World Language

Beginning with the Class of 2018, two years of a world language are required. Students are not required to begin their study of a world language during their freshman year. 
 
The mission of the World Languages Department is to develop future world citizens and leaders. In our multi-cultural world, proficiency in another language, knowledge of other cultures and an awareness of our differences will enhance one’s professional as well as personal life. In order to accomplish this we encourage students to begin language study in ninth grade. College requirements for world language study vary, but the best preparation in high school is three to four years of a single world language. Students who register for a World Language must register for a full year. Students should have a good understanding of basic English.

 

Levels 1 & 2

CHINESE 1 A & B
CHINESE 2 A & B

FRENCH 1 A & B and FRENCH 2 A & B
SPANISH 1 A & B and SPANISH 2 A & B


While studying Levels 1 and 2, the student will:

  • Use and comprehend everyday phrases needed in a variety of social situations.
  • Use, in oral and written forms, the basic grammatical patterns of the language.
  • Develop an appreciation for the culture of the various countries.
  • Be involved in activities using the language.
  • Read, listen to, and discuss short selections in the language.
  • Develop responsibility for his/her own learning.
  • Investigate how languages enhance one's life and career opportunities. 

2 semesters - 2 credits each year

Levels 3 & 4


CHINESE 3 A & B
FRENCH 3 A & B and FRENCH 4 A & B

SPANISH 3 A & B and SPANISH 4 A & B

With Levels 1 and 2 as a foundation, the Level 3 and 4 student will:

  • Participate in intensive oral work in the language.
  • Read and discuss a variety of literature such as short stories, poems, novels, tales, plays, newspaper and magazine articles and anecdotes.
  • Write formally and informally in a variety of formats such as letters, e-mails, journals, summaries, and essays.
  • Study and experience the culture.
  • Investigate the value of language in the workplace.
  • Be encouraged to participate in local activities which offer a better understanding of the language and/or culture.
  • Prepare for college tests in order to be able to meet the entrance and graduation requirements and/or to be able to earn college credit for the language proficiency acquired in high school.

2 semesters - 2 credits each year

 

Honors & AP World Language Program

Entrance requirements for Honors and AP World Language Program:

  • 'A' average in second level; qualified 'B+' students may be considered
  • Approval of instructor
  • Agreement to meet expectations and requirements of Honors contract
  • Superior oral daily participation in class as verified by previous and current instructor(s)
  • Completion of an Honors World Language application


Criteria for continuing in Honors and AP World Language Program:
'B' average or above per semester

HONORS FRENCH 3 A & B

This course is open to students who have successfully completed two years of French. It is taught concurrently with French 3. In addition to completing the requirements of the French 3 course, Honors students complete at least one journal writing and and interview or podcast per unit. Students will also have additional readings in French. Each term students will do an independent study project. These can include research about France, contemporary life in France or Francophone countries and advanced use of the language. Honors students are expected to speak French to the instructor, in and outside of class, and when appropriate, to their peers. 2 semesters - 2 credits

HONORS FRENCH 4 A & B

2 semesters - 2 credits

HONORS SPANISH 3 A & B

In this course, students will acquire the skills to write and speak about opinions, descriptions, conjecture, and events in the past, present, and future. The class focuses on developing fluency and accuracy in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will use Spanish to investigate and discuss aspects of historic and contemporary Hispanic culture. Students will study topics such as the history of Spain and of the Americas, family and gender roles, and the role religion plays in Hispanic cultures. For each thematic unit, students will participate in conversations; read and discuss literary, historic, or analytical writings; examine and discuss pieces of art or architecture; and practice the grammar that will help them improve their speaking and composition.
2 semesters - 2 credits

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE A & B

This advanced Spanish elective is a rigorous course focusing on reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish. Students will study issues such as family relations, health, the environment, sociology, education, economics and leisure activities. Students will engage in discussions about current events and contemporary culture. Students will understand and apply sophisticated language structures—grammar and vocabulary—to maintain a discussion, presentation, or written analysis. Students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam in the spring. Students must have a strong interest in Spanish.
2 semesters - 2 credits

AP SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE A & B

This course is designed to introduce students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American and U.S. Hispanic literature.  Students will demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities).  Students will have ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing — and will reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Strong academic performance in AP Spanish Language or Spanish 4              
2 semesters - 2 credits

AP FRENCH A & B

This advanced French elective is a rigorous course focusing on reading, writing, speaking and understanding French. Students will study themes such as global challenges, personal and public identities, science and technology, beauty and aesthetics, family and community and contemporary life. Students with a strong interest in French will benefit from this college level course. 
2 semesters - 2 credits

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