header logo
header logo text
MISSION: To lead an educational partnership with the Community, maintaining an environment that challenges all students to reach their potential as lifelong learners and responsible members of society.

World Languages

World Languages Courses


The first three years of study give students a fundamental speaking ability and knowledge of language structure.  Presentation of cultural material is also included.  The third, fourth, and fifth year courses emphasize development of fluency and provide some background in the literature and deep-rooted customs of the language and the people who speak it.  A minimum of three years of study in one language is strongly recommended.


Increased importance of taking a world language, regardless of the careers students wish to pursue, is being stressed more and more by Department of Education surveys, employers and others. In other words, college entrance and interest in world languages, as a career, are no longer the only reasons for taking a world language.
 
World languages are elective courses. The first two years of a language are the basic courses and the third, fourth, and fifth years are the advanced courses. A grade of “C” or better is required in the previous year of a given language for recommended continued study in that area. Any student entering the ninth grade with an “A” or “B” grade in Level One of any language is required to register for Level Two of that language. When a student begins the study of a world language, a “C” or better in previous language arts courses, adequate reading ability, and academic average should be strongly considered.

Academic students will have the opportunity to experience success in the world language through courses paced to strengthen their communicative skills in the world language.

Honors students will be able to accelerate their attainment of language skills. As proficiency levels and communication skills increase, it will be feasible to include more sophisticated listening, speaking, reading, writing, and literary elements in the fourth and fifth years.

Students should elect to enroll in “Honors” language, if they have a strong B average or above in the previous year. Teacher recommendation is a requirement.

Beginning with the class of 2012, Honors weighted QPA enhancement will be given for those students enrolled in world language Honors courses. Honors courses are available in French, German, Latin and Spanish II through IV. AP status is designated for all languages at level V.



COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French I

301

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


French I: This course introduces vocabulary, pronunciation, and basic grammar and conversation skills. Life and customs in French speaking countries are included as an important part of language learning. Materials include basic textbook and ancillary materials (workbooks, CD ROMs, and videos). Authentic materials are incorporated to enhance cultural enrichment.

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French II

302

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


French II: This course enables the students to continue to develop the skills they learned in level one. Emphasis is on communication and improving writing skills. Materials include basic textbook & ancillary materials (workbooks, CD ROMs & videos). Authentic materials are incorporated to enhance cultural enrichment.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French II (Honors)

306*

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


French II (Honors): This course covers the curriculum for French II and also incorporates the content for Le Grand Concours (National French Exam). Students are required to take the exam in March. In the very motivated ambiance of French II Honors, the students become increasingly proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Enrichment activities and materials are provided in all four skills. Student centered learning, such as partner activities and projects are an important part of the class. Students will gain an understanding of French culture, as well as discuss current events. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French III

303

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1


French III: This course enables the students to continue to develop the skills they acquired in Levels I and II. Classroom activities provide for increased cultural insight.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French III (Honors)

307*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1


French III (Honors): This course covers the French III curriculum, and also incorporates the content for the National French Exam level 3. Students are required to take the exam in March. In the very motivated ambiance of French III Honors, the students continue to develop proficiency in the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will gain an understanding of French culture, as well as discuss current events. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French IV

304

3

11 12

2 – 3

1


French IV: This course builds on previously acquired skills from Levels I-III. Students will deepen their knowledge of grammatical structures and further enrich vocabulary. Students will gain an understanding of French cultures, as well as discuss current events.

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

French IV (Honors)

308*

3

11 12

2 – 3

1


French IV: This course covers the French IV curriculum and also incorporates the content for the National French Exam taken at this level. Students continue to further their Oral-Aural proficiency through various modes. Students will gain an understanding of French culture, as well as discuss current events. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP French V

305**

3

12

2 – 3

1


AP French V: This is an advanced French course taught at the university level completely in French. This course is designed and aligned with The College Board and AP Exam requirements which include the study of the following 6 general themes: Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Global Challenges and Family and Community. It is also designed to enhance the skills acquired in the previous French courses. This course will prepare you to take the AP French exam in May. There is an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course consists of an intensive study of advanced grammar, vocabulary and current events. The students should be prepared to participate daily in French. This course also requires summer work. **Denotes 5.0 QP course


****All students in the Honors and AP Levels are required to take the National French Exam.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

German I

311

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


German I: This beginning program introduces the highly phonetic German pronunciation system, offering students the ability to obtain near native pronunciation skills by the end of the first full year. Conversations and presentations follow actual students in the three major German-speaking countries: Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

German II (Honors)

312*

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


German II (Honors): Communicative competency is expanded while proficiency work in all four language skill areas is continued. Situations, real to the lives of this age group, will be presented as we follow the individuals from the German speaking countries introduced in level I. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

German III (Honors)

313*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1


German III (Honors): This level will stress vocabulary acquisition, especially idioms, allowing students to express themselves using more natural speech patterns. This will enable them to communicate more naturally and comfortably. Short readings will provide cultural information and exposure to new “world” options and cultural differences. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP German IV

314**

3

11 12

2 – 3

1


AP German IV: Here students do extensive work with synonyms, antonyms, and idioms. Contextual understanding of readings will be taught, as material will be drawn from modern and classical literature. This will include cultural and historical information, using audio, video, and printed matter both set in history and as contemporary as happenings from that very week. **Denotes 5.0 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP German V

315**

3

12

2 – 3

1


AP German V: See AP German IV in this guide. **Denotes 5.0 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Latin I

321

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Latin I: This course develops basic Latin grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension. The goal is not only to begin to understand simple Latin reading but also to understand Latin and its relationship to English grammar and vocabulary, thus improving the student’s understanding of his own language. Mythology and culture are studied through supplemental readings, and discussions.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Latin II (Honors)

322*

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Latin II (Honors): This course completes the study of Latin grammar, continues the development of vocabulary all the while in their relationship to English. Students also begin to study Latin authors such as Caesar, Livy, and Ovid and discuss them in the context of their time and literary worth. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Latin III (Honors)

323*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Latin III: This course begins as a rotating three-year curriculum covering the following Latin Literature: Vergil’s Aeneid, the lyric poetry of Catullus and Horace, the poetry of Ovid and selected works of Cicero and Pliny the Younger. In addition to practicing translation skills, students will develop the ability to analyze and discuss an author’s literary technique. Not only will students be expected to understand Latin syntax, but they must be able to establish a thesis and compose an essay discussing the content of the Latin text. Therefore assessment will involve tests and quizzes addressing Latin text and essays practicing skills of literary analysis. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Latin IV & V

324**

3

12

2 – 3

1


AP Latin IV & V: These courses will continue the curricular cycle begun in Latin III. In these years, the students will be expected to have achieved the goals of an Advanced Placement curriculum and will be urged to take the Advanced Placement Exam. **Denotes 5.0 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Spanish I

331

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Spanish I: This Level I program is designed to enable students to attain a novice level of communicative competency and proficiency in each of the four language skills with the primary stress on listening and speaking and the secondary stress on reading and writing. Spanish I students are provided with basic verb structures, selected active vocabulary, and a limited variety of grammatical structures. Spanish sounds, customs, and lifestyles are all part of the Spanish I experience.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Spanish II

332

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Spanish II (Honors)

336*

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Spanish II & Spanish II (Honors): This Level II program is designed to enable the students to enhance their level of communicative competency and proficiency in each of the four language skills through continual review and reinforcement of the Level I material while, at the same time, acquiring additional verb and grammar structures and expanding their vocabulary. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Spanish III

333

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Spanish III (Honors)

337*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1


Spanish III & Spanish III (Honors): In this Level III program vocabulary acquisition will be stressed with an emphasis on developing natural speech patterns through the use of idioms. Verbs and grammatical structures will be reviewed, expanded upon, and incorporated into enriching the students’ knowledge of the language to enable them to communicate more comfortably in given situations. Selected short readings will be used to provide cultural information. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Spanish IV

334

3

11 12

2 – 3

1

Spanish IV (Honors)

338*

3

11 12

2 – 3

1


Spanish IV & Spanish IV (Honors): The goal of Level IV is to acquire language proficiency while reviewing and broadening the foundation of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Frequent cultural readings and excerpts from authentic Spanish Literature are accompanied by an abundance of exercises and conversation-stimulating activities. *Denotes 4.5 QP course.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Spanish V

335**

3

12

2 – 3

1


AP Spanish V: This is an advanced Spanish course taught at the university level completely in Spanish. This course is designed and aligned with The College Board and AP Exam requirements. It is also designed to enhance the skills acquired in the previous Spanish courses. This course will prepare the students to take the AP Spanish exam in May. There is an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. The course consists of an intensive study of advanced grammar, vocabulary and literature. The students should be prepared to participate daily in Spanish. This course also requires summer work. **Denotes 5.0 QP course