Linguistic policy

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.

Other languages

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.

Elementary school

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