Knowing how to speak, write and understand French is an important aspect of being a Canadian and a global citizen. Students familiar with French are better able to understand and appreciate French-speaking people from around the world, including their histories and cultures - which in turn may grant them additional travel and work opportunities throughout their lives.

By the end of French 30-3Y, students should be able to understand and express themselves in basic situations (provided the language they encounter is clear and based on familiar topics and structures) and to use the cultural and strategic knowledge they have gained to sustain their communication.

All French classes are worth five credits. Students coming from a K-9 French Immersion program should contact the MCHS French teacher for placement information.

Travel and Exchange Opportunities

Many enrichment programs exist for students studying French, including summer study and exchange programs funded by the federal government. Interested students may wish to check out the following sites for more information:

The Alberta-Quebec Exchange Program will return once COVID restrictions are lifted. Talk to your French teacher early in the school year for more details about this exciting opportunity!

Course List

The following French as a Second Language courses are available at MCHS. Click on the name of the course to read its description.

French 10-3Y

Prerequisite: None
Credits: 5

This course begins with introductory material, then quickly progresses in order to give a balanced foundation of the French language.

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills/strategies will be centered around numerous topics including:

  • Activities and pastimes
  • Food
  • School
  • Family & friends
  • Occupations
  • French speaking areas around the world

Grammatical structures include the use of negation, adjectives, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, and question formation.

French 20-3Y

Prerequisite: French 10-3Y
Credits: 5

This course is a continuation of the students’ previous experience where they will move into the more complex level. The grammatical concepts are aimed at having participants communicate effectively in French and begin to use some idiomatic expressions and linguistic norms.

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills/strategies will be centered around numerous topics including:

  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Health
  • Travel
  • Paris, France

Grammatical structures include the imperative tense, past tense, as well as the continuation of more complex verbs in the present tense.

French 30-3Y

Prerequisite: French 20-3Y
Credits: 5

This course builds on previous knowledge of the language and further expands students’ linguistic understanding into an intermediate level where students will be expected to communicate more fluidly.

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills/strategies will be studies around numerous areas of focus, including the culture of Quebec, France and other international Francophone destinations.

Grammatical structures include the review of past tense, reflexive verbs, direct/indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, the imperfect and the conditional tenses.

Advanced French: French 30-9

Prerequisite: French 30-3Y
Credits: 5

This course will focus on oral and written comprehension and production, and a more careful examination of grammar and linguistic concepts. Projects will be a major focus. There will be a more in-depth examination of international Francophone culture. French 30-9 is generally an independent study program.