• American Sign Language, Chinese, French & Spanish I

    Level A                                               Full Year                                 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    World Language I introduces the student to basic pronunciation/hand formation, vocabulary/signs, grammar and culture.  Each unit introduces new language and vocabulary in a situational context. Grammar concepts will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the target language.  The World Language I Curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Getting Started, Student Life, Family Life, Active Lifestyles and Celebrations. Through this exploration, students will gain knowledge of the target language environment and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in World Language I are at the Novice-Low to Novice-Mid proficiency levels in American Sign Language, Chinese, French and/or Spanish.  American Sign Language, the language of the deaf, unlike Chinese, French or Spanish is not a spoken or written language.  Students of ASL show understanding of videos and teacher signing (receptive skills) as opposed to Chinese, French, and Spanish where students show understanding of spoken and written text (interpretive skills).  American Sign Language is presented with minimal to no voice.

     

    American Sign Language, French & Spanish II

    Level A                                               Full Year                                 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    The World Language IIA curriculum is designed for those students who continue to demonstrate an aptitude and performance in the development of the major language skills. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative proficiency through interpretive, interpersonal and presentational activities. Grammar concepts and vocabulary will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the target language for Spanish and French and through expressive (signing) and receptive (understanding) skills in American Sign Language.  The World Language IIA curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Travel, Food, Home & Daily Routines, Health and Technology. Through this exploration, students will build upon their knowledge of the target language and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in World Language IIA are at the Novice-High to Intermediate-Low proficiency level in American Sign Language, French and/or Spanish.  American Sign Language, the language of the deaf, unlike French or Spanish is not a spoken or written language.  Students of ASL show understanding of videos and teacher signing (receptive skills) as opposed to French and Spanish where students show understanding of spoken and written text (interpretive skills).  American Sign Language is presented with minimal to no voice. 

    The prerequisite for World Language IIA is the successful completion of World Language I at the high school or Advanced Spanish or French at the middle school in conjunction with teacher recommendation.

     

    French & Spanish II

    Level Honors                                     Full Year                                 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    World Language II Honors is designed for those students who have demonstrated a superior aptitude and performance in the development of the major language skills.  World Language II Honors will progress at a brisk pace and will serve as a foundation for the Honors program for the coming year. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative proficiency through interpretive, interpersonal and presentational activities. Grammar concepts will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the target language. Frequent writing samples and use of authentic materials will be emphasized throughout the academic year.  World Language II Honors curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Travel, Food, Home & Daily Routines, Health and Technology. Through this exploration, students will build upon their knowledge of the target language and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.

    The prerequisite for World Language IIH is the successful completion of World Language I at the high school or Grade 8 Spanish/French at the middle school in conjunction with teacher recommendation.

     

    French & Spanish III

    Level A                                               Full Year                                 Grades 10, 11, 12

    The World Language IIIA curriculum is designed for those students who continue to demonstrate an aptitude and performance in the development of the major language skills. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative proficiency through interpretive, interpersonal and presentational activities. Vocabulary and grammar concepts will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the target language.  The World Language IIIA curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Travel, Nature & Environment, City Life, Workplace and Careers as well as the Arts. Through this exploration, students will build upon their knowledge of the target language and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in World Language IIIA are at the Intermediate-Low proficiency levels in French and/or Spanish.  

    The prerequisite for World Language IIIA is the successful completion of World Language IIA.

     

    American Sign Language, French & Spanish III

    Level Honors                                     Full Year                                 Grades 10, 11, 12

    The World Language IIIH curriculum is designed for those students who continue to demonstrate an aptitude and performance in the development of the major language skills. Emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative proficiency through interpretive, interpersonal and presentational activities. Vocabulary and grammar concepts will be taught in context through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in French and Spanish as well as through expressive (signing) and receptive (understanding) skills in American Sign Language.  The World Language IIIH curriculum presents students with the opportunity to explore the topics of Travel, Nature & Environment, City Life, Workplace and Careers as well as the Arts. Through this exploration, students will build upon their knowledge of the target language and become more culturally and linguistically proficient.  Students in World Language IIIH are at the Intermediate-Low proficiency levels in American Sign Language, French and/or Spanish.  American Sign Language, the language of the deaf, unlike French or Spanish is not a spoken or written language.  Students of ASL show understanding of videos and teacher signing as opposed to French, and Spanish where students show understanding of spoken and written text.  American Sign Language is presented with minimal to no voice.  The prerequisite for World Language IIIH is the successful completion of World Language IIH along with teacher recommendation.

     

    French IV

    Level A                                               Full Year                                             Grades 11, 12

    Advanced grammar topics including tenses and subjunctive uses will be covered.  Conversation and cultural topics will assist in developing an appreciation of French civilization.  In addition to communicative skill development, reading comprehension will be stressed.  Selections will include poems by Prevert, La Parure, and Le Petit Prince.  Frequent compositions will accompany reading and conversational-cultural units.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French III A

     

    SPANISH IV

    Level A                                               Full Year                                                         Grades 11, 12

    Spanish IV introduces the student to advanced grammar and composition.  The program is designed to enhance the student's proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing through a thematic approach integrating vocabulary, grammar, conversation, literature, and culture.

    Prerequisite:    Successful completion of Spanish III A teacher recommendation.

     

    French IV

    Level Honors                                     Full Year                                                         Grade 11

    French IV H is a continuation of French III H and builds upon previously learned concepts and skills.  Emphasis remains on the development of self-expression in meaningful contexts while striving to appreciate the culture and literature of Francophone countries.  The curriculum is rapidly paced and requires sound reading, speaking, listening and writing skills. The curriculum is designed to develop an awareness of the academic rigor and expectation necessary to successfully complete the requirement of Advanced Placement French.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French III H* and Teacher recommendation

     

    SPANISH IV

    Level Honors                                    Full Year                                                         Grade 11

    Spanish IV H is designed for those students who have demonstrated superior or above average competence and proficiency in the language.  Through a thematic approach that integrates vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture in combination with a series of historical, literary, and journalistic readings, the program emphasizes and promotes the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The overall approach to the curriculum prepares the student for the academic rigor and expectation of the Advanced Placement Program.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish III H* teacher recommendation approval of Supervisor

     

    French V

    Level A                                               Full Year                                             Grade 12

    Reading comprehension, literary analysis and discussion of literary ideas and styles will be stressed.  Work with advanced grammar as well as frequent compositions will be required.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French IV 

     

    SPANISH V

    Level A                                               Full Year                                                         Grade 12

    Spanish V-A is a two-semester course emphasizing the study and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Hispanic world.  While one semester concentrates on the culture and history of Spain, emphasis shifts to the New World for the second semester.  Topics for both semesters range from history to art to music and festivals.  Emphasis on the communicative aspect of the language, both oral and written, continues to be an integral part of the program.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish IV A and Teacher recommendation

     

    SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS I

    Level Honors                                     Full Year                                 Grades 9,10, 11,12

    Spanish for Native Speakers is a formal course for students with established communicative skills in the native language.  The primary purpose is to introduce the Spanish-speaking student to a variety of literary works that exemplify the culture and civilization of the Hispanic world.  Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to perfect syntax and structure while expanding vocabulary in the language; to develop critical thinking through discussions, to read with a critical eye; and to write with focus on creativity of thought.

     

     

    SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS II

    Level Honors                                     Full Year                                  Grades 10, 11, 12

    Spanish for Native Speakers II is the second year of a two-year sequential program. As in the first year the sequence, the course of study is designed for those with established communication skills the Spanish.  Through the study of major literary works, newspapers, periodicals and research, the continued development of the students’ language skills is emphasized.  Throughout the program, stress is placed on encouraging students to perfect syntax and structure, to expand vocabulary use in their native language, to develop critical thinking skills, to read with a critical eye, and to write with creativity of thought.

     

     

    AP French Language and Culture

    AP Level                                             Full Year                                                         Grade 12

    AP French is an extension of French IV H and builds upon the literature, grammar, and vocabulary covered French IV H.  It further broadens the student's interest in the language and culture through a variety of literary works that exemplify the culture and civilization of the French-speaking world.  It is designed to develop the student's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to communicate successfully and creatively in various situations.  Extensive vocabulary development is emphasized throughout the briskly paced program.  It is anticipated that each student enrolled in this course is will take the advanced placement examination in French language.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French IV H Teacher recommendation, Supervisor approval

     

    AP Spanish Language and Culture

    AP Level                                             Full Year                                                         Grade 11, 12

    AP Spanish is an extension of Spanish IV H and builds upon the literature, grammar, and vocabulary covered Spanish IV H.  It further broadens the student's interest in the language and culture through a variety of literary works that exemplify the culture and civilization of the Hispanic world.  It is designed to develop the student's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to communicate successfully and creatively in various situations.  Extensive vocabulary development is emphasized throughout the briskly paced program.  It is anticipated that each student enrolled in this course is will take the advanced placement examination in Spanish language.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish IV H, teacher recommendation, Supervisor approval

     

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture

    AP Level                                             Full Year                                                         Grade 11, 12

    The Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture course description mirrors the College Board approved syllabus. The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is conducted entirely in Spanish.  This course covers the six AP Spanish Literature themes and the entire reading list outlined within the AP Spanish Literature Curriculum Framework. Literary texts are grouped by themes and presented in chronological order within each theme. Students are expected to discuss literary texts and their different historical, socio-cultural and geopolitical contexts in a variety of interactive oral and written formats in Spanish. The course provides opportunities for students to learn and apply literary terminology to the analysis of a variety of texts representing different genres and time periods. Additionally, students will analyze themes and features of artistic representations, audiovisual materials, and audio sources in Spanish related to course content.  The full course and its activities are intended to teach and enhance a student's ability to acquire, identify, understand, discuss, interpret, and analyze the form and content of literary works of prose, poetry, and drama along with the literary terms and conceptual aspects of art and history of the time. The course provides opportunities for students to write short responses and analytical essays related to literary texts, using language appropriate for literary analysis. Students are encouraged to draw upon their own experiences and background knowledge from other courses as a way to connect with other disciplines and with their own cultures and communities.  

    The prerequisite for AP Spanish Literature and Culture is Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers II Honors or AP Spanish Language along with teacher recommendation.

     

    Intermediate Spanish I

                                                                Full Year                                             Grades 10, 11

    Intermediate Spanish I is the first course of a three year-long program. This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language.  It is designed for beginning students with minimal exposure to the language.  The units of study include school, classroom environment, leisure time activities, and weather.  The course emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary related to the units of study, and communicative phrases.  Activities will include role-playing, short readings, listening activities, songs and games for reinforcement and recall.  Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication, primarily in the first-person.  Students will acquire knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken. 

     

    Intermediate Spanish II

                                                                Full Year                                             Grades11, 12

    Intermediate Spanish II is the second course of a three year-long Intermediate program. This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language.  It is designed for beginning students with some exposure to the language.  The units of study include school schedule, classroom objects, food/beverages, likes and dislikes, and nutrition.  The course emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary related to the units of study, and communicative phrases.  Activities will include role-playing, short readings, listening activities, songs and games for reinforcement and recall.  Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication.  Students will acquire knowledge of the culture and customs of Spanish-speaking countries.

    A prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Intermediate Spanish I.   

     

    Intermediate Spanish III

                                                                Full Year                                             Grades11, 12

    Intermediate Spanish III is the last course of a three year-long Intermediate program. This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language.  It is designed for beginning students that have had some previous exposure to the language.  The units of study include activities outside of the school, celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries, ordering at a restaurant, nutrition, describing people and objects and talking about their homes.  The course emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary related to the units of study, and communicative phrases.  Activities will include role-playing, short readings, listening activities, songs and games for reinforcement and recall.  Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication.  Students will acquire knowledge of culturally appropriate etiquette in Spanish-speaking countries. 

    A prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Intermediate Spanish II. 

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