Modern Languages

FRENCH 8 (FR 8) 
Learn to communicate in French!

This course is an introductory level of French, in which situations and themes familiar to students are used.  Emphasis is equally placed on oral communication, reading, writing, and listening.  Workbooks may be used in this course.  Copies from workbooks are supplied to students to supplement thematic work,

Students wishing to write in the workbook will be charged $2 for each booklet. Several workbooks may be used.

FRENCH 9 (FR 9)                

Expand your knowledge and ability to speak and write.  French 9 is a continuation of our communicative program in which new words, ideas and speech patterns are introduced and reinforced. A variety of resources will be used throughout the course to highlight cultural celebrations, music and other interesting themes. 

Workbooks may be used in this course. Students wishing to write in them will be charged $2.

SPANISH 9 (SP 9)               

Learn to communicate in Spanish in this introductory course.  Both spoken and written communication are stressed in thematic units such as: friends, family, food and recreation.  A grade 9/10 workbook will be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in the book will be charged $20. This book will also be used for Spanish 10.

MANDARIN 9 (MAN 9)     

This course is for students with no or limited Chinese language experience. If you would like to have some fun learning the Chinese language and culture by learning how to cook and enjoy Chinese food and other hands-on activities – then this is the course for YOU!  A system of writing Mandarin sounds using the English alphabet, known as "PINYIN" helps you to both read and speak this amazing language rapidly.  Students will also be taught a limited number of Chinese Characters in addition to Pinyin Romanization System using the English Alphabet.  Come and learn a language that is widely used in the Lower Mainland and prepare yourself for the future.

FRENCH 10 (FR 10)                          

An interactive program in which students share opinions on a variety of relevant topics. A variety of resources will be used throughout the course to highlight cultural celebrations, music and other interesting themes. Language is learned through fun-filled activities on such themes as folklore and travelling, etc.  Workbooks may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in them will be charged $2.

SPANISH 10 (SP 10)

Spanish 10 is an extension of Spanish 9.  Learn practical Spanish through everyday situations: school, shopping, media, etc. Students will be using the grade 9/10 workbook which they began in Spanish 9.

MANDARIN 10 (MAN 10)               

Expand your knowledge of Mandarin and improve your ability to communicate in day-to-day situations.  Students will continue to learn more about the Chinese culture and to build their vocabulary and expressions by using the English Alphabet in a Pinyin Romanization System as well as learn a limited number of Chinese Characters.

* If you have fluency in Chinese, you should enroll in MAN 11B.  If you are uncertain, please see Madame Liu.

FRENCH 11 (FR 11)
Prerequisite:  FR 10                         

Increase your knowledge of French by talking about life around you: relationships, sports, school, movies, etc. Written expression will be emphasized but spoken language will not be neglected. This is the course level required for entrance to some universities.  A workbook may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in the book will be charged $12.

SPANISH 11 (SP 11)
Prerequisite:  SP 10

This course continues the study of important basic vocabulary and sentence structure.  Increased emphasis is placed on writing and reading, and on Hispanic cultural topics.  This is the course level that is required for university entrance.  A grade 11/12 workbook will be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in the book will be charged $20.

FRENCH 12 (FR 12) 
Prerequisite:  FR 11

Learn new vocabulary and structures by studying common areas of interest: travel, the arts, etc. In this course there is an increased emphasis on reading, writing, and the study of Francophone culture.  A workbook may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in it will be charged approximately $12.  Depending on demand, this course may not be offered every year.

SPANISH 12 (SP 12)
Prerequisite:  SP 11

Acquisition of speaking and writing skills is emphasized in this course.  Spanish is studied through a thematic approach to contemporary Spanish and Latin-American culture and literature.  A grade 11/12 workbook will be used in this course.  Students will be using the grade 11/12 workbook which they began in Spanish 11. 

Depending on demand, this course may not be offered every year. 

SENIOR MANDARIN

NOTE: Due to the different levels of exposure to Chinese language possessed by potential students of Mandarin at McNair, the Modern Languages Department offers a two-stream system of courses.  Stream A is for students who are not native speakers of a Chinese dialect (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, etc.) or with limited Chinese background.  Stream B is for students who are native speakers of a Chinese dialect. Students who feel that their language skills fall somewhere between these two levels must apply to Madame Liu for proper placement.

NOTE: There may be an option for McNair students to take MANDARIN 11/12 AS AN ONLINE COURSE in 2017-2018.  Interested students need to submit an application for ONLINE MANDARIN 11/12 to McNair School counselor and Richmond Virtual School. 

MANDARIN 11A (MAN 11A)
Prerequisite:  Mandarin 10

This course is an in-depth study of Chinese language and culture.  While the main focus and emphasis will be on language useful in day-to-day situations, plenty of opportunities will be given to improving and perfecting spoken Mandarin. Students will learn how to write Chinese characters in addition to the Pinyin Romanization System. Chinese culture will also be studied in depth.  This is the course level required for University entrance.

MANDARIN 12A (MAN 12A)
Prerequisite:  Mandarin 11A

This course will help you improve your knowledge of vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills.  Students will continue to study Chinese culture through hands on activities, projects and skits, with the emphasis on oral Mandarin. 

Depending on demand, this course may not be offered every year.  Mandarin 12 can be used for GPA admission calculations to post-secondary.

MANDARIN 11B (MAN 11B)                         

This course is for native speakers of a Chinese dialect.  An introduction to Beijing Standard Mandarin. The Pinyin System of Romanization and the simplified character system currently used in Mainland China, Singapore, and in most North American Universities, will be taught. The speaking component of the course will help the student conform to the type of Mandarin spoken in Beijing. 

MANDARIN 12B (MAN 12B) 
Prerequisite:  Mandarin 11B

This course will help you improve your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending Beijing Standard Mandarin. Literature will be introduced through the study of poetry, prose, fables and idioms.  Depending on demand, this course may not be offered every year.