World Languages

The World Language Honors Program seeks to develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) that are useful in themselves and can be applied to various activities and disciplines. Included in the study of French and Spanish at the advanced levels are knowledge of French and Spanish culture, theatre, civilization and the study of unabridged literature.

It is encouraged that students who excelled in a middle school language matriculate at the Level 2 stage of a program. Students who are native speakers or who have studied one of our languages through an intensive program outside of the school or who may have lived abroad may test into a higher level than the grade level stated below with the approval of the Department Supervisor and the Director of School Counseling. The student must complete a Course Placement Application and will need to pass a final exam to be placed at the proper level.

French and Spanish courses will be conducted for the most part in the target language. Students will be expected to take notes in the target language, ask and answer questions with ease and comprehend lectures in the language. Students will read, make oral presentations, and write in the language.

Seniors will be encouraged to take the Advanced Placement exam in French or Spanish language.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)

Our American Sign Language program explores naturally existing language widely used by Deaf people in North America. Since ASL is a visual-gestural language, students will need to develop unique communication skills. These consist of using the hands, body, face, eyes and space. In order to achieve progress in this class, it is important to become comfortable communicating with your whole body and listening with your eyes. Please be advised that  some colleges may not accept American Sign Language as a world language. Check with individual college admissions offices for specific information regarding world language requirements.

American Sign Language (ASL) 1                                                                     

Grade Level 9-12

5 Credits - Full Year

American Sign Language is a visual language with vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and syntax different from English. This course focuses on the development of conversational sign-language skills and the grammatical structure of American Sign Language. Students are exposed to a variety of sign systems and modes of communication used by the Deaf community. This course introduces the history of sign language and the importance of Deaf culture. Class participation is an integral part of the course.


American Sign Language (ASL) 2                                                               

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

This is the second course of our three-year ASL program. Students will add to their study of ASL vocabulary and increase proficiency in expressive and receptive conversational skills using more complex grammatical structures. Students will continue to learn about Deaf culture, and Deaf history. ASL has no vocal component; therefore, when students are utilizing the language there will be no voicing allowed. Class participation is an integral part of the course.

American Sign Language (ASL) 3                                                                  

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

This is the culminating course of our three-year ASL program. Students will add to their study of ASL vocabulary and increase proficiency in expressive and receptive conversational skills using more complex grammatical structures. Students will continue to learn about Deaf culture, and Deaf history. ASL has no vocal component; therefore, when students are utilizing the language there will be no voicing allowed. Class participation is an integral part of the course.

LATIN

Have you ever wondered who invented indoor plumbing, the calendar, passports or the notion that everyone is innocent until proven guilty? Step onto the worn cobblestone paths of the past where all roads lead to Rome. The study of Latin provides a comprehensive introduction to the language, literature, culture and modern-day influences of ancient Rome. Students at all levels will enhance their English verbal skills and vocabulary through learning Latin word roots, reading Latin passages, writing in Latin and listening to spoken Latin. Students will gain appreciation and insight into ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Roman history, literature, art, philosophy and culture. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to compete in the annual National Latin Exam.

Latin 1                                                                                                                      

Grade Level 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

In the first year of Latin, students will study the daily life, language and customs of ancient Rome. By reading about a Roman merchant and his family who lived in Pompeii before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, students will immerse themselves in the culture in the early Roman Empire. During the course, students will incorporate knowledge about Roman civilization and its influences on modern government, art, architecture, city planning, and daily life. Students will begin to explore mythological figures and representations of culturally significant stories in ancient and modern artworks. This foundational study will also focus on Latin etymology of English words and the cultural influences of ancient Rome.

Latin 2

Prerequisite: Latin 1

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full year

The second year of Latin builds upon the structure of knowledge gained in Latin 1. Students will expand their knowledge of the Latin language by studying the provinces of the Roman Empire and learning specifically about a governor and his family who lived in the Roman province of Britain. Emphasis will be placed on continuing the study of the Latin language and culturally significant figures of Roman and Greek mythology, history, art and daily life.

Latin 3/4 Honors                                                                                             

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: Latin 2/Latin 3

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

In the third and fourth years of Latin study, the focus on the language becomes more intricate and advanced. This honor level course will prepare students to read, write and present in advanced Latin as well as to interpret Latin passages by Roman authors using the works of Cicero, Catullus and Martial. Latin 3/4 Honors students will further explore the nuances of Roman philosophy, mythology, astrology, medicine, architecture, military life and government in the ancient city of Rome under the rule of the Emperor Domitian. Students will build upon their knowledge of the ancient world in order to perform higher-level tasks in the Latin language for greater fluency. Emphasis will be placed on the philosophy, style of each author, poetic devices and prose composition as well as the purpose and aim of each work in history.

Advanced Placement Latin                                                                                    

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of Latin 3/4 Honors

Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

The AP Latin course focuses on the in-depth study of selections from two of the greatest works in Latin literature: Vergil's Aeneid and Caesar's Gallic War. The course requires students to prepare and translate the readings and places these texts in a meaningful context, which helps develop critical, historical, and literary sensitivities. Throughout the course, students consider themes in the context of ancient literature and bring these works to life through classroom discussions, debates, and presentations. Additional English readings from both of these works help place the Latin readings in a significant context. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP Latin Exam at the end of the year.

FRENCH

                                                                                                

French 1

Grade 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced and practiced through the use of film, oral practice and tapes, dialogues, narratives, dictations, conversation and writing. Students will begin to explore the culture of France and the French-speaking world.

French 2                                                                                                      

Prerequisite: French 1

Grade Level 9-12

5 Credits - Full Year

French 2 continues the exploration of French structure and vocabulary with the many of the same aural-oral methods used in French I. Listening and speaking French are taught using tapes and conversations. Reading and writing are taught in a guided way through the textbook.

French 3                                                                                                     

Prerequisite: French 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

French 3 class time is divided about equally between continuing the study of the French language and applying it by reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other activities using the target language. Special cultural focus will be on the study of 19th and 20th Century French Art.

French 3 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: French 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full year

French 3 Honors is an accelerated study of the French language and culture. This course is designed for the level 3 student who not only has an interest in French, but also has already demonstrated previous high-level achievement in French 2. It is expected that students who enroll in this course will be well organized, capable of abstract reasoning, highly motivated, and recommended by their level 2 teacher.







French 4 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: French 3 or French 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

A thematic unit approach will include varied activities. Short reading selections provide an introduction to topics while classroom discussion and oral presentations allow for expansion. A study of advanced grammatical structures will be a major component of the class. During the second semester, students will continue to expand their reading abilities through an unabridged novel and play as well as through short stories. Films and tapes will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

French 4                                                                                                                                                                     

Prerequisite: French 3 or French 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

French 4 has two objectives – an examination of the major grammatical structures of the language and an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Previously studied grammatical topics will be reviewed and new structure will be introduced and practiced. The student will be expected to demonstrate his mastery of this material in both the oral and written form. Short stories and excerpts of novels will be read, discussed, and analyzed in French. Films and tapes will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

French 5                                                                                                                                                                 

Prerequisite: French 4 or French 4 Honors

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

French 5 is designed for students who wish to maintain an active interest in language study. French 5 class objectives will emphasize oral communication with speaking activities about contemporary issues and current news. Informal readings will be selected from authentic material gathered from French language newspapers. Formal reading material will be chosen from a selection of short stories and poems written by French authors. A grammar review will be completed as a functional component of communicative language learning process.

                                                                                                                                                      Advanced Placement French 5

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of French 4 Honors

Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

The first semester emphasis is on a review of the mechanics of the French language with focus on the development of a natural, flowing style in French writing and speaking. Individualized instruction will be employed in working with each student to help overcome his/her difficulties with grammar, vocabulary, phonetics and style. Reading of unabridged works will begin.

During the second semester, students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of French literature through readings of such authors as Camus, Merimee, and Voltaire. Through these readings, students will study the techniques and biographical data reflected in the literary output of these major literary figures. Films and tapes will be used to broaden students’ abilities to comprehend the spoken word.  Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP French Exam at the end of the year.


SPANISH

Spanish 1                                                                                                               

Grade Level 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced and practiced through the use of videos, oral practice with dialogues, narratives, dictations, conversation and writing.

Spanish 2

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

Grade Level 9-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Basic work begun in the first year is reviewed and expanded. The student continues to expand his repertoire of grammatical structures and idioms. A solid grasp of the basic structures of the language is acquired through frequent practice with conversation, narratives, writing, and videos.

Spanish Conversation & Culture 1                                                                 

Grade Level 9-11

5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced through the use of videos, oral practice with dialogues and conversation. The emphasis will be the practical use of language for day-to-day life.


Spanish Conversation & Culture 2

Prerequisite: Spanish Conversation & Culture I

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Basic work began in the first year is reviewed. The culture of the peninsular and Latino population will be studied through video, music, dance, and student research.

Spanish 3

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full Year

This course combines speaking, listening comprehension, and writing with special emphasis placed on composition skills. It incorporates new vocabulary and grammatical structures related to the previously learned Spanish I and 2. Spanish and Latin American Culture are discussed through the use of textbook narrative and authentic films.

Spanish 3 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Grade Level 10-12

5 Credits - Full year

Spanish 3 Honors is an accelerated study of the Spanish language and culture. This course is designed for the level 3 student who not only has an interest in Spanish, but also has already demonstrated previous high-level achievement in Spanish 2. It is expected that students who enroll in this course will be well organized, capable of abstract reasoning, highly motivated, and recommended by their level 2 teacher.

Spanish 4 Honors

Teacher Recommendation Required

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or Spanish 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full Year

Spanish 4 has two objectives - an examination of the major grammatical structures of the language and an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Previously studied grammatical topics will be reviewed and new structures will be introduced and practiced. The student will be expected to demonstrate his mastery of this material in both the oral and written Spanish produced in and out of class. Short stories by contemporary peninsular and Latino authors will be read, discussed, and analyzed in Spanish.


Spanish 4

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or 3 Honors

Grade Level 11-12

5 Credits - Full year

Spanish 4 is designed to examine the major grammatical structure of Spanish and to introduce analysis of literary texts. A study of advanced grammatical structure will be a major component of the class. Literary selections will include short stories, excerpts of novels, and poetry from several Latin American and Spanish authors. Films and music will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

Spanish 5                                                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: Spanish 4 or Spanish 4 Honors

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

Spanish 5 is designed for students who wish to maintain an active interest in language study.

Spanish 5 class objectives will emphasize oral communication with speaking activities about contemporary issues and current news. Informal readings will be selected from authentic material gathered from Spanish language newspapers and websites. Formal reading material will be chosen from a selection of short stories and poems written by Spanish and Latin American authors. A grammar review will be completed as a functional component of the communicative language learning process.

Advanced Placement Spanish 5

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of Spanish 4 Honors

Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

Grade Level 12

5 Credits - Full Year

This course is designed to develop student proficiency in all four language skills so as to meet the challenge of the Advanced Placement Examination. Contemporary texts - essays. articles, short stories. novels, poetry and plays - will be read, analyzed and discussed in Spanish. Much of the reading consists of the works of Lorca, Garcia Marquez, and Borges. Students will enhance their conversational and composition skills by composing oral presentations and written themes on both literary and non-literary topics. Listening proficiency will be developed via tapes, films and video. This course provides a valuable preparation for those students who wish to continue study in Spanish at the university level. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP Spanish Exam at the end of the year.