World Language (I-III)

  • CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH                 (9320)                    Grade 9-12          5 Credits

    This course is designed for students who have no knowledge of the Spanish Language. Students will use a conversational approach to learning expressions, dialogues, and real-life situations in which Spanish is needed. Much of the class time will deal with speaking the language, memorization of dialogues, and use of vocabulary. Cultural difference and traditions will also be discussed. Students will have homework assignments each night. At the end of the course, the student should be able to understand and respond in Spanish to various situations.

    Students will not receive Carnegie credits for this course. However, it will fulfill one-year requirement of world language that is needed for high school graduation.


    WORLD LANGUAGE-LEVEL I                Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    ITALIAN I, SPANISH I, FRENCH I, GERMAN I, MANDARIN CHINESE I

    (8300-9300)          (8310-9310)         (8330-9330)        (8340-9340)         (8325-9325)        

    The first year level of a world language serves as an introduction to both the language and the method of studying it.  Students learn basic expressions and words that are needed in everyday life and learn how to adapt them into questions, answers, commands, and statements. The instructional procedure focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students should expect to have a combination of written work and oral production of the target language in the class. Both types of work are a requirement for the first level, and grades will be based on how well both types of work are completed. Homework in Level I will be assigned for both speaking and writing, and students can expect assignments nearly every day. At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the language well enough to converse in a limited fashion with a native of the country from which the language is studied. As part of the course, the students will be im­bued with sensitivity to the customs and culture of the people.


    WORLD LANGUAGE-LEVEL II               Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    ITALIAN II, SPANISH II, FRENCH II, GERMAN II, MANDARIN CHINESE II

    (8301-9301)          (8311-9311)          (8331-9331)          (8341-9341)               (9326)

    Prerequisite:

    • Successful completion of Level I in the appropriate World Language

    During the second year of a world language, students will continue to develop their speaking and comprehension skills. Students will build upon the basics learned in Level I. The pattern of instruction will be similar to that of a level one class, however students can expect the teacher to speak in the target language more frequently. Activities include repeating dialogues, grammatical exercises, and limited role playing in the target language. Students will be able to respond to more complex situational dialogues, and daily participation in conversation or group discussions are expected. Moreover, in Level II, there is a greater emphasis on reading and writing. The oral work will now be recog­nized and manipulated, and the structure of the language will become more meaningful for the student. Further aspects of the foreign culture will also be studied.


    WORLD LANGUAGE - LEVEL III           Grades 10-12       5 Credits

    ITALIAN III, SPANISH III, FRENCH III, GERMAN III, MANDARIN CHINESE III

    (9302)    (9312)    (9332)    (9342)   (9327)

    Prerequisite:

    • Successful completion of Level II in the appropriate World Language

    In the third level language courses, students will be expected to frequently use the four skills of world languages: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Reading and writing will continue to receive a greater emphasis at this level as more advanced literary works are explored. Specifically, students will learn the finer points of gram­mar and pronunciation, including any remaining verb tenses. Therefore, students must expect to participate orally in class and to prepare several pages of written exercises each week. Students will read and respond to cultural reading selections in the target language. Students will also be expected to give oral presentations. The study of the customs and the culture of the people will be continued.