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World Languages Course Descriptions


World language courses are a requirement for entrance into most colleges and universities. In French and Spanish classes, homework, practice, and assessments include the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as the culture studied in the course.  French and Spanish are spoken in the classroom to introduce and practice oral patterns in the beginning levels and later as the language of communication.
Materials for French and Spanish  classes may include textbooks, workbooks, literature, software, videos, the Internet,  MP3 players and other technology. 
All classes labeled Pre-IB/IB include the prerequisite of acceptance into the Pre-International Baccalaureate Program.

 
French Courses                                                           
    
    
FRENCH 1                                                                             Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  None
Students will begin to study French by participating in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language. They will also begin the study of French-speaking cultures, including the daily life, foods, and history.
FRENCH 2                                                                             Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 1 or middle school French 1 (a & b) or teacher recommendation.
Students will continue to participate in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, as well as studying French-speaking cultures. The grammar and vocabulary become more complex.
FRENCH 3                                                                              Grades:  9 (teacher recommendation only), 10, 11, 12           Year:  1 credit          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2 or middle school French 1 (a & b) or teacher recommendation.
Students will continue to use, strengthen, and refine the French 1 and French 2 skills while deepening their knowledge of French-speaking cultures and the diversity within those cultures. The materials will become more complex in content, vocabulary, and grammar.
FRENCH 4 HONORS                                                            Grades: 10, 11, 12                                   Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 3 or teacher recommendation.
The class instruction will be predominantly in French, and students will communicate in French.  Students will continue to read and analyze authentic materials from French speaking countries and cultures.  Students will write compositions, give oral presentations in French, and continue a comparative study of French-speaking countries and cultures.
FRENCH 5 HONORS                                                            Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 4 or teacher recommendation.
The course will be conducted in French; the students will communicate in French.  Students will focus on refinement of language skills; both oral and written, and an increased understanding of the global nature of French throughout the world.  Students will write essays and give oral presentations based on the content of literary and cultural works from different French-speaking cultures.
IB FRENCH 3                                                                         Grade:  11                                                Year:  1 credit                                            Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2 or middle school French 1 (a & b) and 2 or teacher recommendation.                                                    Successful completion of French 3.
The class instruction will be predominantly in French and students will communicate in French.  Students will continue to read and analyze authentic materials from French speaking countries and cultures.  Students will write compositions, give oral presentations in French, and continue a comparative study of French-speaking countries and cultures.  The students will develop the first phase of a portfolio reflecting their personal interest during this course.
IB FRENCH 4                                                                         Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-IB French 3 or IB French 3 or teacher recommendation.
The class instruction will be predominantly in French and students will communicate in French.  Students will continue to read and analyze authentic materials from French speaking countries and cultures.  Students will write compositions, give oral presentations in French, and continue a comparative study of French-speaking countries and cultures.  The students will develop the first phase of a portfolio reflecting their personal interest during this course.
IB FRENCH LANGUAGE 5                                                  Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of IB French 4 or Pre-IB French 4 or teacher recommendation.
The course will be conducted in French; the students will communicate in French.  Students will focus on refinement of language skills; both oral and written, and an increased understanding of the global nature of French throughout the world.  Students will write essays and give oral presentations based on the content of literary and cultural works form different French-speaking cultures.  They will continue to develop and refine their personal portfolios, reflecting their interests.
Pre-IB FRENCH 3                                                                  Grades:  9, 10                                          Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2 or middle school French 1 (a & b) and 2 or teacher recommendation.
Students will communicate in French, and class instruction will be predominantly in French. Students will continue to learn French through the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will continue to demonstrate knowledge of the language as well as certain aspects of the French-speaking cultures throughout the world. Students will study the literature of French-speaking cultures. Students will begin to develop a portfolio reflecting their own interests during the second semester of this course.
Pre-IB FRENCH 4                                                                  Grade:  10                                                Year:  1 credit                                        Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 3 or Pre-IB French 3 or teacher recommendation.               
The class instruction will be predominantly in French and students will communicate in French.  Students will continue to read and analyze authentic materials from French speaking countries and cultures.  Students will write compositions, give oral presentations in French, and continue a comparative study of French-speaking countries and cultures.  The students will develop the first phase of a portfolio reflecting their personal interest during this course.
 


Spanish Courses 


AP SPANISH LANGUAGE                                                    Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 4 or IB Spanish 5
This course, taught entirely in Spanish, is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language exam in May.  It is a class that will meet the needs of academically motivated students who wish to further develop their Spanish proficiency.  The students will review grammar, enhance their vocabulary, improve their fluency in spoken-Spanish in both formal and informal settings, develop their ability to understand the spoken language, enrich their writing skills for various situations, increase their reading skills of authentic materials and grow in their understanding of the cultures where Spanish is spoken.  The grade for this course is weighted. It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions. Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.
IB SPANISH 3                                                                        Grades:  11                                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 2 or middle school Spanish 1 (a & b) and 2 or teacher recommendation.
Students will communicate in Spanish, and class instruction will be predominantly in Spanish. Students will continue to learn Spanish through the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will continue to demonstrate knowledge of the language as well as certain aspects of the Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Students will study samples of literature from Spanish-speaking cultures.
IB Spanish 4                                                                         Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-IB Spanish 3 or IB Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation.
Students will continue to improve oral and written proficiency in Spanish.  Students will also continue to refine their grammar.  Literature and culture will be the basis of both oral and written Spanish.  The four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be challenged through their exposure to conversation and composition.  Students will develop higher, critical thinking skills in this course. 
IB SPANISH LANGUAGE 5                                                  Grades:  11, 12                                        Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of IB Spanish 4 or teacher recommendation.      
Students will continue to improve oral and written proficiency in Spanish.  Students will also continue to refine Spanish grammar.  The class will use literature and culture as the basis of both oral and written Spanish.  The four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be challenged through their exposure to conversation and composition.   Students will take IB Spanish SL exam.
Pre-IB SPANISH 3                                                                  Grades:  9, 10                                          Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 2 or middle school Spanish 1 (a & b) and 2 or teacher recommendation.
Students will communicate in Spanish, and class instruction will be predominantly in Spanish. Students will continue to learn Spanish through the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will continue to demonstrate knowledge of the language as well as certain aspects of the Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Students will study samples of literature from Spanish-speaking cultures.
 
Pre- IB SPANISH 4                                                                                Grades:  10                                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-IB Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation.
Students will focus on improving oral and written proficiency in Spanish.  Students will also continue to refine and augment Spanish grammar learned in previous courses.  The class will use literature and culture to spur the use of both oral and written Spanish.  The four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be challenged through their exposure to conversation and composition.
SPANISH 1                                                                             Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Highly recommended that student is concurrently enrolled in Academic English 9 or higher.
Students will learn Spanish, using the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the language.   Students will study Spanish-speaking cultures, interpreting similarities and differences in these cultures and their own.  In reading beginning texts, the students will examine the cultural aspects and use these in original paragraphs, dialogues, skits, and creative presentations.
SPANISH 2                                                                             Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                                              Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 1 or middle school Spanish 1 (a & b) or teacher recommendation.
Students will continue to learn the language enhancing the skills acquired in Spanish 1.  The grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and readings will become more challenging.  Students will continue to study and interpret cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking areas around the world.
SPANISH 3                                                                             Grades:  9 (teacher recommendation only), 10, 11, 12                            Year:  1 credit                Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 2 or middle school Spanish 1 (a & b) or teacher recommendation.
Students will continue to use, strengthen, and refine the four skills of Spanish 1 and 2 while at the same time deepening their knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures and the diversity within those cultures. The materials for each skill will become more complex in content, vocabulary, and grammar.
SPANISH 4 HONORS                                                            Grades:  10, 11, 12                                                  Year:  1 credit                                          Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation.
Students will focus on improving oral and written proficiency in Spanish.  Students will also continue to refine and augment Spanish grammar learned in previous courses.  The class will use literature and culture to spur the use of both oral and written Spanish.  The four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be challenged through their exposure to conversation and composition.
 

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