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World Languages Course Descriptions

World Languages Department Chairperson: Mr. Jim O’Brien

 

Chinese 1

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) Major emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to understand the spoken Mandarin Chinese language. Students are exposed to some of the culture, geography and history of the Chinese people.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Chinese 2

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” Chinese 1.

 

(10-12) This course is designed to assist students in their continuing introduction to the Chinese language and culture. Emphasis placed on character reading and writing by use of independent self study with guidance.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Chinese 3

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” or better in Chinese 2.

 

(11-12) Major emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to express him in oral and written forms on a limited number of literary works suited to his skill. Stress is also placed on the student’s ability to read and understand such literary works.

 

CSU/UC pending

 

French 1

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) Major emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to understand spoken French. Great stress is placed on correct pronunciation. The students are provided with limited facility in each of the four skills of language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

French 2

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in French 1.

 

(10-12) In French 2, students emphasize the oral approach. In addition, the concepts of grammar studied on the first level are reviewed, reinforced and expanded. Conversations, dialogues and drills are more expanded. We continue to deepen our study of French culture, geography and history.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

French 3

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in French 2.

 

(11-12) Students study a number of literary works which represent the French-speaking world as well as various regions of France. The course is designed to integrate the maturing language skills of the students with a growing understanding of the French speaking world. The course also presents a systematic review of the basic grammar of French together with intensive language practice to increase the student’s ability to handle everyday situations in French.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement French Language & Culture

Prerequisites: “B” or better in French 3 or permission of instructor.

 

(11-12) This course is designed for serious students who wish to continue their study of French on the college level. The advanced curriculum will entail more detailed analysis of French structures and grammatical elements. Conversation skills, vocabulary development and more varied French idioms will be emphasized. Students will be required to do additional literary readings and analysis of these works.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

German 1

Prerequisite: None.

 

(9-12) An introductory course which emphasizes the audio-lingual approach in language learning in connection with basic concepts of grammar and sentence structure. We also expose the students to some of the culture, geography and history of German-speaking countries.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

German 2

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in German 1.

 

(10-12) In German 2, we again emphasize the oral approach. In addition, the concepts of grammar studied in the first level are reviewed, reinforced and expanded. Conversations, dialogues, and drills are more advanced. We continue to deepen our study of German culture, geography and history.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

German 3

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in German 2.

 

(11-12) Students study a number of literary works which represent the German speaking world as well as various regions of Germany. The course is designed to integrate the maturing language skills of the students with a growing understanding of the German language.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement German Language & Culture

Prerequisites: “B” or higher in German 3.

 

(11-12) This course is designed for serious students who wish to continue their study of German on the college level. The advanced curriculum will entail more detailed analysis of German structures and grammatical elements. Conversation skills, vocabulary development and more varied German idioms will be emphasized. Students will be required to do additional literary readings and analysis of these works.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Spanish 1A

Prerequisite: Strongly recommended for students with an HSPT Composite score at the 23rd percentile or below.

 

(9) This year-long course is equivalent to the 1st semester of Spanish 1.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Spanish 1B

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1A with a passing grade.

 

(10) This course is equivalent to the 2nd semester of Spanish1. Colleges will consider Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B as equivalent to Spanish 1.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Spanish 1

Prerequisite: See Spanish 1A.

 

(9-12) Major emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to understand spoken Spanish. Great stress is placed on correct pronunciation. The students are provided with limited facility in each of the four skills of language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Spanish 2

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Spanish 1.

 

(10-12) Emphasis is placed on developing a keener understanding of structure, grammar and dialogue.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Spanish 3

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Spanish 2.

 

(11-12) Major emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to express him in oral and written forms on a limited number of literary works suited to his skill. Stress is also placed on the student’s ability to read and understand such literary works.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Spanish 3.

 

(11-12) Course material will be presented at the college level. The advanced curriculum will entail a more detailed analysis of Spanish structure and grammatical elements. Conversation skills, vocabulary development and more varied Spanish idioms will be emphasized.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement)