Foreign Language

World Language Courses

Overview

Courses for the following Foreign Language subject areas can be found in this section:
CHINESE
FRENCH
JAPANESE
LATIN
SPANISH

CHINESE MANDARIN 1ST LEVEL
GMS001-GMS002

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students will meet the expectations of the communicative functions within the context of familiar vocabulary and structures. Phonological and grammatical errors are to be expected and addressed in a way that promotes communication and student confidence. Students practice extensively in oral and written communication using the learned vocabulary and grammar. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

CHINESE MANDARIN 2ND LEVEL
GMS003-GMS004

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 1st Level Chinese Mandarin or equivalent with “C” or better / “D” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students practice extensively in oral communication and write simple messages and narratives. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

CHINESE MANDARIN 3RD LEVEL
GMS005-GMS006

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 2nd Level Chinese Mandarin or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue to develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of normal speech on general topics, including travel, emergency assistance, health, simple business transactions, politics, traditions, customs and habits. Students will demonstrate knowledge of grammatical detail. The emphasis at Level 3 is in refinement and fluency. All the major structures will be reviewed and commonly used written structure will be given emphasis. A large portion of course time will be devoted to developing reading and writing skills, which reinforce oral expression. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing awareness for acceptable behavior in the Chinese culture.

AP CHINESE MANDARIN 4TH LEVEL
GMS009-GMS010

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 3rd Level Chinese Mandarin with a “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
This course is the expansion and continuation from the previous three levels of Mandarin. Students will continue to develop communication skills involving writing, listening and speaking. There will be an emphasis on the comprehension and production of normal speech on general topics and literary section. This includes making choices, stating preferences, giving advice, expressing feelings and participating in discussions on current topics. Communication skills and writing skills will be extensively covered and developed in formal and informal exchanges on concrete and abstract topics. Native-like discourse strategies will be covered. Structures commonly found in the language will be studied in relation to the situation presented, such as the Chinese syntactical structures that are most different from the English structures.

FRENCH 1ST LEVEL
GFS001-GFS002

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
The primary objective of 1st Level French is to develop basic communication skills emphasizing listening and speaking along with grammatical structures. Natural language is utilized to promote self-expression. Vocabulary and lessons focus on high-interest, useful themes to maximize motivation and enhance learning.

FRENCH 2ND LEVEL
GFS003-GFS004

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 1st Level French or equivalent with “C” or better / “D” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue to develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students practice extensively in oral communication and write simple messages, narratives and letters. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

FRENCH 3RD LEVEL
GFS005-GFS006

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 2nd Level French or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue to develop cultural awareness and French communication skills involving listening, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis is on comprehension and the production of frequently used language. Students practice extensively in oral communication and write messages that are more extensive, letters, and narratives than the previous levels of French. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing awareness of acceptable behavior in foreign cultures.

AP FRENCH 4TH LEVEL
GFS007-GFS008

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 3rd Level French with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students at this level of language are moving from Stage 4 to Stage 5, developing more cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and normal speech on general topics and more complex literary selections with more in depth analysis using literary and rhetorical devices. Grammar is revisited and reviewed, polishing along the way. Students practice extensively in oral communication practicing formal and informal exchanges on concrete and abstract topics, using native-like discourse strategies. They write poetry, daily journals, compositions, and weekly 20 minute AP practice essays, and hone other AP practice tests of Reading, Grammar (function words & verbs from 15 different tenses, adding speaking practice based on picture series). Classroom activities are related to the real world and
include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the “francophone” cultures (French AP Course of study). Most universities accept this course for college credit provided a passing score on the National AP Examination (in May).

JAPANESE 1ST LEVEL
GJS011-GJS012

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students will meet the expectations of the communicative functions within the context of familiar vocabulary and structures. Phonological and grammatical errors are to be expected and addressed in a way that promotes communication and student confidence. Students practice extensively in oral and written communication using the learned vocabulary and grammar. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

JAPANESE 2ND LEVEL
GJS013-GJS014

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 1st Level Japanese or equivalent with “C” or better / “D” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students learn Hiragana, Katana phonetics and basic Kanji characters. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

JAPANESE 3RD LEVEL
GJS015-GJS016

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 2nd Level Japanese or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students will communicate well in Japanese. Emphasis is on listening, writing, and reading in Japanese. Japanese history, culture and literature are studied extensively. The course is conducted entirely in Japanese.

HONORS JAPANESE 4TH LEVEL
GJS017-GJS018

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 3rd Level Japanese or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
The goal of this course is to become fluent in Japanese. Communication skills, understanding, speaking, listening, reading and writing will be stressed. Grammar will be emphasized along with cultural studies and some exposure literature. This class is conducted entirely in Japanese.

LATIN 1ST LEVEL
GLS001-GLS002

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
1st Level Latin introduces students to the basics but the advantages are far reaching! The focus of the course is grammar, vocabulary, and translations, but students subsequently build and broaden their English vocabulary and skills as they work with derivations and roots. Latin courses include study of Roman civilization and mythology help broaden students’ background and furnish historical insight.

LATIN 2ND LEVEL
GLS003-GLS004

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 1st Level Latin or equivalent with “C” or better / “D” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
This course completes the survey of Latin verbs, as well as a vast majority of Latin grammar. Special emphasis is given to subordinate clauses and periphrastic constructions. Literature includes poems by Catullus, in addition to a continued exploration of several Roman myths.

LATIN 3RD LEVEL
GLS005-GLS006

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 2nd Level Latin or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
This course places an emphasis on writings by Cicero, Caesar, Pompey, Eutropius, Augustus, Pliny and other historically significant authors. The whole of Latin grammar is completed in the first few weeks and emphasis is given to the changing historiography about the fall of the Republic. Students explore a greater understanding of literary style, use of rhetoric, and other devices through Catullus’ and Ovid’s poems, Plautus’ plays, and Caesar’s commentaries.

AP LATIN 4TH LEVEL
GLS009-GLS010

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 3rd Level Latin with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
This course is designed to mirror the AP course in terms of Caesar’s writings, while turning also to Plautus, Catullus, and Ovid for exercise in Latin poetry and play-writing. In the second half of the course, emphasis is placed on Livy, with further exploration of Horatius, Cicero, and other significant neo-Latin writers. Greater emphasis is given to how legend interacts with historical record, how the author’s life may have influenced his writings and the political implications of such writings.

SPANISH 1ST LEVEL
GSS001-GSS002

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students build fluency and confidence in their new language through oral and written practice. Teachers work to ensure students are able to communicate basic needs in the beginning and build up to story reading and retelling as the course progresses. This course also includes Hispanic culture and civilization.

SPANISH 2ND LEVEL
GSS003-GSS004

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 1st Level Spanish or equivalent with “C” or better / “D” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students practice extensively in oral communication and write simple messages, narratives and letters. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

SPANISH 3RD LEVEL
GSS005-GSS006

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 2nd Level Spanish or equivalent with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
Students continue develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is on comprehension and production of frequently used language. Students practice extensively in oral communication and write simple messages, narratives and letters. Classroom activities are related to the real world and include developing an awareness of acceptable behavior in the foreign culture.

AP SPANISH 4TH LEVEL
GSS007-GSS008

Post

(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Level Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: 3rd Level Spanish with “B” or better / “C” with teacher recommendation
(Satisfies the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement)
In this course, students continue to develop cultural awareness and communication skills involving reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Through the emphasis on comprehension and production of normal speech on general topics, students will compose expository passages about literary selections, such as short stories, novels, poems and articles. Students will demonstrate knowledge of grammatical detail and be able to communicate extensively in formal and informal exchanges on concrete and abstract topics. Students will prepare to pass the AP Spanish language examination. Most universities accept this course for college credit provided a passing score on the National AP Examination (in May).