World Language

Each student is required to take two years of a single world language. Although students may begin a first or second world language at any point in their high school career, it is recommended that students begin as freshmen in order to take advantage of the full four-year curriculum. Many public and private universities require a minimum of two years of high school language study for admission. Studying a language for three or four years may exempt students from university exit requirements. Each university is different, so direct specific questions to the guidance department.  

Chinese
Chinese I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to freshmen and sophomores, and juniors.

This first year Chinese fundamental course offers students a solid foundation in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will engage in simple Chinese conversations such as greeting, giving basic personal information, naming basic objects, showing preferences and immediate needs. Students will recognize over 120 Chinese characters related to greetings, calendars, family members, animals, time, sports and other daily activities and write about 120 characters in Pinyin and 50 Chinese characters related to daily activities. As students comprehend simple passages related to learned topics, they will develop critical thinking skills in Chinese. Teaching strategies incorporate technology such as typing in Chinese, use of various online tools and making movies. Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of China’s cultures and history as they compare Chinese culture with that of their own culture.

Chinese II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to freshmen and sophomores, and juniors.

Prerequisite: Chinese I.

This course is a continuation course designed for students who already have the basics of Chinese fundamental level I, or through some other relevant experience. This course emphasizes listening, speaking and reading Chinese, plus some exercises to enhance writing skills. Students will develop their vocabulary capacity through reading and improve daily oral skills in Chinese. Communicating in Chinese II will enable students to use Chinese comfortably, appropriately in making travel arrangements and in daily conversations: visiting friends making appointments, shopping, transportation, and discussing school life or weather. Additionally, the course will integrate the Chinese culture into the language learning and enhance the practices of Chinese language. This course will integrate technology in the learning of the Chinese language and follow National Standards for Foreign Language Education.

Chinese III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Chinese II.

This level three course emphasizes the proficiency of standard Chinese pronunciation and intermediate vocabulary. Standard Chinese (Mandarin) will also be taught through reading and writing. Simplified Chinese characters will be used and practiced throughout the course. Students will learn modern Mandarin Chinese through vigorous interactive practice and small group activities. The class is supported by using online tools to accelerate learning. Chinese history and culture will be interwoven in the language lessons.

Chinese IV (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Chinese III.

This course is designed to build upon fundamentals to help students achieve greater fluency in oral expression and to emphasize the reading of Chinese character texts. Grammar will be taught through the use of sentence patterns and character writing will be practiced. Traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese cultures will be taught. In this course, students will expand listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in standard Mandarin Chinese, attaining approximately the intermediate-low level on the ACTFL proficiency scale by the end of the school year. Students will be able to carry out a simple face-to-face conversation in various cultural contexts within the target culture. Students will learn and use more basic sentence patterns and be able to read simple stories about daily life. Students will narrate a simple story or describe an event of familiarity.

AP Chinese Language and Culture (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to seniors.

This course will deepen students’ immersion into the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world as they are provided with intermediate to advanced level tasks across the three communicative modes. In doing so, they will practice pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammatical structures, and written characters. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation of the elements of the culture of Chinese-speaking people throughout the course as they explore geography and population, ethnic and regional diversity, travel and transportation, climate and weather, holidays and food, sports and games and current affairs.

French
Français pour Francophones I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: Native speakers with a good understanding of grammar or students who were enrolled in a French immersion school for a minimum of five years.

This course is designed for students with near native spoken fluency in French. The course will be conducted entirely in French and will include the study of literature and cultures of French-speaking countries. The content will focus on grammar instruction to build writing skills and students’ understanding of structure and syntax, including spelling and accentuation. Methods will include discussions, student presentations, compositions, and projects.

Note: This course will run contingent on the level of interest.

Français pour Francophones II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits open freshmen and sophomores.

Prerequisite: Français pour Francophones I 

This course is designed for student who have completed Français pour Francophones I. The course will be conducted entirely in French and will include the study of literature and cultures of French-speaking countries. The content will focus on grammar instruction to keep building writing skills and students’ understanding of structure and syntax, including spelling and accentuation.  Methods will include discussions, student presentations, compositions and projects. The final exam in this course will serve as a placement test for the following year of French studies.

French I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

This first-level French course offers students a balanced approach to language learning, giving careful attention to the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will gain cross-cultural awareness as they compare and contrast the cultures of French-speaking countries and their contributions to the global society. Students learn to talk about themselves, their families and interests as well as explore units on schools, cuisine and shopping. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music, and films.

French II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: French I.

This second-level course is designed to develop and expand students’ communication skills. The study of Francophone countries broadens to include Quebec and Senegal. Students read about and learn to discuss issues such as health and wellness, festivals and film. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music and films.

French III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: French II.

This course is designed to improve the basic skills of listening comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing through conversations, discussions, oral expression, readings and practical writing activities. This course will refine and introduce new structures in grammar and vocabulary so students can express themselves in complete sentences. The study of Francophone customs and cultures includes an overview of French history, from Prehistory to the French Revolution, weekly current events from around the francophone world and exploration of themes such as fairy tales, love and friendships, media and society. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music, and films.

French IV (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: French III with an average grade of “B -“ or higher​

This course builds upon level III to improve the students’ ability to communicate in French and to develop a deeper understanding of Francophone customs and culture. Students work towards expressing a complete string of ideas with complete sentences and connectors. Thematic units will include personalities, French tale La Belle et la Bête, driving and directions, fashion, French regions, African folk tales, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Current events from the francophone world will also be introduced and discussed on a weekly basis. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music and films.

French V (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.​

Prerequisite: French IV with an average grade of “B” or higher.

This advanced level course follows the history of France from 1800 to 1970 including Napoléon, the evolution governmental systems from post revolution monarchy up to the current 5th republic, WW1 and WW2, French colonization and decolonization, and the demographic landscape of France today. For each time period, students will learn about the historical context, review and introduce new grammar concepts and study an authentic document related to this time frame in its entirety. Language is also used in context during debates, cooking classes and pre-AP activities. Students will continue to develop their language proficiency as they develop a more sophisticated vocabulary and grammar base, through the study of authentic sources in various formats.

AP French Language and Culture (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.​

Prerequisite: French IV or V with an average grade of “B+” or higher and teacher.

This intense college-level course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. The study of French-speakers and their culture will include the AP College Board units on families and communities, science and technology, beauty and aesthetics, contemporary life, global challenges, and personal and public identities. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics, make comparisons between the native language and target language and between cultures, and use the target language in real-life settings. Students will develop tools of communication for reading and listening to authentic sources in order to promote a deeper understanding of the French language and its many cultures.

Latin
Latin I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

This first-year course is designed for students with no prior Latin study. Students study the Latin language, Roman history and culture, and the connections between Latin and English, with a focus on grammar and vocabulary building. Through increasingly complex Latin readings, student move chronologically through the classical period, from early Roman literature to the writers of the early Roman Empire. Cultural and historical perspectives are broadened through supplemental materials and class discussions and projects.

Latin II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Latin I or two years junior high Latin.

This second-year course, designed for students who wish to continue their study of Latin, focuses on more complex Latin grammar, vocabulary expansion, and the culture and history of the classical world. Supplemental materials and class projects enhance understanding of the ancient Roman world

Latin III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Prerequisite: Latin II.

Latin III continues to expand students’ command of Latin grammar and vocabulary, to gain sufficient proficiency to begin reading ancient Roman authors in the original language. Through the school year, Latin language units alternate with in-depth units on Roman history, from prehistoric Italy to Rome’s domination of the Mediterranean world.

Latin IV (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Latin III.

The Latin sequence continues in a course covering a variety of genres and authors, ranging from Pliny’s letters to Cicero’s speeches to the poems of Martial and Vergil. Supplemental materials and class projects enhance understanding of the works being studied and the milieu in which they arose.

Latin V (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to seniors.

Prerequisite: Latin IV.

Latin V continues to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the Latin language, Roman history and culture, and their impact on the modern world. A variety of ancient Roman and midevil Latin writers will be read and discussed, sampling an assortment of genres and eras. Poetry and prose, history, philosophy, and drama will be introduced, with authors and works varying at the instructor’s discretion.

Spanish
Español Para Hispanohablantes I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: Native speakers with a good understanding of grammar or students who were enrolled in a Spanish immersion school for a minimum of five years.

Designed for students with near native spoken fluency in Spanish, the course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Circumlocution skills will be emphasized in order to progress while maintaining communication in Spanish. Through their study of literature, music and movies, students will refine their grammar and learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their writing skills, with special attention given to spelling and accentuation. Among other activities, students will discuss culture, debate topics, write compositions and create projects. Of special note, students will practice their research and public speaking skills when they represent countries to propose solutions to global challenges in the Spanish Model United Nations. This course prepares students to take Español Para Hispanohablantes II the following year.

Español Para Hispanohablantes II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits open to freshmen and sophomores.

Prerequisite: Español para Hispanohablantes I.

This course is designed for students who have completed Español para Hispanohablantes I. Through their study of literature, music and movies, students will refine their grammar and learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their writing skills, with special attention given to spelling and accentuation. Among other activities, students will discuss culture, debate topics, write compositions and create projects. Circumlocution skills will be emphasized in order to progress while maintaining communication in Spanish. Of special note, students will practice their research and public speaking skills when they represent countries to propose solutions to global challenges in the Spanish Model United Nations. This course prepares students to take Español Para Hispanohablantes III the following year.                                                  

Español Para Hispanohablantes III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Español para Hispanohablantes II.

This course is designed for students who have completed Español para Hispanohablantes II. Through their study of literature, music and movies, students will refine their grammar and learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their writing skills, with special attention given to spelling and accentuation. Among other activities, students will discuss culture, debate topics, write compositions and create projects. Circumlocution skills will be emphasized in order to progress while maintaining communication in Spanish. Of special note, students will practice their research and public speaking skills when they defend opposing scholarly articles. This course will prepare freshmen to take AP Spanish Language and Culture the following year, while sophomores and juniors may elect to take AP Spanish Literature and Culture.

Spanish I (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

This first-level Spanish course offers students a balanced approach to language-learning, giving careful attention to the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will engage in conversations, express feeling, and exchange opinions on topics such as likes/dislikes, personality, school life, foods, hobbies, community, sports, family, and clothing. Within these topics, students will build an awareness of culture, including attitudes and lifestyles in Spanish-speaking countries. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate technology, music, and videos.

Spanish II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent.

This course builds on the fundamentals and skills presented in Spanish I. Students will engage in conversations, develop listening skills, and write in the Spanish language. Thematic units presented include the classroom, daily routines, downtown activities, children and play, emergencies, television programs, and cooking. Within these units, students will build an awareness of culture, including attitudes and lifestyles in Spanish-speaking countries. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music, and films.

Spanish III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish II with an average grade of “C” or higher OR Honors Spanish II with an average grade of a “C-”.

This third-year Spanish course is designed to continue developing the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through conversations, discussions, readings and practical writing activities. This course will refine and introduce new structures in grammar as well as vocabulary. The study of Spanish-speaking people, their customs and cultures include units on art, health and fitness, and communities and volunteerism. Participation and conversation are integral parts of this course. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music, and films.

Spanish IV (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish III with an average grade of “C” or higher.

This fourth-year Spanish course is designed to start developing intermediate skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing through conversations, discussions, authentic readings, and composition writing. The study of Spanish-speakers and their culture will include units on fashion and the 20th century, technology, the environment, human rights, personalities and personality styles, individual and personal relationships, as well as entertainment. Participation and conversation are key components of this course and one main focus will be speaking in Spanish. Students will be engaged in a variety of activities by means of authentic materials, interactive technology, music and movies.

Spanish V (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish IV with an average grade of “B-” or higher.

This fifth-year Spanish course is designed to continue developing intermediate skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing through conversations, discussions, authentic readings, and composition writing. The study of Spanish-speakers and their culture will include units on diversity, the culinary arts, our societal issues, the economy, our free time, and 21st century challenges and advancements. Participation and conversation are key components of this course and two main focuses will be speaking and writing in Spanish. Students will be engaged in a variety of activities by means of authentic materials, interactive technology, music, and movies.

Honors Spanish II (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish I with an average grade of “A-”or higher OR Advanced Spanish 1 with teacher recommendation.

This second-level Spanish course is fast faced and rigorously builds upon the fundamentals taught in Spanish 1. Students will engage in conversations, develop listening skills, and read and write in the Spanish language. Thematic units presented include the classroom, daily routines, downtown activities, children and play, emergencies, television programs, cooking outdoors, making travel plans and tourist activities. Students will build an awareness of culture, including attitudes and lifestyles in Spanish-speaking countries. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music and movies. 

Honors Spanish III (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to all grade levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish II with an average grade of “A-” or Honors Spanish II with a “B-“or higher.

This third-year Spanish course is fast-paced and rigorously builds upon the knowledge and abilities students gained in Spanish II. Students will engage in conversations, develop listening skills, and read and write in the Spanish language. This course will refine and introduce new vocabulary and grammar structures. The study of Spanish-speaking people, their customs and cultures include units on art, health and fitness, communities and volunteerism, pre-Colombian civilizations, Spanish civilization and colonization, and the environment and conversation. Participation and conversation are integral parts of this course. Teaching and learning methods actively engage students in a variety of activities, which incorporate authentic materials, interactive technology, music and films.

AP Spanish Language and Culture (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Spanish IV or V with an average grade of “B+” or higher.

This intense college-level course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination. The study of Spanish-speakers and their culture will include the AP College Board units on families and communities, science and technology, beauty and aesthetics, contemporary life, global challenges, and personal and public identities. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics, make comparisons between the native language and target language and between cultures, and use the target language in real-life settings. Students will develop tools of communication for reading and listening to authentic sources in order to promote a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and its many cultures.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture (YR)

Two semesters, two credits, open to juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Spanish IV, V or AP Spanish Language with an average grade of “B+” or higher.

This intense college-level course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Examination. The study of Spanish-speakers and their culture will include the AP College Board units on societies in contact, gender, time and space, interpersonal and social relationships, duality of being and the enigma of existence, and imagination and literary creation. Students will develop further tools for communication for reading and listening to authentic sources in order to promote a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and its many cultures. This class will explore history, culture, art, and literature through Latin American and Spanish authors, poets, and essayists. Literature in this class covers the Medieval & Golden Age, as well as the 18th – 21st centuries.

Spanish Language Internship Program-SLIP (S1) (S2)

One or both semesters, one credit per semester open to juniors and seniors.

Prerequisite: Spanish IV or above, near native Spanish speaking skills, an application, and teacher recommendation. Admissions based on availability of approved positions.

Earn valuable experience that could lead to your future college/career choice or get a head start on your college and career planning by participating in an intern experience. Students will travel to a local primary immersion school twice a week. Through direct contact in the classroom, students will expand their cultural understanding of Latinos and serve as pronunciation models for K-6 students guiding them in classroom activities. Students must be at least 16 years of age and be able to provide their own transportation to and from the work site. The internship will take place during the school day. Students will check in twice a week with the teacher to discuss progress and complete online requirements. Students will complete quarterly papers as well as a semester service-learning project.

*This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.