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Course Descriptions

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE

French I - (1 unit) - French I stresses a basic understanding of the language through conversational patterns, vocabulary, reading, writing skills, and pronunciation.  Instruction is given in French as much as possible with help from technology and multimedia.  The student studies French culture through various appropriate class activities and experiences. 

Prereq. - English skills at grade level; Grade Levels - 9, 10, 11, 12

 

French II - (1 unit) - French II develops reading, writing, and comprehension skills through an analysis of French grammar.  Speaking skills are maintained through practice extended from French I skills.  Cultural study is maintained through various materials and resources initiated in French I. 

Prereq. - French I; Grade Levels - 10, 11, 12

 

French III - (1 unit) - French III presents an in-depth review and study of grammar skills developed in levels I and II.  French history and literary selections are used to help the continued study of cultural understanding and the oral and written comprehension and usage by the individual student.  Students prepare and practice conversational skills to strive for functional language experience.  Students are encouraged to comprehend and to use French.  An introduction to French literature is included.  Emphasis is on communication through the use of the language.

Prereq. - French I and II; Grade Levels – 10, 11, 12

 

Latin I - (1 unit) - A student receives an introduction to the Roman World through culture, language, and geography.  The Romans’ daily life emphasizes the house, food, clothing, etc.  A student also studies the Romans’ influence on modern life, including Latin phrases and English derivatives.  Each student needs to have an extensive knowledge of English grammar.  Oral and aural practice is stressed with continuous drill and vocabulary.  A student will study Greek and Roman mythology through translations.  

Prereq. - English skills on grade level; Grade Levels - 9, 10, 11, 12

 

Latin II - (1 unit) - Latin II continues the study of the Roman and Greek culture and history, Latin grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives.  Oral and aural practice is stressed with reading of the Latin sources. 

Prereq. -Completion of Latin I with C average or higher; Grade Levels- 9, 10, 11, 12

 

Latin III (Prose) - (1 unit) - Students will read from the writings of Julius Caesar, Story of Jason, and the Argonauts.  Grammar from previous years is reviewed, and other points of grammar are studied.  Roman law, religion, government, army, and the city of Rome are studied.  Memorization of famous Latin passages is required.  Julio-Claudian family and history is studied through I, Claudius

Prereq. - Latin I & II with a C or higher average; Grade Levels - 10, 11, 12

 

Latin IV (Poetry) - (1 unit) - Each student will read Vergil’s Aeneid, books 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 in original poetry form.  Emphasis is given to figurative language in English and Latin.  Major projects will be conducted by students in connection with translations.  Grammar and vocabulary reviews are constantly used.  Students study the Golden Age of Rome (29 B.C. - 14 A.D.) with major emphasis on Caesar Augustus’ political propaganda through art, architecture, and literature. 

Prereq. - Latin I & II with a C or higher average; Grade Levels - 10, 11, 12

 

Spanish I - (1 unit) - Spanish I emphasizes communication through speaking, listening, writing, and reading.  Everyday conversation and basic grammar are stressed.  Students begin paired conversation and oral presentations.  Comprehension is facilitated through the use of videos and audio tapes.  From the beginning, instruction is given in Spanish as much as possible.  An introduction to

Hispanic culture is included.  Students are encouraged to purchase a Spanish/English dictionary. 

Prereq. - English skills on grade level; Grade Levels - 9, 10, 11, 12

 

Spanish II - (1 unit) - Spanish II provides continued instruction in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Many more grammatical concepts are presented.  Communication is enhanced through paired conversation and oral presentations.  Conversational skills are emphasized.  Instruction is given in Spanish as much as possible.  The exploration of Hispanic culture is continued.

Prereq. - Spanish I; Grade Levels - 9, 10, 11, 12