Modern Language

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: Modern Language is not required for high school graduation, however two years of the same language are recommended for those planning to attend a 4 year college or university.

Course Descriptions

French 1

Grade: 8-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: French I is an introductory course in language learning. Students learn to develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking French at a novice level. Basic vocabulary and grammar rules are introduced. Students study cultural aspects of the Francophone world and learn language acquisition in a living context.

French 2

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 1

Course Description: French II builds upon the curriculum introduced in French I. Students demonstrate an understanding of French culture in the world and acquire a perspective about other cultures that is available through language learning. Students study daily life in the Francophone world through compositions, reading passages, listening and speaking activities at a novice level.

Honors French 2

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average or better in French 1 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors French II develops and enhances the skills learned in Level I. Several advanced verb tenses are introduced with accompanying vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to express themselves in several tenses advancing from a novice to low-intermediate level. The curriculum moves at a lively and intensive pace. This course is recommended if further study in French is desired. This course is the initial step in the Honors program with the intent of obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy award at graduation.

Honors French 3

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average or better in Honors French 2/French 2 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors French III is designed to prepare students to build and reinforce effective communication in French. Students complete the basic study of grammar, verbs and vocabulary. Through compositions and oral presentations at the intermediate level, students learn to master literary terms and syntax while strengthening reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This course is a continuation of the Honors program with emphasis placed on preparation for obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy award at graduation. Honors French III may by taken for 3 hours of college credit through the 1818 Advanced College Credit program at St. Louis University. The St. Louis University class is French 1010 - Communicating in French I.

Honors French 4

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average or better in French 3 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors French IV continues the goal of oral and written proficiency at the intermediate level. Students will continue to expand skills in the context of culture and civilization. Students study and analyze authentic literature with frequent oral presentations and compositions that prepare students to express themselves in French with accuracy and confidence. Students realize the personal enjoyment and enrichment that language learning offers. Seniors will have the option to take the Seal of Biliteracy test before graduation. Honors French IV may be taken for 6 hours of college credit through the 1818 Advanced College Credit program at St. Louis University. The first semester class is French 1020 - Communicating in French II (3 hours credit). The second semester class is French 2010 - Intermediate French Language and Culture (3 hours credit).

French 5

Grade: 12 Credit: College Credit Only Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average or better in French 4 and instructor approval

Course Description: Students enroll at St. Louis Community College - Meramec Campus for French 201. Students commute to Meramec for this class. Students must provide their own transportation and pay the tuition fee directly to St. Louis Community College - Meramec for French 201 - Intermediate French I (4 credit hours - $100 per credit hour). The course description is from the Meramec Course Catalog. “A continuation of French 102. Emphasis is on becoming proficient in using the language so that students can function in a francophone culture. Primary concentration is on developing speaking and listening skills. Testing is both oral and written. Prerequisites: French 102 or 3 or more years of high school French and Reading Proficiency.”

Spanish 1

Grade: 8-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Spanish I is an introductory course in language learning. Students learn to develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish at a novice level. Basic vocabulary and grammar rules are introduced. The goal is to focus on the most frequent real, everyday Spanish vocabulary.

Spanish 2

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1

Course Description: Spanish II builds upon the curriculum introduced in Spanish I. Students demonstrate an understanding of Spanish culture in the world and acquire a perspective about other cultures that is available through language learning. Students study daily life in the Spanish-speaking world through compositions, reading passages, listening and speaking activities at a novice level. It is highly recommended and extremely important that the student continues from level 1 to level 2 in consecutive years.

Honors Spanish 2

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average in Spanish 1 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors Spanish II develops and enhances the skills learned in Level I. The goal is to focus on the most frequent real, everyday Spanish vocabulary and expand grammatical structures. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to express themselves in several tenses advancing from a novice to low-intermediate level. The curriculum is fast paced and intensive. This course is recommended if further study in Spanish is desired. This course is the initial step in the Honors program with the intent of obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy award at graduation.

Honors Spanish 3

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average in Honors Spanish 2/Spanish 2 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors Spanish III is designed to prepare students to build and reinforce effective communication in Spanish. At the intermediate level, students are further developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through more complex structures. It is highly recommended and extremely important that the student continues from honors level 2 to honors level 3 in consecutive years.This course is a continuation of the Honors program with emphasis placed on preparation for obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy award at graduation. Honors Spanish III may by taken for 3 hours of college credit through the 1818 Advanced College Credit program at St. Louis University. The St. Louis University class is Spanish 1010 - Communicating in Spanish I.

Honors Spanish 4

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average in Honors Spanish 3 and instructor approval

Course Description: Honors Spanish IV continues the goal of oral and written proficiency at the intermediate level. Students will continue to expand skills in the context of culture and civilization. Students study and analyze literature with oral presentations and compositions that prepare students to express themselves in Spanish with accuracy and confidence. It is highly recommended and extremely important that the student continues from honors level 3 to honors level 4 in consecutive years. Seniors will have the option to take the Seal of Biliteracy test before graduation. Honors Spanish IV may be taken for 6 hours of college credit through the 1818 Advanced College Credit program at St. Louis University. The first semester class is Spanish 1020 - Communicating in Spanish II (3 hours credit). The second semester class is Spanish 2010 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (3 hours credit).

Honors Spanish 5

Grade: 12 Credit: 1.0 Elective Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average in Honors Spanish 4 and instructor approval

Course Description: Students enroll at St. Louis Community College - Meramec Campus for Spanish 201. Students commute to Meramec for this class. Students must provide their own transportation and pay the tuition fee directly to St. Louis Community College - Meramec for Spanish 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (4 credit hours). In this continuation of SPA 102, students review and build grammar and vocabulary to enhance comprehension and communication. A variety of literary and cultural selections are presented to reinforce the student's understanding of global/intercultural themes. Prerequisites: SPA 102 or 3 or more years of high school Spanish, and Reading Proficiency. (The course description is from the Meramec Course Catalog.)