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Modern Languages

Modern Languages
Templeton offers French 8-12, Spanish 9-12, and Mandarin 9-12.  
The aim of the Modern Languages Department is to provide students with the ability to:
1. participate actively in reciprocal interactions in other languages
2. deepen their understanding of other languages and cultures
3. engage in meaningful conversation about things that are important to them
4. explore their own cultural identity from a new perspective
After students finish French 8, they are free to continue French and/or choose Spanish or Mandarin depending on availability and registered priority (grade level) enrollment.  The courses are intended to be followed in a sequential order.   Those students who are already advanced in a Modern Language can see the language teacher and counsellor about options and appropriate placement.  
French 8 is an introductory course & students will consolidate and expand upon the knowledge of French vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar that they have studied in elementary school. This course is also ideal for students who have not studied French before.  The course stresses oral communication.  The students have fun talking to one another in French, listening to music and language exercises, watching videos, reading and playing games all in French.  Written activities are also introduced.
In French 9, students will build on the language skills learned in grade 8.  They will continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Topics include music, fashion, environment, outdoor adventure, social responsibility and French culture.  Students will experience many cross curricular themes and skills.  One of the aims is that in acquiring a new language and learning about French cultures, students will deepen their understanding of their own language and culture.  
FRENCH 10 (MFR—10)
Learn to express yourself and participate in conversations in French.  Acquiring French allows students to explore career, travel, personal growth, and study abroad opportunities.  It opens the door to interacting with the Francophone world.  Topics in French 10 include: film, past experiences, home life, roll plays, environment and French culture. Students will continue to work to improve their pronunciation and by the end of the year a successful student should be able to talk about several everyday topics and use the more important tenses in conversation.
FRENCH 11 (MFR—11)
Expand your vocabulary and the sophistication of your communication.  Students will study travel, cuisine, past experiences, hypothetical situations and more.  This course makes communicating in French a realistic and enriching experience by developing life skills and developing general knowledge.  Skill in oral comprehension and expression, written composition, and understanding of reading material will also be expanded.   A language course at the grade 11 level is required by many post-secondary institutions.  Students are encouraged to verify requirements for their program of interest. 
FRENCH 12 (MFR—12)
With increased proficiency in French, students will be able to discuss and justify opinions with nuance and clarity.  Students will further develop their skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing through the study of current topics in Francophone culture and the world around them.
(No prerequisite)
This beginners’ level course introduces the student to the basic elements of the Spanish language, as well as to the culture, music and history of Spanish speaking countries. Our focus will be on learning language expressions through the listening to, and reading and paraphrasing of, classroom stories.  We will use these structures in class discussions, stories, and cultural explorations.  Before the year ends, students will read the novel Pobre Ana by Blaine Ray.
(Prerequisite: Spanish 9)
This is a continuation course for students who have successfully completed Spanish 9.  Students will continue to build their speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills.  Students will read the novel Esperanza by Carol Gabb, and the further developing of vocabulary and speaking skills will be emphasized.  Students will also develop a deeper understanding of Spanish/Hispanic culture, experience cultural works, and go on field trips when possible.
Beginners’ SPANISH (MBSP—11)
Open to Grade 10, 11, and 12 students. This beginning level course is designed to provide students with a foundation of the Spanish language. The focus will be on learning language expressions through the listening to and reading of stories, and then using these structures in class discussions, stories, and cultural explorations.  Before the year ends, students will read the novel Pobre Ana by Blaine Ray.
(Prerequisite: Spanish 10)
In this course, speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills are further developed to a more advanced level of comprehension and expression.  Emphasis will be on increasing awareness about the many cultural and linguistic influences found in Spain and Latin American countries. Students will use the language in fun and meaningful ways through independent and collaborative projects, and will read the novel Robo en la Noche by Kristy Placido.
Students will learn a wider range of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structures through a variety of authentic texts in Spanish. Our emphasis will be on engaging in meaningful conversation about language, culture, geography, history, and current events. Students will engage in independent and collaborative projects to exchange ideas and information.
In this beginner’s course, students will be introduced to the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system for pronunciation and a core vocabulary of Chinese characters to help them develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal of this course is to enable students to learn to speak and understand the language. Through learning the language, it is hoped that the students will develop an appreciation for the Chinese history and culture.
This course is a continuation of Mandarin 9. Students will build their confidence in conversational Mandarin by further developing their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will continue to work on the Hanyu Pinyin to improve Mandarin pronunciation and learn more Chinese characters to expand their vocabulary. Various themes and activities will be introduced in class to help students increase their comprehension and support their development of content and curricular competencies.
This is an intensive introductory Mandarin course and is designed for students who have no previous or little knowledge of Chinese language.  The course content is a combination of Mandarin 9 and Mandarin 10. In this course, students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the study of various materials that are related to their daily life. The Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system will be taught and reinforced to help students learn the spoken language.
Mandarin 11 is an intermediate-level course and is designed for students who have completed either Mandarin 10, Introductory Mandarin 11 or have had previous Chinese language experience. The curriculum aims to enable students to speak and understand the language, and gradually become fluent in reading and writing Chinese characters. Students are expected to be familiar with the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system and be able to type Chinese characters using the Pinyin system. Students will be given opportunities to research and explore Chinese culture and issues on cultural diversity through a variety of group and individual work.
Mandarin 12 is an advanced-level course and is designed for students who have previous experience in Mandarin or have completed Mandarin 11. Students are expected to have mastered the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as they explore literature, history and culture in greater depth. The course adopts the new BC curriculum by integrating aboriginal content and perspectives into language learning. A variety of group and individual work will be used to support interdisciplinary learning environment as students examine some previous government policies toward the First Nations, people of East and South Asian descent. As students gain proficiency in Mandarin, they will expand their understanding and appreciation of Canadian multiculturalism as well as develop critical thinking, creative thinking, and social / personal responsibility.