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World Languages

Crystal Cleveland
World Languages Department Chairperson

In keeping with the national standards for foreign language learning, the world language department’s main goal is to help students to acquire the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with users of other languages. As students achieve an understanding and knowledge of the culture that surrounds the world language, they will realize that there are multiple ways of viewing the world and will feel more comfortable in a foreign environment. The department strives to enable the student to connect what is learned in the language classroom to other disciplines in an effort to have the student become a lifelong learner.

All students enrolled in AP course are required to take the AP Exam.

 

Spanish 1

Join the vast network of more than 300 million Spanish speakers worldwide and take Spanish 1. Through this course, students will begin to learn and use Spanish in a variety of situations with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Daily lessons will focus on new vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and cultural topics.

Skills Developed

  • Express needs and wants
  • Express likes and dislikes
  • Give detailed descriptions
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in textbook and other supplied sources
  • Produce short-length, organized oral presentations and written compositions in basic tenses
  • Compare and contrast information regarding historical events and cultural themes with one’s own culture

Knowledge Developed

  • Present tense
  • Basic future tense
  • Past tense
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Cultural awareness

 

Spanish 2

Continue your journey, ¡ven con nosotros al mundo hispánico! Through this course, students will continue to learn and use Spanish in more complex situations with a continued emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. While more grammatically intense than Spanish 1, Spanish 2 daily lessons will also teach new vocabulary and cultural topics which build on what was learned in Spanish 1. 

Skills Developed

  • Express needs and preferences
  • Express likes and dislikes
  • Exchange opinions and preferences
  • Exchange opinions and ideas
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in various sources
  • Produce mid-length, organized oral presentations and written compositions in the present, preterite, imperfect, and basic future tenses
  • Compare and contrast information regarding historical events and cultural themes with one’s own culture

Knowledge Developed

  • Basic past tense
  • Present progressive tense
  • Formal and informal commands
  • Imperfect tense
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Cultural awareness

Required Prerequisites

Spanish 1

Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

Spanish 2 Honors

¡Ven a esta clase a mejorar su español a un ritmo avanzado! At an accelerated rate, students will recognize the intent and purpose of the discourses and participate on the low to mid novice level. They will be expanding upon the content in Spanish 1 course concerning lexical, grammatical, and cultural topics.

Skills Developed

  • Express needs, preferences, feelings and emotions
  • Initiate, sustain and close an oral exchange
  • Use paraphrasing to convey and comprehend oral and written messages
  • Write short (>200 words) organized compositions using visual and technological support
  • Demonstrate mid-high novice proficiency in oral and written exchanges with respect to proper pronunciation, intonation, and writing mechanics

Knowledge Developed

  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to the low to mid novice level
  • Expanding upon Spanish 1 course information
  • Grammatical tenses examined include the present, preterit, future, present progressive, imperfect, and commands

Required Prerequisites

  • 90 in Spanish 1
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

Spanish 3

¡Asistan a esta clase para estudiar los detalles del español- incluso los verbos, el vocabulario, y la cultura! Students will recognize the intent and purpose of the discourses and participate on the mid novice level. They will expand upon the content of the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 courses concerning lexical, grammatical, and cultural topics. By the end of the Spanish 3 course, students will be introduced to all of the pertinent fundamentals in the Spanish language.

Skills Developed

  • Express needs, preferences, feelings and emotions and begin to self-correct
  • Exchange opinions and preferences
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in a variety of print and non-print sources
  • Participate in short oral and written activities reflecting the past, present, and future
  • Use paraphrasing, some circumlocution, and body language to convey and comprehend messages
  • Produce short (>2 minutes), organized oral presentations, and write short (>200 words), organized compositions in the present tenses with increasing proficiency and accuracy , using visual and technological support as appropriate
  • Use paraphrasing, some circumlocution, and body language to convey and comprehend messages

Knowledge Developed

  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to the mid-novice level; expanding upon and refining information from the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 courses
  • New grammatical tenses introduced include the immediate future, the conditional, and the subjunctive

Required Prerequisites

  • Spanish 2 or Spanish 2 Honors
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

Spanish 3 Honors

Have you ever wished to have the structural knowledge to speak like a native? This course does this. By the end of the course, you will have a deeper knowledge of the structural necessities to both understand and produce “like a native.”

Skills Developed

  • Express needs and preferences
  • Express feelings and emotions
  • Exchange opinions and preferences
  • Give detailed descriptions
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in a variety of print and non-print sources
  • Produce mid-length, organized oral presentations and written compositions in the indicative mood, all tenses, and the simple subjunctive tenses with increasing proficiency, using visual and technological support as appropriate
  • Both interpret and present information regarding historical events as well as the cultural and physical geography of Hispanic cultures


Knowledge Developed

  • All verb tenses
  • Sequence of tenses
  • Complex sentence structure (i.e., Indicative mood v. Subjunctive mood)
  • All pronouns
  • Se passive
  • Por/para
  • Relative pronouns

Required Prerequisites

  • 85 in Spanish 2 Honors
  • 90 in Spanish 2 
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

Spanish 4

¡Asistan a esta clase para estudiar los detalles del español- incluso los verbos, el vocabulario, y la cultura! Students will recognize the intent and purpose of the discourses and participate on the mid novice level. They will expand upon the content of the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 courses concerning lexical, grammatical, and cultural topics. By the end of the Spanish 3 course, students will be introduced to all of the pertinent fundamentals in the Spanish language.

Skills Developed

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational communication
  • Cultural connections, comparisons, and communities

Knowledge Developed

  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to the mid-novice level; expanding upon and refining information from the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 courses
  • New grammatical tenses introduced include the immediate future, the conditional, and the subjunctive

Required Prerequisites

  • Spanish 3 or Spanish 3 Honors
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Would you like to polish your Spanish and improve your fluency?

The AP Language and Culture course takes a holistic approach to language proficiency and it recognizes de correlation between vocabulary usage, language control, communication and cultural awareness. The students learn language structure in context and use it to engage in discussions about historical and current events. The course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. This rigorous course is equivalent to an upper-intermediate college course.

Skills Developed (from The College Board AP course guide)

  • Spoken interpersonal communication
  • Written interpersonal communication
  • Audio, visual, and audiovisual interpretive communication
  • Written and print interpretive communication
  • Spoken presentational communication
  • Written presentational communication

Knowledge Developed

AP Spanish Language and Culture is structured around six themes:

  • Global Challenges
  • Science and Technology
  • Contemporary Life
  • Personal and Public Identities
  • Families and Communities
  • Beauty and Aesthetics

Required Prerequisites

  • Spanish 4 with 90
  • Spanish 3 Honors with 85 
  • AP Application completion required with teacher recommendation

 

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

This course is meant to be comparable to a third year Peninsular and Latin American Literature college and university course. The course consists of a comprehensive and inclusive survey of Hispanic literature. Students will recognize the intent and purpose of the discourses and participate on the mid to high intermediate level, particularly with respect to reading and writing skills.

Skills Developed

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational communication
  • Cultural connection
  • Recognize how the view points of people of Hispanic countries is reflected in their practices and product

Knowledge Developed

  • Hispanic literature from the medieval period to the 20th Century
  • Reading, understanding and analyzing authentic works in prose and poetry
  • Literary terminology and literary devices necessary to critically analyze the form and content of various genres
  • Write organized and coherent essays (scored with the AP scoring guidelines) and prepare for the AP Spanish Literature Exam

Required Prerequisites

  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair


Advanced Spanish Honors - (post AP Spanish Literature)

A personalized hybrid course where students meet with the instructor and also work through independent study and project based learning models.

 

French 1

Vive la Différence! Be unique; take French! In this class, students will learn to engage in conversations, provide/obtain information, express feelings and emotions, exchange opinions in the target language and discuss culture.  

Skills Developed

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational

Knowledge Developed

  • Vocabulary common to both English and French (English vocabulary enrichment)
  • Linguistic skills
  • Culture
  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to novice level
  • Grammatical tenses examined include the present, immediate future, and present indicative.

 

French 2

In this class, you will learn to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions, discuss culture in French.

Skills Developed

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational

Knowledge Developed

  • Linguistic skills
  • Culture
  • Vocabulary common to both English and French (English vocabulary enrichment)
  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to the low- to mid-novice level
  • Expanding upon French 1 course information
  • Grammatical tenses examined include the present, passe compose, future, and present progressive.

Required Prerequisites

  • French 1
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

French 2 Honors

In this class, you will learn to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions, discuss culture in French at a comparatively more rapid pace.  

Skills Developed

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational

Knowledge Developed

  • Linguistic skills
  • Culture
  • Vocabulary common to both English and French (English vocabulary enrichment)
  • Oral, written, and linguistic proficiency pertinent to the low- to mid-novice level
  • Expanding upon French 1 course information
  • Grammatical tenses examined include the present, passe compose, future, and present progressive.

Required Prerequisites

  • 90 in French 1
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

French 3

Students engage in higher levels of conversation, provide/obtain information, express feelings, emotions, opinions, discuss culture and complete their learning of all French grammar fundamentals.  

Skills Developed

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational

Knowledge Developed

  • Linguistic skills
  • Vocabulary common to both English and French (English vocabulary enrichment)
  • Express needs and preferences
  • Express feelings and emotions
  • Exchange opinions and preferences
  • Give detailed descriptions
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in a variety of print and non-print sources
  • Produce mid-length, organized oral presentations and written compositions in the indicative mood, all tenses, and the simple subjunctive tenses with increasing proficiency, using visual and technological support as appropriate
  • Both interpret and present information regarding historical events as well as the cultural and physical geography of Francophone cultures.

Required Prerequisites

  • French 1
  • French 2 or French 2 Honors
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 

French 3 Honors

Students engage in higher levels of conversation, provide/obtain information, express feelings, emotions, opinions at a comparatively more rapid pace, discuss culture and focus on grammar.  

Skills Developed

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpretive communication
  • Presentational

Knowledge Developed

  • Linguistic skills
  • Vocabulary common to both English and French (English vocabulary enrichment)
  • Express needs and preferences
  • Express feelings and emotions
  • Exchange opinions and preferences
  • Give detailed descriptions
  • Ask questions and provide responses on topics and events found in a variety of print and non-print sources
  • Produce mid-length, organized oral presentations and written compositions in the indicative mood, all tenses, and the simple subjunctive tenses with increasing proficiency, using visual and technological support as appropriate
  • Both interpret and present information regarding historical events as well as the cultural and physical geography of Francophone cultures

Required Prerequisites

  • French 1
  • 90 in French 2 or 85 in French 2 Honors
  • Recommendation of teacher or department chair

 


    

    

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