World Language Courses

Chinese

Chinese I  (Course 562)                                                 

Grades 9-11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Students are introduced to the Mandarin Chinese language. They begin to understand, speak, read and write in Mandarin. Chinese I also introduces students to the culture and history of the Chinese-speaking world. Topics include introductions, numbers, school life, family, and pets.

 

Chinese II  (Course 563)                                                                   

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Chinese I

Chinese II is an elementary course in which students build upon their previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and continue to develop the speaking, reading, and writing skills introduced in Chinese I. Chinese II continues to explore the culture and history of the Chinese-speaking world. Topics include shopping, the date, clothes, location, daily life, and home.

 

Chinese 3  (Course 564)                                                                    

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Chinese II

Chinese III is an intermediate course building on the Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills developed in Chinese II. Chinese III continues to explore the culture and history of the Chinese-speaking world. Topics covered in this course are making phone calls, foods, weather, and visiting friends.

 

Chinese 4  (Course 565)                                                                    

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Chinese III

Students will build upon their previous knowledge of Chinese and significantly increase their ability to communicate in four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will specifically focus on increasing vocabulary and on constructing and understanding more complex sentences and phrases. Throughout Chinese IV, students will also continue to explore the culture and history of the Chinese-speaking world.

French

French I  (Course 511) 

Grades 9-11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

French I is for beginners who have no previous knowledge of French, including students who would like to study an additional modern language. Listening and speaking skills are emphasized, focusing on good pronunciation, intonation, and free expression. Grammatical structures are presented in the context of idiomatic language. Reading and writing skills are gradually introduced.

 

French II  (Course 512)                                                                     

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in French I .

The second year of French study continues to stress listening and speaking skills, especially free discussion and expression on topics of concern to high school students. Reading and writing exercises are emphasized daily. Basic grammar elements give students a solid foundation for comprehension of the major structures of the French language.

 

French III  (Course 513)

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in French II.

French III is a continuation of French II, and expands the students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further study of the French-speaking world enables students to appreciate different cultures. Selected films and readings will complement coursework.

 

French IV  (Course 514)                                                                    

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in French III.

French IV facilitates students’ ability to communicate ideas in correct spoken and written French. Students are expected to develop reasonable, accurate control of the structure of the language, as well as oral facility. Reading materials develop and refine students’ ability in critical commentary, both oral and written, as students acquire new vocabulary.

 

 

Spanish

Spanish I  (Course 532)                                                                       

Grades 9-11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Spanish I is for beginners who have no previous knowledge of Spanish, including students who would like to study an additional modern language. Listening and speaking skills are taught with emphasis on good pronunciation, intonation, and expression. Students demonstrate a working knowledge of Spanish grammar and some idiomatic expressions. Spanish I focuses on an increasing awareness and sensitivity of the cultures and values of the people of Spain and the Latin American world.

 

Spanish II  (Course 535)                                                                      

Grades 9-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Spanish I.

The second year of Spanish-language study continues to stress listening and speaking skills, oral discussion, and expression on topics of concern to high school students. Reading and writing exercises are major focuses of daily classes. The continuation of student development in grammar, vocabulary, and cultural sensitivity is stressed.

 

Spanish III  (Course 538)

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Spanish II.

Spanish III is a faster-paced class intended for students who plan to continue their study of the language at higher levels, in college or high school. Spanish III emphasizes grammatical concepts, readings, and cultural information about the Hispanic world. Major emphasis is placed on writing short compositions in Spanish and understanding selected Spanish readings. Students also begin to expand their knowledge and use of verb conjugations.

 

Spanish through the Arts  (Course 530)

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Spanish II and teacher approval.

Spanish through the Arts is a slower-paced class for students fulfilling their requirement for World Languages who want a focus on Hispanic culture in their third year of Spanish. Topics in Hispanic culture such as food, social and religious traditions, politics, language, cinema, fashion, and family will be explored through film and other arts.

 

Spanish IV  (Course 540)                                                                  

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Spanish III. 

Spanish IV facilitates students’ ability to communicate ideas in spoken and written Spanish. Students are expected to develop accurate control of the structure of the language as well as oral facility. Reading materials develop students’ capacity in oral and written critical commentary, as students acquire new vocabulary. All class discussions are in Spanish.