Welcome to PHS Languages!

We offer French from grade 9-12 and Spanish starting in Grade 10. Students learn the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing using authentic and engaging materials, tools, and experiences to help them reach their language learning goals and 21st century competencies.

Extra opportunities in Languages

  • DELF Exam –  The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the French language competency of candidates from outside France.  The DELF exam is recognized world-wide, and successful participation in this exam opens significant opportunities for our students.  We are very proud of the program that we have developed that centers around training our students to successfully challenge this exam.

Video: Welcome Grade 9’s

Student FAQs

Q: What do you do in a high school French or Spanish class?

A: We do so many fun things! Language classes are full of engaging and interactive activities to practice the language and learn about Francophone and Hispanic cultures. You will listen to music, have conversations with classmates, read and create stories, play games, watch videos, and engage in other interactive activities to practice and improve oral and written communication skills. We also love to experience culture through food such as making crêpes in class, chocolate fondus, baguette et fromage, croissants, gâteaux, churros, and we might even dare you to try escargots! Our classes are a safe, welcoming place where we learn and practice the language together.

Q: Are there field trips?

A: The PHS languages department offers a variety of day trips across all grades and subjects to provide real-world experiences in language learning. Some examples include: French cinéma; crêperie; Toronto museums, art exhibits, and theatre trips; Spanish restaurant and salsa dance lessons; and any other language experiential learning opportunities that arise in the community!

Q: Do you have a social media account?

A: Oui oui! Check out @PHSlanguages on Instagram!

Q:  I haven’t really done much French since COVID hit, especially because I’ve chosen the Distance Learning Model.  I’m really nervous about taking French again.  What level should I take?

As teachers we understand that the last few years have been very difficult for students, and many of them have learned at different levels because they were learning from home under strange circumstances.  We are ready to adapt and meet you where you are at, and we will make sure that what we do in our Language classes makes sense to you AND is enjoyable!   In terms of the level of French you should take, it’s best to look at your participation in French class before distance learning happened, and make the decision based on that.  Don’t be stressed by the word “Academic”,  at PHS, our teachers are committed to making the course work for you!

Parent FAQs

Q: What enrichment opportunities do you offer language students at PHS?

A: We have a number of opportunities available for our language students at all levels.  We offer the DELF certification which is a globally recognized, official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the French language competency of candidates from outside France. We also offer students an opportunity to participate in the Concours d’art oratoire (French speech contest), French theatre writing contest Les Zinspiré.e.s. through the Théâtre français de Toronto.  We also connect students with educational or summer workplace exchange programs provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Q: My child has been in French immersion in elementary school. What do you offer at PHS to support students with an immersion background?

A: All of our language courses strongly support differentiated instruction and learning to meet students where they are in their language learning journey. All students have different strengths in different strands of language learning and therefore we use various strategies and teaching tools to develop, enhance, and focus learning where needed. We also offer an introductory Spanish course for students to add another language to their repertoire as a global citizen. Our students are also offered enrichment opportunities to remain challenged in their language learning [see question #2 below for some examples].

Q: Is French a mandatory class for my child?

A: Grade 9 French is a requirement for graduation. Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes are offered as elective classes that count towards their 12 elective courses and fulfill their group 1, 2, and 3 diploma requirements. Continuing language studies also enhances their high school education and opens doors for many other opportunities in their post secondary endeavours.

Department Staff

Mme. Robinson    eva_robinson@wrdsb.ca  Department Head

Mme. LeClair        jillian_leclair@wrdsb.ca

Mme. Herkimer    luisa_herkimer@wrdsb.ca

Courses and curriculum documents

FSF1DI, FSF2DI, FSF3UI, FSF4UI Core French Academic

FSF1DW, FSF2DW, FSF3UW, FSF4UW Core French Enhanced

FSF1PI Core French Applied

View French course descriptions under French as a Second Language  and

Spanish course descriptions under Classical Studies and International Languages

Grade 9 through 12 French as a Second Language

Grade 9 through 12 Classical Studies and International Languages