World Languages

Spanish Curriculum

Spanish I (9-12)
Emphasis is placed in real-life situations that contribute to the development of all four communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through these situations, students explore Hispanic nations and cultures identifying similarities and differences in behaviors and underlying beliefs thereby gaining an appreciation of the value of diversity and an understanding of their place in the world community. The course stresses practical vocabulary usage in everyday situations and the building of a strong grammar foundation for future language study. Students learn to communicate basic needs in real-life situations. Students become familiar with geography, important people, and events related to the more than twenty Spanish-speaking nations of the world.

Spanish II (9-12)
Students continue to improve their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Spanish II students initiate and respond to conversations and ask for or convey comprehensible, meaningful information to another person. Students expand their vocabulary, grammar skills, and their appreciation for the foreign culture in a wider variety of situations.

Spanish III (10-12)
This level is an expansion of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on mastering the basic structures, refining grammatical concepts, and articulating with more ease in the Spanish language. In addition to a core textbook, these classes draw on variety of resource materials including audio, visual, and printed materials. Students develop skills necessary to acquire information, to interact with native speakers in casual conversation, and to solve problems encountered in daily situations. The classes are conducted primarily in the target language.

Spanish IV (11-12)
Students are encouraged to communicate accurately in Spanish. They should demonstrate mastery of a variety of grammar points and verb tenses in oral and written forms. Through literature, students broaden and strengthen their reading, vocabulary, grammatical and analytical skills, Students practice and reinforce these skills through writing samples which may include essays, compositions, letters, critiques, summaries of reading selections, etc., and through the use of the spoken language on a proficiency based level.

Spanish V (11-12)
Accurate communication is the goal for advanced language study. Proficiency-based activities encompass all skills--oral, aural, reading, and writing. The appreciation of the foreign culture is enhanced through the study of literature and student-initiated research.

French Curriculum

French I (9-12)
This course introduces the student to the language and culture of the French-speaking world with an emphasis on France. The language is taught in its cultural context, integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students learn how to communicate basic personal needs, to express opinions, to describe, and to make requests in a culturally appropriate manner. Students become familiar with the geography of the French-speaking world and with the value of its language and culture. Students increase their knowledge of English as well as gain an understanding of the importance of French as a true worldwide language in an increasingly interdependent global society.

French II (9-12)
This course refines and expands knowledge and skills gained in level one. Emphasis is placed on language development which integrates the skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading with culture. Students learn how to communicate about topics and events in the past and the future. Students acquire increased ability to create with the language in a variety of relevant situations. Students become more familiar with the history, geography and contemporary society of the French-speaking world. In addition, students grow in awareness and sensitivity to foreign cultures.

French III (10-12)
This course continues to develop skills and expand vocabulary presented in French I and II. Emphasis is placed on language usage, integrating, listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills with culture. Students learn how to communicate using a variety of verb tenses and complex structures thereby increasing student fluency in realistic cultural settings. Students will develop skills necessary to acquire information to interact with native speakers on a variety of topics and to solve problems encountered in daily life situations. The use of excerpts from francophone literature promotes and aids in the development of reading and writing skills as well as in the development of global awareness.

French IV (11-12)
This course allows students to demonstrate the use of language skills developed at previous levels. Refinement of specific structures and presentation of complete literary works enable students to write, read, speak, and listen at an intermediate level of proficiency. Cultural contexts and situation-specific vocabulary promote realistic use of language and allow students to exhibit a positive attitude toward cultural diversity. This course prepares students for the continued study or personal use of the language.

French V (11-12)
This course reinforces the students' advanced language skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The use of art, literature and technology enhance the students' appreciation for cultural diversity while providing additional outlets for the use of the aforementioned skills. Students demonstrate their level of proficiency. Students receive opportunities to acquire advanced placement credit.

German Curriculum

German I (9-12)
This course introduces students to German language and culture. Emphasis is placed on laying a foundation for further language development by integrating the basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Students learn basic communication in German. Students are also introduced to the geography and history of German-speaking countries with emphasis on recent historical events. Students will become familiar with cultural norms in everyday life situations. As a result of this course, students gain a better understanding of their own culture by comparing it to German culture. Students should be able to exhibit an appreciation for different cultures and mastery of basic language skills.

German II (9-12)
This course continues to build on skills learned in German I. Students exhibit increased mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and have increased opportunities to express themselves with greater complexity and sophistication. In addition, students will have greater opportunities to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences.

German III (10-12)
This course develops the students' language skills by providing students with opportunities to participate more extensively in conversation, reading, writing, and listening activities. Students exhibit increased complexity in expression of language and increased maturity in cultural awareness. Students achieve a degree of proficiency that allows them to take advantage of honors and exchange programs in the German-speaking countries.

German IV and V (11-12)
This course reviews language and cultural aspects of German-speaking countries. Emphasis is placed on the refinement of students' communicative skills and cultural awareness. This course will prepare students to successfully complete college placement testing requirements. The course will stress the refinement and integration of all reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to achieve a level of proficiency as close as possible to native ability. Students also reach a level of achievement that allows them to use skills independently to complete projects and research concerning German language and culture. Their proficiency permits them to take advantage of new technology such as the Internet and CD-ROM to assist in completing their research and projects.