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Curricular Integration

Beyond the myriad of opportunities offered to students, LCC weaves global perspectives into its regular curriculum, introducing students on a daily basis to a broader worldview. Here’s how:

Junior School

  • The Junior School theme for 2016-2017 is Cultural Diversity: A World to Discover. This concept is reinforced at assemblies and through the language arts program to highlight our uniqueness as individuals.
  • The Ethics & Religious Culture course explores a variety of cultures, religions, world figures and leaders.
  • In our music program, students are introduced to songs from different cultures. They sing in various languages, including English, French, Hebrew and Swahili, and integrate movement as well.
  • Students learn about the games that are popular in other cultures and play them in gym class.
  • Through Free Dress Day, students fundraise for various world organizations.
  • The World Scholar’s Cup will be introduced in 2016-2017. Students aged 10-14 will compete regionally and internationally in a knowledge-based problem solving competition.
  • The English program introduces students to novels that look at various global cultures in an effort to promote understanding and empathy. For example: in grade 5, students study a novel entitled The Breadwinner, about the life of a young girl after the Taliban come into rule in Afghanistan.
  • The French program explores various global issues. For example: students registering for the Dictée P.G.L. learn about youth around the world who cannot, for one reason or another, go to school, have access to drinkable water, etc.
  • The Fair Trade Activity is an annual grade 6 initiative that allows students to examine issues related to production practices in developing countries.

Middle School

  • The Middle School Pride leadership group is organized around the six Round Square ideals (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, Service). Students in MS Pride develop their leadership skills, explore global perspectives and discuss issues of world importance with other schools. Students are currently working on an environmental initiative with the Lachine Canal cleanup and are studying waterways worldwide and the importance of water.
  • The Junior Round Square Conference brings together students from around the world. Activities are focused on the Round Square ideals and students have the opportunity to engage in conversations with their peers and share ideas.
  • The Grade 8 two-day experience trip always incorporates a global dimension. Using the Round Square ideals as a framework, students explore how to be a good citizen in their own community so that they can then learn how to be a global citizen.
  • The English program introduces students to novels that look at various global cultures in an effort to promote understanding and empathy. For example: in grades 7-12, selected novels cover a range of global issues, such as socio-economics, environment, armed conflicts, and sexual and racial inequality (e.g. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian; Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo.)
  • Students engage in video conferences with students from other parts of the world and engage in discussions about a variety of issues.

Senior School

  • The English program introduces students to novels that look at various global cultures in an effort to promote understanding and empathy. For example: in grades 7-12, selected novels cover a range of global issues, such as socio-economics, environment, armed conflicts, and sexual and racial inequality (e.g. The Kite Runner; Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo; An Inconvenient Truth.)
  • In grade 11 English, in the Works in Translation unit, students study three novels in translation and examine their cultural and contextual aspects in depth (e.g. The Reader, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The Cherry Orchard.)
  • The French program explores various global issues. For example: the Concours d'art oratoire, organized by the Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS), requires that students speak about political, environmental, social and cultural issues.
  • The social science program traces the development of modern western cultures from antiquity through to the modern day. For example:
    • The grade 10 PREP program is an interdisciplinary program incorporating the core ideas and literacy heritage of the western tradition, in both English and French. Examples of student essays include: Dr. Seuss - The Author of a Generation, which explores the effect of Dr. Seuss' children's books on the post-war generation, and The Accidental Feminist, which examines the impact of Sigmund Freud's thought on twentieth century feminism.
    • In grade 11, students can elect to take the Global Issues course, which is designed so that students develop a global perspective on contemporary world problems.

Pre-University

  • An offshoring assignment for grade 12 students compares government regulation and economic conditions in developing countries with those in Canada. Students are asked to make critical decisions about where they would offshore part of the production or design process for a Canadian business.
  • Courses on global issues, including the global economy, free trade, global warming, poverty and income distribution, safety and security, and overpopulation, are a regular part of the grade 11 and 12 curriculum.
  • The social science program traces the development of modern western cultures from antiquity through to the modern day. For example:
    • In grades 11 and 12, the philosophy curriculum in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is focused largely on the western intellectual tradition.
    • In grades 11 and 12, the history curriculum in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme focuses on 20th century history, largely from a western perspective.

Junior School Choir Sings About World Peace

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A Cross-Curricular Project

The Fair Trade Activity is an annual grade 6 initiative that allows students to examine issues related to production practices in developing countries.

Exploring the World of Poetry

Les Voix de la poésie is a pan-Canadian poetry contest where students must choose two poems on subjects that interest them. They make their selection by reading the works of many poets around the world.

Global Conversation Through Cinema

The International Student Film Festival provides students from across the globe with a virtual forum for publishing film projects and sharing them with an international audience. It encourages collaboration, learning and teaching by showcasing student work from participating schools around the world, allowing teachers to share resources and best practices and enabling students from different parts of the world to provide constructive feedback on student films and collaborate via discussion blogs and forums.

IB Students Read International Literature

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