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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Secondary School
"One Through Prayer and Learning"
905.824.1025
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Secondary School
  • 3700 Trelawny Circle
  • Mississauga ON , L5N 5J7
  • Principal: Jennifer Varnam
  • Vice Principal(s): Mary Ambrogi
    Nancy Tsiobanos


  • Superintendents: Martine Lewis
  • Trustee: Brea Corbet (Mississauga Ward 10, 9)
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Benefits of second language learning…

  • Allows you to communicate with and understand people you wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to know
  • Helps you acquire accurate information about other people and cultures
  • Increases tolerance and open-mindedness
  • Improves your understanding and appreciation for your own language
  • Increases problem-solving skills and improves memory, self-discipline, and self-esteem
  • Second language students perform better in English than non-second language students
  • A second language gives greater insight into one’s own culture
  • The self-concept of second-language students is significantly higher than non-second language students
  • The study of a second language increases the creativity of learners
  • Knowledge of the language of a country or region being visited increases the joy and benefits of traveling
  • A knowledge of other languages is important for research
  • Second-language learners acquire larger vocabularies in their first language
  • Knowledge of a second or third language significantly increases career opportunities
  • Reading great literary masterpieces in their original form

Some French facts…

  • There are 125 million speakers of French in the world
  • Forty-four countries speak French either as an official language or as a primary language
  • In Canada 20% of the population speaks French
  • Twenty-three African countries speak French as an official or as a primary language
  • Switzerland has four official national languages: German (65% of the population), French (18.4%), Italian (9.8%) and Romansh (0.8%)
  • French is one of the two official languages of the Olympic games
  • French is the language of many great literary masterpieces

Recognize these words/expressions that the English language has borrowed ?...


From the French Language…

Adieu                                           
À la mode              
Art déco           
Bon appétit          
Bon voyage       
Carte blanche           
Brunette         
Chic       
Crème de la crème        
Cul-de-sac                   
Déjà vu          
Eau de toilette

 

From the Italian Language…

Ghetto
Allegro
Crescendo
Opera
Antipasto
Piano
Mozzarella
Ballerina

 

From the Spanish Language…

Playa
Mosquito
Avocado
Aficionado
Matador
Salsa
Paella
Plaza

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