Languages

General outcomes

  • Students will develop proficiency in the following skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and problem solving in a second language.
  • Students will develop strategies which will enable them to communicate effectively in real life situations in the target language.
  • Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the target language culture.

Courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Core French 10
Spanish 10
Gaelic 10
Core French 11
Spanish 11
Gaelic 11
Core French 12
Spanish 12
Gaelic 12

Core French 10

Academic1 credit

As Canada’s second official language, French is increasingly important in the global workplace. Job opportunities with government, the travel industry and education are enhanced by successful completion of these language courses. This program is designed for students who successfully have completed Grade Nine Core French. This course provides a strong level of fluency, which will allow students to further their oral and written communication skills in French.

Spanish 10

Academic1 credit

This course is designed for students wishing to begin the study of Spanish at the high school level. Through situational dialogue, and using written exercises, the students learn language skills at the same time as they study Hispanophone culture.

Recommended Prerequisite: Previous success and interest in language is a definite asset.

Gaelic 10

Academic1 credit

Gaelic language and culture have been a part of Nova Scotia’s diversity since at least the late 1700s. Gaelic 10 introduces a heritage language that holds a special place in the Nova Scotia context.
Initially, students are taught common conversational phrases. The use of songs, games and stories supplements explicit language instruction. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with historical events of particular significance to Canadians with a Scottish background.
Senior high students who have not had previous instruction in Gaelic will follow the Gaelic language program at a pace which allows the skills of reading and writing in Gaelic to support the aural/oral skills.
Gaelic language instruction encourages interest in and curiosity about the Gaelic heritage. Language, social studies, and cultural projects can be integrated as part of the Gaelic program.

Core French 11

Academic1 credit

The course will follow the outcomes for High School Core French by focusing on communicative activities, French culture and reviewing written material. Students will read short stories and magazine articles, participate in group work and projects, and complete various writing tasks.

Recommended Prerequisite: Core French 10

Spanish 11

Academic 1 credit

The components of this second language course integrate general language skills, linguistic elements, technology, culture, history, drama, music, and the arts. Students will develop language learning strategies so as to better understand utterances in Spanish, clarify and negotiate meaning, and communicate more effectively. The course will follow the outcomes for High School Core French by focusing on communicative activities, Spanish culture and reviewing written material. Students will read short stories and magazine articles, participate in group work and projects, and complete various writing tasks.

Recommended Prerequisite: Spanish 10

Core French 12

Academic 1 credit

This program is designed for students who have successfully completed Core French 11. It will explore a variety of themes in which students will engage in letter writing, research, class presentations, individual and group dialogues. The creation of a French environment through role-play activities will also be part of the program.

Recommended Prerequisite: Core French 11

Spanish 12

Academic 1 credit

The components of this second language course are communicating, acquiring information, experiencing creative works, and understanding culture and society.
Students will develop skills and strategies so as to understand Spanish utterances according to thematic organization, and to clarify and negotiate meaning according to communicative objectives of increasing complexity.

Recommended Prerequisite: Spanish 11

Gaelic 11

Academic 1 credit

Gaelic 11 is a continuation of the work covered in Gaelic 10 and is designed to develop the learner’s ability to communicate more effectively in Gaelic, using more advanced language skills. The curriculum integrates general language skills, linguistic elements, technology, culture, a history of the Gaels, drama, music and the arts.

Prerequisite: Gaelic 10

Gaelic 12

Academic 1 credit

Gaelic 12 is the culmination of a three-year study of the Gaelic language designed to make the learner able to communicate effectively and with moderate fluency. The curriculum integrates general language skills, linguistic elements, technology, culture, history, drama, music, and the arts. This course is organized into three strands: communication, creative works, and culture.

Recommended Prerequisite: Gaelic 11