Modern Language

The Modern Language Department encourages students to experience other languages and cultures as a means of developing a deeper understanding of this increasingly interdependent world. The department recognizes that the acquisition of a second language is an asset in today's global society and encourages students to consider study of a modern language. In addition, travel opportunities may be offered as an extension to the curriculum.

Spanish I I & IINCAA

French I I & II 1 Credit, Elective, Grades 9 - 12

Essential Question:

Why learn another language?

In level one, students will study the basics of the French or Spanish language using all four skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, with in-class emphasis on the first two. Specific areas of study include pronunciation, vocabulary, basic structures, and culture. To supplement the units of study, a variety of cultural activities is incorporated into the program as well as individual research projects, language activities, films, slides and recordings. Students use the modern language for basic communication as soon as possible, and many activities are conducted entirely in the target language.

Course Competencies:

Spanish I

1. Communication: (writing & speaking) - Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak in Spanish in order to be understood.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) - Students will listen and read in Spanish, responding appropriately in order to demonstrate understanding. Students will learn about language, traditions and different ways of thinking in the Spanish speaking world.

3. Grammar and Vocabulary: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the words and structures that make up the mechanics of the language.

French I

1. Communication: (Writing and Speaking) Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak spontaneously and creatively about a variety of topics.

2. Comprehension: (Listening, Reading and Culture) Students will demonstrate the ability to understand conversations and writings as presented in a variety of media including print, video, audio, and real-life situations. Students will likewise demonstrate an understanding of the culture of the French-speaking world, and will connect knowledge of French to other disciplines.


Spanish II I & IINCAA

French II I & II Recommended: Grade of C or better in Level I, 1 Credit, Elective Grades 9 - 12

Essential Question:

What strategies can I use to communicate more effectively?

This course reviews Level I and further develops the four basic skills. It also encourages original expression in the language and promotes more in-depth projects and discussion of life in French or Spanish speaking countries and of their influence on the United States. Individual research projects are assigned, and students' experiences with the language involve interaction with each other in situations and activities which develop their proficiency in using the target language spontaneously. Much instruction is given in the modern language.

Course Competencies:

Spanish II

1. Communication: (writing & speaking) Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak in Spanish in order to be understood.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) Students will listen and read in Spanish, responding appropriately in order to demonstrate understanding. Students will learn about language, traditions and different ways of thinking in the Spanish speaking world.

3. Grammar and Vocabulary: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the words and structures that make up the mechanics of the language.

French II

1. Communication: (Writing and Speaking) Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak spontaneously and creatively about a variety of topics.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) Students will demonstrate the ability to understand conversations and writings as presented in a variety of media including print, video, audio, and real-life situations. Students will likewise demonstrate an understanding of the culture of the French-speaking world, and will connect knowledge of French to other disciplines.


Spanish III I & IIRunning StartNCAA

French III I & II, Recommended: Grade of C or better in Level II, 1 Credit, Elective, Grades 10 - 12

Essential Question:

How can I sound more like a native speaker?

Running Start Course

This course expands structural concepts and vocabulary, reviews material and adds new vocabulary as needed. Students may read works of French and Spanish literature for exposure to customs particular to the cultures. Current events supplements will be used. Students will frequently write short compositions and undertake independent projects. At this level of proficiency, students are expected to continue to use the target language as a means of creative self-expression. The majority of the class is conducted in the language.

Course Competencies:

Spanish III

1. Communication: (writing & speaking) Students will be able to communicate successfully in basic survival situation.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) Students will listen and read in Spanish, responding appropriately in order to demonstrate understanding. Students will learn about language, traditions and different ways of thinking in the Spanish speaking world.

French III

1. Communication: (Writing and Speaking) Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak spontaneously and creatively about a variety of topics.

2. Comprehension: (Listening, Reading and Culture). Students will demonstrate the ability to understand conversations and writings as presented in a variety of media including print, video, audio, and real-life situations. Students will likewise demonstrate an understanding of the culture of the French-speaking world, and will connect knowledge of French to other disciplines.


Spanish IV I & IIRunning StartNCAA Recommended: Grade of B- or better in Level III, 1 Credit, Elective, Grades 11 - 12

Essential Question:

How will learning a language open doors of opportunity?

Running Start Course

Level IV will emphasize and refine all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students read representative works of Spanish literature. Students also have an opportunity to view and discuss feature length films. Students are encouraged to make frequent use of foreign language newspapers, websites and magazines. Communicative activities and instruction are used to increase student proficiency. English is spoken as infrequently as possible at this level.

Course Competencies:

Spanish IV

1. Communication: (writing & speaking) Students will be able to communicate successfully

in survival situations.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) Students will listen and read in Spanish, responding appropriately in order to demonstrate understanding. Students will learn about language, traditions and different ways of thinking in the Spanish speaking world.

3. Grammar and Vocabulary: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the words and structures that make up the mechanics of the language.

Advanced French - I

1. Communication: Students will demonstrate an ability to write and speak spontaneously and creatively about a variety of topics.

2. Comprehension: Students will demonstrate the ability to understand conversations and writings as presented in a variety of media including print, video, audio, and real-life situations. Students will likewise demonstrate an understanding of the culture of the French-speaking world, and will connect knowledge of French to other disciplines.

3. Vocabulary and Grammar: Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge of grammatical structure. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of one grammatical structure to other grammatical structures. Students will likewise demonstrate knowledge of increasingly complicated grammatical structures in addition to regular and irregular verbs in all tenses as put forth by the curriculum. Students will likewise demonstrate increasingly complex vocabulary that includes figurative and colloquial speech.


Advanced Conversational Spanish, Recommended: Grade of B or better in Level IV, .5 Credit, Elective, Grade 12

Essential Question:

How will learning a language open doors of opportunity?

A skill-based course for students at the advanced beginner/low intermediate level who wish to focus on the Spanish language. Conversational Spanish will help students develop a practical understanding of the Hispanic world through communicative activities and current events. Students will frequently read foreign language newspapers, magazines and websites with class discussions held to improve their abilities to speak in Spanish. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish as a portion of the students grades will be based on their speaking Spanish in the class.

Course Competencies:

1. Communication: (writing & speaking) Students will be able to communicate successfully in basic survival situation.

2. Comprehension: (Reading, Listening and Culture) Students will listen and read in Spanish, responding appropriately in order to demonstrate understanding. Students will learn about language, traditions and different ways of thinking in the Spanish speaking world.

3. Grammar and Vocabulary: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the words and structures that make up the mechanics of the language.

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