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World Languages Course Descriptions

World Languages Department Chairperson: Mrs. Laurence Lawson

 

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; NCAA Approved)
 
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 himself 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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)

Advanced Placement French Language & Culture
Prerequisites: “B” or better in French 3 or pass challenge exam

(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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
Advanced Placement German Language & Culture
Prerequisites: “B” or higher in German 3 or pass challenge exam

(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; NCAA Approved)
 
Spanish 1
Prerequisite: None

(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; NCAA Approved)

Advanced Spanish 1
Prerequisite: Pass challenge exam

(9-12) This class is designed for native Spanish speakers, conducted at an accelerated pace, exclusively in Spanish, and is for students who have studied the Spanish language intensively in junior high or know and use Spanish at home and in the community. Students expand and develop vocabulary by conversing, reading short stories, poems, and literary articles, and by writing journals, letters, and essays. Students learn to compare, contrast, explain, and support ideas using the appropriate terminology through presentations, essays and debates. Students who successfully complete Advanced Spanish 1 and 2 have the opportunity of taking the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and AP Spanish Literature or IB Spanish B (HL) in their junior and senior years.

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement; NCAA approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
Advanced Spanish 2
Prerequisite:“C” or better in Advanced Spanish I or pass challenge exam.

(9-12) This class is conducted at an accelerated pace, exclusively in Spanish, and is for students who have studied the Spanish language intensively in junior high or know and use Spanish at home and in the community. Students expand and develop vocabulary by conversing, reading short stories, poems, and literary articles, and by writing journals, letters, and essays. Students learn to compare, contrast, explain, and support ideas using the appropriate terminology through presentations, essays and debates.
Students who successfully complete Advanced Spanish 1 and 2 have the opportunity of taking the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and AP Spanish Literature or IB Spanish B (HL) in their junior and senior years.

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement; NCAA approved)
 
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; NCAA Approved)
 
Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Spanish 3 or Advanced Spanish 2 or pass challenge test.

(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; NCAA Approved)
 
Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
Prerequisite: “C” or better in AP Spanish Language & Culture.

(12) The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the full range of communication modes (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), thereby honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art,film,articles,literary criticism).

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement; NCAA Approved)
 
IB Language B (SL): Spanish, French & German
Prerequisite: “C” or better in 3rd year world language course.

(11-12) The IB DP language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language. Language B is designed for students who possess a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language. High performing standard level students should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B that is studied. HL Language B requires textual analysis of two literary works in the target language.

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement; NCAA Approved)
 
IB Language B (HL): Spanish
Prerequisite: C or better in 2nd year world language course; “C” or better in IB Spanish HL I for students registering for IB Spanish HL II.

(11-12) The IB DP language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language. Language B is designed for students who possess a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language. High performing standard level students should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B that is studied. HL Language B requires textual analysis of two literary works in the target language.

(Meets CSU/UC “e” requirement; NCAA Approved)
 
IB Language ab initio
(SL–online option)
The online option for Language ab initio is intended for full DP candidates who require greater scheduling flexibility in order to continue participation in Debate, Music, or PLTW programs. Additional fee required to take online class.
Prerequisite: must not have prior experience with the language chosen to study ab initio. These are courses that begin a language from the beginning.

(11-12) The IB DP language ab initio course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. The language ab initio course develops students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills by providing them opportunities to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations. Language ab initio is available at standard level only.

(CSU/UC approval pending)