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World Languages

High School

In keeping with our mission, the World Languages Department seeks to educate the whole person, and inspire students to honor the diversity that enriches both our school community and the world beyond St. John's. A large part of this holistic education is teaching students to communicate effectively, an important skill in our interdependent, multicultural world (course descriptions follow).

Students learn to express themselves confidently in the language they choose to study (German, Chinese, Latin, Spanish), and develop an appreciation for its culture and people. We follow the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning, referred to as the 5 Cs: Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community.

Students are challenged according to their ability in differing levels of instruction, and they learn to apply the four basic linguistic skills: speaking, reading, listening, and writing.

Chinese 1 - Accelerated

Chinese 1 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces the student to Mandarin Chinese language and culture. Hanyu Pinyin (the standard Mandarin Romanization system), is introduced for pronunciation and spoken communication. This course intend to build up students’ basic conversational skills. Students are able to talk about their family, and provide important information such as age, grade and nationality, etc in Chinese. In this Mandarin Chinese class, students will develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Activities designed for the course include both deductive and inductive lectures on grammatical constructions and cultural conventions as they relate to the language. Intensive drills on pronunciation and tones, vocabulary, and sentence patterns in meaningful contexts will be used in order for the students to communicate appropriately and accurately in authentic contexts. Both pedagogically prepared texts and authentic materials will be used in this course.

 

Chinese 1 - Honors

Chinese 1 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces the student to Mandarin Chinese language and culture. The course emphasizes developing students’ language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to use Pinyin transcriptions (the standard Mandarin Romanization system) and correct tones in pronunciation and spoken communication. Students will focus on an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammatical structures in order to reach intermediate stages of written and spoken communication. Students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Students also learn a variety of Chinese cultural topics such as: the history of China; Chinese paintings and calligraphy; Chinese customs and traditions; Chinese food, festivals, and other interesting Chinese features of culture and history.

Chinese 2 - Accelerated

Chinese 2 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Chinese 1 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

This course will help students expand their base in first year Chinese (or its equivalent) to continue to develop their four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Many of the grammatical constructions introduced in first year Chinese will be repeated in this course with increasing sophistication in terms of style and usage. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of first year Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities will be conducted. Students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural or situational topics.

Chinese 2 - Honors

Chinese 2 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Chinese 1 Honors and/or departmental approval

This course is for the above average Chinese speaker who has excelled in first year Chinese both in the oral and written component. This course is designed to develop student’s practical communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Mandarin Chinese. The knowledge of the Chinese language will be taught through situations: greetings, student life, phone conversation, hobbies…etc. There are a variety of activities which will be applied to this class to help students acquire their Chinese language communicative competence such as games, role plays, cultural studies and group discussion. The textbook and workbook will also establish student’s solid foundation in learning Chinese character writing and character formation. Authentic materials and Chinese culture (festivals and customs) will also be integrated into this course.

Chinese 3 - Accelerated

Chinese 3 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Chinese 2 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

In the third year of Chinese, students will continue to develop their oral communication skills and to expand their vocabulary ability and paragraph writing with the up-to-date topics relevant to young students in a fun and interesting way. Sentence structures and grammar rules are taught through simple explanations, and reinforced with a variety of practice exercises. Students will study more advanced Chinese grammar, verb conjugations, subject and object pronouns, reference and possession and negatives. Careful pacing leads to gradual progress in language skills, with clearly focused aims for each unit, regular review, and consistent reinforcement. In Integrated Chinese 1 & 2, topics continue the development of communication skills, and introduce the customs and culture of contemporary China.

Chinese 3 - Honors

Chinese 3 - Honors [1 credit]

In Chinese Honors 3, students will continue to learn the Chinese language and culture through a series of dialogues and narratives, with culture notes, language use, and grammar explanations/ exercises. A task-based teaching approach will be used to intensify students’ motivation and heighten their awareness of the learning objectives in each unit. This will be a communication-oriented language classroom in which activities will be widely used through interactive exercises to enhance students’ skills in oral and written communication. By building effective learning strategies students will have opportunities to make predictions based on their own experience in the lesson and bring these experiences to an immersion classroom. Through exercises, students will improve their writing skills and eventually write comprehensive essays.

Chinese 4 - Accelerated

Chinese 4 - Accelerated

Prerequisites: Chinese 3 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

In Chinese Accelerated Four, students will continue to learn the Chinese language and culture through a series of dialogues and narratives, with culture notes, language use, and grammar explanations/ exercises. The task-based and flip classroom teaching approach will be used to intensify students’ motivation and heighten their awareness of the learning objectives in each unit. This will be a communication-oriented language classroom in which activities will be widely used through interactive exercises to enhance students’ skills in oral and written communication.

Chinese 4 - Honors

Chinese 4 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Chinese 3 Honors/Accelerated and/or departmental approval

In Chinese Four Honors, students will continue to learn the Chinese language and culture through a series of dialogues and narratives, with culture notes, language use, and grammar explanations/ exercises. Chinese 4H expands the skills acquired by the students in Chinese 3. Specific content includes, but is not limited to, more advanced language structures and idiomatic expressions, with emphasis on conversational skills. There is additional growth in vocabulary for practical purposes including writing. Reading selections are varied and taken from authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, and literary works.

AP Chinese Language and Culture

AP Chinese Language and Culture [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Chinese 3 Honors and/or departmental approval

The AP course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiency across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture. Since the course interweaves language and culture learning, this exploration occurs mostly in Chinese.

German 1 - Accelerated

German 1 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces the beginning student to the German language and culture. The aim is to promote proficiency in all aspects of the German language: speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension, in the 3 modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. In addition, discussions about German history, folklore, culture and politics acquaint the beginning student with the background against which modern German should be studied.

German 1 - Honors

German 1 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces a beginning student with above average language ability to the German language and culture. The aim is to promote proficiency in all aspects of the German language: speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension, in the 3 modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. In addition, discussions about German history, folklore, culture and politics acquaint the beginning student with the background against which modern German should be studied.

German 2 - Accelerated

German 2 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: German 1 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are further developed in this course. This second year course stresses aural/oral communication and the essentials of German grammar. Emphasis is placed on the study of nouns, their cases, subject and object pronouns and prepositional phrases. Through readings and quarterly projects, the student will deepen his awareness of life in the German-speaking countries. 

German 2 - Honors

German 2 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: German 1 Honors and/or departmental approval

This advanced course will continue to develop and increase the student’s proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and composition and build upon the foundations laid down in German 1. It stresses the development of both active and passive vocabulary, and more complex grammatical forms and structures. Through readings and quarterly projects, the student will deepen his awareness of life in the German speaking countries. By the end of the course the student should be able to carry on a medium length conversation, write paragraphs or short letters, and read simple German stories, all with a reasonable degree of accuracy.

 

German 3 - Accelerated

German 3 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: German 2 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

This is an intermediate level German class. The objectives of this course are to reinforce and strengthen the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational Communication (defined in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages). The students will be introduced to authentic articles, data and literature using a variety of genres presented in printed, audio, audiovisual formats as well as other cultural inputs, and to further develop and reinforce vocabulary and grammatical structures through reading, speaking and writing assignments.

German 3 - Honors

German 3 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: German 2 Honors and/or departmental approval

This is an advanced level German class. This course is mainly taught in German. It requires the students to improve their German language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational Communication (defined in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages). The students will be introduced to higher level authentic articles, data and literature using a variety of genres presented in printed, audio, audiovisual formats as well as other cultural inputs, and to further develop and reinforce vocabulary and grammatical structures through reading, speaking and writing assignments. The class provides their students with opportunities to develop their language proficiency by sharing their points of view on more complex issues using open discussion and employing both their spoken and written German skills.

German 4 - Honors

German 4 Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: German 3 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

This course emphasizes the use of the German language for active communication and has as its objective the development of the following skills: 1) having a strong command of vocabulary and structure; 2) understanding spoken German in various conversational situations; 3) reading newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction, and nontechnical writings without the use of a dictionary; 4) expressing ideas orally and in writing accurately and fluently. Course content will include a grammar text and an anthology, as well as recordings, films, newspapers, magazines, and contemporary literature.

German 5 H

German 5 Honors[1 credit]

Prerequisite: German 4 Honors, German 4 Accelerated and/or department approval

This course is designed for the advanced student to further develop his German language skills, by discussing a variety of cultural topics and themes in the German speaking world.  Through extensive work on expanding vocabulary, reviewing major grammar topics, conversation and composition exercises, the students will strengthen their language skills and develop cultural competency. The course focuses on real communication in meaningful contexts, to develop and consolidate students' speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities at the upper intermediate level. In the first semester, topics will focus on the "Goethezeit" (1770-1830) of German literature and music, the Sturm und Drang and German Klassik periods.  The second semester will include a focus on the history of German cinema from the earliest days to contemporary.

AP German Language and Culture

AP German Language and Culture 
[1 credit]

Prerequisites: departmental approval

This is a rigorous advanced level German Language and Culture class. This AP course is taught exclusively in German. It requires the students to improve their German language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational Communication (defined in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages). The students will be introduced to college-level readings, assignments, and resources. The students will be introduced to authentic articles, data and literature using a variety of genres presented in printed, audio, audiovisual formats as well as other cultural inputs. The course is divided into the following units:

· Families in Different Societies

·   The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity

·   Influences of Beauty and Art

·   How Science and Technology Affect our Lives

·   Factors That Impact the Quality of Life

·   Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

This class provides students with continuous opportunities to demonstrate their German language proficiency by sharing their points of view on complex issues using open discussion and employing both their spoken and written German skills. Students have the opportunity to expand their abilities for critical thinking and oppositional argumentation to enhance their academic preparedness toward the pre-advanced level (The College Board). The Course’s Skills and Learning Objectives are:

· Comprehend written, audio, audiovisual, and visual text

· Make interdisciplinary and cultural connections

· Interpret the content of written or audio text

· Make meanings from words and expressions

· Communicate interpersonally by speaking with others

· Communicate interpersonally by writing to others

· Communicate through spoken presentations

· Communicate through written presentations

This AP German class will culminate with a challenging standardized AP German Language and Culture Exam.


Latin 1 - College Prep

Latin 1 - College Prep [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

The course is the same as the Honors section, but the pace is more deliberate and aimed at building a foundation for language study.

Latin 1 - Accelerated

Latin 1 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

Latin 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of Latin grammar through readings which reveal the cultural context of the Roman world and its heritage. The first year of Latin introduces the form and structure of an inflected language, gradually guiding the students to read complex sentences with subordinate clauses, stylistic nuance and sophisticated vocabulary. Because Latin is a parent of the English language, instruction includes a systematic study of the development of English vocabulary from Latin roots. In addition to language study, students are exposed to the history and mythology of the Classical world and its influence on Western culture. Textbook settings include Pompeii and Roman Britain, inviting comparison and contrast with our own society. While reading the same Cambridge Latin stages as Honors, the accelerated course moves at a more deliberate pace and includes additional support for students. Emphasis is on Latin reading, grammatical analysis, and identification and recognition of Latin prose forms. Students make regular use of their iPads for the textbook and other apps that assist in language learning.

Latin 1 - Honors

Latin 1 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

Latin 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of Latin grammar through readings which reveal the cultural context of the Roman world and its heritage. The first year of Latin introduces the form and structure of an inflected language, gradually guiding the students to read and compose complex sentences with subordinate clauses, stylistic nuance and sophisticated vocabulary. Because Latin is a parent of the English language, instruction includes a systematic study of the development of English vocabulary from Latin roots. In addition to rigorous language study, students are exposed to the history and mythology of the Classical world and its influence on Western culture. Textbook settings include Pompeii and Roman Britain, inviting comparison and contrast with our own society. An important aspect of the Honors class includes translating English sentences into Latin in order to demonstrate adept control of the language. Self-directed practice skills are integral to success at this level, as the pace is challenging. Students make regular use of their iPads for the textbook and other apps that assist in language learning.

Latin 2 - College Prep

Latin 2 - College Prep [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 1 College Prep and/or departmental approval

The syllabus is the same as Honors, but with a slower pace and with the review period of Latin 1 material extended into the introduction of new material.

Latin 2 - Accelerated

Latin 2 - Accelerated [1 credit]
In the second year of Latin students build upon  their study of grammar from the first year. The emphasis is upon the reading of continuous prose with complex sentences, and subordinate clauses. Students continue their study of Classical culture, including history, mythology, archaeology, and the influence of Latin on English vocabulary. Textbook settings include Roman Britain and Alexandria, inviting comparison and contrast with our own society. While reading the same Cambridge Latin stages as Honors, the accelerated course moves at a more deliberate pace and includes additional support for students. Emphasis is on Latin reading, grammatical analysis, and identification and recognition of Latin prose forms. Students make regular use of their iPads for the textbook and other apps that assist in language learning.

Latin 2 - Honors

Latin 2 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 1 Honors and/or departmental approval

In the second year of Latin, students build upon their study of grammar from the first year. The emphasis is upon the reading of continuous prose with complex sentences and subordinate clauses. Students continue their study of Classical culture, including history, mythology, archaeology, and the influence of Latin on English vocabulary. Textbook settings include Roman Britain and Alexandria, inviting comparison and contrast with our own society. Self-directed practice skills are integral to success at this level, as the pace is challenging. Students make regular use of their iPads for the textbook and other apps that assist in language learning.

Latin 3 - Accelerated

Latin 3 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 2 Accelerated or Latin 2 College Prep and/or departmental approval

In this course, students will continue to study complex and nuanced aspects of Latin grammar while reading increasingly sophisticated selections of Latin prose.  Emphasis will be given to how the study of Latin can be a practical tool, a way to “use” the language. Two examples, widely separated in time, can call upon students’ Latin to approach these: the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, and the Salem witch trials. The eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79 had an eye witness, whose letters have survived. Even with modern vulcanology and archaeology, these letters provide essential clues to what actually happened. The Salem witch trials took place in Salem Village, today’s Danvers. Within a short walk from the SJP campus is a cemetery with a lengthy stone in Latin which provides a missing link for what happened during and at the end of that terror. The tombstone is not easy to read, but for the student who approaches the inscription the way a professional archaeologist would, will be rewarded with an intimate look at this tragic local history.


Latin 3 - Honors

Latin 3 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 2 Honors and/or departmental approval

This course introduces students to the reading and appreciation of authentic Latin literature.  After an extensive review of grammar and syntax, students will read the poetry of Martial, Ovid and Catullus and the opening chapters of Caesar’s Gallic Wars.  Through these primary sources, they will gain an unvarnished perspective on the history and society of ancient Rome and come to appreciate the stylistic nuances inherent in Latin poetry and prose. 

Latin 4 - Honors

Latin 4 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 3 Honors and/or departmental approval

“Rome in Their Own Words” is a look at the ancient city of Rome through the words of the people who lived there. A variety of original Latin texts will be read: history, letters, poetry, legal documents, graffiti, etc. Use will be made of archaeology also to understand the topography and the history of the city. There is no text to be bought; all course materials will be on Canvas.

Latin 5 Honors

Latin 5 - Special Topics in Classical Studies - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Latin 4 Honors or AP Latin

In Latin 5, students will immerse themselves into a  particular genre of Latin literature, such as comedy, history, epic poetry, philosophy, or satire.  While reading authentic Latin texts within the cultural and historical context of the ancient world, students will utilize the skills they have developed over previous years. Scholarly articles will supplement the primary Latin material, and students will have the opportunity to choose the focus of their research, create authentic projects, and design presentations.  This course will serve as a capstone to their Latin career at St. John's Prep.

AP Latin

AP Latin [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Departmental approval

This course follows the College Board syllabus for AP Latin (Vergil/Caesar):

"The AP Latin course focuses on the in-depth study of selections from two of the greatest works in Latin literature: Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. The course requires students to prepare and translate the readings and place these texts in a meaningful context, which helps develop critical, historical, and literary sensitivities. Throughout the course, students consider themes in the context of ancient literature and bring these works to life through classroom discussions, debates, and presentations. Additional English readings from both of these works help place the Latin readings in a significant context." (text taken from the College Board website)


Latin and Greek Foundations of English

Latin and Greek Foundations of English - Honors, Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Departmental approval (open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

Approximately 60% of our vocabulary is derived from Latin and Greek, and that figure rises to 90% in English words with two or more syllables. This course will introduce students to the Classical infrastructure of English with a cross-disciplinary approach, allowing students to master words in context rather than as random elements for memorization. Students will decipher difficult words, absorb scientific and medical terminology and comprehend the nuances of legal phrases by learning not only what a word means, but also the reason why. As students trace the oftentimes circuitous route that Latin and Greek words have navigated between antiquity and the present day, they will explore Greek & Roman civilization as well as the mores and languages of the intermediary and derivative cultures. This course’s pedagogical focus and approach will encompass numerous, diverse disciplines, including (but not limited to) anatomy, chemistry, archaeology, psychology, philosophy, literature, economics, and astronomy.   A new, organically expanded and enriched vocabulary established on an understanding of Greek and Latin roots may benefit students on standardized tests, throughout college, postgraduate work and beyond. No familiarity with Latin or Greek is required. This course does not fulfill the World Language requirement for graduation.

Spanish 1 - College Prep

Spanish 1 - College Prep [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces the student to the Spanish language by developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The teacher will promote the student’s understanding and application of content by presenting the vocabulary and grammar in real-life contexts. Different aspects of contemporary Hispanic cultures will be presented and discussed each unit.

Spanish 1 - Accelerated

Spanish 1 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This course introduces the student to the Spanish language by developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at a faster pace. The teacher will promote the student’s understanding and application of content by presenting the vocabulary and grammar in real-life contexts. Different aspects of contemporary Hispanic cultures will be presented and discussed each unit. Students will build proficiency by engaging in more complex communicative activities.

Spanish 1 - Honors

Spanish 1 - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Placement exam and/or departmental approval

This fast-paced course  introduces students’ to Spanish or expands student’s prior knowledge of the subject through the integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  The teacher will promote the student’s understanding and application of vocabulary and grammar through the use of authentic Spanish resources. Students will develop their interpersonal, presentational and interpretive skills as well as study the cultures and practices of the diverse Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish 2 - College Prep

Spanish 2 - College Prep [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 1 College Prep and/or departmental approval

This course builds upon the content and skills of the first year Spanish course.  Lessons are structured to help students improve organizational and learning skills.  As students learn grammar and vocabulary, they will apply the target language in “real life” situations.  As listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed, students will be able to learn about the connections, similarities, and differences that exist among the cultures of the Spanish speaking world and their own cultural backgrounds.

Spanish 2 - Accelerated

Spanish 2 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 1 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

The second year Spanish accelerated stresses aural/oral communication and the essentials of Spanish grammar.  The students work to develop interpersonal, presentational and interpretive skills. The class will explore the cultures of the Spanish speaking world in each unit of study, giving students the opportunity to make connections and comparisons with their own cultural backgrounds.

Spanish 2 Honors

Spanish 2 Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 1 Honors and/or departmental approval

This advanced course emphasizes aural/oral communication and the grammatical essentials of the Spanish language throughout the Spanish-speaking world.  The course focuses on cultural study and the necessary grammar in order to communicate in the target language, giving students the opportunity to make connections and comparisons with their own cultural backgrounds.  The students develop their interpersonal, presentational and interpretive skills. In preparation for the AP level curriculum, students will read various selections and interpret authentic materials in order to improve their listening and comprehension skills.

Spanish 3 - College Prep

Spanish 3 - College Prep [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 2 College Prep and/or departmental approval.

This course continues to build on and reinforce the skills developed in Spanish 2. Lessons are structured and paced to help students improve learning skills. Students will develop language and cultural competencies by focusing on communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. To this end, they will practice linguistic skills in order to interact in and interpret the target language on a variety of thematic and cultural topics, examining other cultures and their own.

Spanish 3 - Accelerated

Spanish 3 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 2 Accelerated and/or departmental approval.

In this intermediate course, students will continue to develop language and cultural competencies by focusing on communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. To this end, they will practice linguistic skills in order to interact in and interpret the target language on a variety of thematic and cultural topics. They will expand thematic vocabulary and practice of grammatical structures through extensive reading and writing assignments. They will examine other cultures and their own, while developing critical thinking skills to evaluate diverse perspectives.

Spanish 3 Honors

Spanish 3 Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 2 Honors and/or departmental approval

This pre-AP course, solely conducted in Spanish, focuses on building, reinforcing and expanding the students’ language usage, vocabulary knowledge and proficiency through the study of literature, cinema and contemporary themes. Students will continue to develop an appreciation and understanding of the products, practices and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world. This course will enable students to employ this advanced grammar in creative compositions, argumentative essays and oral presentations.

Spanish 4 - Accelerated

Spanish 4 - Accelerated [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 3 Accelerated and/or departmental approval

In this course, the student refines his oral expression, utilizing all of the grammatical points of the previous three years of study. The course moves through themes of daily life such as personal relationships, travel and nature in order to contextualize vocabulary and expressions. These themes appear in authentic short films, articles and pieces of literature, which serve as points of departure for class discussions conducted in Spanish. Regular review of the more difficult grammar points provides the student with the opportunity to improve his writing skills. Throughout the year, students will improve their speaking skills through directed conversations, situational role-playing, and oral reports. Music, films, and television news clips are utilized to refine listening skills.

Spanish 4 Honors

Spanish 4 Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Spanish 3 Honors and/or departmental approval

In this intensive course, the student excels at oral expression as well as written compositions in the target language. The course reviews grammar topics from previous years in greater depth in order to refine written and oral expression to enhance communication. The course moves through themes of daily life such as personal relationships, travel and the environment, contextualizing vocabulary and expressions. These themes also appear in authentic short films, articles and pieces of literature, which serve as points of departure for class discussions, presentations and debates. Students will expand their interpersonal and presentational speaking skills through daily discussion, role-playing, and oral reports. Authentic music, films, and television news clips are utilized to refine listening comprehension skills and engage with cultural material. Conducted in Spanish.

Advanced Spanish, Conversation, Cinema, and Literature Honors

Advanced Spanish, Conversation, Cinema, and Literature - Honors [1 credit]

Prerequisite: Spanish 3/4 Honors, Spanish 3/4 Accelerated and/or departmental approval.

This course is designed to develop and improve student presentational communication skills (oral and written) through discussion of various film and literary works of the Spanish-speaking world.  With a focus on historical and contemporary socio-political events of the target culture, students will view movies to interpret their significance within a particular time period. Additionally, students will read and interpret classic and contemporary pieces of Hispanic literature to further develop an understanding of the historical time period.  This course will allow students to study specific political/social problems of Spain and Latin American in the 20th and 21st century while paying special attention to the role of the dictator, economic and class divisions, the poor and marginalized, and the role of women during these times.  Students will use these historical happenings to compare them to contemporary events in their own cultural and those of communities around them. Interdisciplinary connections will be made so students can relate course work to other content areas while developing intercultural competency.  Students will collaborate to explore course themes and facilitate extemporaneous and planned conversation. Assessments will help students refine their interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills to enhance communication. Conducted in Spanish.

AP Spanish Language and Culture

AP Spanish Language and Culture [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Departmental approval

AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish. 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, contemporary life, and global challenges.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture [1 credit]

Prerequisites: Departmental approval

The AP Spanish Literature course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a third-year college survey course in Peninsular and Latin American Literature. The course is designed to introduce students to the formal study of a representative body of Peninsular and Latin American literary texts (AP Course Handbook). Students will study and apply literary theory and terminology to representative genres in an attempt to compare, contrast, and relate similar themes discovered in the literature; moreover, the students will use literary criticism in order to explore the more detailed elements of a text as well as to support analytical writing assignments. Oral presentation on critical essays, authors, and historical/literary periods will be assigned to aid in the understanding of the representative works. Writing strategy will be reviewed in an attempt to prepare students for the AP Spanish Literature Exam and upper-level college literature/culture courses. Conducted in Spanish.

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