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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 comminicate 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 4-8.  2013, p. 6.)

The FSL Programs:

  • Core French - Students learn French as a subject.  At the elementary level, students 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 two or more other subjects.  At the elementary level, at least 25 per cent of all instruction is provided in French, with an accumulation of 1260 hours by the end of Grade 8.  At the secondary level, academic courses are offered in Extended French in 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 as FSL language courses and three are for 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 percent of all instrcution is provided in French and by the end of Grade 8, students generally accummulate 3800 hours of French instruction. At the secondary level, academic and applied courses in French Immersion are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered in 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.

Renfrew Collegiate Institute French Certificate

Students who complete seven courses will obtain an Renfrew Collegiate Institute Gold Extended French certificate with two courses in both Grade 9 and Grade 10. La GĂ©ographie (Grade 9) and Histoire du Canada (Grade 10) are offered in alternate years. 

See the course calendar for full course descriptions.

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