Language Acquisition

FRENCH

French 8

In French 8, students will begin to develop their French writing, reading, listening and speaking skills at a basic level. They will begin to build their vocabulary and express themselves in the present tense, focusing on their preferences and their day-to-day lives. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

French 9

In this course students will continue to develop their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. Students will be encouraged to express themselves “en francais” in the past, present and future tenses and will add to their vocabulary through a variety of themed units. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

French 10

In this course students will begin to master certain components of the French language and continue to improve their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. New grammatical concepts will be learned and students will be expected to communicate at a higher level in both their written work and their speaking. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

French 11

In this course students will continue to master several components of the French language and to improve their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. Expectations for written and oral output will be higher as students will begin to refine their language and be exposed to new and more sophisticated grammatical concepts and reading materials. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

French 12

In French 12, students will continue to master elements of the French language and to refine their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. Students will read and respond to a variety of texts from the Francophone world as well as participate in a novel study. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

JAPANESE

Japanese 8

This is an introductory course in the Japanese language. Students will master written hiragana and participate in Japanese conversations used in familiar settings of the home, school and town. Japanese culture will be emphasized through activities and discussions. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.

 

Japanese 9

This course is intended to improve and extend the ability of students who have completed Japanese 8. Emphasis will be given to the further development of oral and written communication. Students will be able to read and write katakana and use it in a variety of contexts. Japanese culture will continue to be studied. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.  Recommended Preparation: Japanese 8 or an equivalent first year introductory class from another school

 

Japanese 10

This course will further develop the students’ ability to communicate effectively in Japanese. They will be expected to read, comprehend, summarize and respond to a variety of texts in both written and spoken Japanese. Some kanji will be introduced. Students will also be encouraged to further analyze the customs, values and other elements of the Japanese culture. Japanese culture will continue to be studied. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.  Recommended Preparation: Japanese 9 or an equivalent second year intermediate class from another school 

 

Japanese 11

This course will further extend students’ capabilities to communicate in Japanese in an increasing number of situations and with progressive complexity. More kanji will continue to be learned. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests.  Recommended Preparation: Japanese 9 or an equivalent second year intermediate class from another school

 

Japanese 12

This course will allow students to refine their abilities to communicate in Japanese. They will master complex grammatical structures and many more kanji. Evaluation will be based on writing, reading, comprehension, oral communication, listening, project work and tests. Recommended Preparation: Japanese 11 or an equivalent fourth year advanced class from another school 

 

MANDARIN

Mandarin 11

This course is suitable for students who have some knowledge and skill with either Mandarin or Cantonese. The emphasis of the course is listening and speaking skills. Students are expected to expand their vocabulary and to develop proficiency in expressing themselves in everyday situations. In writing, students will be taught Chinese characters in addition to the Pinyin Romanization system. Curricular enrichment such as cultural studies and field trips will be offered. Students should see Ms. Ye, the Mandarin teacher, to determine if they are appropriate candidates for Mandarin 11.

 

Mandarin 12

Mandarin 12 is an advanced course in the study of the Chinese language and culture. It is a purposeful program allowing students to increase their ability to communicate in oral and written Chinese at a more serious level.

 

Spanish 8

This is an introductory course in Spanish with an emphasis on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. A positive attitude toward the learning of a second language and related culture will be fostered. . Students will be able to communicate information about themselves.

 

SPANISH

Spanish 9

This course is intended for those who have successfully completed Beginner Spanish. As with the previous course, emphasis will be on listening, speaking, reading and writing. A positive attitude toward the learning of a second language and related culture will be fostered. Students will be able to communicate in the present and past tenses.  Recommended Preparation: Spanish 8 or an equivalent first year introductory class from another school 

 

Spanish 10

This course will build on the skills developed in Spanish 8 & 9. Again, emphasis will be on listening speaking, reading, and writing. A positive attitude toward the learning of a second language and related culture will be fostered. Students will be able to communicate in the present and past preterit tenses.  Recommended Preparation: Spanish 9 or an equivalent second year intermediate class from another school 

 

Spanish 11

This course is not only a selected revision of the most important points covered in Spanish but also a purposeful program allowing the students to increase their ability to communicate in oral and written Spanish at a more serious level. All four language skills will be thoughtfully fostered through units on travel, childhood and health. At the end of Spanish 11, students will be able to communicate in the past, preterit imperfect and present tenses in a variety of situations that they could encounter in a Spanish-speaking country or culture.  Recommended Preparation: Spanish 10 or an equivalent third year advanced class from another school 

 

Spanish 12

Students will continue to improve and master their communicative skills in Spanish through practice and study of a variety of thematic units. Students will leave Spanish 12 with the ability to communicate using advanced grammar including the conditional, future, and imperfect tenses as well as the imperative and subjunctive moods. They will explore these structures through units on health, travel, and the environment.  Recommended Preparation: Spanish 11 or an equivalent fourth year advanced class from another school