Program of Studies

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    French I
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Pack your bags! You’re about to begin an exciting adventure into the French-speaking world and its
    culture! Level I begins as an in-depth study of French with major emphasis on basic conversational
    patterns, grammar patterns and development of reading and writing skills, as found in the basic
    text.

    French II
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: French II is available to those students who have successfully completed French I
    at an accredited high school or middle school. We’re on our way, so “Laissez les bons temps rouler”!
    French II further develops the beginning writing, reading and oral skills learned on the first level and
    introduces simple literature and cultural readings. Students become familiar with the people, as well
    as the places, which make up the French -speaking world through DVD’s, cassettes, videos and the
    Internet.

    French III Honors
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: French III is available to those students who have successfully completed French
    II at an accredited high school. You’ve got the tools, maintenant parlons français! French III consists
    of a much more intensive study of the structure of the language. French culture will come to life with
    DVD’s, music, CD’s and the Internet

    French IV Honors
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: French IV is available to students who have successfully completed French III at
    an accredited high school. Traversons la France! Students are introduced to issues, culture, history,
    and traditions within France. They experience life in France through music, CD’s, DVD’s and the
    Internet. Emphasis is on fine tuning grammatical concepts and enhancing speaking ability.
     
    French V AP
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: French V AP is available to students who have successfully completed French IV
    at an accredited high school. Students continue their study of current issues, culture and traditions
    of various provinces and francophone countries. They travel throughout the francophone world via
    DVD’s, CD’s and the Internet. The study of advanced grammar is continued, as is the study of
    various genres of French literature. One day every three weeks is devoted to oral conversation
    on pre-determined subjects. The target language is used exclusively in the classroom. Intensive
    preparation for the AP exam is handled on an individual basis.
     
    French VI / AP
    Grade 11, 12
    Prerequisite: French VI AP is available to students who have successfully completed French V
    at an accredited high school. Students continue their study of current issues, culture and traditions
    of various francophone countries. The study of advanced grammar is continued, as is the study of
    various genres of French literature. Those concepts not covered in French V are pursued in French
    VI. The target language is used exclusively in the classroom. Intensive preparation for the AP exam
    is handled on an individual basis.

    French VII / AP
    Grade 12
    Prerequisite: French VII is available to students who have successfully completed French VI at an
    accredited high school. This course is an independent study program designed as a “bridge” into
    university for those students who wish to take advantage of “doubling up” on their French courses
    throughout high school. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a curriculum designed to their
    needs. This may include preparation for the AP exam, if they so choose.
     
    German I
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Getting a start in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, Level 1 is an introduction to an
    in-depth study of German with the major emphasis on basic conversational patterns and grammar
    structures, as well as the development of basic reading and writing skills. Short dialogues provide the
    primary focus of learning. The culture of modern Germany, and the German speaking countries
    is also taught through use of both Satellite TV and the Internet. News broadcasts, culturally related
    programs, and on-line German speaking newspaper articles provide an equal balance of current
    events, culture, and grammar.

    German II
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: German II is available to students who have successfully completed German I
    at an accredited middle school or high school. German II further develops the writing, reading and
    conversational skills learned in German I. Emphasis remains on both pronunciation and reading
    of works primarily consisting of textbook dialogues. The respective units of the text provide a focal
    point of culture with regard to life in major metropolitan areas, as well as life in large German cities.
    Satellite TV again provides an opportunity to reflect on contemporary cultural issues. Students are
    progressively challenged to increase their reading, writing, and thinking skills. The internet is used
    extensively as a tool for cultural understanding of the current events affecting modern Germany and
    the German-speaking world. On-line newspaper articles and web sites keep students up to date
    with these aspects.

    German III Honors
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: German III is available to students who have successfully completed German II at
    an accredited high school.German III is an in-depth study of the language of German-speaking Europe.
    The language structures, which the students learned in German II are reviewed with the aim of greatly
    expanding the student’s oral and written command of German. The literature consists of textbook
    related short stories and selected poems. Contemporary events in Germany are studied as they occur.
    The target language is used as much as possible.

    German IV Honors
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: German IV is available to students who have successfully completed German III
    at an accredited high school. German IV is designed to enhance the language competencies of the
    student. Writing techniques are expanded through essay construction. Daily conversation is conducted
    in German. A primary reader as well as short magazine articles, and short novels are read to develop
    comprehension. Austria is the German speaking country of primary focus in the program.
     
    German V/AP
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: German V is available to students who have successfully completed German IV at an
    accredited high school. The students will continue to develop their foreign language competencies
    in the areas of understanding, speaking reading, and writing. Complex grammatical structures are
    analyzed and incorporated into “practical” usage. The target language is used almost exclusively.
    The course will cover aspects of the AP exam. Intensive preparation for the AP exam will be handled
    on an individual basis.

    German VI/AP
    Grade 11, 12
    Prerequisite: This course is available to students upon the successful completion of German V at
    an accredited high school. The curriculum consists of reading more complex literary works such
    as the Diary of Anne Frank and Durrenmatt’s Der Richter und sein Henker. Current issues and culture
    as they relate to German speaking countries are also explored through extensive use of the Internet.
    More advanced grammatical structures are covered through the use of sample AP exam excerpts and
    advanced grammar textbooks in an effort to help students prepare for the rigors of the AP exam for those
    students choosing to do so. Essay composition and oral conversations are also major components of the
    course where the target language is used exclusively.

    German VII/AP
    Grades 12
    Prerequisite: German VII is available to students who have successfully completed German VI at an
    accredited high school. Exclusively taught as an independent study course. Admission is on teacher
    approval only. German VII/AP continues studies in literature, research, and writing, as well as
    daily verbal language practice.
     
    Spanish I
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Spanish I begins as an in-depth study of Spanish with major emphasis on conversational and
    grammatical patterns, and development of reading, writing and listening skills. This course is intended
    for students who have no prior experience with Spanish. It is not recommended for Heritage/native
    Spanish speaking students. Native or near-native speakers may be tested to determine appropriate
    placement.

    Spanish II
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite:  Spanish II is available to students who have successfully completed Spanish I at an
    accredited middle school or high school. Spanish II emphasizes expansion of vocabulary and a more
    intense study of grammatical structures. Conversations are based on real life situations. Spanish and
    Hispanic cultures are explored through DVD’s, music and other media sources.

    Spanish III Honors
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Spanish III is available to those students who have successfully completed Spanish II at
    an accredited high school. Oral communication is stressed in Spanish III Honors. Writing assignments
    and reading selections emphasize a wide range of vocabulary and usage of advanced grammatical
    concepts. Ample practice is given to promote oral and written proficiency. The cultures of the Spanish-
    speaking world are discussed through readings and advanced technological resources. Spanish is used
    extensively in class.

    Spanish IV Honors
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Spanish IV is available to all students who have successfully completed Spanish III Honors
    at an accredited high school. Level IV is a more concentrated study of the language patterns and involves
    extensive use of the target language in the classroom. Through authentic literature from the Spanish-
    speaking world, students continue the development of reading, writing, and conversational skills while
    gaining a deeper understanding of the life and customs of the people of Spain and Central and South
    America. The students’ view of the Spanish-speaking world is enriched through music, the visual arts and
    multiple media sources.
     
    Spanish V AP
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Spanish V AP is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish IV Honors
    at an accredited high school. The course is conducted at the university level and the target language is
    used exclusively in the classroom. Through authentic prose, poetry, and drama from the Spanish and
    Hispanic worlds, students strengthen reading, writing, critical thinking, and conversational skills. Reading
    selections highlight contemporary issues and provide cross-cultural awareness. Intensive preparation for
    the AP exam will be handled on an individual basis.

    Spanish VI AP
    Grades 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Spanish VI is available to those students that completed Spanish V at an accredited high
    school. Spanish VI AP involves more intensive study and opportunity to achieve oral fluency. Greater
    student responsibility is expected for completion of assignments. Intensive preparation for the AP exam
    will be handled on an individual basis.

    Spanish VII AP
    Grades 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Spanish VII is available to those students that completed Spanish VI at an accredited high
    school. Spanish VII AP is an independent study course with greater emphasis on literature. Students will
    have the opportunity to pursue a curriculum designed to their needs. This may include preparation for
    the AP exam.