This department is committed to providing a world language learning experience beginning in middle school. Through the study of world languages and the exposure to various diverse cultures, students will increase their global awareness and appreciation of the contributions of other cultures.
In all language classes, the target language is used.
Native speakers will be evaluated on an individual basis and placed in a course level according to their proficiency measured by the second semester exam of the course previous to the course they desire.
Course Code: C=College Prep, H=Honors, AP-Advanced Placement
Students in French I begin to develop oral-aural skills in the written and spoken language. Basic French grammar is introduced. Students also gain a better understanding of French culture and customs.
Students taking French II continue development of basic communication skills through a more intensive study of grammar and vocabulary. A wide variety of materials are used to promote the student's potential and ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Gaining an understanding of French culture and their customs is essential to this course.
Students have the opportunity to continue development of four skills areas; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will be engaged in a variety of oral-aural activities. Literature is formally introduced and emphasized as a means to further develop listening and speaking skills.
The fourth year student continues to practice and experience the French language. Emphasis is on continued development of fluency, literature, culture, and oral activities. Because students will be taking the Advanced Placement Exam in May, they must be ready to assume responsibility for their own progress in this course.
Students are introduced to the basic elements of Spanish grammar and begin the development of basic reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. In addition, students are introduced to history, culture, and customs of Spanish speaking countries.
Students develop the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through a more intensive study of grammar and vocabulary. The study of culture and the introduction of historical readings help our students become immersed in the Spanish language.
This course focuses on reviewing basic grammar principles as taught in Spanish II. Additionally, new vocabulary is introduced through basic reading activities. Opportunities for strengthening and practicing conversational Spanish are provided. Lessons on culture, history, and current events in the Spanish-speaking world are provided.
This course focuses on the development of the four language skill areas, an intensive grammar review, and intermediate level literature is introduced. The course concentrates on oral proficiency through extensive vocabulary building to meet everyday situation with fluency.
Student's receive additional oral and written training and practice in the conversation, grammar, culture, and literature of the Spanish Language and its people.
This course is designed to sharpen and improve the language skills of the student through an intensive review, extensive vocabulary building, and the continued use of reading, writing, and oral skills. The student who wishes to take the Advanced Placement examination upon completion of the course must be ready to assume responsibility for her own progress.
American Sign Language I-C is a course of study designed to assist high school students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language, developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture and history, and serving as a foundation for further study.
This course introduces students to the language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, focusing on everyday semantics (vocabulary), grammar, syntax (sentence structure), conversational communication, and applications of the language. Students will learn about American Sign Language (ASL) via body language and facial expressions and will begin to understand and use signing both receptively, expressively, and interactively for a full understanding of ASL and the Deaf Community.
This course is designed for the student to further develop proficiency in ASL usage. Students will advance their knowledge of the language through further study in vocabulary, sentence structure, and usage. Students will also deepen their understanding of Deaf culture. The course will place particular emphasis on the conversational use of ASL, as well as the practical applications of signing through required interpretation and presentation projects.
This course completes the UC requirement for a third year of language other than English. It is designed for the student to further develop proficiency in ASL usage. Students will advance their knowledge of the language through further study in vocabulary, sentence structure, and usage. Students will also deepen their understanding of Deaf culture. The course will further focus emphasis on the conversational use of ASL, as well as the practical applications of signing through required interpretation and presentation projects.