Speaking several languages is a key asset in communicating and participating in discussions. Learning French as a second language allows students to develop respect and tolerance towards other cultures and see the world in a more positive manner through enriched training.

Students will develop the following competencies:

• Interact in French by adapting to the oral or written communication scenario
• Produce various texts by diversifying oral and written experiences
• Read current, specialized and literary texts through diversification of reading experiences

Our objective is to ensure that students acquire the necessary tools to communicate spontaneously in French in all circumstances and speak and write with ease.

Upon graduation, students will have accomplished the following:

• Read and studied a variety of texts
• Mastered French grammar and conjugation
• Written a large number of narrative, descriptive and argumentative texts and participated in various hands-on exercises including oral presentations, discussions and debates
• Read several novels in addition to the obligatory Summer Reading books
• Attended several plays at the Denise-Pelletier Theatre
• Participated in the junior and senior QAIS Public Speaking competitions

Students must pass the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec (MEQ) French Second Language Secondary V exam in order to receive their High School diploma. Accordingly, they must obtain an average of at least 60% in all three evaluated competencies. In order to receive a certificate of bilingualism, students must have maintained an average of 75% in Secondary III, IV and V.

Every year, outings in French are organized in conjunction with the Science Department to places such as the Botanical Gardens, the Biodôme, the Biosphere, the Insectarium, the Montréal Science Center, IMAX and Quebec City.

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