World Languages

College Preparatory French I enables students listen to, read, write and speak French through a study of relevant thematic units, including family, school, leisure time, food, clothing and travel. Level I students communicate in simple and compound sentences using the present tense, form questions and respond negatively and affirmatively. Students demonstrate their knowledge of French vocabulary, culture and grammar through listening, speaking, reading and writing performances. Students wishing to advance to level II French must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher. (1 credit)

College Preparatory French II provides opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge base and their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in a thematic format similar to that used in French I. Additional vocabulary includes countries and nationalities, colors, clothing, parts of the body, time, the Carnival of Quebec, weather, currency and buying, bus and subway travel, as well as other relevant topics. Additional grammar includes the immediate future tense and past tense, reflexive verbs, formal commands with regular and irregular verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Assessment is based on listening, speaking, reading and writing performances. Students wishing to advance to level III French must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher(1 credit).

College Preparatory French III continues to build on knowledge and skills in French through thematic studies that include planning students’ futures, relationships, survival in a French-speaking culture, and planning a vacation in France. The class reads several short stories and plays as well as Le Phantom de l’Opéra and Les Chaises (time permitting). Students in this class use a variety of tenses, write more complex sentences and communicate in multiple-sentence and multiple-paragraph offerings. Assessment is based on demonstrated ability to listen, speak, read and write. Students wishing to advance to level IV French must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher. (1 credit)

College Preparatory French IV uses advanced structures and phrases to sustain narrative and conduct impromptu conversations on familiar topics; to read and analyze short stories, song lyrics, poetry and novels; to write short stories and their autobiographies; and to explore French culture, with an emphasis on historical figures, writers, artists, singers and daily habits. The class reads Le Petit Prince, Huis Clos (standard complete French literary works) and selections from Les enfants du bonhomme dans la lune (standard Canadian literature). Assessment is based on demonstrated ability to listen, speak, read and write. (1 credit)

College Preparatory Spanish I focuses on building competency so that a student might successfully interact at a basic level to exchange information about individuals and interests. Our units of study are theme-based and include information, practice and performance of the communication skills each day in class, and information and practice to help students make cultural connections. Worker-learner skills (including participation in class) are discussed, modeled and practiced, and are an important part of the grade. There are nightly assignments and in some units students create a project around the unit theme. Assessment is in listening, reading, speaking, writing, knowledge base, cultural connections and worker-learner skills. Students wishing to advance to level II Spanish must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher. (1 credit)

College Preparatory Spanish II provides grammar that supports broader communication, such as tenses and pronouns, is an important focus. Vocabulary is developed in theme-based units that include information, practice and performance of the communication skills each day in class. Students receive information and practice to help them make cultural connections and worker-learner skills (including participation in class) are discussed, modeled and practiced, and are an important part of the grade. There are nightly assignments, and in some units students do unit projects and in others, reports and presentations. Assessment is in listening, reading, speaking, writing, knowledge base, cultural connections and worker-learner skills. Students wishing to advance to Spanish III must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher. (1 credit)

College Preparatory Spanish III expands the grammar base to help students produce and comprehend more sophisticated communication. Vocabulary is developed in theme-based units that include information, practice and performance of the communication skills each day in class. The history, geography, culture and people of Spain are important foci at this level. Worker-learner skills (including participation in class) are discussed, modeled and practiced, and are an important part of the grade. There are nightly assignments, and in some units students do unit projects and in others, reports and presentations. Assessment is in listening, reading, speaking, writing, knowledge base, cultural connections and worker-learner skills. Students wishing to advance to Spanish IV must conclude the year with a 70 or higher or have permission from the teacher. (1 credit)

College Preparatory Spanish IV continues to build upon students’ knowledge base of vocabulary and more advanced grammar structures. Level IV units are built around short stories, poems, movies and articles of literary and/or social themes. Emphasis is placed on stating and supporting opinions. Students practice and perform communication, and worker-learner skills (including participation in class) are discussed, modeled and practiced, and are an important part of the grade. There are nightly assignments, and most units contain one or more significant assignments such as a writing, project, research and presentation. (1 credit)