Foreign Languages Courses
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Approval based on HSPT scores 2 semesters
German I is an introduction to the German language, the German speaking people, and the German way of life. Listening, speaking, reading and beginning writing skills will be developed. A wide variety of classroom activities will be used to teach students to express needs, ideas, and feelings in both spoken and written German. All foreign language students are encouraged to take 2 years minimum of the language.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: C or better in German II or Department Approval 2 semesters
In German II, students significantly increase their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing studied in German I. Students have many opportunities to improve these skills by acting out skits, having conversations in small groups, and composing their own writing. A greater understanding of the daily life experiences and the cultural heritage of the German-speaking people is emphasized.
Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: C or better in German II or Department Approval 2 semesters
German III concentrates on the fluency of the language. Various short literary and journalistic reading selections are used as a point of departure for class discussions, compositions and oral presentations. The culture of the German-speaking people will be studied in greater detail. When necessary, aspects of grammar will be presented. Students must purchase a German-English dictionary. (Check with the teacher as to the type of dictionary).
Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: C or better In German III or Department Approval 2 semesters
German IV is an advanced course in which the individual’s challenge in speaking and writing is emphasized. Advanced aspects of grammar will be presented. Readings include a short novel, plays, short stories, and articles from various sources. Students must have a German-English Dictionary.
Spanish 1 (Full Year)
Course Description: Spanish 1 will provide the student with a general introduction to the Spanish language: sound system, pronunciation, and functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing. There are two main objectives to the course. Foremost is to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation. The second is to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts.
Spanish 2 (Full Year)
Prerequisites: Spanish 1 or instructor approval upon completion of placement test.
Course Description: Spanish 2 builds upon knowledge gained in Spanish 1. This course will also reinforce the skills learned in Spanish 1: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on perfecting pronunciation, mastery of basic grammatical structures, and increased communicative proficiency. Acquisition of functional vocabulary is expected. Students will be exposed to the past, future and conditional tenses, and will be expected to apply them in their writing and speaking.
Spanish 3 (Full Year)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1 & 2, or instructor approval upon completion of placement test.
Course Description: Spanish 3 is a continuation of knowledge acquired in Spanish 1 & 2, as well as an introduction to new vocabulary, structures and expressions. Students will be expected to expand their vocabulary range to include more sophisticated terms, use advanced language expressions, verb tenses and grammatical concepts, such as the pluperfect and the subjunctive mood. Students will also view Spanish language films and read selected Spanish literature.
Spanish 4 (Full Year)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1, 2 & 3, or instructor approval upon completion of placement test.Course Description: Spanish 4 is designed to (1) practice and refine speaking ability with an emphasis on conversational skills; (2) teach and practice more advanced grammar skills; (3) expose students to literary texts in Spanish; (4) further improve reading comprehension and writing skills; (5) further increase knowledge of the culture, literature, art and music of the countries where Spanish is spoken.