World Language

World Language Courses

7501 - French IA (8 - 12)

7502 - French IB (8 - 12)
*C- or better in French IA or instructor approval

In French 1, students will communicate in an interactive setting about subjects of interest to American and French-speaking teens: music, sports, leisure activities, food, etc. They will begin to acquire proficiency in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing French while developing cultural sensitivity to the everyday activities of Fren

ch-speaking people throughout the world.


Please note: To be successful in French it is recommended that students have attained a solid foundation in the reading and writing of English since this is necessary to understanding the basic elements of a second language.



7511 - French IIA (9 - 12)

*C- or better in French IB or instructor approval

7512 - French IIB (9 - 12)

*C- or better in French IIA or instructor approval
In French 2, students will continue to acquire proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French. Some of the themes explored include shopping, home, health, and travel to Paris. A balance of activities allows students with a variety of learning styles to be successful as they progress from structured practice to more creative expression. Students will have the opportunity to continue their language study through level 5.  French 5 is a College in the Schools course for which students simultaneously receive high school credit and five free semester college credits.



Note:  Students who take a world language course in 7th and 8th grade have an opportunity to start building credits toward high school graduation before their freshman year. The credit and grade earned in the course will be reflected on their high school transcript and calculated into their high school G.P.A.

7701 - Spanish IA (8 - 12)

7702 - Spanish IB (8 - 12)

* C- or better in Spanish IA or instructor approval
Spanish I is an introductory language course encompassing pronunciation, high frequency vocabulary, and basic sentences and questions in present tense. Students will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through real-life topics such as likes and dislikes, activities, family, school, friends, food, places, and telling time. Spanish as the mode of instruction will be used as students’ language acquisition increases. Eighth grade students will receive a high school credit for this course.


7711 - Spanish IIA (9 - 12)

* C- or better in Spanish IB or instructor approval

7712 - Spanish IIB (9 - 12)

* C- or better in Spanish IIA or instructor approval
In Spanish II, students will build upon their vocabulary and improve their level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Spanish as the mode of instruction will be frequently used as students continue to increase their language acquisition. Students will communicate about real life topics such as making plans, restaurant scenarios, family celebrations, daily routines, hygiene, household obligations, shopping, and talking about the past. Most universities require a minimum of two years of the same language as an entrance requirement. Students will have the opportunity to continue their language study through level 5. Spanish 5 is a College in the Schools course for which students simultaneously receive high school credit and five free semester college credits.

Course # 7721 - Spanish IIIA (10-12)
* C- or better in Spanish IIB or instructor approval
Course # 7722 - Spanish IIIB (10-12) 
* C- or better in Spanish IIIA or instructor approval
Spanish III is an intermediate course in which students will continue to build on skills acquired in previous courses. Via personalized reading improvement plans, students will develop and implement advanced reading strategies that will allow them not only to understand a variety of current events in Spanish, but also to aid them with standardized tests in their first language. Students will also learn to become better writers via several pieces ranging from short autobiographical and fictional works. For oral comprehension students will not only practice and develop skills to help them speak with clearer pronunciation but also to add more detail and speak extemporaneously in a variety of social settings. For grammar, the main focus of the course is solidifying their understanding and usage of the Preterite and Imperfect verb tenses with a special focus on correct selection them. Other grammar topics will include the progressive tenses, verbs like "gustar", and an introduction to the Present Subjunctive with impersonal expressions. Thematic units of study include personal health, airport travel, childhood. family celebrations, and the news. Cultural topics will include Hispanic immigration, cultural norms, and holidays. Spanish III also helps students learn what local colleges and universities are seeking regarding world language requirements. 

7901 - Chinese IA (8-12)

7902 - Chinese IB (8-12)

* C- or better in Chinese IA, instructor approval or prior recommendation

Chinese I is an introduction to Mandarin and Chinese culture. All four modalities-listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be taught with a major emphasis on speaking and listening. Students will learn the Pin Yin spelling system as well as various important Chinese characters. Much time will be devoted to pronunciation, radical and character recognition, basic vocabulary, and sentence-structure building. Students will learn to express themselves and understand others on topics closely related to their own experience and their daily life. Students will also learn about Chinese culture such as Chinese holiday celebrations, arts, and crafts. Cultural activities may include calligraphy, games and cooking.



7911 - Chinese IIA (9-12)

* C- or better in Chinese IB, instructor approval or prior recommendation

7912 - Chinese IIB (9-12)

* C- or better in Chinese IIA, instructor approval or prior recommendation
Chinese II is a continuation course for students who have successfully completed Chinese Level 1. Students start by reviewing skills from level 1. Students will focus on the four language modalities: listening, speaking, reading, writing will be covered, with speaking and listening still being the major emphasis. Students will learn to present more complex descriptions and basic ways to support arguments, become more familiar with different varieties of Mandarin discourse forms, learn to read and write in Pin Yin and characters about the topics learned. Topics covered include shopping, talking about past and future events, daily and leisure activities, home and school.