High School Foreign Languages
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- French I
In French I students will learn to give basic greetings, discuss likes and dislikes, order food, make purchases and discuss events in the present, past and near future. Students will also learn about daily life in France and other francophone countries and be able to compare their cultures with their own. Students will also be able to identify the buildings and monuments of Paris.
- French II
In this course students will review their communication skills from French I. Students will also learn to describe everyday activities and to describe in detail events in the past, present and future. Students will continue to learn about life and customs in France and will also learn about other French-speaking countries and some of France's history.
- French III
In French III, students will review skills learned in French I and II. Students will learn to discuss household tasks, making purchases, making travel arrangements and describing physical ailments and remedies. Also, students will be able to identify and describe major French cities and provinces and read Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Students will also study several French films.
- French IV
In this course students will learn to use more advanced structures and study French history, music and art. Students will also read various stories and study several French films.
- Latin I
This first year course introduces Latin to the student in a variety of ways. Basic grammar, vocabulary, derivatives, culture, history, and translation are a part of the curriculum. Benefits of taking Latin include improved English grammar, polished study skills, sharpened critical thinking, and a more disciplined mind. Discover why Latin has been the language of the educated since the time of Augustus Caesar and meet the people who created an empire that stretched from Britain to the Caspian Sea. Prerequisites: 8th grade English teacher's recommendation and/or a strong grammar background.
- Latin II
Building on the grammar and translation skills achieved in Latin I, this class presents the more difficult aspects of the language, including verbals, comparison of adjectives and adverbs, indirect statement, and the subjunctive mood. Latin II students experience in-depth studies on the kingdom, the republic, and the empire. The second semester emphasizes Julius Caesar as a man and a writer. Special emphasis is given to his Commentarii de Bello Gallico. Students polish translation skills and often have special projects and readings to supplement in-class instruction. Lingua Latina vivit! Prerequisite: Latin I.
- Latin III
Latin III is a study of the life of Cicero and the place he holds in Roman history. We translate an oration, an essay, and some of Cicero's letters. Translation and vocabulary is emphasized, although certain points of advanced grammar may be taught. From a historical point of view, a picture of the last days of the Republic is seen from the eyes of Cicero, a man who loved Rome above all else.
- Spanish I
This course is a foundation course which provides students with the basics in spoken and written communication. Some cultural aspects are studied, but the course emphasizes vocabulary, grammatical structure, translation, and pronunciation.
- Spanish II
Spanish II includes a basic review of principles taught in Spanish I in addition to a more advanced overview of grammar, more concentration on basic conversation skills, work with cassette tapes to enhance listening comprehension and pronunciation, vocabulary building, viewing of several different videos in Spanish, a basic overview of geography of Hispanic countries and certain aspects of Hispanic culture and literature. Grades are determined by performance on tests, quizzes, homework, notebooks, and projects.
- Advanced Spanish II
Advanced Spanish is designed for the student who has an interest in Spanish and is considering studying additional Spanish after Spanish II. Advanced Spanish strives to make the student more marketable in today’s global world and engages the student in meaningful conversation. The curriculum includes a nine weeks of Spanish conversation which teaches survival skills while in a Hispanic country, including vocabulary over transportation (airport and taxi), hotel, restaurant, shopping and haggling, and medical attention.
- Spanish III
This course reviews all aspects taught in Spanish II and offers more advanced work with grammar skills, conversation, pronunciation, listening comprehension, cassette and video tapes, and places more emphasis on reading skills using tests that discuss aspects of Hispanic culture and literature.
- AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish is designed to be the equivalent of a year of college Spanish. Students who master the skills at this level and take the AP exam may expect to receive up to ten (10) hours of college credit. While grammatical structures and vocabulary are emphasized, writing skills are practiced through exercises, journal entries, and writing and perfecting essays. The skills of listening and speaking are further developed via listening to native speakers on tape, watching videos and Univision, and conversing in person with the instructor, classmates, and native speakers. The course is demanding and necessitates a genuine interest on the part of the student to learn the language.