Classical Studies and International Languages

The classical studies and international languages program focuses on developing the language knowledge and communication skills students will need to function effectively in the global community. Students will develop the ability to speak, listen, read, and write with accuracy and confidence. Because language and culture are closely related, students will also learn to understand and appreciate other cultures. This understanding will help students communicate and interact effectively with people of various cultures whether they are speaking English or another language.

Since the study of languages and cultures enhances critical thinking and critical literacy skills, the classical studies and international languages program equips students with skills that are essential for effective learning in other areas of the curriculum. Ultimately, the courses offered in the classical studies and international languages program open up possibilities for pursuing a range of university and college programs and opportunities in the world of work.

LVV4U CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION, GRADE 12, (UNIVERSITY)

This course introduces students to the rich cultural legacy of the Classical world and encourages them to make connections between antiquity and other societies and to their own personal experiences. Students will investigate such aspects of Classical culture as its mythology and literature, art, architecture, philosophy, science, and technology, as well as elements of the ancient Greek and Latin languages. By reading Classical authors in English translation and examining material culture brought to light through archaeology, students will enhance both their communication skills and their ability to think critically and creatively. In addition, they will be encouraged to be culturally sensitive, independent learners who appreciate the interconnectedness of ancient and modern societies and who will be able to apply this understanding to their future endeavours.

 

LKBBO SIMPLIFIED CHINESE (MANDARIN) LEVEL 1

This course introduces students to language elements they will need to begin to communicate with native speakers. Students will participate in practical activities in which they can apply their knowledge and skills, and will begin to explore careers that require knowledge of the language of study. They will explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language under study is spoken, including social customs, music, and food, by participating in cultural events and activities involving both print and technological resources.

 

LKBCO SIMPLIFIED CHINESE (MANDARIN) LEVEL 2

This course provides opportunities for students to develop competence and confidence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language of study. Students will communicate about matters of personal interest and everyday topics in interactive settings that emphasize real-life applications and will read and write a variety of texts of increasing complexity in the language. Students will continue to develop their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also explore personal and professional contexts in which knowledge of the language is required, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

 

LWSBD SPANISH, LEVEL 1

This course provides opportunities for students to begin to develop and apply skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Students will communicate and interact in structured activities, with a focus on matters of personal interest and familiar topics, and will read and write simple texts in Spanish. Throughout this course, students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where Spanish is spoken. They will also develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

 

LWIBD ITALIAN, LEVEL 1

This course provides opportunities for students to begin to develop and apply skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Italian. Students will communicate and interact in structured activities, with a focus on matters of personal interest and familiar topics, and will read and write simple texts in Italian. Throughout the course, students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where Italian is spoken. They will also develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning

 

LWICU ITALIAN, LEVEL 2

This course provides opportunities for students to increase their competence and confidence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Italian. Students will communicate about academic and personally relevant topics in increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions and will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to a variety of oral and written texts. Students will continue to enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also investigate personal and professional contexts in which knowledge of Italian is required, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

 

LWIDU ITALIAN, LEVEL 3

This course provides extended opportunities for students to communicate and interact in Italian in a variety of social and academic contexts. Students will refine and enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, as they explore and respond to a variety of oral and written texts, including complex authentic and adapted texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities where Italian is spoken, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

 

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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