World Languages Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Chinese Language and Culture (AP)

    Course Description: The majority of the class time is devoted to well-balanced mixture of: Discussion and writing activities based on materials we have read, refinement of language skills based on text activities , oral presentation dealing with our reading and cultural discussion, listening to variety of authentic broadcasts and recording as preparation for the AP Chinese Language and Culture examination. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Comprehend , draw inferences from, and respond to spoken and written Chinese in a variety of personal, social, and cultural contexts.
    2. Use critical thinking skills (e.g., analyzing, comparing, synthesizing, and evaluating) to derive meaning from context.
    3. Describe an event or activity in a cohesive and coherent manner with linguistic accuracy.
    4. Demonstrate cultural appropriateness through spoken and written discourse.
    5. Interact in a variety of situations that pertain to daily life.

    By using only Chinese language in class, students will increase their skills across the board in all skill areas. Having exposure to Chinese Language newscasts, podcasts, films, music and recording by native Chinese speakers, students will interact with large amounts of authentic language. Practice and assessment of skills will feature the use of simulated and released AP Exams. We use the textbook Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Part 2 by Cheng and Tsui Co. as main text, along with authentic materials from Chinese media, such as newspaper, magazines, broadcast, radio announcements, etc.

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  • 2018-19: French I

    Course Description: Students will develop their French written, spoken, reading and comprehension skills in the target language.

    This development will occur through listening, reading, writing, and participation in classroom discussions and activities. We will also study the cultures in which the language evolved and is being used today.

    By the end of this course, we hope that you will appreciate the importance of French in both our local and global society. Participation in French is key.

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  • 2018-19: French II

    Course Description: French II will allow students to build upon the foundations of French I. Students will increase fluency in speaking by answering questions, discussing simple subjects, and engaging in conversations in pairs. Over the year, students will be introduced to more vocabulary, grammatical constructs and verb tenses. This will allow students to progress towards writing longer paragraphs. Students will also become familiar with the many cultures and traditions in the francophone world.

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  • 2018-19: French III

    Course Description: Students will be able to handle successfully most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations and initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation with a number of strategies appropriate to a range of circumstances and topics. Student will be able, also, to sustain understanding over a long stretches of connected discourse. They will be able to read consistently with full understanding simple connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs about which the reader has personal interest and/or knowledge. Furthermore students will be able to understand narration amount past, present, and future events and meet most practical writing needs and limited social demands.

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  • 2018-19: French III (Honors)

    Course Description: Additionally from French III, French III Honors students will be asked to gain a more concentrated study of grammar and vocabulary, a more detailed study of geography, and a more mature and in-depth approach to the culture of France and other French speaking areas. Students are expected to answer questions, give oral and written reports without using a teacher-provided model. Answers become more intuitive than mechanical, and reflect the ability to synthesize previously learned grammatical and cultural concepts. Students are expected to be able to manipulate and be more articulate while using additional grammatical advanced structures of the language. Finally honors students will be ask to systematically give more rounded responses while presenting diverse, in class or out of class projects.

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  • 2018-19: French IV (AP)

    Course Description: As this course is equivalent to an intermediate college-level French course, it is conducted in a seminar fashion, whereby the students are expected to participate and help organize the course. Students are introduced to (or review) vocabulary and grammatical structures in context. The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are foundational to the APR French Language and Culture course. Course work provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the three modes in the intermediate to pre-advanced range as described in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners. Students who enroll in this course should already have a good command of the grammar and considerable competence in listening, reading, speaking and writing. When communicating, students in the AP French Language and Culture course demonstrate an understanding of the culture(s), incorporate interdisciplinary topics (connections), make comparisons between the native language and the target language and between cultures (comparisons), and use the target language in real-life settings (communities).

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  • 2018-19: Latin (AP)

    Course Description: Specifically, students will be able to:

    1. translate Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid from the original Latin into English.
    2. identify all syntax and literary devices listed on the AP Terms List.
    3. write essays (in English) analyzing Caesar and Vergil’s works.
    4. scan dactylic hexameter 5. Answer multiple choice questions about Caesar and Vergil’s works as well as previously unseen works.

    By May, students will be prepared for the AP Latin Exam

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  • 2018-19: Latin I

    Course Description: Students will begin their study of Classical Latin and ancient Roman culture. Students learn basic grammar and vocabulary. They will master these skills via daily homework (with all work shown) and demonstrate their knowledge via Chapter Quizzes and Unit Exams. Students will explore early Roman history, up through the 3rd century BCE, as well as Roman culture via a weekly podcast assignment and group/individual projects.

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  • 2018-19: Latin II

    Course Description: Specifically, students will be able to:

    1. Identify complex structures of English and Latin grammar
    2. Unravel complex Latin sentences
    3. Translate complex English sentences into Latin
    4. Read original texts of moderate difficulty with minimal assistance
    5. Describe the history of Rome through the fall of Carthage to the start of the Imperial Period

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  • 2018-19: Latin III

    Course Description: Specifically, students will be able to:

    1. Identify all the structures of Latin grammar
    2. Unravel complex Latin sentences
    3. Read original Latin prose and poetry with minimal assistance
    4. Scan dactylic hexameter
    5. Describe the history of Rome from the Julio-Claudian period through the Good Emperors

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