Core French

Core French is the compulsory French Second Language program for all students in grades 4 to 9 who are not enrolled in an optional French second language program, such as French Immersion or Integrated French. Regional Centres for Education in Nova Scotia must offer Core French classes from grades 4 to 12.

To maximize students’ acquisition of language skills, Core French is learned and taught using the Neurolinguistic Approach in regularly scheduled instructional periods, as per the updated Time to Learn document (April 2016).

Intensive French is offered in several schools at the grade 6 level across Nova Scotia. This is an alternative way of offering Core French that involves concentrated learning time spent in French for 5 months of the school year.


Beginning this September, teachers will enhance their focus on ensuring that every student transitions effectively to their new grade level. This requires an acknowledgement that opportunities to learn were different for children during at-home learning and that COVID-19 produced or increased disproportional access and opportunities for some students. This is not a reflection of a student’s ability to learn but rather their opportunity to learn. A focus is needed to raise the skill level of learners. To support this work, Foundational Outcome documents for selected courses (9-12 and mathematics P-12) and supplementary support documents (P-12) have been created for selected subjects and grades. Foundational outcomes are not new outcomes and outcomes were not added to any course.

For courses at primary to 8 that have already been renewed, supplementary documents can be found in the resource section for each course on this website. For courses that have not been renewed, Foundational Outcome documents can be found in the At-a-Glance section of each course that they have been developed for, at this time. Supplementary documents for these courses will be housed in the resource section.  Additional materials to support teachers can be accessed from the e-learning site.