Modern Languages

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"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”

- Oliver Wendell 

In the Modern Languages and Multicultural Services department, we teach Core French as a Second Language, English as a Second Language, and Spanish as an International Language.  We also host a Multicultural Fiesta, which usually takes place in the spring of each year and a Newcomers Club for students who have arrived in Canada within the last 5 years.

Taking courses in classical studies and international languages also increases career mobility, since successful participation in the global workforce depends in part on knowledge of world languages and cultures. These courses enable students to develop many skills, abilities, and attitudes that are critical in the workplace – for example, communication and problem-solving skills, adaptability, and the ability to work with others. Students develop their ability to reason, to be flexible in their thinking, and to think critically as well as creatively

Ontario Ministry of Education, The Ontario Curriculum Grades 11 and 12: Classical Studies and International Studies, 2016. p. 7.

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Multicultural Fiesta celebrates the cultural diversity in our school and community.



Would you like to learn more? Take a look at The Ontario Curriculum, 9–12 | Classical Studies and International Languages.

Pre-requisite Course Chart:

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Courses being offered are:

Courses Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Core French FSF1D1/P1/8 FSF2D/P1 FSF3U1 FSF4U1
Core French (introductory) FSF1P2 FSF2P2    


Secondary school ESL and ELD programs are generally intended to support newcomers. For their first few years in Ontario schools, many English language learners receive support in one of the following two distinct programs designed to meet their language learning needs and/or to help them develop the literacy skills they need in order to continue their education and participate fully in life in Ontario:

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are intended for students whose first language is a language other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs have age-appropriate first-language literacy skills and educational backgrounds.

-From Ontario Ministry of Education, ESL Curriculum

ESL Extra-Curricular Activities:

1. Welcoming Communities for TDSB Newcomer Youth & Kids - At lunch and after school, every Thursday in room 300B
2. C.W.Js' Welcoming Committee - At lunch, every Tuesday in room 311


Due to COVID-19, these activities are taking place online.


Would you like to learn more? Take a look at The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9-12: English As a Second Language and English Literacy Development, 2007.