World Language

Chinese
Chinese I

Year-long course

The course is designed for students with little or no prior experience in the language. The course will focus on pronunciation, character recognition and typical simplified Chinese characters, writing and reading. Various supplementary listening materials will be used from the beginning of this course to give students an authentic and practical way to learn correct pronunciation and reinforce class lessons. Students will also be exposed to Chinese language and culture via movies, real world situations and cultural highlights.

Chinese II

Year-long course

This course is designed for students who have had some prior experience to the Chinese language. Throughout this course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. However, the emphasis in this course will be on building up students’ communicative competence in oral and listening skills. Reading and writing will be introduced yet this class will focus heavily on communication in Chinese.

French
French A

Year-long course

French A offers the opportunity to begin the exploration of the French language, which connects students to 175 million French speakers in more than 50 countries. Our exploration of Francophone culture will include Quebec, the Caribbean, West and North Africa, and Europe. Throughout this course, students will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through a wide range of activities including pair and group work, role-playing, listening and reading. Students will be corresponding with French “epals” throughout the year, thus offering real life applications to students’ growing language capacities. An opportunity to attend an immersion weekend at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN will also be offered. Vocabulary topics include: introductions, description, preferences, numbers, colors, time, family, school, weather, seasons, months, and daily routine. Grammar topics include: present and immediate future tenses for essential verbs, possessive adjectives and adjective/noun agreement.

French B

Year-long course French

Prerequisite: French A

B offers 8th graders the opportunity to continue their exploration of the French language as well as the Francophone culture. Throughout this course, students will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and culture through a wide range of activities including pair/group work, role-playing, listening and reading. Students will continue their correspondence with French “epals” throughout the year and will also have the opportunity to host a French student for 10 days in February or 3 weeks over the summer. An opportunity to attend an immersion weekend at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN will also be offered. Vocabulary topics explored include: café food, clothing, shopping, house, places in a town, and travel. Grammar topics include: a review of all verbs studied in French A, additional irregular verbs and le passé composé tense. Students will do units on Paris monuments and art history. They will also read a short novel, written for beginning-level students, called “Pauvre Anne”.

Latin
Latin I

Year-long course

This course introduces students to the Latin language. Students learn the introductory grammar and vocabulary necessary to read beginning Latin texts. Connections between Latin and English are emphasized to help students increase their English vocabulary. Students improve their verbal abilities and reading skills through class activities, games, and projects. Students also learn about the culture and history of Ancient Rome, and how they have had an enduring impact on our current world.

Latin B

Year-long course

This course introduces students to the Latin language and to ancient Roman history and culture. The course focuses on grammar and vocabulary building with an emphasis on the connections between Latin and English. Through increasingly complex Latin readings, students 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, class discussions and projects.

Spanish
Spanish A

Year-long course

Comparable to a first semester high school World Language course, Spanish A focuses on expanding students' vocabulary and composition skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Students will be able to ask and answer questions and give information regarding the following themes: hobbies, descriptions, school life, mealtime, places in the community, invitations, making plans, and sports. Students also explore the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries and learn to appreciate the diversity of other cultures around the globe. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Hispanic holidays throughout the year.

Spanish B

Year-long course

Prerequisite: Spanish A

Comparable to a second semester high school World Language course, Spanish B expands students' vocabulary, composition, and conversational skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Specific units of study include the family, shopping and clothing, vacation and travel, entertainment, and the environment with an increased focus on vocabulary acquisition and basic present and past tense structures. Students will acquire pen pals from a Spanish speaking country in the second semester to interact with a native Spanish speaker while demonstrating advanced communication skills, reading comprehension, and sentence structure. Through the pen pal exchange, students will break down stereotypes and uncover cultural biases. Additionally, students will explore the global influence of the Spanish language through music and movies.