MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Foreign Language   

Latin I

The study of Latin provides a strong foundation for understanding language.  Latin is the root language of the 25 Romance, or Roman, languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian.  As an example, ninety percent of Spanish is derived directly from Latin. Additionally, ninety percent of our 3 syllable English words are also derived from Latin.  This course will take students through a study of Latin to improve both their English and their understanding of how language works.  Students will work through the text, Henle Latin.  They will memorize noun declensions and cases and verb conjugations. They will learn Latin grammar.  Latin derivatives will be explained in class and be used to build English vocabulary.  Latin really is a joy to learn and applicable to many fields of study, including science, medicine, and law.

Homework will include translating short Bible passages, practicing and memorizing noun and verb endings, exercises from the book, and memorizing vocabulary. In addition to class time each week students should expect to complete about 1 hour of homework each of the other three school days,

Latin 2

The study of Latin provides a strong foundation for understanding language.  Latin is the root language of the 25 Romance, or Roman, languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian.  As an example, ninety percent of Spanish is derived directly from Latin. Additionally, ninety percent of our 3 syllable English words are also derived from Latin.  This course will take students through a study of Latin to improve both their English and their understanding of how language works. Students in this level will review vocabulary on Tuesdays with a review of the first part of the book. Then, on Thursdays, they will move on to the second half of the book, working more extensively on verb conjugations and translating passages.

Homework will include- Exercises from the book, memory work, translation of Bible passages, and practicing declensions. Students should plan to spend an hour per day, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to complete homework.  

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Spanish I   

Spanish I is a high school course which introduces students to the basic tools necessary to learn and apply Spanish language and culture.  By the end of the school year, committed and diligent students will learn to write, read, speak, and comprehend this language.  In addition, they will learn about the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. During class time, students will learn through organized conversation, sketches, games,  and weekly quizzes and drills. Due to the fact that this class meets twice, instead of five times per week and that daily practice is necessary for acquiring foreign language skills, it is PARAMOUNT that students prioritize attendance to class and complete homework daily rather than cramming for tests.

Prerequisites:

  • Red Bridge Academy Spanish 1/2
  • Introductory course of Spanish

Time commitment and Homework:

  • Monday/Thurs Class time- because this is a spoken language, class time is imperative
  • 1 hour per day, 3 days a week- Depending on the speed of the student
  • Homework will include: saying vocabulary aloud, drilling the conjugation of verbs, as well as reading and writing from the text

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Spanish II

Spanish II is a high school course that solidifies basic knowledge of Spanish language and culture. Beginning with a review of the basics, the class will progress to a more complete understanding of the language. In this class, students will learn about the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries as well. In addition to increasing to an intermediate vocabulary, they will learn tricky verb conjugations: past, present, and future. During class time, the instructor will teach using organized conversation, sketches, games, and weekly quizzes and drills. Due to the fact that this class meets twice instead of five times per week and that daily practice is necessary for acquiring foreign language skills, it is PARAMOUNT that students prioritize attendance to class and complete homework daily, rather than cramming for tests.

Because this text is thorough, but covers more content than most high school students can handle in a year,  the teacher has decided to complete only 3/4 of the book. The rest will be saved for Spanish III.

 Prerequisites:

  • Spanish I
  • Placement Test Required

Time commitment and Homework:

  • Monday/Thurs Class time- because this is a spoken language, class time is imperative
  • 1 hour per day, 3 days a week- Depending on the speed of the student
  • Homework will include: saying vocabulary aloud, drilling the conjugation of verbs, as well as reading and writing from the text