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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.

 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.

  
 

French

French

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!
  
 

German

German 10-20-30
Students who are new to German will develop confidence in this program through a variety of linguistic and cultural experiences.
  
 

Japanese

Why take Japanese in high school?

Japanese is good for the brain and therefore helps with learning ALL high school subjects

Japanese has both a logographic (where a picture denotes a meaning) and syllabary system (where a syllable is denoted by a ‘letter’).  This means that there is more brain activation than with an alphabet system.   Therefore the learning of Japanese stimulates the brain.  “A bilingual brain appears to have certain cognitive advantages over a monolingual brain in terms of linguistic flexibility and multitasking.”1

1Maryanne Wolf, PhD in cognitive neuroscience, p. 107, The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

 

Japanese is fun!

Students are regularly surprised at the ease with which they are able to pick up this language and how much fun they have in class where lots of games and interactive language activities are used. 


Learning Japanese increases employment opportunities

When employers look for employees, they are looking for people who demonstrate diligence in their studies, open-mindedness, willingness to take risks, and can function well in a diverse environment.   These are the kinds of skills and attitudes that are promoted in class.  Alberta has numerous Japanese companies that operate in Edmonton and Calgary.


Learning the language helps one understand Japanese culture

Anime, manga, sushi, karaoke, bonsai, origami, kimono, karate, samurai…  These are just a few of the Japanese words that have become part of our English language.  Taking Japanese in school allows the student to gain insight into these cultural phenomena.


This one is for parents! Learning Japanese promotes a respectful attitude

Embedded within the Japanese language structure are levels of politeness and honor.  Students at JP who have taken this course have said that they learned to listen and respond to people with more deference and respect in their lives as this is an integral part of the Japanese language.


From a student’s perspective:

"The subject completely opens your world view and gives a different perspective of the Japanese culture.


 As for me, it definitely captured my interest and was a fun and very enjoyable class."  Zibusiso Ncube


“In this place we have the best interaction between classmates and teacher; in this class we can learn not just about the Japanese language; in here we share, we laugh, and we become friends with everyone.” Alina Yang

 

Spanish

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:

  1. A Regular Program with two streams: (following the Alberta Curriculum)
  2. A Three-Year Program: for students who have not taken Spanish before. That would be: Spanish 10-3YSpanish 20-3Y andSpanish 30-3Y (there are no pre-requisites for this program)
  3. A Six-Year Program:for students who have previous years of Spanish. That would be:

Spanish 10-6YSpanish 20-6Y and Spanish 30-6Y(students need to have at least three years of previous courses of Spanish)

  1. 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!

  

Latin

LATIN

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.


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

-CALM ELL

-English 10-2 ELL

-Social Studies 10-2 ELL