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World Languages

SPANISH  I
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test. Available to grades 9,10,11,12.
This course concentrates on communicating in Spanish through the study of the four skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar exercises, short compositions, oral recitations, question and answer exchanges and dialogues in the target language, puzzles, games, interactive internet activities and related CD-Roms are employed. The language is taught with an emphasis on the Hispanic culture and its impact and enrichment of the U.S. culture.

SPANISH I HONORS
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test. Available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This course concentrates on communicating in Spanish through the study of the four skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  The language is taught with an emphasis on the Hispanic culture and its impact and enrichment of the U.S. culture.   Spanish I Honors, to be followed by Spanish II Honors, and III Honors is designed to prepare students to take Advanced Placement Spanish during their senior year.  A supplemental workbook is utilized to provide additional vocabulary and grammar in order to be successful in Advanced Placement Spanish.  Students are expected to learn at a faster pace.

SPANISH II
Prerequisites: Passing grade in Spanish I at the high school level or taken during 7th and 8th grades (probationary status required if Spanish I grade is 77% or below) or completion of Spanish IC-2 with a grade of 85% or above and teacher recommendation.  Available to grades 9, 10, 11,12
This course will greatly improve students’ skills in communicating in Spanish. There will be a review of the material covered in Spanish I. More intensive emphasis is placed on cultural studies and the four basic skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing are refined through more extensive communication in the target language. As the year progresses, additional grammar, vocabulary and verb tenses are gradually and steadily incorporated.

SPANISH II HONORS
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.
Spanish  II Honors follows Spanish I Honors and is preparing the students to be successful in Advanced Placement Spanish.  A supplemental workbook is utilized in order to provide additional vocabulary and grammar.  Students are expected to learn at a faster pace.

SPANISH  III
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation with an 85% average.  Available to grades 10, 11,12.
This course will require students to communicate for extended periods of time in Spanish. This level reinforces and refines all material previously taught in levels I and II while presenting new material, especially in the areas of verb usage, grammar and reading. Stress is placed on the continual in-depth development of the basic skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Emphasis is given to a more broadened awareness of the richness and variety of the Hispanic world and its impact and enrichment of the culture of the United States.

SPANISH III HONORS
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.  Available to grades 11,12.
Spanish III Honors follows II Honors and is preparing the students to be successful in Advanced Placement Spanish.  A supplemental workbook is utilized in order to provide additional vocabulary and grammar.  Students are expected to learn at a faster pace.

SPANISH IV
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation with an 85% average.   Available to grade 11 and 12
This course fully utilizes communication in the target language at all opportunities including everyday topics and literary works. Study of verb tenses and grammatical structure intensifies. The goal is to achieve a fluid and natural mode of written and oral communication. Continued emphasis is placed in familiarization with the His panic culture and the mutual and reciprocal influence between both cultures.

AP SPANISH IV LANGUAGE
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation based upon aptitude and outstanding grades.
This course is taught exclusively in Spanish and is the equivalent of a third year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation.  It encompasses aural and oral skills, as well as reading comprehension and consists of extensive training in the organization and writing of formal and informal correspondence. The student will be expected at the completion of the course to take the College Board Examination for the Spanish Language.  Students receiving a three or better on the exam may receive college credit for the course.

SPANISH I CP II 
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test. Available to grades 9,10,11.

This is the first year of basic Spanish designed for those students who require more time to develop the foundational skills necessary for foreign language study. This course concentrates on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish through the study of basic grammar, vocabulary and composition. The language is taught with an emphasis on communication in Spanish and the Hispanic culture and includes use of current technology for research and practice.

SPANISH II CP II
Prerequisites: An average of 77% or better in Spanish I CP II, and teacher recommendation.
This second year of basic Spanish is designed for those students who require more time to learn a foreign language. This course thoroughly reviews the skills, vocabulary and language structure learned in Spanish 1 CPII. This course again concentrates on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish through continued study of basic grammar, vocabulary, and composition.  The language is taught with an emphasis on communication and Hispanic culture.

SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.
This is the third course in the IC-1 and IC-2 sequence.  This course is taught primarily in Spanish and thoroughly reviews the skills, vocabulary and language structure learned in previous years.  This course again concentrates on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish through continued study of basic grammar, vocabulary and composition.  The language is taught with an emphasis on communication and Hispanic culture.

LATIN  I
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or recommendation by English scores.  Available to grades 9,10,11.
Latin I  is a foundational course in Latin language and Roman culture.  Its main goal is to familiarize students with basic Latin language concepts so that these concepts can be built upon in later courses.  To that end, the course will equip students with an in-depth understanding of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.  Special emphasis will be put on inflected word endings.  These elements are vital to continued successes in later Latin courses.  In addition, and in order to show the students that a language does not develop in a vacuum, we will also study Roman culture in depth, covering a range of topics including but not limited to government, social customs, arts, and leisure.

LATIN I HONORS
Prerequisites:  Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test.   Available to grades 9,10,11,12.
Latin I Honors is a foundational course in Latin language and Roman culture.  Its main goal is to familiarize students with basic Latin language concepts so that these concepts can be built upon in later courses.  To that end, the course will equip students with an in-depth understanding of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.  Special emphasis will be put on inflected word endings.  These elements are vital to continued successes in later Latin courses.  In addition, and in order to show the students that a language does not develop in a vacuum, we will also study Roman culture in depth, covering a range of topics including but not limited to government, social customs, arts, and leisure.

Latin I Honors is meant to set students on a track toward the Advanced Placement Latin Course.  The Latin I Honors course will pay special attention to grammatical constructions and equip students with a larger, more comprehensive vocabulary.  Students will complete more rigorous curriculum, and will be expected to learn at a faster pace.

LATIN  II
Prerequisites: Latin I credit, teacher recommendation. Available to grades 10, 11, 12.
Latin II is a continuation of the Latin course of study begun in Latin I.  Students will call upon their knowledge of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary in everyday practice.  Upon that foundation, we will build further Latin language skills, incorporating more complex grammar points and syntax characteristics.  As our skills progress, we will move away from adapted Latin passages and begin to work on Latin written by actual Romans.  To complement this reading, the class will also focus on Roman history.

LATIN II HONORS
Prerequisites:  Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test.  Teacher recommendation.
Latin II Honors is a continuation of the Latin course of study begun in Latin I Honors.  Students will call upon their knowledge of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary in everyday practice.  Upon that foundation, we will build further Latin language skills, incorporating more complex grammar points and syntax characteristics.  As our skills progress, we will move away from adapted Latin passages and begin to work on Latin written by actual Romans.  To complement this reading, the class will also focus on Roman history.

Latin II Honors is meant to set students on a track toward the Advanced Placement Latin Course.  The Latin II Honors course will pay special attention to grammatical constructions and equip students with a larger, more comprehensive vocabulary.  Students will complete a more rigorous curriculum, and will be expected to learn at a faster pace.

 

LATIN III
Prerequisites:  Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test.  Teacher recommendation.
Latin III is a reading based course that puts all knowledge gained during Latin I and II to use.  Students will encounter a comprehensive review of Latin language characteristics while engaging in a close reading of Ovid’s Amores and Metamorphoses, as well as additional material from Horace’s Odes and Satires, and Martial’s epigrams.  So that our study of these readings be complete, we will study Roman literary techniques and traditions, the poet’s lives and times, and the context in which the poem was written and read.  Students will leave the class with strong translation skills and a formidable knowledge of classical Latin poets. 

LATIN III HONORS
Prerequisites:  Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test.   Teacher recommendation.
Latin III Honors is a reading based course that puts to use all knowledge gained during the Latin I and II Honors courses.  Students will encounter a comprehensive review of Latin language characteristics while engaging in a close reading of Ovid’s Amores and Metamorphoses.  So that our study of the Metamorphoses be complete, we will study Roman literary techniques and traditions, Ovid’s life and times, and the context in which the epic poem was written and read.  Students will leave the class with strong translation skills and a formidable knowledge of Ovid as a man and a poet. 

The Latin III Honors course will pay special attention to grammatical constructions and equip students with a larger, more comprehensive vocabulary. Students will complete a more rigorous curriculum, and will be expected to learn at a faster pace.

LATIN  IV
Prerequisites: Teacher invitation, available to grade 12.  Based on aptitude and outstanding grades.
This course aims at an in-depth study of one of the great works of Western civilization, the Aeneid of Virgil. Discussion of the poem’s major themes and study of its poetic techniques add depth to the task of translating. Linguistic accuracy, speed, and comprehension, together with facility in communication of ideas are emphasized.  Other poets to be read and discussed include Ovid, Catullus, Horace and Martial.

AP  LATIN
Prerequisites:  Teacher invitation, available to grade 12.  Based on aptitude and outstanding grades.
This course will prepare those interested in the Advanced Placement Examination. Students will read selections from Casear’s De Bello Gallico and Virgil’s Aenid according to the AP syllabus.  Emphasis will be placed on sight translation skills, reading comprehension, and a formidable understanding of the culture and history in which the works were written.  Throughout the course, grammar and vocabulary will be reviewed, but students will be expected to have a working knowledge of Latin attained in previous courses in addition to a comprehensive vocabulary.  

FRENCH  I
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test. Available to grades 9, 10, 11
In this introductory course to the French Language, the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all practiced extensively.  Attention is given to development of vocabulary and to understanding the structure of the language, especially the correct use of verbs in the present tense.  French culture and its impact and influence on the world community is introduced.

FRENCH  I HONORS
Prerequisites: Language aptitude as indicated by entrance test or departmental test. Available to grades 9,10,11,12.
This course concentrates on developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the French language.  These course components will be practiced extensively, especially in acquisition of vocabulary and present-tense verbs, and in learning about francophone cultures.  Honors students will be required to complete supplementary homework assignments throughout the year as well as one additional major writing assignment each quarter.  Honors students will be given higher-level assessment opportunities. Honors students are required to participate in Le Grand Concours, the National French exam. It is encouraged that Honors students continue in French at least through the third year.

FRENCH  II
Prerequisites: Passing grade in French I, probationary status if French I average is 77% or below. Available to grades 10,11,12.  Available to grade 9 by teacher invitation in special circumstances prior to grade 10.
This course expands all skills, and includes a review of French I material. There is an emphasis on many new irregular verbs and the past tense is practiced extensively. Concentration is placed on grammar construction, while also stressing conversation, writing skills, oral recitation and conjugation.  The study of  francophone culture continues.

FRENCH  II HONORS
Prerequisites: Completion of French Honors I with 85% or teacher recommendation.
In additional to the material covered in French II, Honors students will have a higher level assessment opportunities as well as supplementary homework assignments and an additional writing assignment each quarter.  Honors students are required to participate in Le Grand Concours, the National French exam.   Honors students are encouraged to continue in French at least through the third year.

FRENCH  III
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation with an 85% average in French II. Available to grades 11, 12 or by teacher invitation in special circumstances prior to grade 11.
This course reviews grammar and reinforces communication skills taught in levels I and II, expands vocabulary, and introduces   verb tenses and grammatical structures preparatory to French IV and AP French.  Students are encouraged to speak only French.

FRENCH III HONORS

Prerequisites: Completion of French Honors I and French II Honors or French II by teacher invitation.
In additional to the material covered in French III, Honors students will continue having higher level assessment opportunities and additional writing assignments.  French III Honors students are required to participate in Le Grand Concours, the National French exam.   French III Honors students often continue in French IV or AP French.

FRENCH  IV / Honors
Prerequisites: Teacher  recommendation with an 85% in French III. Available to grades 11 & 12
This course fully utilizes communication in French at all opportunities including everyday topics and literary works.  Study of verb tenses and grammatical structure intensifies.  The goal is to achieve a fluid and matural mode of written and oral communication and to speak French exclusively in the classroom.  Emphasis on francophone culture continues with an appreciation of the mutual and reciprocal influence between both cultures.

AP FRENCH
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation based upon aptitude and outstanding grades.
This course is designed to prepare students for French proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, listening, and grammar and therefore enable them to take the AP French Language exam.  AP French students should advance both fluency and accuracy in language use.  To achieve this goal, the course is taught almost exclusively in French. The course will teach language structures in context and focus on the development of fluency to convey meaning.  Culture is an important component of the course.  The use of francophone websites will be incorporated weekly.  Taking the advanced-placement exam is a requirement of this course.

GREEK
Prerequisites: Recommended for students with a GPA of 85% or better. Available to grades 11, 12
Greek I is an entry level Greek survey course.  Its main goal is to help students recognize the contributions Ancient Greek cultures made to our own civilization and to produce a certain respect for our civilization’s direct ancestors.  To that end, the course will equip students with a basic understanding of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.  In addition, we will study elements of Greek history beginning with the Mycenaean Palace Culture and finishing with the Peloponnesian Wars in the 5th Century BC.  So that students’ study of the language has a frame of reference, we will also look at Classical Greek literature, including but not limited to Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles, and Aristophanes. 

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