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.
Recommended Course Sequence in Languages
Note | Any student with prior language experience will need to meet with the Language teacher to get a recommendation for placement.
French as a Second Language
French 10 (1093) - 5 credits
This entry-level course provides a practical learning experience using a theme-based approach. Students do not need previous language experience.
French 20 (2093) - 5 credits
Students who have successfully completed up to grade 9 French are recommended to register for the French 20 Level. Prerequisite: French 10 or Grade 9 French.
French 30 (3093) - 5 credits
Students who have successfully completed an immersion program are recommended to register for the French 30 Level or discuss a challenge with the teacher. Prerequisite: French 20.
Spanish Language and Culture
Note any student with prior Spanish language skill or courses will need to meet with the Spanish teacher to get a recommendation for placement.
Spanish 10 (1345) - 5 credits
Spanish 10 is a beginner’s course designed to equip students with a practical knowledge of Spanish, no previous Spanish required.
Spanish Language Arts 10
Language Arts 10 at Thirsk will be introduced to reflect the breadth of the Spanish Language and Culture programming. It is intended for those who are native Spanish speakers, have studied Spanish Language Arts previously and/or wish to continue in the AP Spanish stream. The outcomes are geared to help students learn Spanish language skills and to continue to appreciate Spanish culture. The course strives to provide intensive language learning environments, with the potential for high academic achievement and enriched cultural experiences that maximize student opportunities for learning. Prerequisite: Spanish language experience
Spanish 20 (2345) - 5 credits
Students must have Spanish 10 as a prerequisite for this course or have had equivalent experience in the Spanish language. Please discuss placement with the Spanish teacher.
Spanish 30 (3345) - 5 credits
Students must have Spanish 20 as a prerequisite for this course or have had equivalent experience in the Spanish language. Please discuss placement with the Spanish teacher.
Spanish L&C 30AP
AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level post-secondary course in Spanish. Students acquire understanding of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, writing and reading. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. Students will explore concepts such as family and community, personal and public identities, contemporary life and global challenges. This course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. Students who wish to take this course must have completed and excelled at Spanish Language and Culture 20, or completed Spanish Language Arts 10. Prerequisite: Spanish Language Arts 10 or Spanish 20 with teacher recommendation