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Foreign Language

SPANISH I

This is an introductory course to the Spanish language in which students learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure. Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing the target language. They learn basic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions which will serve them in real-life situations. Students learn to appreciate the Hispanic culture in foreign countries as well as in the United States which has a large Hispanic population. A major outcome of Spanish I is to spark student interest in speaking Spanish and instill a desire to communicate with people from other cultures.
Credit 1 Grade 9-11
Prerequisite – None

SPANISH II

Students work to achieve Intermediate Low proficiency as they listen to, read, and create stories in Spanish. The basis of each unit is high- frequency vocabulary, which in turn ties into a cultural topic from a Spanish-speaking country. A high percentage of class time is spent in the target language.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of Spanish I.

SPANISH III Honors

Students work to achieve Intermediate Mid proficiency as they listen to, read, and create stories in Spanish. The basis of each unit is high- frequency vocabulary, which in turn ties into a cultural topic from a Spanish-speaking country. A high percentage of class time is spent in the target language. This course prepares students to take AP Spanish Language and Culture.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of SPANISH II and recommendation/approval of the Foreign Language department

SPANISH IV AP LANGUAGE

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 Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). (Course description taken from College Board)
Current cost of AP exam is $94.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of SPANISH III Honors

SPANISH V AP LITERATURE

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the full range of communication modes (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), thereby honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, literary criticism). (Course description taken from College Board)
Current cost of the AP exam is $94.
Credit 1 Grade 12
Prerequisite – AP Spanish Language OR Spanish 4 with a recommended average of 90

LATIN I

Latin I covers the basic grammar of the Latin language and its use in translation. In addition to learning the Latin language, the students will complete projects designed to provide an understanding of Roman culture and the influences of the Romans on modern times. The course is designed to help students comprehend Latin and start thinking in Latin. Vocabulary acquisition will occur through role-playing and games. The course also includes studies of Greco-Roman culture. The language and culture lessons will culminate with participation in the annualNational Latin Exam.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

LATIN II

In the second year of Latin, students build upon the information learned in Latin I, continuing the study of basic grammar of the Latin language and its use in translation. In addition to learning the Latin language, the students will complete projects designed to provide an understanding of Roman culture and the influences of the Romans on modern times. The course is designed to help students comprehend Latin and start thinking in Latin. Vocabulary acquisition will occur through role-playing and games. The course also includes studies of Greco-Roman culture. The language and culture lessons will culminate with participation in the annual National Latin Exam.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of Latin I

LATIN III (HONORS)

Latin III covers the intermediate and advanced grammar of the Latin language and its use in translation. Students will continue their cultural studies in Latin III; however, these cultural studies will coincide with reading the great masters of Rome. Each year, the Latin III and IV will alternate between poetry: Catullus, Horace, and Ovid and prose: Caesar, Vergil, Cicero. The course is designed to help students read complex Latin grammatical structures and to start thinking and reading critically. These upper-level courses are designed to be fun but challenging. The language and culture lessons will culminate with participation in theNational Latin Exam. Students who participate in the National Latin exam at this level can be eligible for scholarships.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of Latin II Recommendation/approval of Foreign Language department

LATIN IV (HONORS)

Latin IV covers the intermediate and advanced grammar of the Latin language and its use in translation. Students will continue their cultural studies in Latin III; however, these cultural studies will coincide with reading the great masters of Rome. Each year, the Latin III and IV will alternate between poetry: Catullus, Horace, and Ovid and prose: Caesar, Vergil, Cicero. The course is designed to help students read complex Latin grammatical structures and to start thinking and reading critically. These upper-level courses are designed to be fun but challenging. The language and culture lessons will culminate with participation in theNational Latin Exam. Students who participate in the National Latin exam at this level can be eligible for scholarships.
Credit 1 Grade 12
Prerequisite – successful completion of Latin III Recommendation/approval of Foreign Language department

AP LATIN Language and Culture

The content of the course is organized into four broad categories of skills that students develop and apply to their study of Latin language and literature: Reading and Comprehending, Translating, Contextualizing, and Analyzing Texts. Students demonstrate competency in reading and comprehension of Latin poetry and prose (both prepared and at sight) by identifying grammatical elements of texts, explaining the meaning of words and phrases in context, and interpreting the texts. Translations are to be as literal as possible so that students demonstrate accurate knowledge of the forms and functions of the language. Contextualization implies that students go beyond the confines of the text they are reading to reach a deeper and fuller understanding of the environment in which the text was written. Finally, analyzing texts enables students to demonstrate critical and reflective reading. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of Latin III (H)

FRENCH I

This is an introductory course to the French language in which students learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure. Students will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing the target language. They will learn basic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions which will serve them in real-life situations. Students will also learn about the culture of Francophone countries from around the world.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

FRENCH II

As an extension of French I, students will learn more complex sentence structure and they build on vocabulary learned. New grammatical structures introduced include the past and future tenses. Students continue speaking and understanding through listening, reading, and writing in the French language. Speaking and listening skills are stressed and lessons include many cultural aspects of the Francophone world.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of French I

FRENCH III (HONORS)

The emphasis in French III Honors is on increasing fluency in speaking and listening skills and reviewing previously learned grammatical concepts, as well as learning new grammar. Students will speak, hear, read, and write in French as they build their vocabulary and grow in their knowledge of the culture, history, art, and traditions of the French speaking world. Students will begin to extend and refine all skills studied in French I and II. More emphasis will be placed on conversation, and critical thinking skills to prepare for AP French. Students will be required to write short compositions and prepare oral presentations. As this is a course that aims at preparing the student for the French IV AP class, the course is conducted almost exclusively in French. Instructions, lectures, group work, activities and assignments are presented in French and students are encouraged to speak the target language always in the classroom.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – successful completion of French II