FOREIGN LANGUAGE


The Foreign Language Department focuses instruction so that students will:

  • Communicate at a level-appropriate ability in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding spoken language.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures to the extent that general patterns of behavior and ways of life are recognized and new insight into how language and culture shape world views.
  • Connect with other disciplines as they develop the ability to acquire information and recognize distinctive viewpoints only available through foreign language and culture.
  • Gain knowledge of and acceptance of diversity within our community and the world.
  • Use level-appropriate language within and beyond school setting and for personal enjoyment and enrichment, all while enhancing career options.


FRENCH

1400 French I
(Grades 9-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

French I teaches the basic skills of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the French language. The course is also designed to acquaint the student with the customs and daily life of French-speaking people as well as lead them to an understanding of the French-speaking world.

1401 French II
(Grades 10-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Minimum of ‘C’ in French I

French II is designed to further develop the student’s skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the French language. More emphasis is given to grammar and vocabulary expansion. Students are exposed to more of the culture of the people who speak the language and to their history.

1402 French III
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Minimum of ‘C’ in French II

French III is designed to expand the student’s knowledge and use of the language in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. There is more emphasis on the mechanics of the language as well as literacy so that the student becomes more capable in reading and responding to textual materials.

1403 AP French
(Grade 12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III

AP French continues to develop the grammatical knowledge of the student and the application of that knowledge in the four skill areas. Special emphasis is given to vocal communication in addition to the practice with textual materials. At the end of this course, the student may elect to take the AP French Language and Culture exam for college placement.

1404 AP French Literature
(Grade 12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and Administration

AP French Literature places special emphasis on literature, grammar, and teaching the lower levels of French. This course is an independent study and is specific to the student in question.

SPANISH

1405 Spanish I
(Grades 9-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Spanish I is designed to help students gain beginning knowledge into the Spanish language and to prepare them for college level material.  The Vistas: Intoducción a la Lengua Española textbook is utilized and is widely used in entry level college coursework.  Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, along with correct pronunciation are emphasized throughout this yearlong course.  Cultural items include art, literature, history, and the current events of the Spanish-speaking world.  These topics form a major part of the coursework and help students’ language appreciation grow from the first day of participation.  This course provides a foundation of Spanish language study that prepares students for future Spanish language coursework and covers Lecciones 1-5 in the Vistas textbook.

1406 Spanish II
(Grades 9-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Spanish I

Spanish II is designed to help students gain beginning knowledge into the Spanish language and to prepare them for college level material.  The Vistas: Intoducción a la Lengua Española textbook is utilized and is widely used in entry level college coursework.  Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, along with correct pronunciation are emphasized throughout this yearlong course.  Cultural items include art, literature, history, and the current events of the Spanish-speaking world.  These topics form a major part of the coursework and help students’ language appreciation grow from the first day of participation.  Spanish I course provides a foundation of Spanish language study that prepares students for future Spanish language coursework and covers Lecciones 6-10 in the Vistas textbook.

1407 Spanish III
(Grades 10-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of “C” in Spanish II

Spanish III is designed to help students gain further knowledge into the Spanish language by studying advanced grammar concepts and literature throughout a yearlong course.  This course focuses on developing the four skills of communication in language:  listening, reading, writing, and most importantly, speaking.  Cultural knowledge of holidays, dances, foods, music, politics, and current events will be expanded upon.  This class provides a stronger foundation of the Spanish language study that will prepare students for college level material and covers Lecciones 11-16 in the Vistas: Intoducción a la Lengua Española textbook.

1408 AP Spanish IV
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Spanish III

Spanish IV (AP Spanish) expands upon the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills learned in levels I, II, and III.  The content of the course explores the advanced grammar structures and usage as well as Latin American literature, history, current issues, art, culture and colloquial language (slang) in a Spanish language format.  This course is organized through a variety of methods and follows the AP Guidelines as determined by the AP College Board.  The intent of the course is to advance the students in every aspect of their target language in order to better prepare them for more advanced college Spanish coursework and continues utilizing the Vistas: Intoducción a la Lengua Española textbook covering Lecciones 17 & 18.

1409 AP Spanish V Literature
(Grade 12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Spanish IV and instructor’s approval

Spanish V (AP Spanish) is a class designed to offer the advanced Spanish students an opportunity to continue their Spanish studies and leading them to a more advanced placement in college level courses.  The primary focus on this course is a completion of the AP College Board’s standards using literature in order to better understand a variety of other topics.  Students will explore history of the countries and make literature analysis of the language structure as well as be asked to express themselves verbally and through written constructs.  AP Spanish Literature is equivalent to a college level course.

LATIN

1410 Latin I
(Grades 9-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Latin I is an introduction to the language of the ancient Romans and is intended to provide the fundamental skills to begin translation of Latin text.  Students will learn Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax in order to translate basic Latin text, while improving their knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and ancient Roman history. Classes will consist of the study of Latin grammar, translation exercises, weekly vocabulary quizzes, and class discussion of periodic assignments. Latin not only contributes greatly to the formation of a student's faith, but is critical for development in all phases of learning.

1411 Latin II
(Grades 10-12; 2 semesters; 1credit)
Prerequisite: Latin I

Latin II completes the introduction to the Latin language, and provides all skills for the translation of Latin text.  Students will complete the Latin grammar, vocabulary and syntax in order to translate Latin text, while improving their knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, spelling and ancient Roman history. Classroom activities will consist of the study of Latin grammar, translation exercises, weekly vocabulary quizzes and discussion of periodic assignments. Latin not only contributes greatly to the formation of a student's faith, but is critical for development in all phases of learning.

Criteria for Independent Students of French or Spanish
A student must:

  • Be in the third year of the first language studied.
  • Have approval from French or Spanish instructor.
  • Be aware of the fact that he/she will work completely independently and understand what independent study is.
  • Sign a contract stating conditions of study.


Criteria for Fifth Year Students of French and Spanish:
Student must have:

  • Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA average in third and fourth year levels of the foreign language.
  • Have approval of the language instructor.
  • Be aware of the fact that he/she will work completely independently and understand what independent study is.
  • Be required to establish a program of study with the instructor.