Linguistic policy at lycée Claudel
The educational approach of Lycée Claudel regarding language teaching aims to give our students a plurilingual and pluricultural education as a true expression of our educational project.
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French is at the core of the project that gave birth to the Lycée Claudel in 1962, aiming to build a school recognized by the French Ministry of National Education in which teaching is laic and provided in French by qualified teachers.
The French language occupies a singular and prominent place in the school. It is both the language of communication, the language in which education is provided, the mother tongue of the majority of students, but also the language in which the relationship with the world is built for all our students.
English is the mother tongue of a significant proportion of our students and the language with which all our students maintain a close relationship that allows them to be open to Canadian culture and history.
The program offers reinforced instruction in English to all our students as well as a program in the American International Section starting in CP for all students and in 6th grade for native speakers or those who have a strong level of English.
In order to benefit from a plurilingual and pluricultural education, our students must have access to a linguistic offer that will allow them to flourish and develop their skills.
Lycée Claudel gives access to a third language starting from 6th grade and a fourth language from the moment they enter the Lycée, offering students a wide variety of courses adapted to their profiles and valued for the diplomas they are working towards.
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Students receive three hours of instruction in English per week, which allows them to master the French language and understand the two official languages of Canada. Our education integrates specific pedagogical objectives and approaches aimed at mastering the child’s mother tongue and French.
At the end of maternelle, students continue their studies in an American international section that offers a high quality pedagogical and didactic framework for integrated language and cultural education. The international section is designed to build bilingual and plurilingual skills, allowing students to develop a genuine aptitude for interculturality.
Junior high school (Collège)
Upon arrival at junior high school, students begin learning Spanish for 2.5 hours per week. All students are taught in English for 3.5 or 4 hours per week, with additional teaching depending on the course chosen by the student:
- A reinforced English program allowing students to follow the instruction of a non-linguistic subject (mathematics, experimental sciences, arts, history, geography, etc.) for one hour per week;
- The American International Section (SI) curriculum allows students to benefit from English literature (4 hours per week) and history and geography in English (1.5 hours per week).
The SI curriculum allows students to take the international option of the National Diploma of the Brevet (DNBi) at the end of the 3rd grade.
Senior high school (Lycée)
In high school, students choose to integrate one of the two following paths:
- A reinforced curriculum in English with the teaching of a non-linguistic discipline (one hour per week) which will be mentioned on the baccalaureate diploma.
- A curriculum in the American International Section (SI) with the teaching of American literature (4 hours per week) and history and geography (2 hours per week). This course enables students to present the International Option of the Baccalauréat (OIB) at the Baccalauréat exams;
In addition to these two options, a path in oriental languages will soon be added, which will allow students to choose to learn Chinese or Arabic in 6th grade. This mechanism should start at the beginning of the 2021 school year.
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Frequently asked questions(FAQ)
Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. For any other questions, or to apply for admission, please contact Ms. Carla Khazzaka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If my child chooses the International Option (S.I.), can she leave during the course of the journey (say at the end of the 4th year for the following year)? And vice versa, if she does not choose the international option for the 4th, can she apply for the 3rd the following year?
The principle of the paths is that it allows the student to enter and leave it during the course of his or her schooling. The only constraint is that they must be enrolled in a course: PARLE, international section or, from the start of the school year 2025, Chinese or Arabic path.
Will the possible option of an chinese or arabic language be offered in 2021 for my child who will be in 3rd grade at that time?
No. The possibility of choosing an Oriental LVB (Chinese or Arabic) will be offered to 6th grade students from the start of the 2021 school year.
My child’s going to fourth grade next year. If he does not enroll in the International Section this year, will he have the opportunity to apply next year (3rd grade)?
Absolutely. The student can enter the International Section at different times during the school year.
For the international section, are the 4 hours of North American literature additional to the weekly hours?
The North American literature schedule is in addition to the weekly English LVA schedule.
For the international section, are the hours of History and Geography in English added to the schedule, and is this teaching done in English rather than French?
At the college, the History Geography program is the same, regardless of the course, but in SI, half of the teaching is in English and half in French. In high school, there are a few specific chapters but the base remains the same compared to the normal curriculum.
For the international section, the information document indicated that the week consisted of 30 hours of teaching. Could you clarify the details of this schedule?
The normal schedule for a college class is 26 hours plus 4 hours of North American literature. The History and Geography schedule in college is taught half (1.5 hours) in English and half (1.5 hours) in French.
Will the History and Geography program be different between the regular and international section options?
No, at the college it is the same program. It is simply taught in English for half of the timetable. In high school, there are a few specific chapters but the core remains the same compared to the regular program.
Can students sit for the international option of the DNB if they have not chosen the international section?
Students must be enrolled in the international section in order to take the DNB international option exams.