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Kristen Lund Lund, Kristen World Languages Teacher
Cristina Mangas Mangas, Cristina World Languages Teacher
Don Nicole Nicole, Don World Languages Department Chair
Amy Underwood Underwood, Amy World Language Teacher

These courses are designed for Junior High students. Over the course of two years, 7th and 8th grade students will successfully complete the material covered in the French I curriculum.

The purpose of this course is to serve students with an introduction to the French language as they develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. Particular focus is placed on listening comprehension and daily use of the target language. The development of vocabulary and basic language skills is emphasized. Vocabulary and grammar structures are presented in a variety of methods, including lecture, paired and group activities, projects, and the use of technology. The students acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to the Francophone regions of the world (Full Year).

Building upon 7th Grade, this course advances curricular concepts in the four primary domains of language acquisition: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. After a review of vocabulary and grammar structures presented in the 7th grade, more complex grammar topics are presented. The acquisition of vocabulary through a variety of daily classroom is emphasized. Students continue to develop their skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, through a variety of interactive classroom activities. The students acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to those regions of the Francophone regions of the world (Full Year).

In French I, students begin to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language, as they develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. The students acquire cultural and geographical information of the Francophone regions of the world. Vocabulary is introduced thematically and reinforced through daily practice. Students learn basic grammar and common expressions to create short dialogues and conversations. The students learn through a variety of methodologies, including lecture, use of technology, projects, cooperative group activities and interactive practice, with an emphasis on activities involving oral and written communication (1 Credit).

In French II, students continue to develop their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as they further develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. Students continue to acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to the Francophone regions of the world, and they begin to compare cultural differences in an effort to enhance an appreciation of cultural diversity. The students continue to build their vocabulary resources through thematic presentation and daily practice. The study of grammar becomes more in depth as the students are exposed to a variety of verb tenses. The students strive to increase fluency and refine their oral skills through different methodologies, both oral and written. Compositions, presentations, and paired activities take on greater length and allow for more self-expression. Successful completion of French I with a minimum C average is a prerequisite of this class (1 Credit).

In French III, students begin to transition from the novice to the intermediate level of language acquisition. Students continue to hone their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an increased focus on developing more culturally authentic communicative and written skills. Prior grammatical structures, vocabulary themes, and idiomatic expressions are reviewed and amplified. Compound verb tenses and moods are introduced. Students develop reading and writing skills through an introduction to French literature, using adapted versions of classic texts and primary sources. Students engage in paired activities, group projects, and class presentations in order to practice vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and classroom discussions to focus their interpretation of the literary works read. Successful completion of French II with a minimum C average is a prerequisite of this class (1 Credit).

In French IV, students expand upon previously studied grammar concepts in preparation for the study of advanced structures, idiomatic expressions, and usage. The course enhances the students’ oral proficiency and understanding of nuances in meaning. Students analyze and discuss novels and selected reading material in order to promote critical thinking skills and to develop an appreciation of literature. By completing projects focused on aspects of French culture and civilization, the students develop an appreciation of diversity and global awareness. Successful completion of French III with a minimum C average and department chair approval are prerequisites of this class (1 Credit).

These courses are designed for Junior High students. Over the course of two years, 7th and 8th grade students will successfully complete the material covered in the Spanish I curriculum.

In 7th grade Spanish I, students are introduced to the Spanish language, and they develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. Particular focus is placed on listening comprehension and daily use of the target language. The development of vocabulary and basic language skills is emphasized. Vocabulary and grammar structures are presented in a variety of methods, including lecture, paired and group activities, projects, and the use of technology. The students acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to those regions of the world where Spanish is spoken.

This course continues to build on the skills developed in 7th grade Spanish I. After a review of vocabulary and grammar structures presented in the 7th grade, more complex grammar topics are presented. The acquisition of vocabulary through a variety of daily classroom activities is emphasized. Students continue to develop their skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, through a variety of interactive classroom activities. The students acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to those regions of the world where Spanish is spoken.

 

In Spanish I, students begin to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language, as they develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. The students acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to those regions of the world where Spanish is spoken. Vocabulary is introduced thematically and reinforced through daily practice. Students learn basic grammar and common expressions to create short dialogues and conversations. The students learn through a variety of methodologies, including lecture, use of technology, projects, cooperative group activities and interactive practice, with an emphasis on activities involving oral and written communication (1 Credit).

In Spanish II, students continue to develop their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as they further develop the necessary skills to become successful language learners. Students continue to acquire cultural and geographical information pertaining to those regions of the world where Spanish is used. The students continue to build their vocabulary resources through thematic presentation and daily practice. The study of grammar becomes more in depth as the students are exposed to a variety of verb tenses. The students strive to increase fluency and refine their oral skills through the use of different methodologies, both oral and written. Compositions, presentations, and paired activities take on greater length and allow for more self-expression. Successful completion of Spanish I is a prerequisite of this class (1 Credit).

In Spanish III, students begin to transition from the novice to the intermediate level of language acquisition. Students will continue to hone their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an increased focus on developing more culturally authentic communicative and written skills. The students continue to build their vocabulary resources with an effort towards acquiring the ability to describe and discuss abstract topics such as art and literature. The study of grammar moves from the realm of the indicative mood to that of the imperative and subjunctive moods. Through their study of authentic texts and resources, students develop oral and written responses of increased length and complexity. Interaction in the classroom is generally in the target language. Prerequisites include successful completion of Spanish II, teacher recommendation, and department chair approval (1 Credit).

In Spanish IV, students explore literary, historical, and social themes through the study of a variety of authentic texts, print media, Internet resources, film clips, and music. Students continue to hone their language skills, with an emphasis on the development of critical reading, analytical and auditory skills, and cultural perspectives. Students are introduced to persuasive writing. Oral presentations, essays, and class discussion foster the acquisition of vocabulary and increased proficiency, as well as refine the students´ use of advanced grammar structures. Prerequisites include successful completion of Spanish III, teacher recommendation, and department chair approval (1 Credit).

Spanish V is a course for those students who have successfully completed Spanish IV, and who seek to continue to explore current world themes through a variety of sources in order to develop their language skills, but who do not choose to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Students are exposed to a wide variety of materials to help them to compare and to contrast their understanding of Hispanic culture with their own culture. Students increase their proficiency and hone their grammar skills through oral presentations, discussions, and essays of various types. Prerequisites include successful completion of Spanish IV, teacher recommendation, and department chair approval (1 Credit).

The goal of this College Board Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture course is to engage students in collegiate level coursework and encourage the development of a broad and sophisticated understanding of Spanish, and the skills necessary to succeed on the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. The students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture, by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, and global challenges. A secondary goal is to increase cultural awareness of Spanish-speaking communities both in the US and abroad, by means of the study of current events and global issues. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam at the end of the academic year. Admission to this elective College Board AP course requires the recommendation of the student’s Spanish IV teacher and the approval of the department chair (1 Credit).

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