from around the world. They will also deepen their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language
learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FIF2D - French Immersion
Core French FSF3O
This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in real-life situations. Students
will develop their ability to communicate, making connections to previous experiences and using newly acquired
skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of
diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FSF2P - Core French or FSF2D - Core French
Core French FSF3U
This course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with
greater independence. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their
creative and critical thinking skills, through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They
will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop
skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FSF2D - Core French
French Immersion FIF4U
This course provides students with extensive opportunities to communicate, interact, and think critically and
creatively in French. Students will consolidate their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and apply
language learning strategies while communicating about concrete and abstract topics, and will independently
respond to and interact with a variety of oral and written texts. Students will study a selection of French literature
from the Middle Ages to the present. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse
French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FIF3U - French Immersion
Core French FSF4O
This course provides a variety of opportunities for students to speak and interact in French. Students will develop
their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, use language-learning strategies in a variety of real-life
situations and personally relevant contexts, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through
responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also broaden their understanding
and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language
learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FSF3O - Core French or FSF3U - Core French
Core French FSF4U
This course provides extensive opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently.
Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, apply language learning strategies in a
wide variety of real-life situations, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and
interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of
diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FSF3U - Core French