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  • French 10

    The prerequisite for this course is French 9 or equivalent. French 10 is organized in the same manner as French 8 and 9: there are three streams; all classes meet the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (Grade 10) of the IRP; the advanced and intermediate streams follow an accelerated program. Enrichment is provided in all French 10 classes. In all classes, students are expected to actively communicate in French, both orally and in writing. The communication is expected to be more fully developed, and to show more personal insight, than in Grade 8 and Grade 9. As in Grade 8 and 9, there is also a structured, grammatical element to the course.

    The St. George's French 10 curricula are supported by the textbooks En Voyage (advanced stream) and Discovering French Blanc (intermediate and regular streams), and by the Scholastic magazines Chez Nous (advanced stream) and •a Va (intermediate and regular streams). Other supplementary materials, such as reading material from various sources, videos, computer programs, and Internet access, are used as deemed appropriate by the individual class teachers.
  • French 11

    (Elective; meets Second Language 11 requirement - 4 credits) Having completed French 10 or its equivalent as a prerequisite, students in French 11 continue in their previous three streams. Due to the accelerated program in earlier years, the advanced class of students will receive credit for both French 11 (4 credits) and French 12 (4 credits) and write the provincial examination that June. Based on school exam results and teacher recommendations, some students in the intermediate stream may be selected to write the provincial exam, but the majority of the intermediate class and all students in the regular stream will only receive credit for French 11 in their Grade 11 year. French 12 remains an elective option in the following year.

    French 11 offers an enriched atmosphere in which students are expected to communicate actively in French, both orally and in writing. Such communication will be more fully developed and show greater personal insight than was required in previous years. Specific language structures are studied and reviewed as a means to improve communication. Meeting all provincially prescribed learning outcomes, the curriculum is supported by the text Discovering French Rouge and by the Scholastic magazine Chez Nous. Supplementary resources, such as readers (Rencontres, D™couvertes), reading materials from various sources, videos, computer programs, and Internet access are used as deemed appropriate by individual teachers.
  • French 12

    Elective; provincially examinable - 4 credits
    French 12 is the final year of the regular French program, and it is offered as an elective with a prerequisite of French 11 or the equivalent. This course meets all the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (Grade 12) of the IRP, and enrichment is also provided. In preparation for the provincial exam, students strengthen their communication abilities in both the spoken and the written language. Specific language structures are studied and reviewed as a means to improve communication.

    The St. George's French 12 curriculum is supported by the textbook Discovering French Rouge, and by the Scholastic magazine Chez Nous. Other supplementary materials, such as readers (Rencontres, D™couvertes), reading material from various sources, videos, computer programs, and Internet access, are used as deemed appropriate by the individual class teacher.

    There is also a French 12 Honours section. This is a half-year course, open only to students who were in the intermediate stream of French 11, but who did not receive advance credit for French 12. Students in French 12H normally write the January provincial exam, but the course may also be taken as a February to June option.
  • French 12 AP

    Elective - 4 credits Open to students who have completed the French 12 provincial exam, French 12A offers the possibility of advanced language study. Students will improve their communication ability in all areas of the language, and they will consolidate their knowledge of all language structures. The curriculum is supported by the textbook, Tr™sors du Temps, and its accompanying workbook. Enrichment is provided through magazines such as Okapi, audio and video programs, films, and fieldtrips.

    The Advanced Placement exam takes place in May, and can lead to credit for first year university French.
  • French 8

    This is an introductory, high school level course, which generally assumes some prior knowledge of the language. However, provision is also made for students with no previous experience in French. The French 8 classes are streamed into three levels: advanced, intermediate, and regular. The regular stream meets all the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (Grade 8) of the Core French IRP, while the advanced and intermediate streams accelerate the Prescribed Learning Outcomes. Enrichment is provided in all French 8 classes. In all classes, students are expected to actively communicate in French, both orally and in writing. Although communication is the main goal of language instruction, there is also a structured, grammatical element to the course.

    The St. George's French 8 curricula are supported by the textbook Discovering French Bleu, and by the Scholastic magazines Bonjour (regular and intermediate streams) and Ca va (advanced stream). Other supplementary materials, such as readers (Bibliobus), videos, computer programs, and Internet access, are used as deemed appropriate by the individual class teachers.
  • French 9

    The prerequisite for this course is French 8 or equivalent. French 9 is organized in the same manner as French 8: there are three streams; all classes meet the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (Grade 9) of the IRP: the advanced and intermediate streams follow an accelerated program. In all classes, students are expected to actively communicate in French, both orally and in writing. The communication is expected to be more fully developed, and to show more personal insight than in Grade 8. As in Grade 8, there is also a structured, grammatical element to the course.

    The St. George's French 9 curricula are supported by the text book Discovering French Blanc, and by the Scholastic magazine Ca Va. Other supplementary materials, such as readers (Bibliobus), videos, computer programs, and Internet access, are used as deemed appropriate by the individual class teachers.
  • German 10

    The prerequisite for this course is German 9 or equivalent. German 10 is a dynamic course which builds on the skills students have developed prior. While there is increased emphasis on reading and writing, students continue to further build their speaking and listening skills through a variety of activities. Komm mit 2 is the basis of instruction, along with the student magazine Schuss. Supplementary materials include music, games, video and audio programs, pen pal letter exchanges with German students and computer programs. Highlights include an Oktoberfest, a trip to a German restaurant and a visit from our German exchange students, to name a few.
  • German 11/12

    Elective; meets Second Language 11 requirement. Students writing the German 12 provincial examination in June will receive eight credits.
    This is the culminating year of German studies in preparation for the provincial exam and is open to students who have completed German 10 or equivalent, or who have an extensive German background. In preparation for the provincial exam, emphasis is placed on written expression and reading comprehension, although oral and listening activities continue to form vital components of this intensive language program. The principal text used is Komm mit!3, but the course is enriched by relevant supplementary material such as music, magazines, videos, authentic documents, and computer programs.
  • German 12 AP

    The German Language Advanced Placement course is offered dependant upon demand.
  • German 8

    German 8 is a dynamic course which introduces students to the German language. Although students work on all four-language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - the focus is on spoken German. The principal text is Gute Reise 1, although a variety of supplementary materials such as music and songs, listening comprehension programs, videos, magazines and computer programs supplement the curriculum of this beginner's course.

    Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning through projects, skits, oral presentations, and written assignments. While developing their language skills, students also learn about and develop an appreciation of the German culture. Term highlights may include Oktoberfest, a visit from the German exchange students, a Weihnachtsfest, and a pen-pal letter exchange with German students. By the end of this course students have developed a good foundation upon which to build and can communicate with relative ease in German about themselves. The German program can lead to the German 12 provincial exam and to Advanced Placement German. There is also a German exchange program in Grade 10.
  • German 9

    German 8 is normally a prerequisite to Grade 9, although a student who has a background in the language, or has a facility with languages, may begin his study with Grade 9. Komm mit!1 is the basis of instruction along with the student magazines Das Rad and Schuss. There is increased emphasis on reading and writing, but students continue to work orally, developing speaking and listening skills. Supplementary materials include video and audio programs, music, computer programs, and e-mail connections with German students. Selections are made in grade 9 for two students to participate in a grade 10 home-stay exchange with Germany. Cultural activities include Oktoberfest in class and German exchange student guest speakers.
  • Japanese 10

    Japanese 10 presupposes but does not require mastery of Japanese 9. Help is available for true beginners who wish to join. Hearing, speaking, body language, and cultural context are supported by reading, and writing practice. The katakana syllabary is introduced along with review of the hiragana syllabary and additional kanji Chinese characters. The recently published text, Ima 2! includes CD listening activities and daily worksheets. Class typically consists of interactive task-based activities, skits, and frequent cumulative review. Reference tools for independent study are introduced and optional opportunities include the annual visit by Edotori High School from Japan, pen pals, and internet.
  • Japanese 11

    Elective; meets Second Language 11 requirement – 4 credits
    Japanese 11 presupposes mastery of Japanese 9 or 10 and continues with volume three of the recently published text Hai, Ima! which is augmented by CD listening activities and daily worksheets. Hearing, speaking, body language, and cultural context are supported by reading, and writing using the hiragana & katakana syllabaries and approximately 100 kanji Chinese characters. Class typically consists of interactive task-based activities, skits, and frequent cumulative review. Independent study is encouraged through practice with grammar and kanji reference tools. Optional opportunities include the annual visit by Edotori High School from Japan, pen-pals, and internet.
  • Japanese 12

    Elective; provincially examinable – 4 credits
    Japanese 12 presupposes mastery of Japanese 9, 10, and 11 which include the hiragana & katakana syllabaries and approximately one hundred kanji Chinese characters. Along with hearing, speaking, body language, and cultural context, reading and writing receive special emphasis in preparation for the Ministry of Education Provincial Exams. New skills as well as a thorough curriculum review are supported by the text and workbook, Japanese for Everyone. Approximately fifty additional kanji Chinese characters are introduced. Class typically consists of interactive task-based activities, peer editing, and frequent cumulative review. Independent study is further encouraged through practice with grammar and kanji reference tools. Students are encouraged to challenge the internationally recognized Japanese Proficiency Test and other optional opportunities include the annual visit by Edotori High School from Japan, pen-pals, and internet.
  • Japanese 12 AP

    AP Japanese is open to qualified students, upon consultation with the instructor and with the Department Head. 
  • Japanese 8

    Japanese 8 introduces Japanese language, culture, food, and history from the perspective of a Grade 8 student. All five language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and body language are included. Learning activities are usually team based. Internet and computer based teaching tools are supported by text, graphics, DVDs, and Japanese manga graphic novels.

    Japanese Eight is the foundation for success in later years of study in the language. The Japanese program can lead to the Japanese 12 provincial exam, the Japanese Proficiency Test, and at Advanced Placement Japanese. Students are also eligible to participate in the annual Deai Japan Photo-essay contest which invites seven students from around to world to Japan each year.
  • Japanese 9

    Grade 9 can be the introductory year for Japanese at St. George's. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Hearing, speaking, body language, and cultural context are supported by reading and writing the hiragana syllabary and a few kanji Chinese characters. The recently published text Ima 1!, includes CD listening activities and daily worksheets. Class typically consists of interactive task-based activities, skits, and frequent cumulative review. Optional opportunities include the annual visit by Edortori High School from Japan, penpals, and internet.
  • Latin 10

    This course continues the focus of both Latin 8 and 9. The passive voice, gerundive and subjunctive mood are added at this point. Students do considerably more translation from English and Latin. Authentic readings from classical authors (e.g. Caesar, Martial and Ovid) are read. All students write the National Latin Exam.
  • Latin 11/12

    Elective; meets Second Language 11 requirement. Students completing the course will be awarded eight credits.
    Latin 11/12 is a one-year course, normally taken in Grade 11. Because of the accelerated nature of the Latin program, students who complete all elements of this course are awarded a double credit at the end of the year. Both courses continue with the Cambridge Latin Course. At this level the emphasis is on reading original Latin texts, both prose and verse, predominantly from the late republican and early imperial periods. A study of the history, politics, social life and culture of the times is also an integral part of the course. The focus of study in third term is Books I and IV of Caesar's Bellum Gallicum, so as to allow the completion of the AP Latin syllabus by May (the AP examination period) of the following year. As in earlier grades, all students write the National Latin Exam. Other co-curricular activities include the Classical Association of Canada High School Sight Translation Competition, the Medusa Mythology Competition, and the Junior Classical League Convention. Students maintaining an "A" average in this course will be enrolled in the National Latin Honor Society. This course is a prerequisite for Latin 12 AP.
  • Latin 12 AP

    The Latin AP Caesar-Vergil course leads to the Advanced Placement exam and is open to students who have completed Latin 12. The syllabus covers two authors, Caesar: selected books of the Bellum Gallicum in Latin and others in English (Books I and IV to be completed in the Latin 12 term); Vergil: selections of the Aeneid in Latin and others in English translation. All students write the National Latin Exam. Other co-curricular activities include the Medusa Mythology Competition, the Classical Association of Canada High School Sight Translation Competition and the Junior Classical League Convention. Students maintaining an "A" average in this course will be enrolled in the National Latin Honor Society.
  • Latin 8

    This is an introductory course in which the focus is on three aspects: the Latin language, classical Roman civilization, and English derivatives. Although the course is primarily a Latin reading course, students learn the basics of declension (the first three declensions) and conjugation (the present, imperfect, and perfect) while building a substantial core vocabulary. The syllabus is based on the well-known Cambridge Latin Course produced at Cambridge University in the 1970s and updated frequently since then. All students enrolled in the first and second terms are encouraged to write the National Latin Exam, a yearly competition set in March by the American Classical League. This contest attracts upwards of 120,000 entrants. Other co-curricular activities include the National Mythology Exam and the Junior Classical League Convention. Students maintaining a high 'A' average in this course will be enrolled in the National Latin Honor Society. The Latin program can lead to Latin 12 and to Advanced Placement Latin.
  • Latin 9

    This course continues the approach used in Latin 8. Areas of focus include expansion of the vocabulary base; study of the remaining verb tenses in the indicative and introduction to the imperative mood; present and past participles; and completion of study of all declensions. Greater emphasis is given to parsing, English-Latin translation, and presentation of oral reports on Roman civilization. Students will also learn to read the Greek alphabet. All students write the National Latin Exam.
  • Mandarin 10

    Advanced
    This course is for students who have previous experience in Mandarin. This course is supported by the textbook Chinese Made East, Book 3, and its accompanying workbook.
  • Mandarin 10 Advanced

    This course continues the beginner Mandarin program begun in Grade 9. Students should have already mastered Pin Yin and be familiar with at least 180 Chinese characters from the previous year.

    Through the textbook Chinese Made Easy, Book 2, and its accompanying workbook, Mandarin 10 students will learn another 300 Chinese characters, and practise longer sentence writing. Students will also be able to use dictionaries for comprehension and production.
  • Mandarin 11

    Elective; provincially examinable - 4 credits
    The main goal of this course is to prepare students for the Mandarin 12 provincial exam. The instruction will focus on essay writings as well as understanding of Chinese proverbs. Throughout this course, students will be exposed to a number of sample provincial exams. PinYin will still be stressed. Both Chinese Made Easy, Book 4, and its accompanying workbook are used for this class.
  • Mandarin 11 Advanced

    Elective; meets Second Language 11 requirement - 4 credits
    This course is open to students who have successfully completed Mandarin 10R at St. George's. Students will be expected to master 650 Chinese characters and to understand readings relating to their daily life and familiar topics. Students continue to work with Chinese Made Easy Book 2, and its accompanying workbook.
  • Mandarin 12 AP

    Mandarin AP is open to qualified students, upon consultation with the instructor and with the Department Head.
  • Mandarin 9

    As an alternate core language, Mandarin 9 is a full-year course which provides an introductory experience of the language and Chinese culture for those who have no previous knowledge of Mandarin. Instruction will focus on Pin Yin as well as 180 Chinese characters. Short sentences will be practised in both Pin Yin and characters. Students will be able to request and provide simple information in oral and written forms. The course is supported by the textbook Chinese Made Easy, Book One, and its accompanying workbook.
  • Spanish 10

    The aim of Spanish 10 is to continue to widen the student's experience in the Spanish language. Naturally, the two-fold curriculum encompassing both linguistic and cultural aims will be resumed. Linguistically, the student will review thoroughly all of the major vocabulary and grammar points which made up the first year program. We will use this solid base of revision to launch into our studies of more complex linguistic structures. Students will be expected to continue their mastery of the four basic skills of communication taught in Year 1. The cultural content will strengthen the student's already wide range of knowledge concerning the Hispanic world. The text used is Dime Uno (Ch. 5-8) and the student magazine is Ahora.
  • Spanish 12

    Elective; provincially examinable - 4 credits
    Spanish 12 is the culmination of four years of Spanish language study. In accordance with the provincial government curriculum, the course will prepare the student for the provincial examination. The basic format of the course will include a thorough review of all previously learned grammatical structures. Using all eight chapters of Dime Pasaporte al Mundo 21 the student will study future, conditional and compound tenses as well as aspects of the subjunctive mode not covered in Spanish 11. More emphasis will be placed on composition and reading comprehension in an effort to improve the student's active and passive communication skills. In addition, the student will continue to enhance his knowledge of Hispanic culture through various media such as Spanish language video and readings.
  • Spanish 9

    As an alternate core language, the overall aim of Spanish 9 is to provide an introductory experience in the Spanish language which is both cultural and linguistic. From a linguistic viewpoint, we endeavour to master four basic skills of communication: aural comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Culturally, we wish to instil in students an appreciation and understanding of the Hispanic world. Students will become familiar with customs, geography, and people in the Hispanic world through oral presentations and the Internet. The text used is Dime Uno and the student magazine is Qu™ Tal.

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