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The goals of the World Language Department are to help the student communicate in a second language as well as appreciate different cultural backgrounds and values and to encourage the student to understand different perspectives, however different from her own.

Objectives:
  1. To develop novice to advanced language skills as tools of communication.
  2. To apply the structural elements of the language using various methods.
  3. To compare the customs, cultures, and histories of global communities.
  4. To foster open-mindedness as global citizens.
Requirements:
Each student is required to take two consecutive years of the same world language, regardless of level of entry. She may choose from French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish.

Courses Available for 2019-20

List of 20 items.

  • WL French I

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students are introduced to life in France and in other Francophone countries through conversation and vocabulary as well as through cultural activities and multimedia experiences. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed through classroom work, studying phonetics and grammar, projects and use of technology in the course. A novice understanding of French grammar is applied in authentic situations, both spoken and written. The course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language, progressing toward overall proficiency in all four skills.

    Prerequisite: none
  • WL French II

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students continue to learn about French-speaking people in France and the Francophone world and to expand their French vocabulary through dialogues, discussions, writing and modified readings. Grammar, speaking and writing skills are developed through classroom work, projects and studying phonetics, as well as the use of technology in the course. The course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language, progressing toward overall proficiency in all four skills. Total immersion in the target language second semester will be required.

    Prerequisite: French I or department approval
  • WL ACC French III

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students review grammatical points already covered and expand their knowledge of verb tenses, vocabulary and additional grammatical elements. Through discussion and dialogues in the target language, French geography, economy, current events and history are studied. Comprehension of the written language is developed by reading several short stories and at least one novel in French. This class will be conducted entirely in French. Technology will be used for research, class presentations and recordings.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in French II or department approval
  • WL ACC French Literature and Composition

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Using a thematic approach, this course concentrates on advanced speaking, reading and writing French and the application of the language to life situations. Grammar structures are introduced or reviewed as they relate to each lesson. The student is immersed in the culture, history, literature and geography of Francophone countries through authentic films, discussion, projects and stories. Classic examples of literature from Francophone countries will be read and explored. Current events in the Francophone world will be discussed and compared with the students’ life experiences. Frequent use of technology for research and reporting is required in order to prepare students for university. This course is conducted entirely in French.

    Prerequisite: ACC French III or department approval
  • WL AP/ACC French

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In addition to an intense grammar study and review, students will receive extensive training using authentic materials for formal and informal speaking practice, audio and reading comprehension, organization of ideas for reporting on various sets of circumstances and spontaneous conversation practice. Technology will be incorporated in all phases of this course, specifically when using authentic French materials. This course is conducted entirely in French.

    Prerequisite: an A average in ACC French III and ACC French Literature and Composition or department approval
  • WL Latin I

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course offers an opportunity to study a classical language by introducing the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary and composition. Latin vocabulary is reinforced by the study of English derivatives from Latin roots. The course develops a familiarity with the background of Roman life and civilization through the use of short stories and essays.

    Prerequisite: none
  • WL Latin II

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course offers a continuation and deepening of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary and composition. Latin vocabulary and grammar is reinforced by the study of English derivatives from Latin vocabulary and grammar. Further understanding of Roman life and civilization is developed through short stories and essays. Emphasis is placed on the skills of reading and comprehending Latin literature.

    Prerequisite: Latin I or department approval
  • WL Honors Latin III

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course is a continued broadening and in-depth study of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary and composition. Further understanding of Roman life and civilization is developed through short stories and essays, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between English and Latin is achieved through the study of etymology. Students will be introduced to various Roman writers and their contributions to Latin literature.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Latin II or department approval
  • WL Honors Latin IV

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Latin IV is an integrated reading course consisting of classic Latin prose and poetry. Students will use and expand their knowledge of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary to study major Roman authors and their works of literature. The texts for this course may include, but are not limited to, the works of Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Suetonius, Ovid, Vergil and Horace. For each text studied, students will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and will read comparative or background readings.

    Prerequisite: Honors Latin III or department approval
  • WL Mandarin Chinese I: The Spoken Language and Cultures of China

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course is the introductory study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history, and Chinese cultures. Students will acquire conversational skills through the use of writing and reading pinyin and will learn how to write the most common radicals. Attention will be paid to simple grammatical structures, vocabulary and pronunciation, but interactive communication will be the main focus. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly, and complete homework on a daily basis.

    Prerequisite: none
  • WL Mandarin Chinese II: The Written Language and Cultures of China

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history and Chinese cultures. Students will improve upon their conversational skills, work to perfect their pronunciation and will learn to write and read simplified characters using correct stroke order and the radicals learned in Chinese I. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly and complete homework on a daily basis.

    Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese I or department approval
  • WL Honors Mandarin Chinese III: The Language and Cultures of China

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history and Chinese cultures, building upon that which was learned in Chinese I and II. Students will improve upon their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills by further increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures. Students will write and read using simplified characters and interactive communication will be a major component. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly and complete homework on a daily basis.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Mandarin Chinese II or department approval
  • WL Honors Mandarin Chinese IV: The Language and Cultures of China

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history and Chinese cultures, building upon that which was learned in Chinese I, II, and III. Students will improve upon their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills by further increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures. Students will write and read using simplified characters and interactive communication will be a major component. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly and complete homework on a daily basis.

    Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese III or department approval
  • WL Spanish I

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course introduces the Spanish language and its cultures, with Hispanic cultures incorporated into all units. Students will learn pronunciation of Spanish, thematic vocabulary and the structure of sentences by studying the grammatical principles in forming them while primarily focusing on interactive communication. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed progressively through authentic situations, as well as traditional methods and the use of technology. The course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language.

    Prerequisite: none
  • WL Spanish II

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course continues the study of the Spanish language and its cultures and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed upon attaining usable control of basic grammatical principles and thematic vocabulary in interactive spoken conversations. Continued use of authentic resources develops reading and listening comprehension skills and provides cultural insights. Total immersion in the target language second semester will be required.

    Prerequisite: Spanish I or department approval
  • WL Honors Spanish I

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course provides an introduction of the Spanish language and its culture, at a pace conducive for students who have previous experience with the language. Students will review pronunciation of Spanish and basic Spanish principles. Students will learn thematic vocabulary, practice the structure of sentences by studying the grammatical principles in forming them and connect material with their own lives. The primary focus is on interactive communication. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed progressively through authentic situations, as well as traditional methods and the use of technology. Students will apply their knowledge through a year-long research project on a Spanish speaking country. This course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language.

    Prerequisite: Placement test and department approval
  • WL ACC Spanish III

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course focuses on extensive vocabulary enhancement and completion of all basic grammatical structures. Students are expected to develop intermediary proficiencies in speaking and understanding, as well as reading and writing in Spanish. Students will also study important historical and contemporary figures and events in the Spanish-speaking world. Use of technology for research, reporting, presenting and recording will be required. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students may receive up to 3 college credits through the SLU 1818/ACC program. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Spanish II or department approval
  • WL Honors Spanish Culture Through Literature and Film

    Grade 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Using a thematic approach, this class will concentrate on improvement in three areas: reading and analyzing authentic texts, creative and critical writing and speaking. Through literature, film and authentic resources, we will discuss culture, study important figures and events and use grammar in an authentic context. Our goal is to prepare students for further university study and citizenship on our ever-increasing bilingual, bicultural world. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and requires frequent use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.

    Prerequisite: ACC Spanish III or department approval
  • WL ACC Spanish IV

    Grade 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course is a continuation of ACC Spanish III. Through continued focus on current cultural topics, students continue to build advanced vocabulary and expand and deepen their understanding of all basic grammatical structures. Students are expected to develop intermediate to advanced-low proficiencies in speaking and understanding as well as reading and writing in Spanish. Continued use of technology will be required. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students may receive up to 6 college credits through the SLU 1818 program. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Spanish III or department approval
  • WL AP Spanish IV: Language and Culture

    Grade 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course offers a concentrated study of advanced vocabulary, an intense grammar review, auditory and reading comprehension, spontaneous conversation practice and rigorous practice in formal and informal writing in preparation for successful completion of the AP test. Course curriculum is dictated by the guidelines of the College Board. Special emphasis is placed on the use of authentic source materials and the integration of language skills. Therefore, students will receive extensive training in combining listening, reading and speaking skills in order to demonstrate understanding of authentic Spanish language materials. Emphasis is also placed on comparing Hispanic cultures to the students’ own culture. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students must be prepared to work independently during the summer. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Spanish III or department approval

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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