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The World Languages Department requires that a student earn a grade of 70 or better in order to be eligible to move on to the next level of any given language. Exceptions are at the discretion of the department. All courses meet four periods pert week for 4 points credit per term. Unless otherwise noted courses are college prep weight.

Girls Language Courses
Boys Language Courses
Latin 1 – Grade 9† Latin 1 – Grade 9†
This is an introductory Latin course which aims to give students a grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Latin and ancient Roman culture. With the use of a reading-based textbook, Ecce Romani I, students use readings in Latin to generate an understanding of the basics of grammar. These same readings generate study of related cultural topics. Students are exposed to extensive use of oral Latin in the classroom and learn to both understand spoken Latin and to respond in Latin to basic work in grammar and comprehension, as well as some limited Latin composition. A $10.00 supply fee is due the first day of class. Course material is supplemented by gender-focused readings on the place of women in Roman society and biographical studies of Roman historical figures. This is an introductory Latin course which aims to give students a grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Latin and ancient Roman culture. With the use of a reading-based textbook, Ecce Romani I, students use readings in Latin to generate an understanding of the basics of grammar. These same readings generate study of related cultural topics. Students are exposed to extensive use of oral Latin in the classroom and learn to both understand spoken Latin and to respond in Latin to basic work in grammar and comprehension, as well as some limited Latin composition. A $10.00 supply fee is due the first day of class. Course material is supplemented by gender-focused readings on the place of men in Roman society and biographical studies of Roman historical figures.
 
Co-Ed Language Courses
Latin 2 – Grades 10, 11, and 12
This is an intermediate level Latin course open to students who have a solid grounding in introductory Latin. Students continue their study of Latin forms, syntax, and vocabulary through extensive exposure to Latin readings in Ecce Romani II, in addition to cultural studies in Roman entertainment, food, and social life. They also continue to develop their skills in Latin composition and their ability to comprehend and respond in Latin. The focus of this intermediate year is an introduction to more advanced Latin syntax in preparation for the reading of classical authors and Swedenborg in Advanced Latin. A $10.00 supply fee is due the first day of class.
Latin 3/4 – Grades 11 and 12
This course concentrates on reading authentic Latin written by native speakers of the classical world and Swedenborg’s neo-Latin. Students will read a variety of authors. Students begin by reviewing grammar and reading skills, then move on to reading and translation. Part of the course is dedicated to reading classical Latin prose, including selections by authors such as Pliny, Caesar, Cicero, and Eutropius. Another part of the course focuses on classical Latin poetry by Horace, Catullus, Vergil, and Ovid. Selections are chosen primarily from Ecce Romani III, and are aimed at furthering students’ understanding of the ancient world through topics that will interest them. Advanced Latin students will also be reading selections from the Vulgate (Latin) Bible and experience the delight of reading the Heavenly Doctrines. Presupposes a solid grounding in basic Latin forms and grammar. Course content is alternated yearly so that it can be repeated as Latin 4. (Latin 3 is Honors weight; Latin 4 is Accelerated weight.)
French 1 – Grades 10, 11, and 12
This is an introductory course in French. Students will acquire listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and speaking skills primarily through the “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS) method. This method focuses on learning through creation of stories with key vocabulary. The teacher guides the students in creating a story, and then asks the students questions about the story, focusing on the key vocabulary each time. This aural and visual repetition of vocabulary allows for increased word and phrase retention. Students will read the stories they create, as well as other stories containing the same essential vocabulary.  In this first year, the students will primarily learn two past tenses (the compound past and the imperfect), and the present tense. Students will study and listen to a new French song approximately once a week. Students will also watch a variety of videos, such as films in French, and French cultural videos. Field trips will include nearby resources such as ANC Farm to harvest herbs and vegetables in preparation for cooking French dishes and Glencairn Museum to examine medieval French art.
French 2 – Grades 10, 11, and 12
In French 2, students will continue to acquire listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and speaking skills primarily through the “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS) method. This method focuses on learning through creation of stories with key vocabulary. The teacher guides the students in creating a story, and then asks the students questions about the story, focusing on the key vocabulary each time. This aural and visual repetition of vocabulary allows for increased word and phrase retention. Students will read the stories they create, as well as other stories containing the same essential vocabulary.
In this year, the students will continue to focus on two past tenses (the compound past and the imperfect), the present tense, and be introduced to future and conditional tenses. Students will study and listen to a new French song approximately once a week. Students will also watch a variety of videos, such as films in French, and French cultural videos. Field trips will include nearby resources such as ANC Farm to harvest herbs and vegetables in preparation for cooking French dishes, the school's kitchen to cook the French dishes, and Glencairn Museum to examine medieval French art.

French 3 – Grades 11 and 12
In French 3, students will continue to acquire listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and speaking skills through the “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS) method. This method focuses on learning through creation of stories with key vocabulary. The teacher guides the students in creating a story, and then asks the students questions about the story, focusing on the key vocabulary each time. This aural and visual repetition of vocabulary allows for increased word and phrase retention. Students will read the stories they create, as well as other stories containing the same essential vocabulary.  
In this year, the students will continue to focus on two past tenses (the compound past and the imperfect), the present tense, and get some detailed focus on the future and conditional tenses. Students will study and listen to a new French song approximately once a week. Students will also watch a variety of videos, such as films in French, and French cultural videos. Field trips will include nearby resources such as ANC Farm to harvest herbs and vegetables in preparation for cooking French dishes, the school's kitchen to cook the French dishes, and Glencairn Museum to examine medieval French art.

Spanish 1 – Grades 10, 11, and 12
The central goal of Spanish 1 is communication. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are used to facilitate the student's acquisition of Spanish. The class is conducted in Spanish so that the students are consistently hearing and using the target language. Developing an awareness of and appreciation for Hispanic culture is another important element in Spanish 1. Classroom activities are organized to put the students at their ease so that they may relax and enjoy learning and communicating in Spanish.
Spanish 2 – Grades 10, 11 and 12
The goal of this class is to make the students independent users of Spanish, to gain a new, objective view of their own language and culture, and to give students an understanding of the people who speak Spanish. Topics include classroom life, daily activities, holidays, movies, cooking and travel. Free expression and creative use of the language are encouraged through role plays of specific situations such as going to a hotel, taking a train trip and planning a quinceañera party. Grammar will be studied as a means for effective communication and points of emphasis include: review of Spanish 1 grammar, reflexive verbs, and preterit and imperfect tenses and the subjunctive. Reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture are emphasized in a proficiency-oriented approach. Spanish is the language of instruction.
Spanish 3 – Grades 11 and 12
Continuation of Spanish 2. The focus is on improving and fine-tuning communication skills and using more advanced grammatical structures. Topics include weather; nutrition and exercise; histories of Spain and Latin America; and music, art and dancing. Points of emphasis include: the future, subjunctive and conditional tenses and their uses. Classroom activities directly involve students in the language acquisition process. Reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture are emphasized in a proficiency-oriented approach. Spanish is the language of instruction.
Spanish 4 – Grades 11 and 12
Spanish 4 focuses on aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication, the course has the following objectives: the ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish; the acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as short stories; the ability to compose expository passages; and the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. A wide variety of authentic materials is used, including movies, music, radio broadcasts, poetry and short stories. A comprehensive review of Spanish grammar is included. Prerequisite: 85 or above in Spanish 3 or teacher's permission. Accelerated Weight.
†Required.

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