Reasons to study the French language

  1. One of the two official languages of Canada.
  2. Spoken in 55 countries across 5 continents and by over 300 million people.
  3. France is the number one tourist destination in the world.
  4. Become competitive in the national and international job market.
  5. Language of international relations: official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more.
  6. Language of culture: opens the door to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
  7. Language of love: melodious and romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
  8. French provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary.
  9. Foreign language study can help to increase problem-solving skills, memory, and self-discipline.

Learning another (or multiple) languages enriches our understanding of the world and each other.

Reasons to study the Spanish language

  1. Be international-Spanish is an international language that has embraced words from Arabic and the Latin language. By the number of people who speak it, Spanish is the second most spoken language.
  2. Understand the world around you– many words in English, and subjects like science are came from Spanish and Latin words. Knowing Spanish will help you understand and link content much easier.
  3. Connect with the world– when you travel and within our community you will find that speaking in their native language helps to bridge any cultural gaps. You get a deeper appreciation of the culture’s customs, art, music, and food.
  4. Explore your future-in our global economy employers are looking for workers that know different languages and understand other cultures. Not only does it make you a valuable candidate in our multicultural country, but also abroad. Many times, employees are required to travel outside of Canada.

Expand your skills– a foreign language can improve your ability to analyze and interpret information and help you succeed in many other subject areas. It will open the doors to learn other languages like Italian, French, Romanian and Portuguese.

French & Spanish Program

GRADE 9 GRADE 10 GRADE 11 GRADE 12
FEF1DI
EXTENDED
FRENCH
FEF2DI
EXTENDED
FRENCH
FEF3UI
EXTENDED
FRENCH
FEF4UI
EXTENDED
FRENCH
FSF1DI
CORE
FRENCH
FSF2DI
CORE
FRENCH
FSF3UI
CORE
FRENCH
FSF4UI
CORE 
FRENCH
FSF1PI
CORE 
FRENCH
LWSBDI
SPANISH
LEVEL 2

Extended French Program
The Ministry of Education requires that students take 7 courses in the Extended Program.
The Extended French program is available to students who have completed Grade 8 Immersion or Extended French.
The program includes courses that fulfill graduation diploma requirements. This means that students will use only three optional course choices in order to complete the Extended Program in Grade 12.

Extended French courses:                                           * Required courses for a secondary school diploma
Grade 9 FEF 1DI (Academic Extended French)*
CGC 1DF (Géographie du Canada)*
Grade 10 FEF 2DI (Academic Extended French)
CHC 2DF (Histoire)*
GLC 2OF (Carrières)* (0.5 credit)
CHV 2OF (Citoyenneté)* (0.5 credit)
Grade 11 FEF 3UI (University level Extended French)
Grade 12 FEF 4UI (University level Extended French)
Only students who have fulfilled the Ministry requirements of 7 Extended French credits will receive a certificate from FHCI upon graduation in recognition of their accomplishment. 

Enrichment opportunities

  • Field trips: Elora crêperie and film excursion, Toronto French Theatre performance, Sablétine luncheon

CEEF (Canadian Education Exchange Foundation) 3-month and 1-month (summer) reciprocal exchange programs

Related Links

The CEFR explained

The CEFR document

The DELF explained

The DELF “Junior et Scolaire” samples

Discover your career path

French and Spanish are of benefit to any career path! No matter if you’re planning to go into medicine, construction, law or technology, you will encounter people and situations where your language skills will be an asset. 

Here are a few specific career paths that will have you using French or Spanish every day:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Government job
  • Foreign intelligence
  • NGO staff
  • Diplomat
  • Teacher of a foreign language
  • Linguistic job in the military
  • Online content creator or blogger
  • Customer service
  • Flight attendant
  • Publisher, proofreader, editor
  • Tour guide
  • Resort staff
  • Working abroad in the field of your choice