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Holy Trinity Catholic High School

128 Evergreen Hill Road, Simcoe, ON




The Modern Languages Department at Holy Trinity offers courses in Core French and Extended French. If you are thinking of travelling, it is vital to know and speak other languages. Canada has two official languages, and as such, it is very useful to be able to speak both. 

At Holy Trinity, French is offered at the Academic and Applied levels in grades 9 and 10 and at the University Preparation and Open levels in grades 11 and 12.  

Core French Program 

Course Descriptions

Grade 9, Core French, Applied FSF1P1 

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication skills, using the theme of media; the development of oral communication skills will be integrated with the development of reading and writing skills. Students will expand their ability to understand and speak French through conversations, discussions, and presentations. They will also read media-related short stories, articles, poems, and songs and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues, and invitations. Students will understand the importance of respecting people of various languages and cultures. 

Grade 9, Core French, Academic FSF1D1 

This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as steppingstones to oral and written activities. Students will understand the importance of respecting people of various languages and cultures. 

Grade 9, Core French, Open FSF1O1 

This is an introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of French or who have not accumulated the minimum of 600 hours of elementary Core French instruction. Students will begin to understand and speak French in guided and structured interactive settings and will develop fundamental communication skills through discussing situations and issues that are relevant to their daily lives. Throughout the course, students will develop their awareness of diverse French- speaking communities in Canada and acquire an understanding and appreciation of their communities. They will also develop a variety of skills necessary to become life-long language learners. 

Extended French Program 

Extended French is in its sixth year at Holy Trinity. Students entering this program in September 2021 will be able to take grade 9 Academic Geography in French. Choices in subsequent years will include grade 10 academic history and grade 11 World Religions. 

Grade 12 French students - both core and extended - will have the opportunity to challenge the DELF, a French Language proficiency test recognized world-wide at the B1 Level at St. John’s College in the month of May. 

The aim of the Extended French program is to develop students’ French-language knowledge and skills to provide them with an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world. At the secondary level, schools may grant a certificate in Extended French when the student has completed a sequence of four courses in Extended French and three courses in other subjects taught in French.

Course Descriptions 

Grade 9, Extended French, Academic FEF1DF 

This course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Extended French program. They will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through independently responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning. 

Prerequisite: Minimum of 1260 hours of instruction in French, or equivalent 

Club Français 

The French Club extends students' exposure to the French language beyond the class room. A club designed to improve students’ spoken French and enhance their awareness of the French culture, the Club Français meets monthly. Activities include French films, games and the preparation and appreciation of French food in conjunction with the Foods department. If you are interested in increasing your appreciation of the French culture and improving your spoken French, join the Club Français. It is open to all students from grades 9 to 12. 

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