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.
International Languages Certificate
Students who obtain 30 credits (15 in French Language Arts or French as a second language and 15 in Spanish) are eligible candidates for this certificate.
Spanish Language and Culture
Students who have had previous experience studying Spanish should indicate on their registration forms how many years they have studied it and during what grades. They may be invited to take a challenge/placement exam in June in order to determine their placement in the correct course.
Spanish Language and Culture 10-3Y (SPN 1345) - 5 Credits
Spanish Language and Culture 20-3Y (SPN 2345) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish 10 or equivalent
Spanish Language and Culture 30-3Y (SPN 3345) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish 20 or equivalent
International Baccalaureate (IB) and Honours Spanish Language and Culture
This course sequence is intended primarily for potential IB students or honours students who wish to take the Diploma or Course Candidate Program but who have little or no instruction in Spanish. Students who have experience in French Immersion or any other Latin-based language should take this course if they wish to study Spanish.
Spanish 10-3Y Cohort IB/Honours (SPN 1345H) - 5 Credits
Co-requisite: Register in at least one other pre-IB course or have studied in French Immersion
Spanish 20 IB/Honours ab initio (SPN 2345HA) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish 10 cohort IB or equivalent
Spanish 30 IB/Honours ab initio (SL) (SPN 3345HA) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish 20IB/H or equivalent
Spanish 31 IB/Honours- Language B (SL) (SPN 3349HA) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: 3 - 5 years Spanish instruction or SP30 IB/H or SP 30 with teacher recommendation
Spanish 35 IB/Honours- Language B (HL) (SPN 3895HA) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Spanish 31 IB/H / Spanish speaker / or teacher recommendation
French as a Second Language
French 10 - 3Y - Credits (FSL 1093)
French 20 - 3Y - 5 Credits (FSL 2093)
Prerequisite: French 10 or equivalent - French in Junior High
French 30 - 3Y - 5 Credits (FSL 3093)
Prerequisite: French 20 or equivalent
International Baccalaureate (IB) French (FSL)
The ab initio program of the International Baccalaureate programme is for students with very little or no experience in French. Students wishing to follow the ab initio option will take French 10-3Y cohort IB/H, French 20IB/H, and French 30 IB/H. The language B program of the International Baccalaureate is for students who have had between 3 to 5 years of experience in French. Students wishing to follow the Language B option will take FR 20 IB/H, FR 30 IB/H (SL), and FR 31 IB/H (SL).
French 10 - 3Y Cohort IB/Honours (FSL 1093H) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Beginner of very limited French instruction
French 20 IB/Honours (FSL 2093HB) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FR10 IB/H or >4 years French
French 30 IB/Honours ab initio (SL) (FSL 3093HB) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FR 20 IB/H
French 31 IB/Honours - Language B (SL) (FSL 3306HB) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FR 30IB/H (SL)
French Language Arts
All former French Immersion students, who do not wish to continue in French Immersion in high school, may challenge French 30 - 9Y and take Spanish 10 Cohort IB/H or Japanese Language and Culture 10 should they choose to study a language.
French Language Arts 10-1 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FLA Grade 9
French Language Arts 20-1 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FLA 10-1
French Language Arts 30 -1 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FLA 20-1
International Baccalaureate (IB) French Immersion Programme
French Language Arts 10-1 Cohort IB/H (FLA 1304H) - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: FLA Grade 9
French Language Arts 20-1 IB/H (HL) (FLA 2304HA) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: FLA 10-1 Cohort IB/H
French Language Arts 30 IB/H (HL) (FLA 2304HA) - 5 credits
Prerequisite: FLA 20 IB/H (HL)
FLA 20 IB/H and 30 IB/H (HL)
Language B – Higher Level (HL)
- Literature - a minimum of 2 works
- Core: Social relationships, Communication and media, Global issues
- 2 options: Health, Customs and Traditions, Leisure, Cultural diversity, Science & Technology
Theory of Knowledge component
- investigates the link between the four ways of knowing: reason, emotion, perception and language
- the language acquisition course seeks to enhance intercultural understanding
Japanese Language & Culture
Konnichiwa! Explore the fascinating Japanese culture old and new while you learn the language. This course is intended for students who are beginning their study of Japanese language and culture in senior high school. Japanese learners will have the opportunity to travel to Japan and use their new skills. Every 3 years (2020, 2023) Western Canada High School
participates in a 2 week homestay exchange with Yamate Gakuin High School in Yokohama.
Japanese Language and Culture 10 - 5 Credits (JLC 1097)
Japanese 10 is for students just beginning to study Japanese. Topics include; school, daily activities, time and weather, food, hobbies, and people around me. Language acquisition and culture are integral components.
Japanese Language and Culture 20 - 5 Credits (JLC 2097)
Prerequisite: Japanese 10
Japanese 20 focuses on daily routine, clothing, travel, food, health, weather, phone conversations, festivals, sports and other fields of experiences that meet the needs and interests of the students. Emphasis is placed on continuing to learn about the culture and language acquisition.
Japanese Language and Culture 30 - 5 Credits (JLC 3097)
Prerequisite: Japanese 20
Japanese 30 is for those students who are able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the language and adapt to spontaneous situations. Topics include: arts, entertainment, holidays, history, the world or work, and technology. Students will continue to become global citizens by exploring Japanese culture.