World Language Courses
- Last Updated: 09 March 2011
The Spanish program is geared towards communication, for the purpose of language. The skills of listening, comprehension, and speaking are emphasized. Oral exercises, grammar exercises, dialogues, skits, songs, and reading exercises help the students to attain these goals. As culture is an integral part of language, various supplemental materials are used to acquaint the student with the culture of Spain and Hispanic Americas.
In Spanish II, the student increases proficiency in the listening and speaking skills. The student studies grammar more intensively and concentrates on building a wide vocabulary in order to broaden reading and writing skills. In addition to the thematic units, short stories and selected articles are added to the course.
Spanish III reintroduces and reinforces the material covered in Spanish I and II and introduces more complex linguistic structure in more complex situations. It expands on the cultural themes of Spanish I and II. In addition to the thematic units, short stories and selected articles are added to the course.
Spanish IV Honors
Spanish IV Honors emphasizes extensive class reading, writing and discussion. The course stresses pronunciation and proficiency. There is an emphases on timely topics for conversations. Selections of Spanish and Latin America literature are read and discussed. Varied writing assignments based on readings and timely topics are regularly assigned. In this level students have the opportunity to participate in the Middle College Program established by the Fairleigh Dickinson University so students can receive college credit.
Spanish V Advanced Placement
Students in Spanish V AP are expected to communicate exclusively in Spanish. The students in AP Spanish V will be able to demonstrate proficiency in all of the modalities of language acquisition - speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Frequent writing assignments, projects, research, and activities are implemented in order for the students to succeed on the AP exam which is given in May. The students read many different stories from several literacy sources. They study different cultures and histories of Latin American countries and Spain.
The French program is geared towards communication. The skills of listening comprehension and speaking are emphasized. Dialogues, skits, songs, and reading exercises help students attain these goals. Basic grammar is also introduced in context. As culture is an integral part of language, various supplemental materials are used to acquaint the student with the culture of the Francophone world.
In French II, the student builds proficiency in listening and speaking. The student studies grammar more intensively and concentrates on building a wider vocabulary in order to broaden reading and writing skills. To enhance the thematic units, short stories, selected articles, poems, and other appropriate readings are added.
French III reinforces and expands on material covered in French I and II. More complex linguistic structures are introduced and students are expected to speak, read, and write at a higher level within the context familiar topics. At this level, students begin the study of the history of France.
French IV Honors
French IV Honors emphasizes extensive reading, writing, and discussion. The course stresses pronunciation and increasing linguistic proficiency. Students are introduced to authentic literary texts and continue the study of French history. Varied writing assignments or oral presentations are assigned based on readings and thematic topics. Students also become familiar with famous personalities in the French-speaking world. At this level, students have the opportunity to participate in the Middle College Program, where students may receive credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
French V Advanced Placement
French V is a college caliber course in which students are expected to communicate exclusively in French. In addition to reading and analyzing authentic texts, students prepare for the Advanced Placement French Language Exam, which is given in May. Readings are chosen from various literary genres and are selected from the AP suggested reading list. Frequent writing assignments, high-level discussions in the target language, research, and presentations help the students succeed on this exam.