The teachers involved in the department offer our students rich and rewarding learning opportunities. They have all learned their French language from various parts of the country and they are all passionate about teaching and sharing their language with the students. We focus our teaching around the philosophy of the CEFR where communication plays a major role in everyday learning. Students learn the language in a manner that will help them to use the language in meaningful and practical ways. This is especially important in the Core French program where students are still in the beginning stages of learning French as a Second Language.
To do this, we offer learning activities that are based on real-life experiences such as ordering food. We practise this activity with the students in the classroom setting and then create an environment in which the students have to put their skills to practical use. To do this, we set up a crêpe making station where students have to order their crêpe and their desired toppings in French.
In the past, our department has organized an exchange with a lycée in Bar-Le-Duc, France. This is a 2 week reciprocal exchange where 25 students from France spend two weeks (in October/November) with the students and staff of St. Peter and in March (over March Break and one other week) the students and a few staff from St. Peter travel to France to spend two weeks with their exchange partners. This is an incredible experience for all involved. There are many activities planned and the students really get to experience something special as they develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
This poster was used as a menu board for students to order from.
On the bus to the airport! Echange 2018
Facilitators, Echange Bar le Duc 2018
Mme Vallieres and students, Echange 2018
Echange 2018 at the Louvre, Paris 2018
By grade 12, all students enrolled in a French as a Second Language course (Core or Immersion) are offered the opportunity to sit the DELF exam. This is a French language proficiency test for students studying French as a second language through to their grade 12 year. If successful, the certificate that they receive is valid for life and recognized worldwide. It is also beneficial for students choosing to take French courses in post-secondary institutions as a successful exam could replace the French entrance exam that many universities offer. It is also an ace for students who are looking to travel and work or volunteer abroad. This exam is completed in May and tests students' abilities in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
The languages department uses collaboration, differentiation and a variety of technology to help the languages to come alive in our classrooms.