The HSCDSB is committed to following the Ministry of Education vision and goals for the implementation of French language learning. They are noted below.
Students will communicate 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.
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;
• become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as world citizens.
In order to achieve the goals of the elementary and secondary FSL curriculum, students need to:
- acquire a strong oral foundation in the French language and focus on communicating in French;
- understand the value of learning another language;
- develop the skills needed to strengthen traits of resilience and to secure a sense of self, through opportunities to learn adaptive, management, and coping skills, to practise communication skills, to build relationships and interact positively with others, and to use critical and creative thinking processes.
Core French is mandatory from Grades 4 to 8 for all students. However the HSCDSB offers Core French from grades 1 to 8. Grades 4 to 8 receive 200 minutes of instruction per week. Grades 1 to 3 receive 150 minutes instruction per week.
French Immersion Programs are offered in a 50-50 model to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 at selected schools. Students receive 150 minutes of French instruction daily.
Students who successfully complete Grade 9 to 12 Core French courses will receive at graduation a French Certificate of Completion.
The French Immersion courses offered in the HSCDSB will enhance students knowledge of the French language and culture and fulfill all the requirements of the Ministry of Education. Students who successfully complete 10 courses in French Immersion subjects will receive a French Immersion Certificate at graduation.