World Language Department

To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn two credits in the same world language. Students not planning to attend a four-year university have the option of waiving this requirement, but must complete 3 additional Focus credits. Students choosing this option must return a completed World Language/Fine Art waiver form to their counselor.


 FRENCH 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Recommendation: Rising 9th graders requires an A in 8th grade Math, Rising 10th graders requires an grade of C or better in Algebra;  open to any junior or senior

French 1 will introduce French-speaking areas of the world.  It will also include numbers, time, basic phrases, weather, alphabet, clothing, colors, foods, and holidays. Students will be required to speak aloud in class and will make presentations both in French and English.



FRENCH 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 1 with a recommended grade of C or better

Students will continue to learn French vocabulary and grammar along with cultural events, social, political, and economic issues.  Activities include: skits, songs, and games.  Students will give oral responses and presentations in French in class.


FRENCH 3

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: French 2 with a recommendation grade of B or better

Much of this class will be taught in French.  Time will be spent on vocabulary and grammar and will focus on conversational skills and expanding their writing abilities.  Topics include geography of France, body parts, and current events in France.


FRENCH 4

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: French 3 with a recommendation grade of B or better

Much of this class will be taught in French.  Students will study grammar forms and explore French culture through reading French texts.  Students will speak and write in French including creating and presenting a play in French.


GERMAN 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Recommendation: A grade of C or better in English for rising Sophomores; Open to any juniors or seniors; Rising 9th graders require an A in 8th grade English. Because of limited space in this class, ALL students are required to pick an alternate language

Students will use vocabulary quizzes and skits to practice grammar, vocabulary, and cultural skills needed to survive in a German-speaking country.  Speaking and understanding spoken German is emphasized.


GERMAN 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of German 1

Students will learn vocabulary necessary to understand, converse, and write about sports, holidays, travel, occupations, and eating in a restaurant.


GERMAN 3

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: German 2 with a recommendation grade of B or better; must pick alternates

Students will read German literature, magazines, and newspapers, write in German, and practice speaking.


GERMAN 4

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: German 3 with a recommendation grade of B or better; must pick alternates

Students will continue studying German culture and grammar through activities such as reading German literature, magazines, and newspapers, writing in German, and practice speaking.



LATIN 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Recommendation: Rising 9th graders requires an A in 8th grade Math or a grade of B or better in 8th grade Algebra, Rising 10-12 A grade of A in regular math or a grade of B or better in Honors Math

Students will study the language and culture of ancient Rome by reading an extended narrative about a Roman family.  No oral language skills are taught.  The primary objective for all levels of Latin is the acquisition of the English and Latin grammar skills necessary for advanced translation. 


LATIN 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 1 with a recommendation grade of C or better

Students will continue to study the language and culture of ancient Rome by continuing to read an extended narrative about a Roman family.


LATIN 3

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 2 with a recommendation grade of B or better

Students will complete their study of Latin grammar and further develop their translation skills by reading stories from Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles. By the end of Latin 3, students will have the skills needed for translating advanced Latin.     


LATIN 4

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 2 with a recommendation grade of B or better

Latin 4 is a course for students who are considering AP Latin, preparing for college placement tests, or wanting to use their translation skills to read some famous Latin poetry. As a class, students will discuss and translate poems by Vergil, Ovid, and Catullus. Assignments will vary to support students intending to enroll in AP Latin, as well as those with other goals.   


ADVANCED PLACEMENT LATIN

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Latin 4 with a recommendation grade of B or better

The AP Latin course focuses on the in-depth study of selections from two of the greatest works in Latin literature: Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. The course requires students to prepare and translate the readings and place these texts in a meaningful context, which helps develop critical, historical, and literary sensitivities. Throughout the course, students consider themes in the context of ancient literature and bring these works to life through classroom discussions, debates, and presentations. Additional English readings from both of these works help place the Latin readings in a significant context.


  Spanish Track for Taking AP Spanish

If you will complete Spanish 2 in SY 2018-2019, you will need to take Spanish 3 in SY 2019-2020. In SY 2020-2021, you will need to take Spanish 4 and AP Spanish.

If you will complete Spanish 4 in SY 2018-2019, you will need to take Spanish 5 and AP Spanish in SY 2019-2020.

If you are beginning Spanish, you will need 3 years to complete the track –  Starting in 9th or 10th grade, you will need to take Spanish 1 & 2. The second year, you will need to take Spanish 3. The third year, you will need to take Spanish 4 and AP Spanish.

  

SPANISH 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Recommendation: A grade of C or better in English; Rising 9th graders require an A in 8th grade English

The overall objectives of this course are to develop the students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with the goal of communication on a basic level in Spanish and to acquaint students with cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world.  Speaking aloud is required.


SPANISH 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish

This course builds on the skill set acquired from Spanish 1 with a concentration on new vocabulary words as well as new verb tenses.  Students will improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  Speaking aloud is required.


SPANISH 3

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 2 with a recommendation grade of B or better

This course is an expansion of Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 and strives to further listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and the analysis of original texts.  Oral and written self-expression in the target language is a major objective. Speaking aloud is required.


SPANISH 4

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 3 with a recommendation grade of B or better; Speaking aloud is required!

This course builds on the skill set acquired from Spanish 1, 2 and 3. Emphasis in Spanish 4 is placed on listening and reading comprehension, oral fluency and written proficiency.



SPANISH 5

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 4 with a B or better or teacher recommendation; Speaking aloud is required! SY 2019-2020 will be the last year offering this course. See Spanish track.

This course is an expansion of Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4 courses. It strives to further listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and the analysis of original texts. Oral and written self-expression in the target language is a major objective.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 5 with a recommendation grade of B or better; Speaking aloud is required!

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP course engages students in an exploration of cultural products (books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).


HERITAGE SPANISH 1 & 2

  • Two Semesters
  • 1 credit each semester
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Fluent in Spanish

This course is designed for the specific needs of Native Spanish Speakers to improve reading and writing in Spanish.  The course will also include class discussion, group projects and essay writing.