Modern Languages Department

Program Information

All language courses will be evaluated for both oral and written achievement. The terms are weighted in this way: Term 1, 20%, Term 2, 40% and Term 3, 40% unless a final exam is written.

Where there is sufficient enrolment, Burnaby North offers Honours courses in French at the grade 9 to 12 AP levels, and at the Mandarin 12 level. Students much achieve a minimum of 80% in both oral and written work and must be recommended by their language teacher to be accepted into Honours or A.P.

At the Grade 12 level, all Provincial Examinations are now optional.

Challenge Exams

(Lower Mainland Consortium of Boards). These exams are available for students with background in French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, German and Punjabi at the grade 11 and 12 levels. The full day exam (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) occurs in late winter. Credits and a mark are given with a passing grade.


Students with background in French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish should consult the Modern Languages department head or the counseling department for placement at the 8-10 levels. Results of the placement test will be given to the student and counselor to allow for proper placement in a language course.  No course credits are given for skipped courses.