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Modern Languages

 

FRENCH PROGRAM

French 08

Bonjour!  This is an introductory level program.  French language and culture will be explored through the following big ideas: reciprocal communication, stories and creative works that allow students to experience authentic Francophone cultures.  All four areas of language learning will be included: speaking/responding, listening, writing and reading, with a focus on communicating in a meaningful context.

 French 09

Salut!  This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in French 8.  Sophistication of language development will be increased through further exploration of themes such as: sports, health, and music.

 French 10

Bienvenue!  This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in French 9.  Cooperative group work, communicative activities and oral/aural skill development are stressed.

French 11

Bonne journée! This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in French 10. Students will enhance their grammar, pronunciation and listening skills through thematic and cultural topics. Students will follow a media program to enhance their listening skills and explore Francophone cultures around the world.

NOTE: French Immersion students transferring to RSS in Grade 10 might consider taking an elective course rather than core French 11 due to suitability and timetabling issues.

French 12

Salutations! This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in French 11. Students will enhance their grammar, pronunciation and listening skills through thematic and cultural topics. They will follow a media program to enhance their listening skills and learn about Francophone cultures around the world. The students will be expanding their knowledge of francophone foods, music, art and literature.

IB French (SL) 11 and IB French (SL) 12

Voulez-vous vivre à la française? Parler la langue d’amour?

 Eh bien, voici le programme pour vous!

This is a two-year course that will follow the five core themes as prescribed by IB. (Social organisation, Sharing the planet, Human ingenuity, Experiences and Identities) The course will cover a broad variety of topics such as cultural diversity, mental and physical health, education systems in Québec and France, social media and the environment. Instruction will be conducted in French, and students will be expected to speak French as much as possible. Exams will be conducted in the four areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  This course is intended for students with good work habits and a strong academic standing in French 10, as it is quite accelerated. Please see the department head if you have questions or concerns regarding your placement in the program. 

IB French (HL) 11 and IB French (HL) 12

This is a two-year course designed for students with extensive experience with the French language. It is for students who would like to extend their use of French in the future. This course is for students who have near-native abilities. French for daily use and for literary purposes will be studied. A novel will be issued for self-study during the year, and assessments will be facilitated and guided by the teacher.  At the end of the two-year course, students will have two written exams, and both a listening and oral exam to complete their IB requirements. If you have not had additional French courses or have not taken French immersion in the past, this course is not recommended. Please see the department head prior to registering in HL. Merci!

JAPANESE PROGRAM

JAPANESE 09

This course is an introductory study of Japanese. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: read and write both hiragana, katakana, and some kanji; listen and understand basic native speech; and speak about family and personal experience.  Students will explore and experience Japanese food, music, art and pop-culture through various class activities.

JAPANESE 10

This course is intended to improve and expand students’ knowledge from Japanese 9. New grammar will be introduced to add sophistication to students’ writing. Oral skills will also be further developed. Culture will be explored through food, music, art and film.

JAPANESE 11

This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in Japanese 10.  They will enhance their grammar, pronunciation, listening and speaking skills. Texts are often taken from various sources such as current internet news articles, poems, and songs. 

JAPANESE 12

This course builds on Japanese 11 and will enable students to develop an understanding of the values, customs, and other elements of Japanese culture. This course should also enable students to increase their ability to communicate effectively, and potentially to take advantage of vocational and leisure opportunities and/or meet post-secondary requirements.

IB JAPANESE (SL) 11 and IB JAPANESE (SL) 12

This is a two-year course designed for high ability, highly motivated students who have good work habits and strong standing in Japanese 10. Sophistication in writing and speaking will be developed through more exposure to written and aural texts. At the end of the two-year course, students will have two written exams and both a speaking and listening exam to complete their IB requirements.

IB JAPANESE (HL) 11 and IB JAPANESE (HL) 12 

This is a two-year course designed for students with extensive experience with the Japanese language. It is for students who would like to extend their use of Japanese in the future. This course is for students who have near-native abilities. Japanese for daily use and for literary purposes will be studied. A novel will be issued for self-study during the year. At the end of the two-year course, students will have two written exams, and both a listening and speaking exam to complete their IB requirements.

MANDARIN PROGRAM

All students are invited to learn and practice communicating in a language that is currently used by over 1 billion people in the world! Everyone, from all different backgrounds, is welcome in the Mandarin program at Richmond Secondary School. If you have previous knowledge and/or education in Chinese and this will be your first time taking a Mandarin course at RSS, please consult the Mandarin teacher and your counsellor before course selection to be sure you select the appropriate course - this is important.

MANDARIN 09

This is an introductory course of Mandarin Chinese, designed for students who are beginning learners of the language. Students who read/write little to no Chinese characters or who speak another Chinese variety at home may also take this course. The core skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and interacting in Mandarin Chinese will be developed, with a focus on communication in meaningful, practical contexts. In addition, students will explore and experience Chinese culture through food, films, music, stories, art, and other creative works. Topics may include greetings, family members, countries, and jobs. 

MANDARIN 10

This course builds on the big ideas and skills established in Mandarin 9. The study of language will be intertwined with culture, through thematic units, such as clothing, weather, hobbies, and school. Food, films, music, stories, art, and other creative works will be explored.

MANDARIN 11

This course builds on the big ideas and skills established in Mandarin 10. Language skills will be honed through thematic and cultural topics, such as body and health, food, shopping, and residence. Students will discover and convey meaning through a variety of aural, oral, and written formats.

MANDARIN 12

This course builds on the big ideas and skills established in Mandarin 11. Language skills are refined through the exploration of thematic and cultural topics, such as customs and traditions, travel, household, and community. Students will write different text types and conduct presentations, for a variety of audiences.   

IB MANDARIN (HL) 11 and IB MANDARIN (HL) 12

This is a two-year course that follows the themes in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, designed for students who have a very strong proficiency in Mandarin, with an interest in Chinese literature. Language skills will be refined through the exposure to, and appreciation of a variety of aural and written formats, including literary texts. Instruction and participation will be conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese. In grade 12, students are expected to complete IB speaking, listening, reading, and written exams.

IB MANDARIN (SL) 11 and IB MANDARIN (SL) 12

This is a two-year course that follows the themes in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, designed for students with good work habits who are committed to honing their Mandarin Chinese skills. Language skills will be extended through the exposure to, and appreciation of a variety of aural and written formats. In grade 12, students are expected to complete IB speaking, listening, reading, and written exams.

SPANISH PROGRAM 

SPANISH 09

Did you know that castellano (Spanish) is the official language in 21 countries of the world, including parts of Africa? Did you know that Spanish is spoken by over 40 million people in the United States alone – that is more than the total population in Canada. Come learn about how Hispanics gather at plazas, learning institutions, and reuniones familiares (family gatherings). Find out what happened to Tenochtitlán, the ancient name for contemporary Mexico City? And what would Spanish be without churrosmerengue and flamenco? ¡Bienvenidos!

 SPANISH 10

This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in Spanish 9. Do you know that Camila Cabello, Jennifer López, Shakira, Demi Lovato, Rafael Nadal and Lionel Messi all come from Hispanic backgrounds? Learn about the contributions that these people have made in the world of entertainment and sports. We wiII look at ancient civilizations like the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans.  Students will learn about these ancient civilizations and their innovations, and viewpoints. Let's continue on our journey of discovery through España and Latinaoamérica, and find out how people live, work, shop and celebrate life.

SPANISH 11 

This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in Spanish 10. Students will begin to use their language abilities through poetry, song, and memories. Paella, tortillas, empanadas, sopa castellana, enchiladas ... you will also be cooking up a storm as you prepare a dish in front of the class ... all in Spanish! ¡Buen provecho!

 SPANISH 12

This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in Spanish 11. Students will explore topics such as; nature, environment, recycling, conservation, navigating cities, and daily interaction. You will enhance your listening and comprehension by watching television programs and reading short novels. Students will demonstrate their level of fluency by doing presentations, miniplays, and podcasts.

IB SPANISH (HL) 11 and IB SPANISH (HL) 12

This is a two-year course designed for near-native, highly motivated students who have good work habits and strong standing in Spanish 10. It is for students who would like to extend their use of Spanish in the future.  ¿Te fascina el español? Pues, ¡Esta clase es para ti. Aquí solamente se habla castellano! There is a major literature component that includes short stories and a novel study. At the end of the two-year course, students will have two written exams, and both a listening and speaking exam to complete their IB requirements.

IB SPANISH (SL) 11 and IB SPANISH (SL) 12

This is a two-year course designed for high ability, highly motivated students who have good work habits and strong standing in Spanish 10.  ¿Te fascina el español? Pues, ¡Esta clase es para ti. Aquí únicamente se habla castellano! Sophistication in writing and speaking will be developed through more exposure to written and aural texts. At the end of the two-year course, students will have two written exams and both a speaking and listening exam to complete their IB requirements.