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World Languages

Credits: 6

Learning a foreign language is an inherently global experience, therefore it forms an essential part of our curriculum as The Global School®. Through language, students appreciate ideas, art and cultural differences and discover that culture is globally contextual. Moreover, learning a language encourages students to engage in public speaking and to share ideas collaboratively. The result is curriculum that nurtures global citizens and leaders.

The World Languages Department offers instruction in three modern languages, Spanish, French and Chinese, and one classic language, Latin. The four components of language instruction – reading, writing, speaking and listening – form the core of the language courses. Students are challenged to engage in these activities on a regular basis. Furthermore, through language, students are exposed to diverse perspectives on art, history, current events and culture. Language study is enhanced by the use of technology such as educational apps, authentic video and audio media, language podcasts, and interactive educational websites. Departmental permission is a prerequisite for all language courses beyond the first year of study

Two years of the same language are required. Students must receive a minimum grade of a C and departmental permission before advancing to the second year. Many colleges prefer three or four years of the same language.

FRENCH 1

Credits: 3

Level: Introductory

Overview: Students develop the abilities needed for effective participation in everyday situations in a Francophone country through the introduction of the four basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The course emphasizes basic structures of language and a high-utility vocabulary to help students develop competency in the use of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students will participate in role-play of everyday situations. The course uses reading selections, film, and other authentic materials in addition to the text. Students earning a C or better may continue to French 2.

Prerequisite: none

FRENCH 2

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Overview: This course fosters students’ knowledge of the cultural variety of the modern Francophone world through readings, film, and realia with an emphasis on the four language skills. Increased importance is placed on grammatical instruction and practical vocabulary. Students work to develop competency in more complicated grammatical structures and vocabulary. Reading selections, film, and other authentic materials supplement the text. Students will be assessed with grammar and vocabulary quizzes, chapter tests, projects/presentations, and a cumulative final exam.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of C or better in French I, passing the French I final exam, and teacher recommendation.

HONORS FRENCH 3

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Through enriching vocabulary, increasing usage of advanced grammatical concepts, listening comprehension practice, and the study of French literature and films, students gain knowledge of the cultural variety of the modern Francophone world while developing facility in spoken and written French. Reading selections, film, and other authentic materials are utilized in addition to the text.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B- or better in French 2, passing the French 2 final exam, and teacher recommendation

HONORS FRENCH 4

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Students continue to improve their ability to experience everyday situations in a Francophone country, with increased importance placed on the contemporary Francophone world and its culture through spoken and written discussion of ideas as well as everyday communicative competence. They strive to develop proficiency in the advanced levels in the four language skills. Students work to develop fluency in spoken and written French.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B or better in Honors French 3, passing the Honors French 3 final exam, and teacher recommendation

HONORS FRENCH 5

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview:

Students continue to develop proficiency past the intermediate level in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the contemporary Francophone world and its culture. Through enriching vocabulary, increasing usage of advanced grammatical concepts, listening comprehension practice and the study of French literature and films, students gain knowledge of the cultural variety of the modern Francophone world while developing facility in spoken and written French.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B or better in Honors French 4, passing the Honors French 4 final exam, and teacher recommendation

AP FRENCH

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced Placement

Overview: Students continue to develop proficiency in speaking and writing French as well as analyzing cultures of French-speaking countries; open to those students with sufficient language skills and the intellectual maturity and motivation to undertake a college-level language program. The course focus is on spoken and written discussion of ideas, as well as on everyday communicative competence, while exploring the history and cultural diversity of the Francophone world. Students work to achieve a high degree of fluency in French. The AP exam is mandatory.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of A or better in Honors French 4, passing the Honors French 4 final exam, and teacher recommendation

LATIN I

Credits: 3

Level: Introductory

Overview: This course aims to help the student to attain a comprehension of the Latin language through practice in reading it. Using the Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1, students learn about Roman life by reading stories and dialogues pertaining to Roman life in the city of Pompeii in the 1st century C.E. and develop an understanding of Roman culture and civilization, especially during the 1st century C.E. Students earning a C or better may continue to Latin 2.

Prerequisite: none

LATIN II

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Overview: Students continue their study of the Latin language, with an emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and syntax. The aim of the course continues to be the development of the student's ability to read Latin. The Cambridge Latin Course Units 2 and 3 are used for this purpose. Students continue to explore Roman culture and civilization by reading stories about life in Roman Britain and Roman Egypt.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of C or higher in Latin 1, passing the Latin 1 final exam and teacher recommendation

HONORS LATIN III

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Students continue their journey through the Cambridge Latin Course by finishing Unit 3. In this course students will develop their ability to read more complex Latin passages. They also continue their study of Roman civilization by exploring the monuments and topography of ancient Rome and the early history of the Empire.

Prerequisites: A yearlong grade of B- or higher in Latin 2, passing the final Latin 2 exam and teacher recommendation

HONORS LATIN IV

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Students conclude their journey through the Cambridge Latin Course by reading the Latin stories in Unit 4. In this course, students will make the transition from reading the adapted Latin of the Cambridge Latin Course story line to reading original Latin. Students will read selections from Martial, Ovid, Catullus, Vergil, Horace, Pliny and Livy.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B or higher in Honors Latin 3, passing the Honors Latin 3 exam, and teacher recommendation

HONORS LATIN V

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: This course is offered to students who have successfully completed Honors Latin 4 with a grade of B or higher and who do not want to take Advanced Placement Latin. In this course, students will read a selection of Latin prose and poetry. Poetry will include selections from Ovid, Catullus, Horace and Vergil. Prose selections will be from Pliny, Livy, Caesar and Cicero. Through these reading selections, students will continue to appreciate the global nature of the Roman experience. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening the student's ability to read Latin.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B or higher in Honors Latin 4, passing the Honors Latin 4 exam, and teacher recommendation

AP LATIN

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced Placement

Overview: The main objective of this course is to prepare students for success on the AP Latin exam. In order to achieve this objective the students will be guided in developing the ability to literally translate into English all of the passages of Vergil's Aeneid and Caesar's De Bello Gallico, which are required by the College Board for the AP Latin program. The students will read the entire Aeneid in English as well as Books 1, 6 and 7 in English from the De Bello Gallico.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of A- or higher in Honors Latin 4, passing the Honors Latin 4 exam, and teacher recommendation

Beginner Mandarin Chinese

Credits: 3

Level: Introductory

Overview: Students will learn basic pronunciation and tone usage in simple conversations, character writing, and a basic knowledge of China and the regions where Chinese is spoken as a national language. Students work to develop competency in the use of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students must earn a C or better continue to Mandarin.

Prerequisite: none

intermediate mandarin chinese

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Overview: Students in this course will learn intermediate pronunciation and tone usage in conversations, practice more character writing, and gain an appreciation of the Chinese language and cultures. Students work to develop competency in more complicated grammatical structures and vocabulary, achieving a more solid command of grammar and developing proficiency in pronunciation and tone usage. They will advance in character writing and be exposed to authentic materials in Chinese media. The goal is to develop facility in spoken and written Mandarin. Students earning a B or better may continue in Mandarin.

Prerequisite: departmental permission

advanced mandarin chinese

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Students will learn to balance all four of the basic skills in language development - listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing – while developing a higher proficiency in pronunciation and tone usage in conversations, as well as advanced character writing. In addition, students will utilize authentic materials in Chinese media with a goal of developing fluency in spoken and written Mandarin.

Prerequisite: departmental permission

SPANISH 1

Credits: 3

Level: Introductory

Overview: Beginning students study language that can be used in everyday conversation. The course is taught using a communicative approach. Students begin to communicate in the target language through interpersonal speaking and writing, presentational speaking and writing, and interpretive reading and listening. Students communicate about such topics as greetings, telling time, school subjects, foods, family and friends, and leisure activities. This class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible and an emphasis is placed on becoming a competent communicator. Students expand their understanding of culture by studying about the countries of the Hispanic world. Vocabulary will focus on school, shopping, family, clothes, weather, simple foods found in restaurants and markets, holidays, and tourist activities.

Prerequisite: none

SPANISH 2

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Overview: This class continues to emphasize and to build the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to express more complex thoughts using a variety of verb tenses, including the present subjunctive, while building vocabulary and developing their writing skills. Classes are conducted in Spanish; however, English is occasionally used to explain difficult grammar and certain material. Students are required to use the target language as they develop all of their skills while they explore Hispanic culture through readings in the textbook complimented by videos with native speakers. Students are encouraged to conduct simple exchanges with native speakers in the community. Class work varies to include listening activities and lessons on the Internet.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of C or better in Spanish I, passing the Spanish I final exam, teacher recommendation

SPANISH 3

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced

Overview: Spanish 3 begins with a thorough review of the grammatical concepts covered in the first two levels. Students continue to expand their vocabulary while building all language skills. At this level, the past subjunctive is introduced as well as other more advanced grammatical topics. Students are required to use the target language as they develop all of their skills. The class is conducted in Spanish; therefore, students at this level should be comfortable using the target language to speak and able to write using coherent sentences. At this level, reading passages are lengthier and students begin to read short stories. Class work varies to include listening activities and lessons on the Internet as they expand their knowledge of the language and Hispanic cultures.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B- or better in Spanish 2, passing the Spanish 2 final exam, teacher recommendation

HONORS SPANISH 3

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: At the Honors level students refine their competence in the four skills needed to learn a world language and begin literary analysis. There are frequent quizzes (and less frequent tests), as well as oral work and writing assignments. The students analyze short stories and poems. An honors level course demands a great deal of personal responsibility and determination as students are expected to review basic materials outside the classroom so that class discussions can focus on cultural/literary analysis.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of A- or better in Spanish 2, passing the Spanish 2 final exam, teacher recommendation

SPANISH 4

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced

Overview: Spanish 4, conducted entirely in Spanish, is a course for those wishing to continue Spanish studies without any expectation of AP preparation. Through a variety of native (designed for native speakers) sources, as well as using technology and traditional texts, students will examine, discuss and present to develop their speaking and writing skills. Heavy emphasis is placed on speaking both daily in class and in regular presentations and projects. Major and minor assessments, daily participation and research determine the grade.

Prerequisites: A yearlong grade of B or better in Spanish 3, passing the Spanish 3 final exam, teacher recommendation

HONORS SPANISH 4

Credits: 3

Level: Accelerated Advanced

Overview: Honors Spanish 4, taught entirely in Spanish, is designed to perfect students' competence in all modes of expression and to introduce them to the literature, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through short stories, novels, poetry and drama. Students increase their understanding of formal and informal speech, improve their spoken fluency by expressing their ideas and beliefs, and advance their writing ability through frequent compositions based on readings and class discussions. The course seeks refinement in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Use of technology, film and additional readings enhance the content of the course.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of B or better in Spanish 3, passing the Spanish 3 final exam, teacher recommendation

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced Placement

Overview: AP Spanish Language polishes students' communicative skills, moving them to a higher level of proficiency in their speaking, listening, writing, and reading of Spanish. A broad range of authentic materials from textbooks, newspapers, the web, film, television and the local community serve as the basis for discussion and investigation of diverse cultural and linguistic themes. The class is conducted exclusively in Spanish and students are expected to participate actively. Evaluation is based on a variety of assessments including essays, journals, oral quizzes, projects, and presentations. Students prepare to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam in the spring as required.

Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of A- or better in Honors Spanish 4, passing the final exam, and teacher recommendation

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