Course Descriptions

FRENCH I

Prerequisite: None

French I is the introductory course open to 9th through 12th year students in a four year sequence which provides the opportunity to develop proficiency in the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing of the French language, gain knowledge of the culture of France and other French speaking countries, use French to connect with other disciplines, and use French to participate in communities at home and around the world.

FRENCH II

Prerequisite: French I

French II is open to 9th through 12th year students. The prerequisite for the course is French I or the equivalent in the elementary school. French II continues the development of proficiency in the communication skills, expansion of knowledge of the culture of France and other French speaking countries, and continued use of French to connect with other disciplines as well to participate in communities at home and around the world.

FRENCH III

French III is open to qualified students who have completed French I and French II or the equivalent. This course continues the development of proficiency in the communication skills at a more challenging level with a greater emphasis in literature, expansion of knowledge of the culture of France and other French speaking countries, and continued use of French to connect with other disciplines as well as to participate in communities at home and around the world

FRENCH IV

French IV is the final course in a four year sequence. It is a non-required course open to students who have completed French I, II, and III or the equivalent. French IV will continue to develop proficiency in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing of the French language through a variety of French literary selections, as well as contemporary stories and publications. The course also includes a review of grammar and further study of culture and civilization of the francophone world as seen through art, history, film, and music.

SPANISH I

Spanish is the introductory course open to 9th through 12th year students in a four year sequence which provides the opportunity to develop proficiency in the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing of the Spanish language, gain knowledge of the culture of Spanish speaking countries, use Spanish to connect with other disciplines, and use Spanish to participate in communities, at home and around the world.

SPANISH II

Spanish II continues to provide students with basic to intermediate knowledge and conversation skills. Included are verb conjugations, sentence structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture. Students will work individually, in pairs and in groups to increase conversational skills. Students will be required to read a novel (2 novels for Honors Spanish) and complete a final project based on the novel.

SPANISH III

In Spanish III students review structures of the language previously learned, concentrating on more complex as well as new aspects of Spanish grammar. Conducted 70-80 percent in Spanish, the course introduces students to new vocabulary for usage in situations of everyday living. Students will be required to write short compositions and prepare oral presentations.

SPANISH IV

In Spanish IV students review structures of the language previously learned, concentrating on more complex as well as new aspects of Spanish grammar. Conducted entirely in Spanish, the course introduces students to new vocabulary for usage in situations of everyday living. The course also serves as an introduction to literary works by Spanish and Latin–American writers as well as to the history, geography and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. Students will be required to write short compositions and prepare oral presentations. Students will also be required to read 2 novels and complete a final project based on those novels.

SPANISH I FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

Spanish Speaking I is the introductory course open to 9th through 12th year students who have prior understanding of the language and builds on what they know in a four year sequence which provides the opportunity to develop proficiency in communication, listing, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. They gain knowledge of the diverse Hispanic culture and language, use Spanish to connect with other disciplines and use it within the class, school, home, community, and around the world.

SPANISH II FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

Students will continue developing competence in the four language skills. Students continue to learn the way language is used in different Spanish Speaking Countries and how it relates to their own language or dialect, as well as the Spanish Speaking countries, Latino authors, artists, customs, etc. Finally, they will use the language within and beyond the classroom setting.

SPANISH III FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

The purpose of this course is to develop a deep understanding of the Spanish language for heritage speakers. Connections will be made with other disciplines and languages in order to improve a variety of academic skills. The language will be studied in its different manifestations and genres (oral, written, fictional, non-fictional, etc) and in a variety of public media. Special attention will be given to structural patterns and standard grammar and spelling .The course is taught entirely in Spanish and will provide students with enough practice to develop their skills in the language. Eligible students will benefit from the course to transition into AP Spanish.

SPANISH IV FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

This class is a continuation of firming up the foundation in the language by learning more complex grammar and reading a greater variety of novels, news articles, and other challening material . This course is designed for the students who do nto wish to continue with AP Spanish.

AP SPANISH

AP Spanish is open to qualified 11th and 12th grade students, or students that are recommended by a Spanish teacher. The prerequisite for the course is Spanish II or SS II, Spanish III or SS III, Spanish IV or SS IV, and/or special arrangements as a result of the Spanish proficiency exam. AP Spanish is a preparation for the AP Language or AP Literature exam. AP Spanish also continues the study of more complex grammar and attempts to increase oral comprehension and speaking skills and gives more practice in writing skills. Longer literature readings are read. There is an emphasis on culture through a substantial number of research projects. Students read complete novels, instead of fragments at this level.

At the beginning of May, students take the Advanced Placement exam that will measure their level on the language and their recognition of their mastery as a third year of college level.

The language staff provides tutorial services before and after school as well as during lunch periods for students who need extra help or for students who wish to advance their skills.