French immersion

The Immersion Program provides opportunities for students to improve their ability to think and to communicate effectively in French as well as to appreciate and enjoy French language and culture. Speaking and listening are particularly emphasized as these constitute the most prevalent modes of communication in everyday life. However, an increased emphasis is placed on reading and writing through meaningful and varied activities. All courses are conducted in French and students are expected to communicate exclusively in French.

French Immersion students must complete 9 credits in French to receive their French Immersion Certificate. Français 10F, 11F, and 12F are mandatory. Students must register for a minimum of 2 French Immersion courses per year.

For more information contact Ruth Ann Luke, Department Head of Languages rluke@hrsb.ns.ca

Courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Arts dramatiques 10F
Français 10F
Histoire 10F
Sciences 10F
Mode de vie actif 11F
Français 11F
Biologie 11F
Histoire du canada 11F
IB Histoire SL
Français 12F
Géographie planétaires 12F
IB Histoire SL

Arts dramatiques 10F

Academic1 credit

Arts Dramatiques 10 is an introductory course designed for students who would like to learn more about drama and theatre arts. The focus of this course is the personal, intellectual, and social growth of students as they explore a variety of dramatic styles, techniques and forms. The course entails in-class exercises to develop concentration, self-confidence, imagination, openness and sensitivity. Students will experience improvisation, work with scripted plays and some script writing, character development and role-playing as well as various technical aspects of the theatre. This is an activity-based class, requiring collaborative participation. Attention is paid to French language development which serves the objectives of the course.

Français 10F

Academic1 credit

This immersion course is designed to improve French mastery and expression. Students listen to and speak French in varied situations, and in studying a variety of documents. Reading experience includes articles, poems, short stories and novels. Writing activities cultivate accuracy of form, and explore procedures that best present information, record notes, and express feelings. Classroom interaction is integral to the course, such that active participation is the key to success.

Histoire 10F

Academic1 credit

This course focuses on ancient/medieval history and allows students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the concept of civilization through the examination of the origins of civilization and a comparison of some civilizations that have contributed to the nature of the modern world. There are five broad chronological divisions in the course: The Evolution of Human Beings, the Birth of Civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Each of these divisions can be considered from a number of points of view including geography, archaeology, society, language, religion and politics. Development of Social Studies skills, such as researching, writing essays and analysis of documentary evidence will be emphasized.

Sciences 10F

Academic1 credit

In Sciences 10, students are given an opportunity to explore foundation topics in four disciplines of science – biology, chemistry, meteorology and physics – in four separate units of study. Within each unit the students practice and strengthen the skills required to participate in the activities of science, and develop an understanding of concepts within that science discipline. An exploration of the relationship among science, technology, society, and the environment, provides a unifying theme across the four areas of science. Broad topical areas include: sustainability of ecosystems, chemical reactions, weather dynamics and linear motion. This course serves as a foundation for further studies in science, particularly in biology, chemistry and physics.

Mode de vie actif 11F

Open1 credit

This full-credit course is designed to engage students in a wide range of physically active experiences, with an overall theme of exploring options and opportunities for being active for life, both in school and in their community. Physically Active Living 11 encompasses both an activity component and a theory component, with an emphasis on engagement in physical activity. The activity component of the course is designed to provide opportunities for students in active experiences that engage youth in traditional and non-traditional forms of physical activity. The theory component of the course will enhance student understanding of healthy eating, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, and addiction prevention highlighting the connection between healthy living and being physically active.

This course will satisfy the physical education provincial graduation requirement.

Français 11F

Academic1 credit

In the grade 11 French Immersion course, students continue to listen and respond to a variety of texts and to communicate orally on various topics. Students are involved in such activities as presentation, drama and interviewing. Reading and literature include articles, biographies, poems, short stories and novels. Writing activities include letters, tales, short stories, reports and research papers.

Biologie 11F

Academic1 credit

The course consists of 4 major units of study: matter and energy, biodiversity, maintaining dynamic equilibrium in biological systems, and interactions among living things. The course follows a student-centered approach to learning, allowing the students to first explore concepts through activities and labs. A further aim of the course is to improve the student’s understanding of biology as a science through the integration of mathematics and the strengthening of science process skills whenever possible.

Recommended Prerequisite: Science 10F

Histoire du canada 11F

Academic1 credit

This course uses both a chronological and a thematic approach to Canadian History through the study of continuing or persistent questions that have deep historical roots for previous generations of Canadians. Globalization, Development, Governance, Sovereignty and Justice are among the continuing/persistent questions that this course will address. This course has an online component.

This course fulfills the provincial Canadian History graduation requirement.

IB Histoire SL

Academic1 credit

Please note that IB History SL in French will be offered to French Immersion students as a means to complete their requirements for the French Immersion certificate. Students will write this official IB exam in May of their grade 11 year.

The history course allows candidates to study history from an international perspective with the aim of explaining trends in developments, continuity and change through time and through individual events. The course is concerned with individuals and societies in the widest context: political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural. Students will be challenged to be critical of historical sources and to examine a variety of sources to determine accuracy and reliability of historical knowledge. An aim of the course is to foster international awareness and understanding and to construct historical knowledge from the point of view of different cultures.
Some of the topics of study include the U.S.S.R. under Stalin, the Cold War Years, the interwar years, Single Party States, Europe (20th Century) and causes, practices and effects of war. A major portion of the course called the historical investigation is an opportunity for students to apply their research and writing skills as an “historian” as they investigate a specific aspect of one of the History topics. The role of the historian will be an overall theme of the Diploma Programme as candidates will explore the impact the interpretation of events relies on a person’s perspective of what has occurred at a particular point in time

Français 12F

Academic1 credit

In Français 12 immersion students continue to develop their listening and oral skills in French while engaged in a wide range of activities. Reading and literature include many forms and genres, such as articles, position papers, poetry, legends, short stories, novels and drama. Students write informative reports, opinion papers and expressive texts. The course also explores film and other technologies for viewing and representing information.

Géographie planétaires 12F

Academic1 credit

This course features eight compulsory units, which are based on the standard themes and skills of the discipline of geography. These units are: Our Fragile Planet, Environmental Hazards, The Peopled Planet, Feeding the Planet, Global Resources, Global Factory, Urbanization and The Future Planet. Each unit is based upon a theme which is fundamental to the key question upon which the course is built: “How did the world arrive at its current state?”

This course fulfills the provincial Global Studies graduation requirement