World Language Department

The World Language Department encourages the completion of at least three years of a language at the high school level.  The department further recommends the completion of both the Honors Level 4 and the AP course for those students who wish to perform at an extremely high level in preparation for college and/or a career in which knowledge of a second or third language is beneficial.  It is the department’s belief that multilingual students can best navigate and respond to the demands of an ever-developing global community.  To this end, courses are designed to enable students to communicate effectively in the target language while increasing the students’ appreciation of the cultural perspectives, practices, and products of different cultures. Students are advised to review the requirements of their particular Program of Studies before they select their language. Note: After completing the coursework for a given level of foreign language study, each student is required to pass a final exam or proficiency evaluation to ensure exit proficiency criteria have been met before moving to the next level of the foreign language.

World Language Recommended Course Sequence

Note: Students may also choose to take two World Language courses during any year.
Grade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Level 2
Level 3Level 4 or Level 4 HonorsAP Language
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4 or Level 4 Honors
Heritage Spanish 1Heritage Spanish 2Heritage Spanish 3AP Spanish

FRENCH

FRENCH 1 (FR1002) 1.0 credit

The student will be taught basic vocabulary and language patterns.  The student will also learn introductory information about France, the French people and their culture.  There will be an equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

FRENCH 2 (FR2002) 1.0 credit

The student will be taught additional vocabulary and language patterns that will enable the student to demonstrate emerging signs of spontaneity and flexibility. There will be an equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

FRENCH 3 (FR3002) 1.0 credit

Students will be taught additional vocabulary and language patterns.  The students will be able to sustain short conversations.  Moreover, the student will be able to satisfy basic speaking and listening survival needs.  Additional information about France and French speaking countries will be introduced.  There will be an equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

FRENCH 4 (FR4002) 1.0 credit

This course provides the student the opportunities to develop the foreign language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The student will be able to satisfy most routine travel and survival needs and some limited social demands. There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

HONORS FRENCH 4 (FR4000) 1.0 credit

This course provides the student the opportunities to develop the foreign language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The student will be able to satisfy most routine travel and survival needs and some limited social demands.  Selections from French literature are also studied, and students will learn more information about French regions.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.  Classes are conducted primarily in French. Notes: As an honors level course, the grade for this course is weighted.  This course is strongly recommended for those students who may consider Advanced Placement courses.

AP FRENCH LANGUAGE (FR5000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Requirements

AP French is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course, and can earn college credit if the student is successful in passing a national test administered by the College Board.  This course will be open to students who have successfully completed Level 4 French. This course uses a variety of authentic materials to practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking French at a high level of competency. At completion of course students may take either the AP French or CLEP French exams for college credit. Note: The grade for this course is weighted.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May. 

GERMAN

GERMAN 1 (GE1002) 1.0 credit

Basic vocabulary and language patterns are taught.  Varied activities provide students with opportunities to practice and develop skills in the target language.  Each unit includes some aspect of German Culture.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

GERMAN 2 (GE2002) 1.0 credit

Students acquire additional vocabulary and language patterns.  Students learn to discuss events in the past, present, and future.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

GERMAN 3 (GE3002) 1.0 credit

The students will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.  Students are expected to master grammatical concepts that form the basis of the German language.

GERMAN 4 (GE4002) 1.0 credit

Students will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns and be able to sustain short conversations.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

HONORS GERMAN 4 (GE4000) 1.0 credit

Students will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns and be able to sustain short conversations.  There will be equal emphasis in this course on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.  A greater emphasis will be placed on mastery of grammatical concepts.  Literature is also discussed in greater detail, and German is spoken regularly in class. Notes: As an honors level course, the grade for this course is weighted.  This course is strongly recommended for those students who may consider Advanced Placement courses.

 AP GERMAN LANGUAGE (GE5000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Requirements

AP German is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course, and can earn college credit if the student is successful in passing a national test administered by the College Board.  This course will be open to students who have successfully completed Level 4 German. This course uses a variety of authentic materials to practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking German at a high level of competency.  At completion of course students may take either the AP German or CLEP German exams for college credit.  Students will also be fully prepared to take the SAT Subject Exam in German. Note: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

SPANISH

SPANISH 1 (SP1002) 1.0 credit

The student will learn functional vocabulary and language patterns to perform on a beginner communicative competence level concerning everyday topics such as greetings, likes/dislikes, activities, foods, and the school day. Basic grammatical structures are introduced, and introductory material on Latino culture will be presented. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be developed.

SPANISH 2 (SP2002) 1.0 credit

The student will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns to integrate and expand previously learned material. The student will begin to enhance their basic skills and proceed towards a more functional communicative level. Topics include family and celebrations, household chores and activities, clothing and shopping. More complex grammatical structures are explored. The inclusion of culture is an integral part of the course. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing will continue to be developed, with an emphasis on building writing skills in the target language.

SPANISH 3 (SP3002) 1.0 credit

The student will learn additional information vocabulary and language patterns in order to participate in short exchanges; verbal and written expression. The student will begin to initiate and sustain basic communicative tasks on topics such as making purchases and ordering a meal. Additional cultural information will be presented. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing will continue to be developed, with an emphasis on building speaking skills in the target language. Writing skills will focus more on individual expression and creativity.

SPANISH 4 (SP4002) 1.0 credit

Students will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns in order to manipulate the target language to produce comprehensible utterances in the spoken and written word. The student will gain proficiency in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing by utilizing situational topics and cultural material.

HONORS SPANISH 4 (SP4000) 1.0 credit

Students will learn additional vocabulary and language patterns in order to manipulate the target language to produce comprehensible statements in the spoken and written word.  The grammar concepts of previous levels are reviewed and reinforced.  Reading and writing skills are practiced at length, and functional ability is expected before students move on to the next level of the program.  Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish. Note: The grade for this course is weighted.  This course is strongly recommended for those students who may consider Advanced Placement courses.

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE (SP5000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Requirements

AP Spanish is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course, and can earn college credit if the student is successful in passing a national test administered by the College Board.  This course will be open to students who have successfully completed Spanish 4 Honors, or who have completed 2-3 years of Native Speakers.  This course uses a variety of authentic materials to practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking Spanish at a high level of competency.  Students will focus on the presentational aspects required for the AP exam, as well as focusing on the mastery of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. At completion of course students may elect to take either the AP Spanish or CLEP Spanish exams for college credit.  Students will also be fully prepared to take the SAT Subject Exam in Spanish. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

HERITAGE SPANISH 1 (SP1012) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Student must speak and understand spoken Spanish on a basic level and have the recommendation of his/her current Spanish teacher. The student does not need to be completely fluent in Spanish, and when speaking he/she may sometimes mix English and Spanish.

The focus of this course will be to teach heritage speakers to read and write Spanish, while developing and improving their speaking ability. The course will focus on building literacy skills while exploring the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will receive instruction in more formal grammar and will develop proficiency in all the skill areas – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 HERITAGE SPANISH 2 (SP2012) 1.0 credit

 Prerequisites:  Student must meet one of these requirements: (1) a grade of at least B- in a previous Spanish class with a teacher recommendation, (2) previous extensive study in a Spanish-speaking country, or (3) a successful interview with the instructor.

The primary focus of this course is to refine further the Spanish skills that many heritage students use in their daily lives. Students will continue to improve their reading skills, writing skills, and grammar usage through project based thematic units, current events, and cultural/literary reading.

HERITAGE SPANISH 3 (SP3012) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Student must meet one of these requirements: (1) a grade of at least a B- in a previous Spanish class with a teacher recommendation, (2) previous extensive study in a Spanish-speaking country, or (3) a successful interview with the instructor.

The focus of this course is to offer advanced students a comprehensive grammar review and insight into Hispanic/Latino thought and culture. Students will use the language extensively in their writing, and students will read and discuss current events, excerpts of novels, and selected modern and classical works in order to increase their literacy in Spanish. Students who take Heritage 3 are encouraged to take AP Spanish upon successful completion of the course.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 (AS1002) 1.0 credit

This course will provide an introduction to the signed alphabet and basic sign language. New vocabulary and language patterns will be provided for expressive and receptive practice. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in a limited degree with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community using finger spelling and gesturing.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 (AS2002) 1.0 credit

Students in this course further develop skills acquired in America Sign Language I and acquire new skills for communicating with members of the Deaf community and with others who use American Sign Language.

WORLD LANGUAGES INDEPENDENT STUDY (SP9009) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Completion of AP French, AP German, AP Spanish or Heritage 3. This course requires the approvals of the teacher supervising the independent study and the department chairperson. PASS/FAIL

World Language Independent Study is for students who wish to continue their language study past the AP French, AP German, AP Spanish, or Heritage 3 level.  The course is literature based focused on reading novels and short stories in the target language. Students will also have the opportunity to maintain and improve their speaking and writing proficiency, as well as prepare for the CLEP and/or AP tests.