American Sign Language (ASL)
ASL 15, 25, & 35
American Sign Language is a language used by many Deaf people across Canada and the United States. Broaden your horizons with this unique visual language. By the end of the 3-year program, students are able to communicate in ASL at an intermediate level. The course is taught primarily in ASL from day one so students quickly learn to use their visual skills. Students also gain an awareness of the cultural, political, and historical aspects of the Deaf community and learn about the current events and issues that concern the community.
Coursework is augmented with the use of technology. Our language classrooms are equipped with laptops so that students can record themselves signing using the webcams. This is a fast-paced, fun program that is infused with many interactive activities and games.
American Sign Language is recognized by post-secondary schools when applying for entrance, just like any other languages offered at JP.
English language Learning (ELL)
The English learning program at Jasper Place is designed to help students who are learning English. Students work on their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through real-world experiences, fieldtrips, and interactive activities in class. The sequence of courses will ensure that students are well equipped with language knowledge and skills to succeed in higher-level courses. An intake procedure ensures that students are correctly placed in classes that will challenge them at the correct level.
ELL courses offered are:
-ELL levels 1, 2 ,3 and 4
-Canadian Studies 15 and 25
-Learning Strategies 15 and 25
Being fluent in more than one language opens numerous doors for students. As students learn about the Francophone culture they broaden their cultural, linguistic and intellectual capacity. We offer beginner to advanced level French courses that are designed to increase every student’s ability to function in the language by speaking, reading, writing and listening. Our French classes are held in our very own Language Labs that are updated frequently to provide our students with new technology to aid in their language learning.
Opportunities for FSL students at Jasper Place
- French 30 students have the opportunity to write the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue français) exam here at our school. This is an exam administered by the French Ministry of Education and is recognized worldwide. Taking this exam will add credibility to your resume!
- Want more of a challenge? French Honours/ IB is for you! Challenge yourself to go as far as you can go with your French Language Learning. You’ll be evaluated based on the AB Program of Studies for the courses so don’t worry about your grades slipping!
- Increase your opportunities to receive scholarships for your post-secondary education!
Visit the Latin website here
Latin focuses on the language, culture and history of the Romans. Students learn about the Latin language by reading, speaking, listening and taking part in activities that engender an improved knowledge of both English vocabulary and grammar, and an understanding of the important relationship between the ancient and modern worlds. Latin is the basis for French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
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Japanese 10 * 5 credits
Recommend: 65% in Language Arts 9
This is an introductory course for those students with no previous experience in Japanese. This course will give the learner skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will learn the hiragana set of 46 characters as well as 30 Kanji characters. The learner will also be exposed to various cultural and thematic components specified for the 10 level such as: self, schools, people around me, food, daily activities. Some animated films are studied in this course.
Japanese 20 * 5 credits
Prerequisite: Japanese 10
Japanese 20 is an extension of Japanese 10 and is designed for students to further develop their language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will learn the katakana set of 46 characters as well as 50 Kanji characters. The learner will be exposed to various cultural components specified for the 20 level such as: home and community, weather, school life, fashion and shopping, travel. Some animated films are studied in this course.
Japanese 30 * 5 credits
Prerequisite: Japanese 20
Japanese 30 is an extension of Japanese 20 and is designed for students to continue to develop their language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students at this level are expected to be able to read and write hiragana, katakana and 100 Kanji characters. The learner will be exposed to various cultural components specified for the 30 level such as: holidays, celebrations and traditions, entertainment, communications, world of work, arts and literature. Some animated films are studied in this course.
Other opportunities for students taking Japanese at JP
- Students have the opportunity to write the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (the standardized test to measure and certify Japanese proficiency) held twice a year at the University of Alberta
- Students in Japanese 20 are able to apply for the 4-month exchange program to Japan sponsored by Alberta Learning
- Students are welcomed to travel to Yokohama, Japan on a 2 week-long trip that takes place every three years
- Students are encouraged to take part in the annual Japanese Speech Contest for high school students held at Harry Ainlay High School
Spanish Language and Culture Program:
Spanish (español), also called Castilian (castellano), is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region in Spain. There are approximately 407 million people speaking Spanish as a native language, making it the second-most-spoken language by number of native speakers after Mandarin. It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur.
In recent years, Albertans have experienced an increase in contact with Spanish speakers inside and outside of Canada. People are becoming more aware of the professional advantages and leisure opportunities that come with this skill.
Our Spanish program at JP has a very modern and hands-on approach, combining Computer Assisted Language Learning with the use of real authentic materials and exploring into artistic manifestations, like Latin music and dance. In other words, we are making studying Spanish: productive, real, interesting and fun for our students!
The learner expectations of this program emphasizes the learning of Spanish for real, communicative purposes, and the developing of the ability to listen to and read authentic texts, and to speak and write in an authentic manner.
At Jasper Place High School we offer two programs of Spanish:
- A Regular Program with two streams: (following the Alberta Curriculum)
- A Three-Year Program: for students who have not taken Spanish before. That would be: Spanish 10-3Y, Spanish 20-3Y andSpanish 30-3Y (there are no pre-requisites for this program)
- A Six-Year Program:for students who have previous years of Spanish. That would be:
Spanish 10-6Y, Spanish 20-6Y and Spanish 30-6Y(students need to have at least three years of previous courses of Spanish)
- B.An IB ab initio Program:this is a language course for beginners designed to be followed over two years by students who have no previous experience of learning the target language. This language ab initio course aim to develop a variety of linguistic skills, and a basic awareness of the culture(s) using the language, through the study of a core syllabus and language-specific syllabus for the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) That would be:
Spanish 10-IB, Spanish 20-IB and Spanish 30-IB.
Another addition to our Spanish Program is our Spanish Band, Los Rebeldes Musicales, which is a music Latin Music Band opened to students in our Spanish program. JP students play and sing songs in the Spanish language and perform in concerts and other activities in our school. ¡Bienvenidos al Programa de Español!