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
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
Holy Cross Website
Secondary Extended/Immersion Site
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. 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.
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