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To help your teen select appropriate courses and course sequences, refer to the High School Graduation Requirements.


High School
French as a Second Language


What your teen is learning

3-Year Program (French 10-3Y, 20-3Y, 30-3Y)

Even if your teen has never spoken a word of French, through French as a second language they will use French to speak in simple terms about familiar things and to carry out simple conversations that reflect life experiences, such as buying an item or making a hotel reservation. They will explore Francophone cultures and understand the interaction patterns used by French-language speakers. This course sequence can prepare your teen to learn other languages. For more about French 10-3Y, 20-3Y, 30-3Y, refer to the program of studies.

9-Year Program (French 10-9Y, 20-9Y, 30-9Y)

I’m taking a deeper journey into the French language and various Francophone cultures. Your teen will build on what they acquired in grades 4 through 9 French. They will understand, talk about and write about familiar and unfamiliar topics, and they’ll learn to use a variety of sentence and language structures, while increasing their vocabulary. Over this three-course sequence, they will explore the history, literature and arts of various Francophone cultures; they will compare their life with the lives of individuals in Francophone cultures; and they will see how stereotypes limit understanding and appreciation of others. Want to know more about French 10-9Y, 20-9Y, 30-9Y? Refer to the program of studies.

How your teen is assessed

Learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask the teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you, your teen and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well they are doing throughout a course. At the end of the course, your teen will be assessed and their achievement will be reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for the course.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

Course Sequence

Note: All courses in each sequence below are 5 credits.

For students in senior high school with no previous knowledge of French:

French 10-3Y   →   French 20-3Y   →   French 30-3Y

For students studying French with the requisite skills from the Grade 9 nine-year (9Y) course sequence:

French 10-9Y   →   French 20-9Y   →   French 30-9Y

For students who possess a superior level of French prior to entering Grade 10: one

French 31a   →   French 31b   →   French 31c

1 This course sequence is intended for students who demonstrate language skills that are equivalent or superior to those demonstrated by students who have successfully completed French 30-9Y, and who desire to continue to refine their skills in French. Note that waived prerequisite credits for French 10, French 20 and French 30 are no longer available.

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