World Languages Department Courses

 

Spanish I – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: None

Spanish I is a two-term course, which is an introduction to the Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.  The student will develop a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing through various thematic based units.  Subject matter will deal with everyday topics such as self, family, home, school, leisure time activities, etc.  Much of the class will be conducted in Spanish to promote the use and understanding of the language from the very beginning of study. 

The student will:

  • Recognize material studied when encountered in a familiar context
  • Begin to produce accurately the sounds of the language when using familiar context
  • Ask and answer a variety of questions related to the units of study
  • Begin to produce simple sentences using course content

Spanish II – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: Spanish I

Spanish II is a two-term course that continues the development of the skills from Spanish I.  The student will develop a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing through various classroom activities, projects and regular out-of-class preparation.  Emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition and expansion of the tenses.  The class is conducted mostly in Spanish and the students are expected to participate in Spanish.

The student will:

  • Recognize increasingly complex material in familiar contexts
  • Produce accurately the sounds of familiar material
  • Begin to recognize familiar material in new settings
  • Begin to produce related sentences, which form simple paragraphs about familiar material

Spanish III – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: Spanish II

The student will work towards a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing through various classroom activities, projects and regular out-of-class preparation.  Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures of the language through reading, conversation and writing for various purposes.  Students will continue to build literacy through a variety of reading strategies.  Students will continue to improve communication skills through a variety of listening and speaking activities.  Cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking countries will be studied.  This course is designed to enhance the academic preparation of college-bound students.

The student will:

  • Begin to identify the topic of familiar material used in unfamiliar settings
  • Produce accurately the sounds of unfamiliar material
  • Read aloud unfamiliar material in new settings
  • Begin to produce related sentences, which form simple paragraphs about unfamiliar material

Spanish IV – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 1 Term
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: Spanish III

Spanish IV is a two-term, rigorous college preparatory course that continues the skills developed in Spanish III.  Students will refine the foundational skills learned in previous Spanish courses and continue to increase their Spanish language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing through various classroom activities, projects and regular out-of-class preparation.  More emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building and all tenses previously learned are reviewed and enhanced.  New tenses and moods will also be learned.  Students will be introduced to various types of literature and historical texts through the Spanish language.  This course is taught primarily in Spanish.  Students will be expected to respond and interact in Spanish.

The student will:

  • Recognize complex material in a variety of settings, by a variety of speakers and authors
  • Use pronunciation which is intelligible to native speakers in all circumstances
  • Read aloud unfamiliar material with pronunciation intelligible to native speakers
  • Produce complex sentences to express original thought

AP Spanish
Offered to grades: 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: Spanish IV

Dual Credit (DMACC) Course

AP Spanish is a two-term course with a continued emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing.  In addition to grammar review, students will have the opportunity to study content related to the six AP themes:  personal and public identities, families and communities, contemporary life, global challenges, beauty and aesthetics, and science and technology. Students are expected to speak primarily in Spanish during class.  It is crucial that students are comfortable speaking Spanish and understand the expectation for daily interaction in Spanish.  There will be weekly assessments for speaking, reading, writing and listening skills.  AP Spanish is taught in Spanish and will prepare students for the AP Spanish language exam.

The student will:

  • Analyze and synthesize complex material in a variety of settings, by a variety of speakers
  • Use pronunciation which is intelligible to native speakers in all circumstances
  • Produce complex sentences to express original thought
  • Interact in Spanish on a daily basis

German I – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: None

German I is a 2-term course using higher order thinking and reasoning skills to learn basic German vocabulary and grammar. Students will develop a foundation in the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through thematic based units.  In addition to German language skills, students also study geographic and cultural information about the countries in which German is spoken.

The student will:

  • Recognize material studied when encountered in a familiar context
  • Begin to produce accurately the sounds of the language when using familiar context
  • Recognize course content when encountered in a familiar context
  • Begin to produce simple sentences using course content

German II – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: German I

This course continues the study of the German language with presentation of expanded vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures, including use of modal verbs and the conversational past tense.  Students continue to acquire competence in the language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Additional cultural and geographical information about German-speaking countries is presented.

The student will:

  • Recognize increasingly complex material in familiar contexts
  • Produce accurately the sounds of familiar material
  • Begin to recognize familiar material in new settings
  • Begin to produce related sentences, which form simple paragraphs about familiar material

German III – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: German II

Students will continue to develop their ability to communicate in German through vocabulary expansion and acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, some of which include future and narrative past tenses, conjunctions and prepositions.  Students will also continue to expand their geographical and cultural knowledge of German-speaking countries as well as a portion of Europe in the context of the EU (European Union).

The student will:

  • Begin to identify the topic of familiar material used in unfamiliar settings
  • Produce accurately the sounds of unfamiliar material
  • Read aloud unfamiliar material in new settings
  • Begin to produce related sentences, which form simple paragraphs about unfamiliar material

German IV – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: German III

German IV is a 2-term course with a continued emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Emphasis is also placed on vocabulary building, grammatical structures, culture and geography.  Students are introduced to various types of German literature and to several different German companies. This course is taught primarily in German and is designed to enhance the academic preparation of college-bound students.  Students are expected to respond and interact in German.

The student will:

  • Recognize complex material in a variety of settings, by a variety of speakers
  • Use pronunciation which is intelligible to native speakers in all circumstances
  • Read aloud unfamiliar material with pronunciation intelligible to native speakers
  • Produce complex sentences to express original thought

German V – RAI
Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 TERMS
Category: Elective
Prerequisite: German IV

Dual Credit (DMACC) Course

German V is a two-term course with a continued emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing.  In addition to language grammar review, students will have the opportunity to study German literature, art and music.  Emphasis is also placed on vocabulary building, grammatical structures, culture and geography.  This course is taught primarily in German and is designed to enhance the academic preparation of college-bound students.  German V students are expected to respond and interact in German.

The student will:

  • Recognize complex material in a variety of settings, by a variety of speakers
  • Use pronunciation which is intelligible to native speakers in all circumstances
  • Read aloud unfamiliar material with pronunciation to native speakers
  • Produce complex sentences to express original thought

 


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