French as a Second Language (FSL)
At the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board we understand that knowledge of a second language is valuable for many reasons.
Through learning a second language, students strengthen their first-language skills, enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities, and increase their understanding of other cultures. In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally. The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: French as a Second Language—Core, Extended, and Immersion, 2014.
The ALCDSB offers a range of FSL programs which focus on the development of communication skills taught in authentic, meaningful contexts. All of our programs reflect the Ontario Ministry of Education's Vision for FSL: Students in English-language school boards have the confidence and ability to use French effectively in their daily lives.
To read more about FSL programs at the ALCDSB:
FSL at ALCDSB
Programs at ALCDSB:
Starting in Grade 1, all ALCDSB elementary students receive 40 minutes a day of instruction in French. At the secondary level, all Grade 9 students study FSL. We encourage all students to continue studying French throughout their high school career.
In most of our Secondary Schools, students may choose to work toward a certificate in Extended French. In the Extended French program, students accumulate seven credits in French: four are for FSL courses; three are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction. Schools may grant a certificate in Extended French if the student fulfils these requirements.
In some of our elementary schools, we offer French Immersion with entry in Kindergarten or Grade 1. In this program, French is the language of instruction except for Religion, English and Math. Grade 8 French Immersion Graduates are encouraged to continue Extended French or French Immersion at the secondary level.
Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville) and Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston) offer the International Baccalaureate program. Students in French Immersion may choose to complete the Higher Level Language B component of their IB Diploma. Extended or Core French students may complete the Standard Level. Language B of their IB Diploma.
Secondary FSL Program Requirements:
Core French: 4 Credits
- Extended French: 7 Credits
- Immersion French: 10 Credits
Elementary Immersion Sites
École catholique Cathédrale
- Nicholson Catholic College (7-8)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School
St. Mary Catholic School
St. Michael Catholic School
St. Paul Catholic Secondary School (7-8)
Secondary Extended Sites
St. Paul Catholic Secondary School
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Secondary Extended/Immersion Site
- Nicholson Catholic College
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School
What is the DELF?
The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) is an internationally recognized test of French proficiency. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Upon completion, successful students receive a diploma awarded by France's Ministry of National Education. This diploma is valid for life and recognized in 160 countries, as well as universities, employers and the Canadian Federal Government.
Who Can Take the DELF?
Students enrolled in an ALCDSB Grade 12 FSL course in the current school year, and who have not previously written the DELF.
What is Required?
The ALCDSB offers students a choice of 4 test levels: A1, A2, B1, or B2. The choice should be made with help from your FSL teacher. The DELF has two components, a written exam and an oral interview.
How to take the DELF in 2022:
The DELF exam is composed of two parts: a listening, writing, and reading exam and an oral interview. Students choose which testing level to complete. This year we are offering A2, B1 and B2.
French Teachers can help students decide the best testing level for them to complete. Students will be writing exams in their home school. The written component will occur within the school day and the oral component* will be taken after school. Qualified examiners will be brought in to administer the after-school oral interviews.
Examination sessions are being held in the afternoons on the following dates:
*Oral interviews will be run separately during after school sessions, starting June 7th.
- B2 - June 6th (12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
- B1 - June 7th (12:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.)
- A2 - June 8th (12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.)
Sign-up schedule to follow.
Application: Applications are due April 27th. Please fill out this application.
Cost: $50 deposit required through School Cash Online or by check returnable with completion of both parts of the exam.
For more information please visit the French as a Second Language (FSL) programs page or contact
Kama Wilson, SAT Curriculum, French as a Second Language & English Language Learners email@example.com, if you have any questions.
Resources for Parents
Help with choosing appropriate levels:
Additional Resources for Parents:
Supporting Students in FSL-Parent/Guardian Guide
The Ontario Curriculum: French as a Second Language: Core, Grades 4–8; Extended, Grades 4–8; Immersion, Grades 1–8, 2013
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: French as a Second Language—Core, Extended, and Immersion, 2014
A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, 2013
Supporting Your Child's Success in French Immersion and Extended French Kindergarten to Grade 8, A Parent Guide
Canadian Parents for French