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.  Students can enroll in more than one international language during their high school career.  Students at any grade level may begin and/or continue studying a language.

Why Learn Another Language

  • The ability to communicate in many languages is valuable.
  • Knowing other languages will help you in fields such as literature, art, business, technology, math and sciences.
  • Studying languages develops well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically and relate to the world around them.
  • Studying languages to the 30-level, may allow a student to replace a Math 30 or Social Studies 30 mark with the language 30 mark. (check the requirements with each post-secondary institution directly)
  • To be awarded opportunities to travel, work, study in a variety of countries and cultures during the summer.

Courses We Offer

These languages are considered to be academic subjects and are used in calculating the academic average for scholarships and for entrance to many programs at the post-secondary level. Students are reminded that they are able to enroll in more than one international language during their high school career.

Other Language Opportunities

Possible exchange trips offered to:

  • Spain / Mexico
  • Macau (receiving Alberta Education credits and taught in English)
  • Quebec
  • Bi-annual trip opportunity to China
  • Summer job immersion programs in Quebec
  • Speech competitions throughout the academic year

Our IB Language Language Programs

  • Chinese (off campus)
  • French
  • Spanish

Note | See the International Baccalaureate Courses page. Students may choose to take any IB language offered at the school as a standalone course. While doing so, the student must complete any CAS and T.O.K. requirements.

Challenge Exams

Students wishing to challenge language courses in Chinese, French, Latin or Spanish should contact the Learning Leader of International Languages for information on the procedures to follow. The challenge exam covers all four aspects of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Students wishing to challenge a language exam should take into consideration that currently, several post-secondary institutions are no longer accepting challenge exam-based marks as a possible grade for application.

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