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French Bilingual Graduates

Note that students do not need to have prior French experience to enrol at Odyssey Heights. Classes are organized by experience & skill level first not age or grade.

An Environment That Fosters French Bilingualism and French Culture

As a hub of French culture and language learning in Toronto, our campus location inside Alliance-Français* strongly supports bilingualism and French culture. All Odyssey Heights teachers act as role models for life-long French language learning by working on their French fluency as part of the staff professional development program.

Students have a reason to work towards bilingualism. - There’s a student-planned graduation trip to France

Students have a reason to work towards bilingualism. - There’s a student-planned graduation trip to France

All Students Graduate Functionally Bilingual in French

At Odyssey Heights School for Girls/École pour filles Odyssey Heights all students graduate functionally bilingual in French - in time for their student-planned graduation trip to France. Unlike most schools, at Odyssey Heights students are placed in French classes according to their fluency level first, and not their grade. So students who are more advanced can be challenged, and those who need to learn the basics won’t be left behind.

As a hub of French culture and language learning in Toronto, our campus location inside Alliance-Français* strongly supports bilingualism and French culture. All Odyssey Heights teachers act as role models for life-long French language learning by working on their French fluency as part of the staff professional development program.

*At Odyssey Heights “functionally bilingual “means that students have at least the DELF B1 Diploma, and preferably their final DELF Junior diploma (B2), allowing them to be independent.

**As OHS is part of the Alliance-Français community, all students must have an active Alliance-Français membership during the school year. https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/culture/become-a- member

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French Ministry of Education FSL Curriculum ~ DELF Junior French Diplomas

Our French as a Second Language program taught by Alliance-Français teachers, is the DELF Junior FSL program of the French Ministry of Education. DELF Junior is an engaging FSL program designed for secondary school students ages 12 and up. The DELF program has four levels of diplomas of French as a foreign (or second) language issued by the French Ministry of Education. It validates French language skills with an internationally recognized diploma. DELF corresponds to the initial levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEEFRL). The small classes of 4-8 students help ensure that our students achieve their DELF. Of particular interest to students with advanced skills, custom private French courses for advanced students can be arranged before or after school though the Alliance-Français, in addition to the school day courses.

All students are expected to complete A.1, A.2, and B.1 levels. Depending on the student it takes 1-2 years of DELF French at OHS to be ready to take a set of Diploma exams. Students who achieve the B.2 level are able to apply to francophone universities - including ones in France.

Optional French Immersion

2019-2020

Secondary School (Grades 9 and up): Although Odyssey Heights School for Girls does not (as of yet) have a formal French Immersion program, more than 30 Ontario Secondary School French immersion/French as the language of instruction credit courses are offered by the Independent Learning Centre. For credit courses taken in French, the Independent Learning Centre teacher teaches online in French and Odyssey Heights teachers academic coach them in English; teaching students study, test taking, time management, and organizational skills.

Middle School Grades 7 & 8: While there isn’t a French Immersion program for 2019-2020, if at least 6 families (ideally 8) of middle school students express a commitment to French Immersion, a job posting for a French Immersion teacher will be created. Our location inside Alliance-Français and the incredibly effective DELF French classes means that our students will be both immersed in French culture, and have the best FSL curriculum. Parents of students moving from French Immersion/Extended French in grade 6 or 7 to the Odyssey Heights’ Middle School English program will likely find their daughter’s French communication skills improve.