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World Language

Spanish I

Grades 9, 10; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course is designed to offer beginning Spanish language students comprehensive coverage in the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, which are involved in the effective use of basic Spanish.  A systematic study of Spanish grammar and syntax, a word-building program, basic composition instruction and the study of civilization relating to Spanish-speaking areas are covered in the course.

 

Spanish II

Grades 10, 11; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This course is designed to offer students who have completed Spanish I a continuation of the coverage of the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that are involved in effective use of the Spanish language.  A systematic study of Spanish grammar and syntax, a word-building program, composition instruction, and the study of civilization relating to Spanish-speaking geographical areas are covered in the course.

 

Spanish III

Grades 10; 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            The Spanish III program of study continues to place strong emphasis on listening and speaking skills with increased emphasis on reading and writing.  Writing exercises are provided in the form of paragraphs, letters, postcards, messages, stories, newsletters and diaries.  Readings are selected that are culturally informative, enhancing students' understanding, respect and appreciation for Spanish culture.  Ultimately, the program attempts to convince students that as individuals all of our created differences count far less than our shared humanity.

 

Spanish IV

Grade 11; 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            In the Spanish IV program there is little dependence on English.  Students are at a level where they choose to communicate their ideas, attitudes, and feelings in Spanish.  Students are able to assimilate information in Spanish and are able to respond to the spoken and written word in a critical, analytical, and personal manner.  A variety of techniques and activities are provided such as cultural readings, oral presentations, class discussions, and improvisational conversations. 

           The primary purposes of Spanish IV Honors is to review and expand upon the content of the previous 3 levels of Spanish courses in order to improve proficiency and cultural exposure at an honors level OR master the skills required to be successful in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.  The course will be taught in the target language to give students the opportunity to continue developing their listening and speaking skills. In addition to the textbook, students will use a variety of literary, historical and cultural readings to increase the student’s fluency in the target language. 

 

AP Spanish Language

Grades 11; 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This Advanced Placement section is offered to those students who have exhibited a high level of proficiency in the four basic language skills.  Students will be able to comprehend both formal and informal Spanish; they will be able to speak, read, and write on an intermediate college level.  Enrollment is limited to those students who have shown high aptitude in their previous years of Spanish language study, have departmental approval, and have approval of the Placement Committee.

 

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Grade 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

             The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course provides a college level survey of texts from Peninsular, Latin American and U.S. Hispanic authors. Students complete readings from the College Board required reading list for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and learn to analyze the works within their social and historical context and as expressions of major literary movements. Students build an understanding of form, structure, theme and literary devices and how each of these enhances the understanding of a text, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the rich variety of literature in Spanish, of the value of literature as an expression of Hispanic cultures and of the universal purpose of literature in general. The course is organized around the six themes designated by the AP curriculum framework and conducted entirely in Spanish.

 

French I

Grades 9, 10; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            The aim of this course is to provide first-year students with a working knowledge of the mechanics of French.  Emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, verb conjugations, simple conversation and readings. The course also illustrates the culture of France.

 

French II

Grades 10, 11; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This level is a continuation of the first year. Readings that are culturally oriented become more detailed. Vocabulary development and conversational fluency are at the core of this level. The areas of grammar, reading, and conversational fluency build on the foundation laid in French I.

 

French III

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This course focuses on reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing based on the basics of French I and II. Vocabulary building and grammatical structures are an important part of this course. The program also covers the cultures of a variety of French-speaking countries. The emphasis is on increasing the ability to communicate orally and in writing.

 

French IV

Grade 11; 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This course focuses on the culture, history, and literature of French speaking countries.  Students are expected to read independently, participate in class discussions and complete oral reports and short papers in the foreign language.

 

AP French Language and Culture

Grade 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This Advanced Placement course is intended for students who already have a very good command of French grammar and vocabulary and have reached a high level of competency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Students will develop the ability to understand spoken French, read a newspaper, magazine articles and literary texts, and express themselves accurately and fluently in both written and spoken French on an intermediate college level. Enrollment is limited and students must have departmental approval and the approval of the Placement Committee.

 

Latin I

Grades 9, 10; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course aims to situate the Latin language within the family of Indo-European languages and underline its importance as the root of the modern romance languages.  Basic grammatical structure and syntax are emphasized, especially in comparison with those of English and Western languages.  Vocabulary study stresses the many English words derived from Latin.

 

Latin II

Grades 10, 11; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course continues and consolidates the work of Latin. Students complete the study of verb tenses, voices and moods, and all forms of nouns and adjectives. Translations prepare students to read Latin written by Roman authors including Eutropius, Asconius, Cicero and others.

 

Latin III

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            The third level of Latin study builds on previous knowledge and develops in students the ability to translate at sight by developing a working Latin vocabulary, by improving facility with Latin syntax and grammar through review and practice of translation. The class also explores Roman history and culture.

 

Latin IV

Grade 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course provides students with the ability to read natively written Latin at a level that corresponds to that traditionally expected for Latin IV. The course also presents background knowledge and information on Roman history and culture, particularly regarding the growth and development of the Republic to Empire.

 

AP Latin

Grades 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

          The Advanced Placement Latin course is offered to students who have achieved a high level of proficiency in reading, translating, understanding and interpreting Latin. The course follows the College Board’s curriculum which includes readings in Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Vergil’s Aeneid. The course also includes a study of the cultural, social and political context of the literature on the syllabus. Enrollment is limited and students must have departmental approval and the approval of the Placement Committee.

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