World Language Course Descriptions

Linguistics

(Grade 9)
Year-long

This course is designed to extend the Orton-Gillingham study of language at the advanced level, with an emphasis on developing writing skills. Using the Orton-Gillingham multisensory model, students are also introduced to Spanish in preparation for future study in the language. Linguistics is open only to students with a documented specific learning difference and fulfills one World Language credit for qualifying students.

Spanish 1

(Grade 9, 10)
Year-long

In Spanish 1 students will develop novice-level proficiency (ACTFL guidelines).  Authentic communication is the goal; students practice and develop their ability to converse, understand spoken Spanish, give oral presentations, write compositions, and read authentic Spanish. As students learn to describe people, families, houses, chores, leisure time, shopping, clothing and food, they explore relevant cultural practices and perspectives, with special emphasis on the cultures of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Peru.  Note: While this class does not assume any background in Spanish, many of the students in Spanish 1 have had some prior exposure to the language.

Spanish 2

(Grade 9, 10, 11)
Year-long

Spanish 2 enables students to develop their skills through a carefully structured communicative program that emphasizes the ability to use the language for authentic purposes. The course takes a theme-based approach in which grammatical concepts are naturally integrated with language functions and communicative contexts. Language structures are presented and reviewed as needed to fulfill functional goals. Students deepen their understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through culturally rich, authentic materials. A sample of units explored includes: school and personal life, house and neighborhood, clothing, and trips and excursions.  There is cultural emphasis on Central America, the Andean Mountain region, and the Caribbean.


Spanish 3

(Grade 10, 11, 12)
Year-long

Spanish 3 offers students the opportunity to continue developing their language skills in a near-immersion setting. Students continue to describe their lives in more complex ways, providing a natural opportunity for review of previous language skills while integrating more advanced language functions, vocabulary and grammar.  The class is structured around several themes relating to students’ lives, such as Self and Family, Interpersonal Relationships, and Personal Belongings.  Within each theme students develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while practicing social situations, describing people and events, expressing wishes and opinions, and exploring history and culture of the Spanish-Speaking world.  The class will sample the rich cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking world through various media, including the popular, fine and performing arts; popular and traditional music; and samples of legends and myths.  

Note: After completing Spanish 3 students may choose to continue with either Spanish 4 Honors or Spanish Culture and Conversation.

Spanish 4 Honors

(Grade 11, 12)
Year-long

Spanish 4 is an advanced course that aims to develop and improve oral and written communication through the careful study of the language, literature, and cultures of Spain, Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States. The course seeks to foster and deepen an awareness and understanding of the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish 4 is organized by themes based on contemporary social and cultural issues relevant to students’ lives. The themes serve as a framework by which the class integrates advanced grammar and continues to expand vocabulary knowledge and usage. This class provides a wide variety of samplings of the language that may include films, music, novel excerpts, and short stories. Students participate daily in activities requiring strong critical thinking skills, such as discussion, debate, and literary analysis.

Spanish 5 Honors /AP Spanish Language

(Grade 11, 12)
Year-long

Spanish 5/AP Spanish language is the capstone course in global education and citizenship for language learners at CDS. Students move to a pre-advanced level of proficiency in the three modes of communication as defined by the ACTFL Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational.  Emphasis is placed on the integration of all four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing into an authentic use of the language in formal and informal settings. While developing their language skills, students explore modern life through a variety of themes affecting both the individual and the greater society: Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Art and Esthetics, Public and Personal Identities, Global Challenges and Modern Life.  Exploring authentic resources, students develop an awareness of current topics affecting the Spanish-speaking world.   The skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom will prepare students for a communicative and culturally competent experience in the outside world. (Note: Spanish 5 is not always offered.)

Spanish Culture and Conversation

(Grade 11, 12)
Year-long

This is a highly interactive course that emphasizes the development of students’ expressive language skills through conversations about the rich and varied cultures of the Spanish speaking world. Students explore various regions of Central and South America and Spain through authentic and relevant material such as podcasts, web-based content, art, popular culture and Spanish language films. All class discussions, themes, and cultural explorations form part of a greater communicative function that will allow students to develop their language skills and cultural competence for use in authentic situations. Students will be expected to take an active daily role in their language learning by participating in discussion and and doing weekly presentations.

French 1

(Grade 9, 10)
Year-long

Students in French 1 will develop novice-level proficiency (ACTFL guidelines).  Students practice and develop their ability to converse, understand spoken French, give oral presentations, write compositions, and read authentic French.  Through units of study, which include Family, Travel, School, and Sports,  students will go beyond the surface of what they see to examine the hidden French cultural perspectives underneath. 

French 2

(Grade 9, 10, 11)
Year-long

French 2 students continue strengthening their novice-level skills to a beginning/middle-intermediate level. Authentic communication is the goal, as students continue to converse and listen to authentic French, make presentations, write journals, and read in French.  Thematic units of study include Cuisine, Households, Health, and Technology; students will take a look at the culture not merely as outsiders looking in, but with an understanding of the “why.”  Students deepen their understanding of the French-speaking world through culturally rich, authentic materials.

French 3

(Grade 10, 11, 12)
Year-long

French 3 offers students the opportunity to continue developing their intermediate language skills within a theme-based approach, while incorporating higher and more complex grammatical structures.  Sample units include Celebrations and Traditions, the Workforce, the Environment, and Art.  Francophone culture is highlighted in each theme, as students explore in depth the cultural products, practices, and perspectives.  Students complete their French 3 year reading, discussing, and writing about Le Petit Prince by Antoine St-Exupery.

French 4

(Grade 11, 12)
Year-long

The French 4 course is designed for language students who need a relaxed pace to develop and improve their oral and written communication and who would like more explanation in grammar to build their language foundation.  We will weave three major periods of French history into our studies throughout the year: Pre-History of France to 1347, the Enlightenment, and Modern France from 1950-to current times.  This class will provide a wide variety of samplings of the language, which may include films, music, novel excerpts and short stories. Students participate daily in activities requiring strong critical thinking skills, such as discussion, debate, and literary analysis.   Students who take French 4 can also take the AP French class the next year, if they earn a grade of a 90 in class.


French 4 Honors/AP French Language

(Grade 11, 12)
Year-long

French 4 Honors/AP French language is the capstone course in global education and citizenship for language learners at CDS. Students move to a pre-advanced level of proficiency in the three modes of communication as defined by the ACTFL Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. To serve this purpose, students become proficient in the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on the integration of skills and the authentic use of the language in formal and informal settings. This course seeks not only to develop students’ language skills, but also to explore modern Francophone life through a variety of themes including: Identity, Immigration, Education, and Francophone Heritage, which affect both the individual and the greater society. Because we study modern life, we have the opportunity to discuss Francophone current events as they unfold throughout the school year.  With this in mind, students will be able to turn the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom into a communicative and culturally competent experience in the outside world.  NOTE:  Students in the French 4 Honors/AP French Language courses will take the class together; however, additional and differentiated assignments will be given to the AP students.  The course is broad enough that material explored in the first year will not be repeated in the second year.

 

 

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