Department Chair: Rachel Cartwright
Spanish I is an introduction to the basic elements of spoken and written Spanish and to the cultures in which Spanish is spoken. Basic structures and vocabulary are developed through practice with the interactive processes of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language. Students are encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible by communicating in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. Students develop a familiarity with the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and their relationship to our own.
Spanish II reviews the basic elements of spoken and written Spanish and expands students’ control and creative use of the language, as well as their proficiency in the communication processes. The history, geography, traditions, significant persons, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures are explored in more depth, primarily in Spanish and in culturally accurate settings.
In Spanish III, students continue to develop their proficiency in the communication processes by interacting with other speakers of Spanish, comprehending oral and written messages in Spanish, and using Spanish in oral and written presentations. Students enhance their knowledge of the history, geography, traditions, perspectives, and significant persons of Spanish-speaking cultures, use Spanish to experience literature and the arts, and explore ways in which their knowledge of Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures can enrich their lives.
Spanish IV enhances students’ creativity and expands their written and oral skills. In this course, students use Spanish to engage in discussions and create compositions and oral presentations in order to compare and contrast cultural elements in the Spanish-speaking cultures.
As an immersion course, Spanish V provides students with an opportunity to use Spanish in a variety of contexts. Students read literature, deliver presentations, write creatively, discuss social issues, and explore how their knowledge of Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures can enrich their lives and careers.
French I introduces the French language and the cultures in which French is spoken. Students develop a basic ability to communicate in the language by listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additionally, students acquire a familiarity with French-speaking cultures and their relationship to our own. Students also learn to use accurate and culturally appropriate vocabulary and structures through their exposure to a variety of resources, including culturally authentic materials.
French II reviews the basic elements of spoken and written French and expands students’ control and creative use of the language. Students continue to develop their communication skills in all four language areas—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The art, music, history, geography, traditions, significant persons, and perspectives of French speaking cultures are explored in more depth, primarily in French and in culturally accurate settings.
French III expands students’ control and creativity in French in culturally accurate settings. Students use French to enhance their knowledge of history, geography, traditions, perspectives, and significant persons of French-speaking cultures. They also continue to explore French literature, art, and music, as well as to create their own spoken and written works.
French IV Honors
French IV continues to expand students’ control of and creativity in French. Students use French to study in depth the history, geography, traditions, perspectives, and significant persons of French-speaking cultures. Students read literature, study art and music, write compositions, and prepare oral presentations.
French V Honors
As an immersion course, French V provides students with an opportunity to use French in the same context as, and with the same perspectives of, French native speakers. Students read more complex literature, perform plays, watch and listen to media targeted to native speakers, write creatively, and discuss social issues and current events. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for advanced French study in college.