International Languages

Bishop O’Byrne High School provides language study opportunities that help to develop individual potential and better prepare students for daily living and the challenges of an international world of work and travel. These programs allow students to acquire language skills in situations that reflect life experiences. Students who take second language programs may continue to use their language skills in work, community, educational or travel settings. Placement in senior high school language programs depends upon previous course completions and language proficiency. Students receive 5 credits for 125 hours of course work.

A variety of courses in languages are available throughout Alberta. These courses include Aboriginal languages, French and Spanish.

French

French 10-3Y

5 credits
This course is for students interested in starting or continuing their studies of the French Language & Culture. Students will develop their French speaking and writing skills based on several topics from the French language and culture. Prerequisite: None.  

French 20-3Y

5 credits
Students will continue to expand their French speaking and writing skills based on several topics from the French language and culture. Prerequisite: French 10-3Y.  

French 30-3Y

5 credits
Students will continue to expand their French speaking and writing skills based on several topics from the French language and culture. Prerequisite: French 20-3Y.  

French 10 H-3Y (Honours) 

5 credits
This course introduces students to the skills and concepts that will be developed and refined in the IB program. Upon completion of this course students will have very basic language skills to communicate in French.  French Immersion and late French Immersion students are not permitted to register for this course, and they should contact a language teacher to determine proper placement in a language course.  Register for this course only if you intend to study French 20IB and 30IB. Prerequisite: None. 

French 20 IB-3Y (Ab Initio) 

5 credits
This language course is designed for students enrolled in the IB program.  Students will continue to develop written and oral skills as well as explore French Canadian and international francophone cultures. Prerequisite: French 10H-3Y.   

French 30 IB-3Y (Ab Initio) 

5 credits
Students will continue their progress in the French language in both their oral and written skills. Students will be able to research and identify similarities and differences between their own culture and international francophone cultures.  This course fulfills the Alberta Learning curriculum as well as provides students with the skills necessary to complete the IB oral and written exams. Prerequisite: French 20 IB-3Y.  

Spanish

Spanish Language & Culture 10-3Y

5 credits
Students completing this introductory course will have developed basic communication skills in Spanish and a basic understanding of Spanish culture. Prerequisite: None.  

Spanish Language & Culture 10H-3Y (Honours)

5 credits
This course introduces students to the skills and concepts that will be developed and refined in the IB program.  Students completing this introductory course will have developed basic communication skills in Spanish and a basic understanding of Spanish culture. Prerequisite: None. Register for this course only if you intend to study Spanish 20IB and 30IB. Students proficient in Spanish are not permitted to register for this course.  

Spanish Language & Culture 20-3Y

5 credits
Students will continue their progress in the Spanish language in both oral and written skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 10. 

Spanish Language & Culture 20-3Y IB (Ab Initio)

5 credits
This language course is designed for students enrolled in the IB program who have very little knowledge of the Spanish language.  Students will continue to develop written and oral skills, as well as explore Spanish-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: Spanish 10H-3Y.  

Spanish Language & Culture 30-3Y

5 credits
Students will continue to use the oral and written language learning strategies developed in Spanish 10 and 20 to improve oral and written productions. Prerequisite:  Spanish 20.  

Spanish 30-3Y IB

5 credits
Students will continue their progress in the Spanish language in both oral and written skills. Students will be able to research and identify similarities and differences between their own cultures and international Spanish cultures.  This course fulfills the Alberta Learning curriculum as well as provides students with the skills necessary to complete the IB oral and written exams. Prerequisite: Spanish 20 IB-3Y.  

Language Challenge Exams

The CCSD International Languages Department offers challenge 30 exams for students who are proficient in French, Filipino, Italian, and Spanish.  Challenge Exams are offered to students twice a year, in October/November (for Grade 12 students only) and in February/March (for Grade 11 and 12 students). Successful candidates will receive a passing mark for the 10 and 20 levels, and a percentage grade for the 30 level, along with 15 credits.  Information sessions for challenging French, Filipino, or Spanish are held in September/October and January/February. 

Students who are challenging should not register for a French or Spanish course.

Which students should take a language challenge exam?

  1. Students who were schooled in French, Filipino, Italian, or Spanish; or
  2. Students who come from homes where French, Filipino, Italian, or Spanish are spoken.

Click on the links below to view the information for upcoming challenging Language exams: