The Heritage Woods Secondary Languages program offers courses in French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. Students who have been enrolled in French Immersion programs at the Middle and Elementary level are asked to complete a test to determine which level of French would suit them best. Typically, they can skip French 9 and go directly into French 10 or French 11. Native speakers are encouraged to take the challenge exam – contact the counselling department for more information. Most universities require that students have completed a Language 11 course for general admission.
An integrative approach to second language learning will be used in this course. Songs, games, videos, and audio recordings will be used regularly to bring the culture and language alive in the classroom. No prerequisite required.
Students will continue to improve their communication skills in French using a variety of activities. Students will be able to explore francophone culture in depth. Songs, games, videos, and audio recordings will be used regularly to bring the culture and language alive in the classroom. Recommendation: French 9.
Students will further develop their linguistic competency by learning more complex grammatical structures. More emphasis will be placed on oral communication. Authentic materials will be used to enhance cultural understanding. Successful completion of this senior level course gives students sufficient second language credit for university admission. Recommendation: French 10.
This course continues where French 11 left off. It will provide more intensive training in the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, plus a more detailed study of French culture and literature. Students will be expected to communicate extensively in French. This is a provincially examinable course which may be used for university scholarships. Recommendation: French 11.
This is an introductory course for students with no background in the Japanese language. Songs, games, videos and audio recordings will be used regularly to bring the culture and language alive in the classroom. A cultural project is expected. By the end of the term, students will be able to understand and speak simple Japanese, and to read and write hiragana, the phonetic alphabet, as well as some basic kanji.
This course is for students who have a basic understanding of Japanese and knowledge of hiragana script. Students will learn katakana, the second Japanese alphabet, as well as more kanji. Emphasis is on conversational Japanese as well as the culture and civilization of Japan. Recommendation: Japanese 9.
Introductory Japanese 11
This demanding course incorporates the learning outcomes of Japanese 9 and 10 within one semester of intensive language learning. There will be less emphasis on culture. Students are expected to review and practice daily in order to achieve success. Successful completion of this course gives students sufficient second language credit for university admission.
Students will maintain and build on their Japanese language skills. They will continue to learn more kanji and develop stronger reading and writing skills. More emphasis will be placed on oral communication skills. Successful completion of this senior level course gives students sufficient second language credit for university admission. Recommendation: Japanese 10 or Introductory Japanese 11.
This course builds upon the previous years of Japanese study. Emphasis is on oral communication and written accuracy. Students will learn more about the language and culture of Japan, as well as have many opportunities to challenge themselves in using the language. This is a provincially examinable course which may be used for university scholarships. Recommendation: Japanese 11.
Mandarin Chinese 9
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and the basic grammatical structure of the language. There will be an emphasis on oral communication skills as well as Hanyu Pinyin.
Mandarin Chinese 10
Students who have some knowledge of Chinese characters (simplified) and Hanyu Pinyin will feel comfortable at this level. Students will practise speaking and listening as well as reading and writing skills. Students will get the opportunity to experience various aspects of the Chinese culture through reading popular books, music, and games. Recommendation: Mandarin Chinese 9 or teacher permission.
Introductory Mandarin Chinese 11
This beginner’s course is an excellent choice for grade 11 or 12 students who have not previously studied Mandarin, and who wish to enrich their language and culture experience. It prepares students for the regular Mandarin 11 course. Students will learn conversation skills, Hanyu Pinyin, simplified Chinese characters, and basic Chinese grammar. This intensive course incorporates both Mandarin 9 and 10. As a result, it will be fast-paced. Good work habits will be required. (Grade 10 students wishing to take this course need to see the teacher to get permission.)
Mandarin Chinese 11
This demanding course prepares students for the rigors of Mandarin 12. Equal emphasis will be placed on students’ abilities to read and write as well as to converse. Knowledge of Hanyu Pinyin is required. Students with background knowledge of Chinese are encouraged to see their teacher or counsellor regarding challenging the course or placement at the appropriate level. Successful completion of this senior level course gives students sufficient second language credit for university admission. Recommendation: Mandarin Chinese 10 or teacher permission.
Mandarin Chinese 12
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese idioms and Chinese culture. Students will further develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese. By the end of Mandarin 12, students should be aware of and sensitive to Chinese values and customs through the study of literature and discussion of current events. Recommendation: Mandarin Chinese 11.
This is an introductory course that will enable students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand and communicate at a basic level. Students will learn about various Hispanic cultures and customs. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught to provide useful strategies to facilitate communication and comprehension.
An extension of Spanish 9, this course is open to students with some background knowledge but who need to acquire further communication skills. Recommendation: Spanish 9.
Introductory Spanish 11
This is a course for students who have not previously studied Spanish. (Grade 10’s will require the permission of the department). Bienvenidos al mundo hispanico! Students will develop a degree of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The language is presented within the context of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Students should be aware that as a combination of Spanish 9 and 10, this is a fast-paced and intensive course. Good work habits are essential.
This course expands on the basic vocabulary and expressions taught in previous courses. Grammar, writing and conversational skills are emphasized. Students must be willing to devote time to the mastery of these essential skills. The culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world will be further explored. Recommendation: Spanish 10 or Introductory Spanish 11.
This course refines the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills developed in Spanish 11. Students will study Spanish culture, customs, and literature. In this course, students will be expected to communicate extensively in Spanish. This is a provincially examinable course which may be used for university scholarships. Recommendation: Spanish 11.