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World Languages Department

Spanish I is the beginning high school Spanish course. In Spanish I, the students utilize the present tense in frequent reading, writing, listening, and speaking assignments. They are also introduced to the preterit tense in the second half of the book. The focus of the class is on learning and recalling basic Spanish vocabulary words and phrases and learning the core grammar on which the other levels of Spanish introduction are built. The students are exposed to spoken Spanish by varies mediums in class to allow students to become familiar with common words and phrases; however, grammar and more technical explanations need to take place in English. Repetition and review of concepts is a key to helping students master the grammar and content in this book.
Spanish II concentrates on mastering the use of the present tense, the two past tenses, preterite and imperfect, and the future tense. In addition, the students will also learn the uses and forms of the subjunctive mood used after expressions of emotion, doubt and influence. They will have two major oral presentations, one each semester. The first presentation deals with their daily routine and the students should be able to answer simple questions about their routine. The next presentation is at the end of the school year. This consists of a 200-word essay about their future and an oral presentation with a collage of pictures depicting their future lives. Students will also learn about different Latin American countries and their culture in each unit of the textbook.
Spanish III is the subsequent level that follows the Spanish II class. In Spanish III, the students utilize the present, future, conditional, preterite, and imperfect indicative as well as the present and imperfect subjunctive in reading, writing, listening and speaking assignments. The focus of the class is more academic as the students are asked to focus on their reading comprehension skills, and correct use of Spanish in oral and written assignments. Spanish is spoken by the instructor for the majority of this class; however, grammar and more technical explanations may take place in English. Weekly viewing and discussion of the video series “La Catrina” also occurs. Each chapter in the text should require approximately two weeks of study. Regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes and chapter tests are given to ascertain that the students are learning the material. Students will also be assigned nightly homework to practice structures and vocabulary learned in class. The students are encouraged to immerse themselves in language study by reviewing past chapters, attending Spanish church services, helping with Missions projects, and /or writing letters in Spanish to pen pals.
Spanish IV students utilize the present, the present perfect, the pluperfect, the progressive, the future, the future perfect, the conditional, the preterite, and the imperfect as well as the subjunctive and indicative moods in the present and the past in a variety of listening, reading, writing, and speaking assignments. The focus of the class is to prepare the students for the AP Spanish language examination. The entire class period is conducted in the Spanish language. Weekly viewing of the video series “La Catrina – el último secreto” also occurs. Each chapter or unit in the textbook or grammar book should require approximately two weeks of study. Regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes, unit tests, compositions, and oral presentations are required to ascertain that the students are learning the material. Students will also be assigned daily homework in all three books in order to practice the structures and vocabulary learned in class. The students are encouraged to immerse themselves in language study by reviewing past chapters, attending Spanish church services, learning Spanish Bible verses, helping mission projects, reading Spanish language newspapers, exploring Spanish language internet activities, and/or writing letters in Spanish to pen pals.
Spanish IV Honors enables students to study the language in greater detail, to broaden their cultural knowledge of Spanish speaking countries, read for comprehension from a variety of authentic sources, and use the spoken language on a daily basis. Students will hear native speakers discuss their countries’ culture, history, and current events. This course also enables students to respond to factual and interpretive questions, paraphrase or restate what someone else has said, write compositions on a given topic, begin using the language creatively in writing as well as speaking, and engage in classroom discussions on a variety of topics. Students will attain higher levels of reading comprehension by the incorporation of classic and modern pieces of literature included in the texts and other literary sources. Students delve into geographical relationships of countries plus add vocabulary and expressions that make speech more authentic. They will acquire grammatical knowledge that better enables them to read and write the language. The class is taught in Spanish.
French I This course introduces the student to the French language and culture, emphasizing the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar, syntax, and pronunciation are stressed in a proficiency-based atmosphere, giving the student a firm foundation in the basics of this beautiful language. Students should attempt to speak French whenever possible in class. Bible vocabulary and verses will be integrated with the activities as much as possible to allow active participation in outreach. 
French II  This course continues where French I left off, first reviewing key verb conjugations and tenses and further exploring the French language and culture, emphasizing the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar, syntax, and pronunciation are stressed in a proficiency-based atmosphere, allowing the student to further build on the foundations of French I. Students should be speaking French whenever possible in class, looking for opportunities to express their understanding of this language elsewhere. Bible vocabulary and verses will continue to be integrated at a more advanced level. 
French III The course in French III seeks to build upon the foundation of the language established in the previous year of study. Communicative skills are further reinforced and refined. The cultural themes are further expanded upon and the past grammar topics are reviewed in the opening weeks of the year’s program. Students become more advanced with writing skills needed for the target language. Students reach for higher levels of reading comprehension by the incorporation of classic and modern pieces of literature included in the text. Students quickly become advanced through the addition of more verb tenses presented in the target language. Mastery of grammar and vocabulary are extremely important in this third year course for those students who intend to continue on to the fourth year of French. Students should be able to converse in the target language on a variety of topics during classroom discussions.
French IV The course in French IV is meant for the serious language student who wishes to hone their acquisition of the French language and enrich themselves with more fine-tuning of their grammar skills and an increase of understanding of the French culture and its famous (and sometimes infamous) contributions to the world. The title of the textbook means ‘treasures of time’ and rightly so, this text introduces the student to those treasures over the centuries of history, literature, and art that make up the past of France. This is a comprehensive, multi-approach course which will provide an in-depth view of France, its culture, and its civilization as well as its contribution to the great treasures of Western civilization. This is done by a focus on history and literature, while grammar is consistently reviewed and expanded upon to strengthen language skills.