French I

                                        

French 1

Grade 9-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: None

 

Students in French 1 begin to speak, read and write through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use French as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom.   Students will develop an understanding of the structure of the language and will have the skills and confidence necessary to converse and write about familiar topics and events, to ask and answer questions, and to compare  people, things, or events using strings of sentences.  They will investigate sports, school life, family life, recreation, hobbies, music and foods via in class reading and speaking activities  Cultural awareness will be enhanced by studying French speaking regions of the world.   The course is conducted primarily in French.

Honors French 1 Course 312

Grade 9-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite:  Minimum Language Usage NWEA scores of 228 in the fall or 232 in the spring  Minimum Reading NWEA scores of 230 in the fall or 234 in the spring ****Or student has received an average of 3.5 on the Freshman Honors Rubric and has received a 93 or higher in 8th grade Language Arts.  Rubric must be completed by 8th grade Language Arts teacher.

Students in French 1 Honors begin to speak, read and write through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use the language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom.    Students will develop an understanding of the structure of the language and will have the skills and confidence necessary to converse and write about familiar topics and events, to ask and answer questions, and to compare people, things, or events using strings of short sentences.  They will be introduced to the  people and culture  of French speaking countries.  They will investigate sports, school life, family life, recreation, hobbies, music and foods via in class reading and speaking activities    Cultural awareness will be enhanced by studying French speaking regions of the world.

Students will cover more than the traditional French 1, at an accelerated rate with expanded vocabulary, grammar, and cultural experiences. Those completing Honors French 1 will, with teacher approval, be eligible for Honors French 2.  The course is conducted primarily in French.

French 2 Course 320

Grade 10-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – French 1 or Honors French 1

 

French 2 students will continue to improve their abilities to use French through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom  Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects of the French speaking world, with a variety of performance based activities. The course is conducted primarily in French.

Honors French 2 Course 322

Grade 10-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – Honors French 1 or French I with instructor’s permission

French 2 students will continue to improve their abilities to use French through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use French as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom  Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and cultural of the French speaking world, with a variety of performance based activities.

Students will be expected to cover more than traditional French 2 with the addition of more reading, listening and speaking activities,   focusing on traditional ideals and current issues.  The course is conducted primarily in French.

Those successfully completing Honors French II H will proceed to French Three or Conversational French

Honors French 3 Course 330

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – French 2 or Honors French 2

 

Students will continue to develop their proficiency in speaking, listening comprehension, written communication and reading  through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use  French as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom . Cultural material will be presented and vocabulary expanded through selected readings in periodicals and online resources.  The course is conducted primarily in French.  It is expected that students commit to the daily use of the language in class.

 

After completion of French 3, students may take Conversational French, French 4,  AP French Language or AP French Literature with teacher approval.

AP French Language Course 340

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite- Honors French 2, French 3 with instructor’s permission

The AP French Language course syllabus has been approved by the college board.  The course content is for students to continue to develop and master skills in oral and written communication, with emphasis on a high level of proficiency in understanding the spoken language and expressing ideas orally and in writing.    This will be done through the reading of essays, literary prose, dramatic works, novels, newspapers, and periodicals.  There will be an intensive grammar review and the writing of compositions and essays.  Students will study Francophone geography, history, and civilization, take part in discussions on those topics as well as on cultural and contemporary issues and will be exposed to French recorded materials, videos, art and Internet research.  The work of the class will proceed largely through discussion rather than lecture.  Students are expected to prepare for the Advanced Placement exam in May.

Conversational French Course 333

Grade 10-12

½ Credit or 1 Credit

Prerequisite – 1 year of French or with instructor's permission

Conversational French offers novice and  intermediate students of French useful practice in everyday communications. The conversations deal with everyday topics and situations in which students visiting a foreign country might find themselves. The culturally authentic conversations provide the student with invaluable preparation for a visit to a French speaking region of the world.  The topics selected are based on student interests and current events.  Students are expected to participate orally in group exercises, free conversations and directed dialogues. The assessments are mostly oral. The purpose of this course is to help students sharpen their communication skills, increase their vocabulary and give them the confidence and ability to converse in a foreign language.

NOTE: Ideally for a maximum achievement in a modern language, the department recommends this course along with second,  third and/or fourth year level courses.

 

 

French 4 Course 342

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite-French 3 or instructor’s permission

 

French Four continues the development and use of conversational and grammatical skills through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom.  Students will focus on building a more extensive and sophisticated vocabulary, with greater facility in the use of idiomatic expressions. Also emphasized is an ongoing awareness and understanding of issues affecting the Francophone world. This class is conducted in French.

Spanish 1 Course 311

Grade 9-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: None

Students in Spanish  1 begin to speak, read and write through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use Spanish  as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom.   Students will develop an understanding of the structure of the language and will have the skills and confidence necessary to converse and write about familiar topics and events, to ask and answer questions, and to compare  people, things, or events using strings of sentences.  They will investigate sports, school life, family life, recreation, hobbies, music and foods via in class reading and speaking activities  Cultural awareness will be enhanced by studying Spanish  speaking regions of the world.   The course is conducted primarily in Spanish

Honors Spanish 1 Course 313

Grade 9-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite:  Minimum Language Usage NWEA scores of 228 in the fall or 232 in the spring

Minimum Reading NWEA scores of 230 in the fall or 234 in the spring ****Or student has received an average of 3.5 on the Freshman Honors Rubric and has received a 93

or higher in 8th grade Language Arts.  Rubric must be completed by 8th grade Language Arts teacher..

Students in Spanish 1 Honors begin to speak, read and write through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use the language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom.    Students will develop an understanding of the structure of the language and will have the skills and confidence necessary to converse and write about familiar topics and events, to ask and answer questions, and to compare people, things, or events using strings of short sentences.  They will be introduced to the  people and culture  of Spanish  speaking countries.  They will investigate sports, school life, family life, recreation, hobbies, music and foods via in class reading and speaking activities    Cultural awareness will be enhanced by studying Spanish  speaking regions of the world  

Students will cover more than the traditional Spanish  1, at an accelerated rate with expanded vocabulary, grammar, and cultural experiences. Those completing Honors Spanish  1 will, with teacher approval, be eligible for Honors Spanish  2.  The course is conducted primarily in Spanish

Spanish 2 Course 321

Grade 10-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – Spanish 1 or Honors Spanish 1

 

Spanish  2 students will continue to improve their abilities to use Spanish  through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom  Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects of the Spanish  speaking world, with a variety of performance based activities. The course is conducted primarily in Spanish .

 

Honors Spanish 2 Course 323

Grade 10-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – With instructor’s permission

Spanish 2 Honors  students will continue to improve their abilities to use Spanish  through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use Spanish as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom  Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and cultural of the Spanish  speaking world, with a variety of performance based activities.

Students will be expected to cover more than traditional Spanish  2 with the addition of more reading, listening and speaking activities,   focusing on traditional ideals and current issues.  The course is conducted primarily in Spanish .

Those successfully completing Honors Spanish  II  will proceed to Spanish  Three of Conversational Spanish

Honors Spanish 3 Course 331

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – Spanish 2 or Honors Spanish 2

Students will continue to develop their proficiency in speaking, listening comprehension, written communication, reading  through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom . Cultural material will be presented and vocabulary expanded through selected readings in periodicals and online resources.  The course is conducted primarily in Spanish .  It is expected that students commit to the daily use of the language in class.

 

After completion of  Spanish  3, students may take Conversational Spanish, Spanish  4,  AP Spanish  Language or AP Spanish  Literature with teacher approval.

Spanish Literature Course 351

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite-Spanish 3 or Spanish 4 with instructor’s approval

Spanish Literature is a course designed to provide well-motivated students with an intellectual challenge through the advanced study of Spanish literature and language, and to provide them with an option to take an examination that measures achievement in the course.

The objectives are:

         A. Proficiency in the language enabling the students

1. to sight read with comprehension, prose and verse passages of moderate difficulty and mature   content;

       2. to formulate and express critical opinions and judgments in correct oral and written Spanish.

B. The ability to read and analyze critically and to discuss some works of Spanish literature. The course will introduce representative works of prose, poetry, and drama from different periods.  Culture will be discussed as it pertains to the readings.

 

All works will be studied in depth with extensive discussion and close reading. Particular attention will be given to structure and stylistic detail, as well as to character and theme. Essay writing will be based on analysis of situations, emotion, ideas, and patterns found in the works.

  

Conversational Spanish Course 334

Grade 10-12

½ Credit or 1 Credit

Prerequisite – 1 year of Spanish or with instructor's permission

Conversational Spanish offers novice and  intermediate students of Spanish useful practice in everyday communications. The conversations deal with everyday topics and situations in which students visiting a foreign country might find themselves. The culturally authentic conversations provide the student with invaluable preparation for a visit to a Spanish speaking region of the world.  The topics selected are based on student interests and current events.  Students are expected to participate orally in group exercises, free conversations and directed dialogues. The assessments are mostly oral. The purpose of this course is to help students sharpen their communication skills, increase their vocabulary and give them the confidence and ability to converse in a foreign language.

NOTE: Ideally for a maximum achievement in a modern language, the department recommends this course along with second,  third and/or fourth year level courses

Current Issues in Latin America Course# 337

Semester

½ credit or 1 Credit

Prerequisite:    Students must have completed Spanish I or Spanish II 

Course Description: This class will examine contemporary issues in the Spanish speaking world through music.   The class will use music and music videos as a starting point for exploration of issues and problems confronting modern Latin America.

Spanish 4 Course 343

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite – Spanish 3 or with instructor’s permission

 

Spanish four continues the development and use of conversational and grammatical skills in all forms of communication, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. All grammar concepts from the previous years of study are reviewed and refined, with more attention on the exceptions to general rules than in previous study. Students will focus on building a more extensive and sophisticated vocabulary, with greater facility in the use of idiomatic expressions. Also emphasized is an ongoing awareness and understanding of issues affecting Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. This class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

AP Spanish Language Course 341

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite -- Spanish 3 with instructor’s permission

 

Students will continue to develop their proficiency in speaking, listening comprehension, written communication, reading  through the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.   Students are expected to use language as a means of communication within and beyond the classroom . Cultural material will be presented and vocabulary expanded through selected readings in periodicals and online resources.  The course is conducted in Spanish .  It is expected that students commit to the daily use of the language in class.

 

After completion of  Spanish  3, students may take Conversational Spanish, Spanish  4,  AP Spanish  Language or AP Spanish  Literature with teacher approval.