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. 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.
Students will improve their communication skills in French using a variety of activities. Comprehensible input will be delivered in the form of stories and short high interest French novels. Francophone culture as well as students' own cultural identity will be investigated throughout the course. Students will acquire French much as they do their own native language: by listening before speaking, learning vocabulary, and by learning grammar in context by example as well as usage. Get ready for an exciting way to attain the gift of fluency!
Students will continue to improve their communication skills in French 10 using a variety of activities. Comprehensible input will be delivered in the form of stories and high interest French novels. Francophone culture as well as students own cultural identity will be investigated throughout the course. Students will acquire French much as they do their own native language: by listening before speaking, learning vocabulary, learning grammar in context and by example as well as usage. Get ready for an exciting way to attain the gift of fluency! Recommendation: French 9
CORE FRENCH INTRODUCTORY 11 – *NEW*
Core French Introductory 11 has been developed to offer an opportunity for students who did not begin Core French in the elementary grades to enter Core French at the secondary level. Core French Introductory 11 is an intensive course, designed to cover essential learning standards from Grades 5 to 10 in an accelerated time frame in order to prepare students for French 11. It should be noted that this course does not replace the richness of the regular Core French 5- 10 curriculum. Students will learn to communicate in French using a variety of activities. Comprehensible input will be delivered in the form of stories and short high interest French novels. Francophone culture will be investigated throughout the course. Students will acquire French much as they do their own native language: by listening before speaking, learning vocabulary, and by learning grammar in context by example as well as usage. Get ready for an exciting way to attain the gift of fluency! It is assumed that students would have limited to no background in Core French prior to enrollment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Students will recognize connections between language and culture. They will improve their fluency, orally and in writing by sharing personal experiences and giving recommendations in different situations. They will recognize how choice of words may affect meaning. By working on authentic materials students will be able to analyze cultural differences in texts and adjust their register in speech and writing to reflect different purposes. They will be able to compare and contrast points of view and opinions in past, present and future time frames. Recommendation: French 10
Students will engage in conversations on a variety of topics of interest. They will be able to express, support or defend their opinions and respond to the opinions of others. They will recognize that culture and language are influenced by the interactions between First Peoples and Francophone communities in Canada. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and explore opportunities to continue language acquisition beyond graduation while exploring career opportunities requiring proficiency in French. Recommendation: French 11
This is an introductory course for students with no background in the Japanese language. Manga, anime, songs, games and videos will be used regularly to bring the culture and language alive in the classroom. By the end of the term, students will be able to understand and produce simple Japanese phrases and to read & write both the hiragana and katakana phonetic alphabets.
INTRODUCTORY JAPANESE 11
This is a course for students who have not previously studied Japanese. Students will develop a degree of proficiency in
listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students should be aware that as a combination of Japanese 9 and 10, this is a fast paced and intensive course. Excellent work habits are essential. Successful completion of this course gives students sufficient second language credit for admission to some universities.
This course is for students who have a basic understanding of Japanese and knowledge of hiragana and katakana alphabets. Students will learn an increasing range and more sophisticated level of commonly used vocabulary and sentence, as well as kanji (Chinese characters). Engaging in short conversations (such as skits) and expressing opinions will be emphasized. Recommendation: Japanese 10 or Introductory Japanese 11
This course is a self-paced course and builds upon the previous years of Japanese study. Emphasis is primarily on written
accuracy. Students are encouraged to work independently and can work at their own speed. This course is ideal for students who can study on their own. Recommendation: Japanese 11
MANDARIN CHINESE 9
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language. Students will have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, build up the connection between Chinese characters and Hanyu Pinyin, and develop their oral communication skills to talk about daily activities, school and family life. Students will also be asked to read some short simple texts in Chinese characters.
MANDARIN CHINESE 10
Students who have some knowledge of Chinese characters (simplified) and Hanyu Pinyin will feel comfortable at this level.
Students will get the opportunity to experience various aspects of the Chinese culture through reading popular books, singing Chinese songs, and participating in some cultural activities. Students will be able to express themselves with growing fluency in conversation and in writing. Recommendation: Mandarin Chinese 9 or Introductory Mandarin Chinese 11
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 have the opportunity to experience various aspects of the Chinese culture through reading popular books, singing Chinese songs, and participating in some cultural activities. Students will develop their oral communication skills and be able to read some short simple texts in Chinese characters. This intensive course incorporates Mandarin 9 and 10. As a result, it will be fast-paced and require good work habits.
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 for recommendation 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, Intro Mandarin 11, or permission from the teacher
MANDARIN CHINESE 12
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese idioms and Chinese culture. Students will be engaged in reading, discussion and debate of popular topics, and writing narrative and expository paragraphs. By the end of Mandarin 12, students will be more aware of and sensitive to Chinese values and customs through the study of literature and discussion of current events. This course is offered every other year depending on student requests.
Recommendation: Mandarin Chinese 11
This is a course for students who have no background in Spanish language. The core competencies of speaking, listening,
reading and writing will be practiced through a variety of themed units and activities. Students will acquire the foundations
of Spanish and be prepared for higher levels of study. Acquiring a language can shape one’s perspective, identity and voice.
An extension of Spanish 9, this course is open to students with some background knowledge but who need to acquire
further communication skills. Students will engage in short conversations, narrate stories orally and in writing, and increase
their range of commonly used vocabulary and sentence structures. Recommendation: Spanish 9
INTRODUCTORY SPANISH 11
This is a course for students who have not previously studied Spanish. Students will develop a degree of proficiency in
listening, speaking, reading and writing. 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. Excellent work habits are essential. Successful completion of this course gives students sufficient second language credit for admission to some universities. Acquiring Spanish allows us to explore career, travel and personal growth, and study abroad opportunities. As it requires courage and risk taking to express oneself in a foreign language, students will have a safe and encouraging environment to develop their abilities.
In Spanish 11, students will continue to express themselves in past, present and future time frames while describing day-today
activities, hopes, dreams, desires, and opinions of familiar topics. They will have the opportunity to use an increasing range of commonly used vocabulary and sentence structures for asking and responding to various types of questions. Through texts and creative works from Latino American Culture, students will have the opportunity to appreciate and value cultural diversity in today’s society. Recommendation: Spanish 10 or Intro Spanish 11
In Spanish 12, students will express themselves more effectively with fluency and accuracy while explaining needs,
emotions, doubts, wishes and possibilities in multiple forms of past, present and future timeframes. They will respond
personally to a wider range of oral, written and visual communication such as audio and visual media, print materials and
online sources while adjusting their output to reflect different purposes and degrees of formality. The students are
expected to identify and explore possible language acquisition as well as potential career opportunities beyond graduation.
Recommendation: Spanish 11