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Courses Offered

Developing proficiency, or the capacity to use a world language in a meaningful and functional way, is the aim of the foreign language program.  The emphasis throughout is on fostering genuine communicative ability, using the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to guide the students from structured practice to open-ended, personalized communication.  The language program also encompasses the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning:  communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.  The foreign languages offered include sequential courses up to Spanish 5, French 5 and Chinese ab-Initio.

In grades 9-12, students may elect French and Spanish.  Juniors and Seniors may also elect Chinese.  College bound students are encouraged to study the same foreign language for a three or more year sequence.

World Language Classes

Spanish I
Full Year 1 credit
Code: 325
Prerequisite: None.
Description: The students will be introduced to the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through topical situations. The study of Spanish culture and civilization will be introduced.

Spanish II
Full Year 1 credit
Code: 327; Honors 329
Prerequisite: Regular: “C” in Spanish I. Honors: “B” in Spanish I and/or recommendation of the instructor.
Description: The students will reinforce the four basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Culture and civilization will continue to be stressed.

Spanish III
Full Year 1 credit
Code: 331; Honors 333
Prerequisite: Regular: “C” in Spanish II. Honors: “B” in Spanish II and/or recommendation of the instructor.
Description: The students will review previously acquired grammatical concepts and master the advanced concepts. Through a mastery of these the student will acquire the ability to read stories, to carry on basic conversation, and to carry out instructions given in Spanish.

Spanish IV
Full Year 1 credit
Code: 335; Honors 337
Prerequisite: Regular: “C” in Spanish II. Honors: “B” in Spanish III and/or recommendation of the instructor.
Description: The students will read narratives, essays, short stories, novels and plays. They will be assigned controlled composition on special topics, and oral and written reports. The students will acquire an insight into the culture and civilization of the Spanish speaking world.

Spanish V Honors
(UConn 278, 291 Co-op) Full Year 1 credit
Code: 339
Prerequisite: “B” in Spanish IV.
Description: The students will be offered this college level course in conjunction with the University of Connecticut. They will cover grammar, practical idioms, vocabulary through a study of Spanish authors and modern readings. Emphasis will be placed on free composition and conversation. Acceptance into the Co-op Program is determined by the University of Connecticut. UConn credit is granted only for a grade of “C” or better. Students are prepared for the Spanish Language Advanced Placement Examination, and are encouraged to take the exam.

Critical Viewing - Foreign Films
1 Semester 1/2 credit
Code: FOR 304
Prerequisite: A minimum of 3 years of formal instruction
of a World Language, French, Spanish or Chinese
ab-initio.
The student who has successfully studied 3 years of a
World Language will have the option of electing to continue
their study of French and/or Spanish in a non-traditional,
language-learning environment through foreign
films. This upperclassman elective will allow the student
to build upon their speaking, listening, and writing skills
and will increase the viewer’s knowledge, awareness,
appreciation, and evaluation of foreign film method, language,
and role in today’s global society.

Chinese ab-initio

(Beginners - Grades 11 or 12)
Full Year 1 credit
Code: FOR 302
Prerequisite: None
This course offers students an opportunity to learn
Chinese for the first time through exposure of the 4
language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Emphasis will be on vocabulary building, pronunciation,
character lettering, and fundamental sentence structure.
Chinese ab-initio students will begin to understand the
similarities and differences between their own cultures
and that of the language they are learning.

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