World Languages

illustrations of various world flags

Students build vocabulary, comprehension and grammar hand-in-hand while exploring world cultures. Students increase their speaking abilities by learning mini-dialogues, re-telling stories and stringing together narratives.

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French is one of the most-studied languages in the world, with 175 million speakers in more than 50 countries. More than 30% of English words have a basis in French, so learning French will also improve knowledge of English vocabulary. Introductory French prepares the student for basic conversation in such situations as greetings and introductions, describing one’s family, expressing opinions, and describing leisure activities.

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Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: None

French is one of the most-studied languages in the world, with 175 million speakers in more than 50 countries. More than 30% of English words have a basis in French, so learning French will also improve knowledge of English vocabulary. Introductory French, Part II prepares the student for basic conversation in such situations ordering food in a restaurant, asking for prices and making purchases, telling about yesterday’s activities, and planning a vacation.

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Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: French 1A

Students will continue their exploration of the structure of the French language. They will further their understanding by communicating with French speaking people from other cultures. The primary focus of French 2A will be the expansion of verb tenses to include the passé composé with the verbs avoir and être, and reflexive verbs. Students will expand their vocabulary to describe daily occurrences and confidently speak about the French culture.

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Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: French 1B

Students will continue their exploration of the structure of the French language. They will further their understanding by communicating with French speaking people from other cultures. The primary focus of French 2B will be the expansion of verb tenses to include the passé composé, the imparfait, the subjonctif and the conditional. Students will expand their vocabulary to describe daily occurrences and confidently speak about the French culture.

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Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: French 2A

Spanish is spoken in 21 countries, making it one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. Knowing Spanish will enable the student to connect with a wider range of people in their daily life, perhaps even leading to a job where speaking another language is an advantage, as in medicine or business. This course teaches the student how to greet others, describe their friends and family, exchange telephone numbers, and talk about their daily life, including school and home.

Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: None

Spanish is spoken in 21 countries, making it one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. Knowing Spanish will enable students to connect with a wider range of people in their daily lives. It will open doors that may even lead to a job where speaking another language is an advantage, as in medicine or business.

Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: Spanish 1A

Students will continue to explore the Spanish language and the study of its structure to learn to speak at greater length with Spanish-speaking people of other cultures. The primary focus of Spanish 2A will be the expansion of verb tenses to include the simple past (preterite) and the imperfect, as well as vocabulary useful for all modes of transportation and travel.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: Spanish 1B

Students will continue to practice expressing themselves on a variety of topics aimed at Spanish-speaking people of other cultures. The primary focus of Spanish 2B will be the expansion of verb tenses to include the subjunctive and the future, learning vocabulary for extending invitations and making requests, and expressing plans for the future.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: Spanish 2A

Spanish 3A is a continued study of essential Spanish grammar and Spanish-speaking cultures. The course provides continued practice and development of reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish. The readings and multimedia content are designed to help students develop the vocabulary and grammar needed to express themselves in a growing variety of settings, with focus on regional differences in customs and pronunciation when presenting grammar and vocabulary in context. The course includes expansion of verb tenses to include the present and present perfect subjunctive, which are used in impersonal expressions (“It is probable that… ”) and complex sentences that express emotions of doubt, uncertainty, and hope. By the end of the course, students are capable of comparing and describing what they want and feel as they express their opinions on a variety of topics.

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Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: Spanish 2B

Spanish 3B is a study of essential Spanish grammar and Spanish-speaking cultures, building on the learning that students experienced in Spanish 3A. This course provides practice and development of reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish. Using readings and multimedia instruction, students learn verb tenses including the present and imperfect subjunctive, conditional, present perfect, past perfect, future perfect, and past progressive, along with the correct sequence of tenses. By the end of the course, students are capable of comparing and describing what they want and feel as they express their opinions on a variety of topics. The course is designed to help students gain the vocabulary and sentence structure needed to express themselves in a variety of settings, with a focus on regional differences in customs and pronunciation in context. In addition, the course uses numerous creative works from Spanish-speaking authors and artists to illuminate concepts and provide real-world practice opportunities.

NOTE: *Limited Block Availability

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: Spanish 3A