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  • World Language

    World Language

    Department Course Descriptions

    Each level of all foreign language courses carries one credit.

    • Latin Levels 1,2,3,4, and 5  
    • French Levels 1,2,3,4, and 5 
    • Spanish Levels 1,2,3,4, and 5 
    • Italian Levels 1,2,3, and 4
    • Japanese Levels 1,2,3, and 4 (Students must have a B average in English)
    •    Sign Language Levels 1 and 2

    French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese

    • Level 1
      In the first year of foreign language study, the sounds of the language are learned through dialogues, practice exercises and situations. The students learn to understand, speak, read, and write a limited amount of material. Students will learn to apply grammatical principles of the language to form new ideas and to communicate them. Cultural information about the countries is taught as part of the context.
    • Level 2
      The development of skills begun in the first year of the language is continued. Greater emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, listening, reading and writing. Knowledge of grammar is expanded, including object pronouns and most of the verb tenses beyond the present. Cultural information is taught through basic content readings and supplemental materials.
    • Level 3
      By the third level of a foreign language, students are required to use the language in class conversations, and read both fiction and nonfiction, including magazines and newspapers. Learning of vocabulary is greatly expanded. Some supplementary reading is required. Basic grammar is reviewed and more complex structure is taught. Cultural projects are to be carried out in the foreign language. Students are expected to write coherent paragraphs, short summaries, and outlines in foreign language. Frequent testing of listening and reading comprehension is expected in this course.
    • Level 4
      In the level 4 foreign language courses, students are expected to use the language in conversation, class discussions, in oral and written reports and research projects. Reading includes literary works, social and cultural material, magazines, and newspapers from the foreign country. Grammar is reviewed, and the finer points are analyzed through work with original compositions, summaries, reports, and some advanced translation activities. The aim is greater precision in self-expression. Students are expected to understand and write from dictation material heard for the first time. The use of the foreign language in school-wide and community projects is encouraged.
    • Level 5
      Since level 5 is the Advanced Placement foreign language course, it is intended as a content course. Students engage in reading for information in order to prepare oral and written reports, as well as for literary appreciation. Grammar is reviewed and discussed in the foreign language as the students’ composition and oral work reveal their weaknesses. The work centers on broad units dealing with literary, cultural or social themes. Students are to use a variety of foreign language sources of information, including films, recordings, native speakers, as well as printed matter in preparing their assignments. Contemporary problems of the foreign county as well as national problems are discussed in the foreign languages. Long-range individual projects on special student selected topics are expected. Creative writing is encouraged through such activities as producing a newspaper, poetry magazine, storybook for children, or term paper.



    Latin 1
    In this beginning Latin course students learn to pronounce and read orally by imitating the teacher. The main tasks in the first level are learning the word order of the Latin sentence, the case endings of Latin nouns, and adjectives according to the use in the sentence. Verb forms of all six tenses of the indicative mood, the active and passive are learned. Students are introduced to the techniques of translation. Myths and legends of ancient Rome and Greece are read and translated. Reading is the main skill to be developed.

    Latin 2
    On this level more complex grammatical forms are taught with the aim of developing the skill of reading Latin with comprehension. Students continue to prepare translations. They are expected to translate a few selected passages at sight, and to analyze Latin sentences explaining the grammatical function of each part. Derivative work is greatly expanded to include Latin phrases used in today’s English. Readings include mythology, history, government, and social customs of Ancient Rome. Roman culture is related to modern conditions.

    Latin 3
    The first years of Latin are reviewed. The finer points of grammar are added. Excerpts of the works of such authors as Cicero, Pliny Ovid, and Seneca are read and translated with the emphasis on precise meanings. Some techniques in reading Latin poetry are introduced. The Latin/English relationship is studied in greater depth with considerations of Greek influences.

    Latin 4
    This course provides the opportunity for advancing and refining the skills learned during the first three years. The principal literary work to be read consists of the first three books of Virgil's Aeneid. Other activities include the study of advanced grammar, figures of speech, the mythological and historical background, and reading aloud and analyzing poetry.

    Latin 5
    This course is an Advanced Placement course. It allows the students to advance and expand their understanding of a variety of poetic styles, including lyric, elegiac, and dramatic, Authors to be read are Horace, Catullus, and Plautus. The course focuses on figurative devises, colloquial as well as traditional grammar, and metrical scheme. Emphasis is based on the cultural, mystical, and historical background of the poetry.

    American Sign Language 1 (ASL 1)
    The first year introduces students to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Grammatical principles of the language are introduced. Visual-gestural communication techniques are used to develop basic signing skills. The course emphasis will be on receptive skills and developing expressive skills. The student will be able to communicate basic language functions such as introducing oneself, asking for and giving information, asking for directions, making requests and talking about activities. Videotapes support observation and practice.

    American Sign Language 2 (ASL 2)
    Students will continue developing the skills from ASL I while focusing with greater emphasis on expressive signing proficiency and comprehension of signed narratives. Students participate in various language functions such as talking about life events, nationalities and family history and describing objects. The activities take place in small group discussion, role-play, short stories and dialogues. Videotaped activities of a variety of signers are practiced to improve receptive skills. Cultural and language behaviors are studied. Sign language expressions are developed.

    (*) - courses that satisfy the fine art graduation requirement
    (+) - courses that satisfy the technology education graduation requirement
    (=) - courses that satisfy the advanced technology graduation requirement




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