2020-21 HS Course Selection Guide - WORLD LANGUAGE

  • World Language Courses

    French 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Students develop the skills of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing French at a beginner’s level. The course includes vocabulary building, development of basic structural patterns, listening comprehension exercises, instructional games, role-playing and exploration of French culture. Listening and speaking skills are combined with written work for evaluation.

    French 2 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, and explore certain aspects of French culture. The course includes vocabulary building through dialogues, readings and role-playing, extension of grammatical structures, and cultural materials. Oral skills are emphasized and evaluated.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 1.

    French 3 Honors (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    This is a rigorous and in-depth study of the language designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students are challenged by a higher level of expectation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Vocabulary is developed in context through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Grammatical structures are expanded and enhanced through literature. French is used almost exclusively in the classroom.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in French 2.

    French 4 Honors (10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing, and explore various aspects of French culture. Vocabulary and structure are presented in context and transferred to reading, writing and speaking the language. French is used almost exclusively in class, and students will be evaluated on their use of oral and written French.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in French 3.

    French 5 Accelerated Honors (11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students refine the skills they have previously mastered in order to develop advanced level competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Activities are designed to strengthen cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. Cultural products, structure, vocabulary and application of the language in varied situations form the basic elements of the course. French is used exclusively in class, and students are evaluated on their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in French 4 Honors and a teacher recommendation.

    Advanced Placement French Language (12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Rigorous and demanding, this thematic course is intended for highly motivated students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. AP French Language will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop (1) the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, (2) vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers, magazine articles, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and (3) the ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French. Students should have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of French-speaking people and should have already attained a reasonable proficiency in all four skills. A minimum of thirty to forty minutes of daily homework and preparation plus independent work will be required. The course provides the diligent student the opportunity to prepare for success on the Advanced Placement exam.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in French 5 Accelerated Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.

    German 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students develop the skills of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing German at a beginner’s level. The course includes vocabulary building, development of basic structural patterns, listening comprehension exercises, instructional games, role-playing and exploration of German culture. Listening and speaking skills are combined with written work for evaluation.

    German 2 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, and explore certain aspects of German culture. The course includes vocabulary building through dialogues, readings and role-playing, extension of grammatical structures, and cultural materials. Oral skills are emphasized and evaluated.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of German 1.

    German 3 Honors (10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    A rigorous and in-depth study, this course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students are challenged by a higher level of expectation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Vocabulary is developed in context through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Grammatical structures are expanded and enhanced through literature. German is used almost exclusively in the classroom.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in German 2.

    German 4 Honors (11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing and explore various aspects of German culture. Vocabulary and structure are presented in context and transferred to reading, writing and speaking the language. German is used almost exclusively in class, and students are evaluated on their use of oral and written German.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in German 3.

    Advanced Placement German Language (12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Rigorous and demanding, this course is for highly motivated students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. AP German Language will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop (1) the ability to understand spoken German in various contexts, (2) vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers, magazines, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and (3) the ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken German. Students should have a basic knowledge of the language and culture and should have already attained a reasonable proficiency in all four skills. A minimum of thirty to forty minutes of daily homework and preparation plus independent work is required. This course provides the diligent student the opportunity to prepare for success on the AP exam.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in German 4 Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.

    Italian 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students develop the skills of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian at a beginner’s level. The course includes vocabulary building through dialogues, development of basic structural patterns, listening comprehension exercises, and role-playing. Oral expression is emphasized.

    Italian 2 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, and explore certain aspects of Italian culture. The course includes dialogues, readings, review and expansion of basic skills through oral and written exercises, cultural units, and role-playing. Oral skills are emphasized and evaluated.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian 1.

    Italian 3 Honors (10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    A rigorous and in-depth study of the language, this course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students are challenged by a higher level of expectation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Vocabulary is developed in context through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Grammatical structures are expanded and enhanced through literature. Italian is used almost exclusively in the classroom.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Italian 2.

    Italian 4 Honors (11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing, and explore various aspects of Italian culture. Vocabulary and structure are presented in context and transferred to reading, writing and speaking the language. Italian is used almost exclusively in class. Students are evaluated on their use of oral and written Italian.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Italian 3.

    Advanced Placement Italian Language & Culture (12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Rigorous and demanding, this course is for highly motivated students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. AP Italian Language and Culture will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop (1) the ability to understand spoken Italian in various contexts, (2) vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers, magazines, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and (3) the ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Italian. Students should have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of Italian-speaking people and should have already attained a reasonable proficiency in all four skills. A minimum of thirty to forty minutes of daily homework and preparation plus independent work will be required. This course provides the diligent student the opportunity to prepare for success on the Advanced Placement exam.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Italian 4 Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.

    Latin 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    In Latin I, students read about a first century A.D. prosperous Roman family and, at the same time, learn basic Latin grammatical forms, syntax, and vocabulary. The course heightens the student’s awareness of the effect of Latin on our own English language and civilization.

    Latin 2 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    In Latin 2, the student continues to read about the adventures of the same Roman family encountered in Latin 1 with an emphasis on advanced Latin grammatical forms, syntax, vocabulary, and English derivatives. The course continues to make connections between the student’s own language and Latin. It also acquaints the student with mythology and more aspects of Roman culture.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin 1.

    Latin 3 Honors (10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    This course introduces students to authentic Latin literature with an emphasis on poetry. Students develop their translation skills, learn versification, literary and rhetorical devices as well as analyze the texts critically. A review of grammatical concepts and emphasis on vocabulary and culture continue in this course.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Latin 2.

    Latin 4 Honors (11, 12) 1 credit

    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, and explore various aspects of Latin culture. Vocabulary and structure are presented in context and transferred to reading through discussions of cultural activities and prose literature. The history of Rome is examined through the writings of Livy, Cicero, Pliny, and Sallust.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Latin 3 Honors.

    Advanced Placement Latin (12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Advanced Placement Latin is a rigorous and demanding course intended for highly motivated students who wish to develop a level of proficiency in reading, translating, analyzing, and interpreting the authentic Latin text of Virgil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The course explores the themes, literary techniques, and stylistic analysis of these texts; and studies the social and political context in which these texts were written. In addition to their regular class work, students should expect thirty to forty minutes of independent work each night. The course offers a variety of assessments similar to the format of the AP Latin exam.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Latin 4 Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.

    Spanish 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Students develop the skills of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish at a beginner’s level. The course includes vocabulary building, development of basic structural patterns, listening comprehension exercises, instructional games, role playing and exploration of the culture of the Spanish speaking world. Listening and speaking skills are combined with written work for evaluation.

    Spanish 2 (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    Neutrally Weighted
    Students continue their study of listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and explore certain aspects of the culture of the Spanish speaking world. The course consists of dialogues, readings, the expansion of grammatical structures, cultural materials and role playing. The use of Spanish in class is stressed.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1.

    Spanish 3 Honors (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    A rigorous and in-depth study, this course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students are challenged by a higher level of expectation for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Vocabulary is developed in context through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Grammatical structures are expanded and enhanced through literature. Spanish is used almost exclusively in the classroom.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 2.

    Spanish 4 Honors (10, 11, 12) 1 credit

    A continuation of a rigorous and in-depth study of the Spanish language, this course is intended for serious and highly motivated students who were successful in Spanish 3 Honors and is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement studies. Students continue to expand and refine their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in authentic context, as well as thoroughly explore culture and literature. Spanish is used almost exclusively in class, and students are evaluated on their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 3 Honors and teacher recommendation.

    Spanish 5 Accelerated Honors (11, 12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Students refine the skills which they have previously mastered in order to develop advanced level competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is intended for very serious and highly motivated students who were successful in Spanish 4 Honors and is designed as a prerequisite to the Advanced Placement course the following year. Activities are fashioned to strengthen cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. Literature, structure, vocabulary, and application of the language in varied situations are the featured elements of the course. Spanish is used exclusively in class. Students are evaluated on their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 4 Honors and teacher recommendation.

    Advanced Placement Spanish Language (12) 1 credit

    Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
    Rigorous and demanding, this thematic course is intended for highly motivated students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. AP Spanish Language will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop (1) the ability to understand spoken Spanish in various contexts, (2) vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers, magazines, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and (3) the ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Spanish. Students should have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking people and should have already attained a reasonable proficiency in all four skills. A minimum of thirty to forty minutes of daily homework and preparation plus independent work will be required. The course provides the diligent student the opportunity to prepare for success on the AP exam.
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 5 Accelerated Honors and a strong teacher recommendation.