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World Language

All potential course offerings in the area of World Language are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 
 

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61120

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Spanish 4

Description:  Designed by the College Board to parallel third-year college-level courses in Spanish Composition and Conversation, AP Spanish Language courses build upon prior knowledge and develop students' ability to understand others and express themselves (in Spanish) accurately, coherently, and fluently in both formal and informal situations.  Students will develop a vocabulary large enough to understand literary texts, magazine/newspaper articles, films and television productions, and so on. 

 

CHINESE 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 64010

Grades: 9, 10, 11 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Designed to introduce students to Chinese language and culture, Chinese I courses emphasize basic syntax, simple vocabulary, written characters, and spoken tones so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Chinese culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Chinese-speaking people. 

 

FRENCH 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 61210

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: In the course, French is taught through a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching strategies. Communication is at the heart of language study! Games, role-playing, and story-telling activities will be integrated into daily lessons to encourage and enhance communication skills.  Students will have ample opportunities to interact in French!!  Lessons and activities will be designed to focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language.

 

FRENCH 2 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 61220

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: French 1

Description: This course is a continuation of French 1.  Students will continue to learn French through a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching strategies. Students will be given vocabulary, functions, structures, and cultural information necessary to communicate in French about a variety of everyday situations designed to appeal to teenagers.

 

FRENCH 3 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 61230

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: French 2

Description: In this course, students will continue to hone their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French. The students will explore the French language and culture through authentic readings, songs, films, and francophone realia.  French 3 students will also deepen their knowledge of the fine points of advanced grammar through a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching strategies.  Key vocabulary and sentence structures are recycled so that students can attain mastery of the concepts.

 

FRENCH 4 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 61240

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: French 3

Description: French 4 is intended for students in their fourth year of study of French. The sudents will embark on a meaningful study of six topical and cultural themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes serve as springboards for practice of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative skills within interesting and relevant contexts. The course guides the students to explore culture and events in both contemporary and historical settings and to examine products and practices of the target culture with regard to their perspectives. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are all emphasized throughout the various themes with the overall goal of rendering these skills more natural, accurate, and fluid.

 

SPANISH 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: During this course, students are exposed to the basic elements of the Spanish language. Through the use of practical vocabulary, the students are taught to converse about useful everyday topics. The emphasis is on oral language but students also learn the basic grammar, writing, reading, and culture.

 

SPANISH 2 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61020

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Spanish 1

Description: Spanish 2 builds upon the basic elements introduced in Spanish 1. Students will learn more advanced structure while continuing to build their vocabulary. Students will be actively involved in all aspects of learning the Spanish language including reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture.

 

SPANISH 3 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61030

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Spanish 2

Description: Spanish 3 will expand students' knowledge of Hispanic culture as well as the Spanish language and extend proficiency in oral and written usage of the Spanish language. Students will learn to recount a sequence of events, discuss plans for a future event, and suggest alternatives rather than accept the option offered. Students will be able to handle basic elementary grammar accurately and will be able to use constructions to refer to past, present and future in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Spanish 3 will expand students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students will explore the Spanish language and culture though authentic readings, songs, and other curriculum material. Spanish 3 students will also deepen their knowledge of the fine points of advanced grammar through a variety of traditional and non-traditional teaching strategies. Key vocabulary and sentence structures are recycled so that students can obtain mastery of the concepts.

 

SPANISH 4 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61040

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Spanish 3

Description: Spanish 4 is designed for students in their junior year who wish to take AP Spanish their senior year and seniors who wish to continue with their Spanish studies but do not wish to take AP Spanish.  Students will demonstrate mastery in basic concepts along with an in-depth study of the subjunctive mood and other advanced grammatical concepts.  Much emphasis will be placed on conversational skills as well reading, writing, different Hispanic cultures, and listening comprehension.

 

SPANISH 2 FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 61020

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: Native Spanish Speaker

Description:  This course is designed for students who speak Spanish at home but lack some of the literacy skills they need for success in more advanced Spanish classes.  Students will expand on grammatical structures and verb tenses, acquire academic vocabulary, study reading comprehension strategies, write a variety of academic genres and give several oral presentations.