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​​​​​​​​​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: 

Core French:
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. 

Extended French:
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.

French Immersion:
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. 

International Baccalaureate:
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

Older student working with younger student 

Elementary Immersion Sites

  • École catholique Cathédr​ale 

  • 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

  • Nicholson Catholic College

  • St. Paul Catholic Secondary School 

  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School 

Secondary Extended/Immersion Site

  • Regiopolis-N​otre Dame Catholic High School 

Students studying from DELF books

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. The French Ministry of National Education awards successful candidates a diploma that is valid for life.

Who Can Take the DELF? 
Students enrolled in a ALCDSB Grade 12 FSL course this school year, and who have not previously written the DELF.

What is Required? 
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, which take place at the ALCDSB Board Office in Napanee.​

DELF Pamphlet 

Resources for Parents: 


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