UGDSB Secondary French Review

The Upper Grand District School Board is currently conducting a review of French as a Second Language (FSL) instruction at the secondary level. (For information regarding the Elementary French Review, visit www.ugdsb.on.ca/frenchreview)

Parent and Student Surveys

From February 7 to March 27, 2017, the board is collecting information from secondary students and their parents/guardians about French Language Instruction, in both Core and French Immersion courses, as part of the board-wide review process. Students and parents/guardians are asked to complete a short, confidential survey. Responses will be summarized in a report and form part of the Secondary French Review Committee's report that will be delivered to the Board in June 2017.

To complete the parent survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/secondaryFSLsurvey.

To complete the student survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/secondaryFSLstudentsurvey.

Background

In 2015, the UGDSB initiated a French Review process to address pressures related to FSL instruction and to ensure the sustainability of all English and French Immersion (FI) track programs. As part of a number of approved French Review recommendations, in May 2016 the Board of Trustees moved that once a strategy was approved by the UGDSB for elementary French Immersion, the French Review Committee would begin a review of secondary FSL and submit a report with recommendations for consideration by the UGDSB no later than June 30, 2017.

French as a Second Language (FSL) at UGDSB

The Upper Grand District School Board strives to increase all students’ ability to communicate and interact with growing confidence and proficiency in French. The FSL program teaches students to communicate and interact in French (by listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through real world language opportunities, the use of language learning strategies, and goal setting/reflection.

Our board currently offers Core French and French Immersion at the high school level:

Core French
Students can take French as a subject from Grades 9 - 12. It is mandatory that students take one French credit for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. In addition, a maximum of 2 credits in French can count towards compulsory credits.

French Immersion
French is the language of instruction in several courses. Students enrolled in this program must accumulate ten credits in French: four are for FSL (language) courses; six are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction. If a student fulfills these requirements, the school grants a certificate in French Immersion.

Extended French
In the extended French program at the secondary level, students accumulate a total of seven credits in which the language of instruction is French; four of these credits are for FSL (language) courses and three are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction. If a student fulfills these requirements, the school grants a certificate in Extended French.

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