Languages

International Languages

Learning a language empowers you to think, act and speak in diverse cultural settings and to move from one cultural setting to another with confidence. Speaking additional languages opens doors to employment and educational opportunities, and creates a better understanding of the world in which we live.

International Language Courses

  • French as a Second Language (3 Year program)
  • Spanish Language and Culture (3 Year program)

French and Spanish

Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School offers two language learning opportunities: French as a Second Language 3 year program and Spanish Language and Culture 3 year program. The French as a Second Language 3Y (years) program and the Spanish Language and Culture 3Y program are intended for students who are beginning their study of French language or Spanish language and culture in senior high school. These courses are designed to help students develop individual potential and to be better prepared for daily living, as well as for the challenges of the international world of work and travel. These two programs of studies allow students to acquire language skills in situations that reflect life experiences. Students who take second language programs may continue to use their language skills in work, community, educational or travel settings. 

Students with prior knowledge and experience in the language may enter the program at different levels.

  • Students with Junior high experience in language and culture courses should enter the 20-level course
  • Students leaving the French Immersion or Spanish Bilingual Programs should enter the 30-level course

Students who speak the language fluently are asked to not enrol in these courses. These students are encouraged to write a challenge exam in their language of fluency.

AP® French Language and Culture

This course will be offered to French Immersion students in grade 11 or 12 who wish to demonstrate their knowledge in French by taking an Advanced Placement level exam. Exam preparation is offered through weekly tutorials starting in March/April of the year the exam is written. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may earn 1st year university credit for the course or receive advanced standing and enter the second-year course directly. The AP® French Language and Culture Exam assesses student proficiency in the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and features multiple-choice and free-response questions. A thematic structure enables students to study a variety of concepts in interesting, meaningful, engaging contexts along with a focus on the learning objectives of the FLA program of studies. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of aspects of the target culture, practices and perspectives.

For more information, visit the College Board AP® French Language and Culture page.

AP® Spanish Language and Culture

This course is offered to students in grade 10 that have completed Spanish Language Arts 9 in the Spanish Bilingual program or are native Spanish speakers.  The course is taught 100% in Spanish.  This is a 3-year program.  The Spanish Language and Culture 9-Y program of studies is used as the base Alberta Curriculum.  The AP curriculum is used to enrich the content of this course. 

Exam preparation will be part of the 3-year program.  Upon successful completion of the exam, in grade 12, students may earn 1st year university credit for the course or receive advanced standing and enter the second-year course directly. The AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam assesses student proficiency in the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and features multiple-choice and free-response questions. A thematic structure enables students to study a variety of concepts in interesting, meaningful, engaging contexts along with a focus on the learning objectives of the Alberta program of studies. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of aspects of the target culture, practices and perspectives.

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