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The purpose of Language Acquisition is to build communication skills and promote international mindedness, while providing a deeper understanding of a student’s first language. Language Acquisition courses promote cognitive development and open-mindedness, thus allowing students to explore different cultures and languages. By learning French as a Language Acquisition course, students gain the ability to communicate with a diverse population and open themselves to a world of new possibilities.

Learning multiple languages fosters brain development, as new languages require the brain to constantly adapt and create new pathways. Learning a foreign language helps a student to understand their first language better. When studying French (and other languages), students have the opportunity to compare and contrast it with their dominant language. This occurs as they build understanding, knowledge, and literacy skills by practising speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

At CDNIS, French instruction begins in grade 6. Formal French instruction continues throughout the Transition Years to grade 8. When students enter grade 9, they may choose to continue in either French or Mandarin. Students with a special interest in languages may request to study both French and Mandarin. Students at CDNIS study both English and an additional language throughout their high school years.

French Curriculum

Grade 6-10 

Diploma Programme; Grade 11-12  

It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from the Language Acquisition group.