French 10 is intended to meet the needs of students with minimal French background but who have not completed the middle school French program. It is the second of a four-semester series of courses culminating in French 30. Because students in the Lethbridge Public system are introduced to French at the elementary level, the first course in this sequence, French 13, is not offered in this district. The emphasis in French 10, as in other courses in the French as a Second Language sequence, is on developing communication skills.
This language course is for students with minimal or no Spanish background – there are no prerequisites. Students will learn and develop language within the curriculum as well as learn about Hispanic culture.
French 20 is an intermediate level FSL course, designed for students who earned a mark of 65% or better in French 9. It can lead to French 30 and French 31a.
Students must have a passing mark in Spanish 10 to continue with this course. Students will expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
French 30 is designed for students with a strong background in French as a Second Language. Such students have typically completed French 9 with a mark of 85% or better. The focus is on fluency in oral and written communication through expansions of vocabulary and linguistic structures. The course also includes the study of French culture.
This class will cover more complex parts of the Spanish language as well as cultural aspects of Hispanic communities. By the end of the semester, students should be able to speak and write fairly well in the Spanish language.
French 10i, 20i, 30i
The IB sequence is similar to the regular French program in its focus on mastery of the four basic strands of communication--listening, speaking, reading, and writing?as well as on the study of culture and history. IB students, however, are expected to go beyond the requirements of the Alberta Program of Studies. The IB curriculum specifies certain theme-oriented units involving extra reading and study. Students in the IB sequence will acquire additional skills in the areas of reading, literary analysis and interpretation, and expository writing.
This is a higher level of language learning. Students will be exposed to a variety of texts and topics related to language and culture. Students will specifically prepare for the International examination in May.
German 10, 20, 30
German 10 is intended for beginning German students. The first of a three-course sequence, it is designed to help students develop fluency in German within a limited vocabulary and grammatical structure. It also nurtures an understanding of German culture.