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option complémentaire

English translation: secondary subject/elective

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French term or phrase:option complémentaire
English translation:secondary subject/elective
Entered by: Jana Cole
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16:43 Sep 3, 2008
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French term or phrase: option complémentaire
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What does the description complémentaire mean?

Option complémentaire
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Jana Cole
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secondary subject/minor
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Jean-Louis S.
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3 +1Supplementary option
2secondary subject/minor
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secondary subject/minor


Jean-Louis S.
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neutral  sueaberwoman: Secondary elective subject, NOT minor-- for university.
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Supplementary option

I'm not an expert in the Swiss Maturite high school diploma, but from what I understand of the following table, there are core subjects (les disciplines fondamentales), specific options required for certain streams (options specifiques), supplementary options and special subjects.

As the table suggests, many subjects can be taken either at the core level, the stream-specific level, or the supplementary level.

Art. 3 Organisation des disciplines d'enseignement
1 Le collège de Genève dispense un enseignement dans les disciplines réparties en disciplines fondamentales, options spécifiques, options complémentaires et disciplines particulières.
2 Les disciplines fondamentales proposées sont les suivantes : français, allemand, italien, anglais, latin, mathématiques, physique, biologie, chimie, histoire, géographie, introduction à l'économie et au droit, philosophie, arts visuels, musique.
3 Les options spécifiques proposées sont les suivantes : grec, latin, allemand, italien, anglais, espagnol, physique et applications des mathématiques, biologie et chimie, économie et droit, arts visuels, musique.
4 Les options complémentaires proposées sont les suivantes : applications des mathématiques, physique, biologie, chimie, géographie, histoire, économie et droit, philosophie, musique, arts visuels, sports.
5 Les disciplines particulières proposées sont les suivantes : anglais de base, informatique, éducation physique.

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agree  sueaberwoman: Elective is preferable to option; and supplementary or secondary would work, IMO.(France has mandatory and optional electives; not clear to me if the same in Switzerland.)
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