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Modern Language Department


Overview

The curriculum of the Modern Language department challenges each student at the highest level of his ability.  The department responds to various levels of student ability by providing various tracks.  Assessment (grades and teacher evaluations) of students allows students to move between tracks.  All students have the opportunity to study language during their high school experience.  The language clubs provide opportunities for social interactions that lead to cultural awareness through an appreciation of the arts, food and through travel.   The clubs afford students the opportunity to engage in cultural social activities with members of the Bay View French, Spanish and Italian clubs.  Such activities include restaurant trips, sports outings, dancing and trips to see films and plays that are relevant to the language the students are studying.

Students also have the opportunity to use their language skills outside of the classroom experience.  The department exposes students to diversity of human life by teaching a tolerance of other cultures.  This is accomplished by teaching the social and moral norms of another culture.  In this way, students grow in their awareness of both themselves and the world around them.  Through travel that is offered, students have the opportunity to experience the culture first-hand.  The standards, expectations and enthusiasm of the members of the department encourage a reverence for learning in the student who sees that the teacher him/herself possesses a reverence for learning.  The curriculum of the Modern Language department is consistent with a college preparatory program of studies offering French, Spanish and Italian from first year through advanced placement.

8th Grade SELECT Honors Institute

Spanish 1 – Honors
These introductory courses seek to develop, through varied classroom activities, four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Since the main goal of any language course is the use of the spoken language, students are encouraged to use the vocabulary and grammatical structures daily as they learn them. The target language is used as much as possible in the classroom. An introduction to the culture of the respective countries is included.

French 8 SELECT
French 8 SELECT is an introductory course in which the goal is the development of the four language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  A multiplicity of activities are employed to achieve these goals including traditional drills and exercises, games, interactive activities, skits, presentations and on-line activities.  A cultural component is incorporated in order to provide a context for the French language the students are learning.

Spanish

Spanish 1 – Accelerated/CP1
These introductory courses seek to develop, through varied classroom activities, four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Since the main goal of any language course is the use of the spoken language, students are encouraged to use the vocabulary and grammatical structures daily as they learn them. The target language is used as much as possible in the classroom. An introduction to the culture of the respective countries is included.

Spanish 2 – Accelerated/CP1
This course further develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Various communicative activities and drills involving grammar and vocabulary are employed to strengthen oral expression. The use of the target language in class is encouraged according to the level of the student’s aptitude.

Spanish 2 – Honors
The objectives for this course are the same as those outlined for Spanish II CP1 with more intense emphasis on oral proficiency. Frequent oral presentations, conversational skits, and various communicative activities are assigned to this end. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in application to oral skills.

Spanish 3 – CP1
This course continues the study of grammar and emphasizes the acquisition of practical vocabulary, especially that vocabulary which is useful for travel abroad. Students are required to write compositions and letters to reinforce the newly acquired grammar and vocabulary. Among the primary goals of the course are the development of conversational skills, improvement of oral expression, and expansion of vocabulary. In addition to the course textbook, a reader is used to introduce students to practical vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on oral expression.

Spanish 3  – Honors
This course prepares students for Spanish 4 Honors or A.P. Spanish Honors. The finer points of Spanish grammar are clarified. Grammatical studies are reinforced by the writing of letters and compositions. In addition to the course textbook, a reader is used to introduce students to annotated readings of various authors. These readings, which provide a spring board for class discussions, also introduce students to a more sophisticated vocabulary

Spanish 4 – Honors
The goal of Spanish 4/5 Honors is to introduce the student to the literature of Spain and Latin America. The student will read and compare selections of different literary genres, the fable, the short story, the letter, the novel, poetry, biography, the essay, and drama. Supplementary information in the form of cultural and historical studies of architecture, art history, civilization, and the wars of Spanish-America, Napoleonic, and Spanish civil are also incorporated. To strengthen and further the student’s facility with language mechanics, grammar is reviewed throughout the course and meant to be applied in several short essays. The course and all assignments are delivered entirely in the target language, thereby, offering the student ample opportunity to engage in the four skills, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. TEXT Tesoro Literario, Adey and Albini: 1997, Glencoe Publications

Spanish AP
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is intended for the highly motivated and capable student who would benefit from a more accelerated pace of learning and additional, more challenging areas of study. AP Spanish Language and Culture is a course for students who have completed the Spanish 3 Honors or the Spanish 4 course, and/or has been recommended by his teacher for the AP level. The class focuses communicative fluency. Vocabulary will be refined and expanded. This class will allow you to continue to build proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking through a variety of interactive and non-interactive activities such as compositions, essays, oral presentation, skits, in-depth studies of Spanish and Latin American literature, history, and geography.

Our AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum is composed of 6 thematic units established by College Board. The units cover a variety of societal and cultural issues that are important to our global community. The end desire of teaching these units is to nurture the students’ growth as they become Global Citizens, and help them make cultural connections when comparing their individual communities to those of the Spanish Speaking world. The 6 Thematic Units are Personal and Public Identity; Families and Communities; Science and Technology; Beauty and Aesthetics; Contemporary Life; and Global Challenges. The class is conducted exclusively in Spanish.

French

French 1 –  Accelerated/CP1
The goal of French I is to develop the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Methodologies include creative and varied classroom communicative activities. Structured written and oral activities are employed to afford students the opportunity to manipulate French syntax. Students also create short situational dialogues, role-play, write and revise short compositions and participate in classroom presentations in an effort to apply vocabulary and grammar structures. An introduction into the French speaking world is interwoven in each unit of study to provide a cultural context for the French language.

French 2 – CP1
This course further develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Various communicative activities and drills involving grammar and vocabulary are employed to strengthen oral expression. The use of the target language in class is encouraged according to the level of the student’s aptitude.

French 2 – Honors
The objectives for this course are the same as those outlined for regular French II with more intense emphasis on oral proficiency. Since the course is conducted exclusively in French, the student is required to think critically and creatively in the target language. Various communicative activities are employed to this end. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in application to oral skills.

French 3 –  CP1
This course continues the development of skills from preceding levels. Writing and speaking skills are further reinforced in the context of practical situations beneficial for travel. Grammatical structures, graded vocabulary and idioms are presented in application to oral skills. Cultural readings and related quarterly projects are required in an effort to enhance the student’s awareness of the French speaking world.

French 3 – Honors
The focus of this course is oral proficiency. Conversation skills are perfected in the context of cultural and literary studies. The student is encouraged to think critically and analytically in an effort to make the language “his own”. Grammar and graded vocabulary are incorporated to this end. The culmination of the course involves a study of the novel Le Petit Prince and a major term paper in French

French 4 – AP
This course is conducted in French and further reinforces and strengthens the speaking, reading, listening, writing and critical and analytical skills. Students will read and discuss both orally and in compositions such French masterpieces as Tartuffe, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Notre Dame de Paris, Rhinoceros and others from a variety of sources. Art and music shall be presented in the context of this literary study. Grammar will be reviewed from a practical perspective as it lends itself to the objectives of the course.

Italian

Italian 1 – Accelerated/CP1
This introductory course seeks to develop, through varied classroom activities, four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Since the main goal of any language course is the use of the spoken language, students are encouraged to use the vocabulary and grammatical structures daily as they learn them. The target language is used as much as possible in the classroom. An introduction to the culture of the respective countries is included.

Italian 2 – CP1
This course further develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Various communicative activities and drills involving grammar and vocabulary are employed to strengthen oral expression. The use of the target language in class is encouraged according to the level of the student’s aptitude.

Italian 2 –  Honors
This course prepares students for Italian 3 Honors. The finer points of grammar are explicated and elucidated. Grammatical studies are reinforced and writing skills are honed by the assignment of compositions and letters. Readings, short stories, and annotated excerpts from various historical sources introduce the student to various aspects of Italian culture including geography, literature, lifestyles, etc. A conversation manual is used to expand vocabulary and to improve oral expression.

Italian 3 – Honors
This course aims to develop oral expression in Italian so that students can communicate effectively about everyday tasks and in social situations, and begin to spontaneously narrate and describe more abstract topics. In addition to speech, formal writing is an intensive focus of the course, and vocabulary is acquired through reading and grammar review.

Italian 4 – Honors
This course aims to develop student ability in a variety of communicative tasks, ranging from informal conversation to the discussion of cultural topics, in order to prepare students for AP. Vocabulary is acquired through the reading of a variety of authentic texts. Students will be able to write across registers and function successfully abroad.