Students at St. Mary of the Lake, from Grade 4-6, participate in French as a Second Language Classes during the school year. Learning a second language is more than just learning how to speak new words and phrases. It involves learning about a culture and its people. Students will be immersed in both the French language and the French culture as they learn about how the Language and the French people brought their customs and traditions to our country. The students will participate in and learn about famous Canadian French festivals such as Festival du Voyageur and Carnival du Quebec. They will enjoy different traditional french dishes and desserts while discovering the origins of various French foods. The French curriculum is broken into three units of study that the students experience throughout the year. In these units the students learn to communicate with each other using common phrases and expressions, verbs and vocabulary.