World Languages

The World Languages Department believes strongly that all students in the high school are capable of and should study a world language. Many colleges and universities strongly recommend three years of a single world language.

The World Languages Department is committed to national and statewide standards for world language learning with a focus on building proficiency. The following standards define what all students should know and be able to do as a result of study in another language:

Communication

  • Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Connections

  • Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the world language studied.
  • Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are available only through the world language and its culture.

Comparisons

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Students recognize that cultures use different patterns of interaction and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Communities

  • Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

World Language Courses


FRENCH I 9-12

1 credit

The goal of the course is for the students to be able to communicate about familiar topics in French at the Novice-Mid proficiency level. In this course, students will develop their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills in French, as speaking, listening, reading and writing are all part of the course.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate on very familiar topics with a variety of practiced and memorized words and phrases
  • Present information about themselves and other familiar topics
  • Write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics
  • Recognize familiar words and phrases when they are spoken to them
  • Understand some learned or memorized words and phrases found in authentic readings cultures

No Prerequisite Required College Prep


FRENCH II 9-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of French I. Students will amplify their knowledge of French through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Novice-High level in Spanish as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is often referred to as “the survival level” as students are able to communicate and exchange information about predictable topics such as personal information, basic objects, activities, preferences, and immediate needs using phrases and simple sentences as well as some memorized language. They can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate and exchange information about familiar topics with phrases and simple sentences
  • Handle most short social interactions about everyday situations
  • Present basic information on familiar topics
  • Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life
  • Understand words, phrases, simple sentences, pieces of information and sometimes the main topic of what is being said
  • Understand familiar words, phrases, short sentences, and the main idea within short and simple texts

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the college prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Prerequisites: French I and Teacher recommendation College Prep or Honors


FRENCH III 10-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of French II. Students will amplify their knowledge of Spanish through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Intermediate level in French as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is characterized by students being able to create with the language, rather than using predominantly memorized phrases, to talk about themselves and their families and friends and successfully navigate common situations such as providing and following directions, ordering food, and making purchases. Students at the intermediate level can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences and regularly handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics with simple sentences
  • Handle short social interactions by asking and answering simple questions
  • Present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Write briefly about most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Understand the main idea in short, simple messages, presentations, and conversations that they overhear
  • Understand the main idea and much of the content of short and simple texts.

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the College Prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Prerequisites: French II and Teacher Recommendation College Prep or Honors


FRENCH IV 11-12

1 credit

This honors-level course is designed for students to achieve competence in both written and spoken French. Students will be exposed to the trends and major works of French art and literature. They will explore francophone cultures as they relate to the themes of family and community, contemporary life, personal and public identities, and global challenges, and they will make comparisons with their own culture. Students will be able to use French in authentic situations. This course is conducted in French.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate with ease and confidence in conversations about a variety of contemporary topics
  • Produce narrative and expository writing on a variety of topics in all time frames
  • Understand French as spoken in news reports, podcasts, interviews, and films
  • Read and understand a variety literary, historical and informative texts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of francophone cultures

Prerequisites: French III and Teacher Recommendation Honors


ITALIAN I 9-12

1 credit

This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of Italian. It will prepare them for future study of the language, and it will also provide them with the basic skills necessary to travel to Italy. Themes covered will include daily life and typical activities of young people in Italy. The goal of the course is for the students to be able to communicate about basic topics in Italian. In this course, students will improve their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills in Italian, as speaking, listening, reading and writing are all part of the course.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate on very familiar topics with a variety of practiced and memorized words and phrases
  • Present information about themselves and other familiar topics
  • Write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics
  • Recognize familiar words and phrases when they are spoken to them
  • Understand some learned or memorized words and phrases found in authentic readings

No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


ITALIAN II 10-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of Italian I. Students will amplify their knowledge of Italian through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Novice-High level in Italian as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is often referred to as “the survival level” as students are able to communicate and exchange information about predictable topics such as personal information, basic objects, activities, preferences, and immediate needs using phrases and simple sentences as well as some memorized language. They can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate and exchange information about familiar topics with phrases and simple sentences
  • Handle most short social interactions about everyday situations
  • Present basic information on familiar topics
  • Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life
  • Understand words, phrases, simple sentences, pieces of information and sometimes the main topic of what is being said

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the college prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Prerequisites: Italian I and Teacher Recommendation; College Prep or Honors


ITALIAN III 11-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of Italian II. Students will amplify their knowledge of Italian through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Intermediate level in Italian as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is characterized by students being able to create with the language, rather than using predominantly memorized phrases, to talk about themselves and their families and friends and successfully navigate common situations such as providing and following directions, ordering food, and making purchases. Students at the intermediate level can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences and regularly handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics with simple sentences
  • Handle short social interactions by asking and answering simple questions
  • Present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Write briefly about most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Understand the main idea in short, simple messages, presentations, and conversations they overhear
  • Understand the main idea and much of the content of short and simple texts.

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the college prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Prerequisites: Italian II and Teacher Recommendation; College Prep or Honors


ITALIAN IV 12

1 credit

This honors-level course is designed for students to achieve competence in both written and spoken Italian. Students will be exposed to the trends and major works of Italian art and literature. They will explore Italian culture as they relate to the themes of family and community, contemporary life, personal and public identities, and global challenges, and they will make comparisons with their own culture. Students will be able to use Italian in authentic situations. This course is conducted in Italian.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate with ease and confidence in conversations about a variety of contemporary topics
  • Produce narrative and expository writing on a variety of topics in all time frames
  • Understand Italian as spoken in news reports, podcasts, interviews, and films
  • Read and understand a variety literary, historical and informative texts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Italian culture

Prerequisites: Italian III and Teacher Recommendation; Honors


SPANISH I 9-12

1 credit

This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of Spanish. The goal of the course is for the students to communicate consistently at the Novice-Mid level in Spanish as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is characterized by students being able to communicate on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that they have practiced and memorized throughout the course. Students will participate in interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal activities, in Spanish, to develop the ability to respond to direct questions with simple, memorized language.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate on very familiar topics with a variety of practiced and memorized words and phrases
  • Present information about themselves and other familiar topics
  • Write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics
  • Recognize familiar words and phrases when they are spoken to them
  • Understand some learned or memorized words and phrases found in authentic readings

No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


SPANISH II 9-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of Spanish I. Students will amplify their knowledge of Spanish through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Novice-High level in Spanish as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is often referred to as “the survival level” as students are able to communicate and exchange information about predictable topics such as personal information, basic objects, activities, preferences, and immediate needs using phrases and simple sentences as well as some memorized language. They can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate and exchange information about familiar topics with phrases and simple sentences
  • Handle most short social interactions about everyday situations
  • Present basic information on familiar topics
  • Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life
  • Understand words, phrases, simple sentences, pieces of information and sometimes the main topic of what is being said
  • Understand familiar words, phrases, short sentences, and the main idea within short and simple texts

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the college prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Students are challenged to reach the “Intermediate Low” proficiency level. Prerequisites: Spanish 1 and Teacher Recommendation; College Prep or Honors


SPANISH III 9-12

1 credit

This course is a continuation of Spanish II. Students will amplify their knowledge of Spanish through the continued development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the Intermediate level in Spanish as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is characterized by students being able to create with the language, rather than using predominantly memorized phrases, to talk about themselves and their families and friends and successfully navigate common situations such as providing and following directions, ordering food, and making purchases. Students at the intermediate level can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences and regularly handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics with simple sentences
  • Handle short social interactions by asking and answering simple questions
  • Present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Write briefly about most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences
  • Understand the main idea in short, simple messages, presentations, and conversations that they overhear
  • Understand the main idea and much of the content of short and simple texts.

The honors course is designed and implemented so that the depth of the topics discussed in the course surpass that of the college prep course to include the following: extensions of learning, accelerated pacing, greater complexity in topics, and greater responsibility, creativity, and reflection on the part of the students as their thinking and feelings are challenged. Prerequisites: Spanish II and Teacher Recommendation; College Prep or Honors


SPANISH IV 9-12

1 credit

This honors-level course is designed for students to continue to amplify their knowledge of Spanish through the further development of their interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is for students to communicate consistently at the upper intermediate levels in Spanish as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). This level is characterized by students being able to participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. They can easily handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. They can usually say exactly what they want to about themselves and their everyday life.

Students will be able to:

  • Participate with ease and confidence in conversations about a variety of topics
  • Present information on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences
  • Write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences
  • Understand the main idea in messages and presentations related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies as well as in conversations that I overhear
  • Understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies

Prerequisites: Spanish III and Teacher Recommendation; Honors


AP SPANISH 11-12

1 credit

The AP course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the three modes in the Intermediate-High to Advanced-Low range as described in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners. As such, the AP Spanish Language and Culture course has been designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and rigorous opportunity to study the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world that is approximately equivalent to an upper-intermediate college or university Spanish course. This course meets the criteria of the Advanced Placement test given at the end of the year. Students will work on a curriculum specifically approved by the College Board in Princeton, NJ. All students who take this course will be required to take the AP exam in May. Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors or Spanish IV and Teacher Recommendation; Advanced Placement

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