World Language Education

  • 604 – French I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: Students will be introduced to the French Language and Culture through a variety of lessons that focus around listening, reading, writing and speaking. The first year of French will focus on the most commonly used words and phrases in the language, while also introducing students to basic concepts such as questions, greetings, food, simple sentence structures and basic conversation.

     

    605 – French II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for French I is critical for success in this course. 
    • Course Prerequisite: French I and minimum final grade average of 74%
    • Course Description: This course will build on skills developed in French I, in addition to expanding reading, writing, listening and speaking in context about a variety of concepts, such as travel and daily life. French-speaking islands of the Caribbean, as well as Canada and Africa, will be discussed in more detail. Language and cultural concepts will be presented to the students through the exploration of stories, mini-novels and articles from newspapers and magazines that increase in difficulty and utilize high-frequency vocabulary and grammar in French.


    610 – French III

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for French II is critical for success in this course.  there is only one section of French III each year and space is limited
    • Course Prerequisite: French II and an overall average of 83%
    • Course Description: In the third level, students will expand upon the skills practiced and the knowledge gained in previous levels. Ability to read and write in French will be enhanced. Students will also learn more about the people and places that make the French and France so interesting. Knowledge of other subject areas will be enriched as students write resumes, discuss contemporary social and political problems, and study French history.  Students will also read short stories that will increase in difficulty as the semester progresses, culminating in the reading and discussion of the Classic French Novel, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery.


    614 - Honors French Literature and Poetry

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for French III is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: French III with a minimum final avage of 85%
    • Course Description: The purpose of this honors weighted course is to develop the student’s awareness and appreciation of various genres of Francophone literature. Students will study various movements of French literature throughout the early days of the nation and continue through modern times, including literature from numerous Francophone nations to show the diversity of the French culture. In addition, students will analyze the works presented to discover their impact on present day culture, as well as the culture’s impact on many topics presented in the readings. Grammar instruction will also continue to be a component of this course to ensure comprehension of the literature presented in class. As most instruction and texts will be presented in the native language (either spoken or written), French III is a prerequisite.


    617 – Honors French Art and History

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the French III final exam is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: French III with a minimum average of 85%
    • Course Description: The purpose of this honors weighted course is to develop the student’s awareness and appreciation of various art forms and artists who are either French or who have had a profound effect on the French culture. In addition, the history of France will be studied and analyzed from the perspective of its impact on that country’s artistic movements. Grammar instruction will continue to be a component of the course. As most texts will be in the native language (either spoken or written), French III is a prerequisite.


    630 – German II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for German I is critical for success in this course. 
    • Course Prerequisite: German I and minimum of final grade average of 74% 
    • Course Description: This course will further develop students’ proficiency with speaking, listening, reading and writing German. Students will acquire German in context through stories and other sources of Comprehensible Input (CI) such as books, video and music. Success in this class will be measured by students’ active engagement in communicating with the instructor and each other in the target language. Comparison of German and American cultures will aid students in becoming aware of different ways of thinking and living.

     

    • 635 – German III
    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for German II is critical for success in this course.  There is only one section of German III each year and space is limited.
    • Course Prerequisite: German II with a minimum final grade average of 83%
    • Course Description: Using Comprehensible Input (CI), students will help to develop vocabulary and acquire ability with language structures in order to be able to discuss and write about present, past and future experiences and values which are important to them. The final third of the course will revolve around an imaginary trip to Berlin, beginning with an overview of some of the most interesting German-speaking places. Study will include practicing the oral skills needed to function when traveling to and visiting the city. Student success in this class will be measured by students’ active engagement in communicating with the instructor and each other in the target language.


    646 – Honors German Short Stories and Culture

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for German III is critical for success in this course.
    • Course Prerequisite: German III with a minimum final grade average of 85%
    • Course Description: In this weighted course students will learn about Germanic culture through various short stories, fairy tales, and legends read in and outside of class. Some primary facets of German history through the 19th century will be explored in the context of the readings. Students will also develop a more in-depth understanding of modern German culture through Comprehensible Input (CI) from many sources beyond the instructor. Students will apply what is being studied to their active vocabulary and develop proficiency with more complicated structures. Success will reflect students' active engagement in communicating with each other and the instructor in the target language.


    647 – Honors Introduction to Modern German Literature

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting:  1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for German III is critical for success in this course.
    • Course Prerequisite: German III with a minimum final grade average of 85%
    • Course Description: In this weighted course students will read several theater pieces and parts of a few other literary works, and discuss them using Comprehensible Input (CI) as a foundation for continuing their personal growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing German. Relevant German history of the 20th century will be discussed in the context of the works being read in keeping with students’ levels of proficiency. Each student will be expected to make contributions to the classroom discussions in order to be successful in this course.

     

    650 – Spanish I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: In this course, students will learn high-frequency structures through TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), and they will be introduced to the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The students will acquire listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in context through stories.


    655 – Spanish II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for Spanish I is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: Spanish I and minimum final grade average of 74%
    • Course Description: This is a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) course that meets for a semester.  This course will review concepts from Spanish I and expand reading, writing, listening, and speaking in context mainly through the exploration of stories and discussions that increase in difficulty and utilize high-frequency vocabulary and grammar in Spanish.


    660 – Spanish III

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for Spanish II is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: Spanish II with a minimum final grade average of 80%
    • Course Description: This is a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) course that reviews the structures learned in Spanish I and II, emphasizing the use of more complex styles of speech and writing.  It will expand reading, writing, listening, and speaking in context mainly through the exploration of stories and discussions that increase in difficulty and utilize high-frequency vocabulary and grammar in Spanish with increased emphasis on speaking.


    665 – Honors Spanish IV

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for Spanish III is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: Spanish III and minimum final grade average of 85%
    • Course Description: This honors level weighted course is conducted mainly in Spanish, and it reviews and expands the concepts learned in Spanish I through III. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in context will be expanded through the exploration of authentic multimedia (such as web pages, music, magazines, and newspapers), stories and conversations, and through projects that incorporate culture. There is increased emphasis on speaking and writing.


    670 – Honors Spanish V

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester 
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Passing the final exam for Spanish IV is critical for success in this course
    • Course Prerequisite: Spanish IV with a minimum final grade average of 85%
    • Course Description: This honors level weighted course conducted exclusively in Spanish. It focuses on expanding the students’ communicative skills learned in Spanish I-IV through the exploration of authentic multimedia, Hispanic art, culture, and Spanish and Latin-American literature. Upon successful completion of this course, students may choose to take the Advanced Placement Exam, and if they score a 3 or better, they will receive college credit for this course from participating colleges and universities.