French and Spanish Languages
Focus: Canada’s other official language is taught here, with courses both in French immersion and core French. Students learn to converse in practical real-life situations. Cassettes, CDs, and Video bring native speakers into the classroom, and introduce useful themes and vocabulary. Students work individually and in groups to reinforce their language skills, and projects provide a focus and demonstration of their knowledge. Whenever possible, field trips are planned to French cultural events, films and restaurants.
All language students have the unique opportunity of participating in three month reciprocal exchanges with students in a number o f other countries. After hosting a student here for three months in the fall, they return to their partner’s family in February, go to school and generally experience everyday life and the culture of another country. Information regarding summer exchanges is also available.
Course Code: FSF2O1- Core French Grade 10
Units: A study of francophone cuisine and culture from around the world, a consideration of the theme of childhood memory, a look at the effects of publicity/marketing on the modern world, largely centers around the theme of stress, especially in the lives of young adults.
Course Code: FSF3U1- Core French Grade 11 University
Units: Conversational and writing themes center around the arts and France, the francophone world, exchange opportunities and memories related to travel, a look at healthy lifestyle habits including the effects of the media on the self-image of adolescents, a discussion surrounding the coming of age and rights of passage in a variety of cultures, a discussion of the future.
Course Code: FSF4U1- Core French Grade 12 University
Units: Conversational and writing themes center around careers, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and censorship, a look at the advantages and disadvantages of modern technology, a look at stereotypes, a Novel Study, Dramatic Play Presentation. and Small Play Presentation
Course Code: FIF2D5 French Immersion, Grade 10
Units: Study of 17th century literature with a particular emphasis on selected works of Jean de La Fontaine, study of Molière and the time period in which he wrote, a look at the structure, themes, and lessons associated with La Fontaine’s fables, a look at selected short stories of Guy de Maupassant, with a particular attention to theme and associations to modern society
Course Code: FIF2U5, Grade 11, University
Units: Study of the theme of the “fantastique” through the medium of film,a study of Jean-Paul Sartre’s film script Les jeux sont faits, his philosophy and the historical context of World War II, a study of Marcel Pagnol’s novel, Topaz, treating themes of moral integrity, compromise, and corruption.
Independent Study Students will be making a 10 minute oral presentation to the class based on their essay for their independent novel analysis.Grammar Will be taught throughout the course.
Course Code: FIF4U5 French Immersion, Grade 12
Units: A study of the intentions of surrealism and a survey of the representative poetic works of this movement, a study of the play by Jean Anouilh, with attention paid to the historical context of World War 2 and specifically the Occupation of France, a study of Sartre’s play, with emphasis on the philosophy of existentialism, a study of Beckett’s play from the point of view of the theatre of the absurd, a study of French cinema as it applies to the material and concepts discussed in the course.
Focus: For Spanish students, this is where the “siesta” ends and the “fiesta” begins. They have a great time studying Spanish where they learn the language and experience the culture through very dynamic activities throughout the year. For example, they will cook many Spanish foods, visit Spanish restaurants, listen to popular Latin music and make piñatas. for students at York Mills, the Spanish language truly comes alive so that after 3 years, they can converse well with Spanish speaking people and appreciate Hispanic culture.
All language students have the unique opportunity of participating in three month reciprocal exchanges with students in a number of other countries. After hosting a student here for three months in the fall, they return to their partner’s family in February, go to school and generally experience everyday life and the culture of another country. Information regarding summer exchanges is also available
Course Code: LWS BO1 Spanish 10 Open
Units: Introductory vocabulary used daily, to talk about how to get around the city, places to go, things to do, giving directions.
Foods, favorite restaurants, ordering food,to talk about celebrations and special events, where you live, where things are in your house and neighborhood,Sports & Activities, the weather, what to do & wear in Puerto Rico.
Course Code: LWSBD1 Spanish 10 University
Units:The classroom & school, the first week of classes in Montebello High School, typical school days and after-school activities, Teenagers’ activities in the U.S. and Mexico, Extended family members celebrating birthdays and a wedding
Course Code: LWSCU1 Spanish 11 University
Units: Health, Use of Technology ,Household, Supplementary reading
Course Code: LWSDU1 Spanish 12 University
Units: A study of the Hispanic culture in the United States – Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans and other Latin Americans, a look at the Aztec and Mayan cultures, the Mexican Revolution, contemporary mestizos