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French & International Languages

High school is a great time for students to learn new languages. The Languages Department provides a range of options for students.

In addition, students can take additional International Languages courses through The Learning Centres. These credit courses are offered outside of the school day.

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Advantage for Life! 

Welcome to GBDSS French & International Languages. 

Learning a second or third language offers you so many advantages:

  •  fluency in French offers you enhanced educational and job opportunities
  • develop understanding and respect for other people and cultures
  • learning a second language makes learning a third much easier
  • stimulates the brain and helps you see the world in different ways
  • travel widely and meet new friends from around the world

French Immersion is coming to GBDSS in September 2021!

GBDSS was selected as one of the six schools in Simcoe County to receive the French Immersion program. We can't wait to meet our future French Immersion Bears!



This program is a seven credit continuation of the elementary Extended French program. Successful candidates earn an Extended French certificate upon graduation. 

Access French & International Languages Department Info Slideshow HERE

Access Extended French course pathways
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Advanced Placement French Language and Culture successful candidates can earn a university credit.

DELF diploma offers international recognition of French proficiency. Earning Level B2 or higher allows admission to universities in France.

Access descriptions of our Special Certificates and Diplomas HERE



Access French & International Languages Department Info Slideshow HERE

Access course descriptions HERE

Special Events

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Grade 10 Histoire World War I Experience at Simcoe County Museum
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Our students have the opportunity to practice their second or third language while traveling. Our most recent trip was to France and Italy in March 2019. 

Future destinations:

France and Spain
France and Germany