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World Languages course descriptions

WORLD LANGUAGES

 

With the exception of Spanish for Spanish Speakers, all World Language courses qualify for CORE 40 and Academic Honors Diploma.  Students may qualify for Core 40 without world language; however, many colleges require 2 years of World Language for admission.  Please check with individual colleges for admissions requirements.

 

For students to receive Academic Honors, students must take the class in a traditional classroom setting and not through any online program.

 

AP classes will be weighted on a 5.0 grading scale.

 

WORLD LANGUAGE PLACEMENT CRITERIA

 

·         All world language courses beyond Level I require that students complete both prior prerequisite semesters of the language with a grade of C or higher.  It is the department’s expectation that in order for students to advance to the next level, they must have a grade of C or better.

 

·         Any student placed in the next level of a world language who has less than the prerequisites must have a waiver signed by the parent/guardian.

 

·         In the case of transfer students, the counselor will place that student where most appropriate, according to the results of a teacher administered placement test and the student’s transcript, with the understanding that the classroom teacher will finalize that placement within four class periods after placement is made.

 

FRENCH I                                                   0401

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grades:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Textbook Rental:  $25.66

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2020] Level I French provides instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak them.  Students are able to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures.  Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to: 

·         respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places

·         understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events

·         ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests

·         read isolated words and phrases in a situational context, such as menus, signs, and schedules

·         comprehend brief written directions and information

·         read short narrative texts on simple topics and

·         write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli

 

Additionally, students learn:

·         about nonverbal communication, such as gestures and body language

·         about awareness of current events in the cultures

·         the major holidays and geographical features of the countries being studied

·         greeting and leave taking behaviors in a variety of social situations

·         the appropriate way to respond to introductions and use courtesy behaviors and

·         appropriate etiquette in a variety of social settings

 

FRENCH II                                                      0403

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:   Completion of French I - both semesters with a grade of C or higher.

Textbook Rental:  $25.66

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2022] Level II French enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the language studied as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests.  Students will be able to:  

·         ask questions regarding routine activities

·         participate in conversations on a variety of topics

·         relate a simple narrative about a personal experience or event

·         interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs, such as asking permission, asking for or responding to an offer of help, and expressing preferences pertaining to everyday life

·         understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics

·         read aloud with appropriate intonation and pronunciation and

·         write briefly in response to given situations, for example postcards, personal notes, phone messages, and directions, as well as write letters using culturally appropriate format and style       

 

Additionally, students become:

·         familiar with major geographical features, historical events, and political structures of the countries being studied

·         familiar with different aspects of the culture, including the visual arts, architecture, literature and music, using the foreign language where appropriate

·         able to extend and respond to hospitality as a host or guest and

·         aware of time expectations, such as arriving for appointments and social engagements

 

FRENCH III                                                     0405

2 Semesters     2 Credits      Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of French I & II - all semesters with a grade of C or higher.

Workbook Purchase:  $18.70

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2024] Level III French provides instruction enabling students to understand and appreciate other cultures by comparing social behaviors and values of people using the languages being learned.  Students must be willing to initiate and participate in discussions concerning these cultures.  In addition, students will be able to: 

·         respond to factual and interpretive questions and interact in a variety of social situations, such as expressing regrets, condolences, and complaints, and using more than rote memory formula phrases        

·         read for comprehension from a variety of authentic materials, such as advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and cartoons and personal correspondence

·         read short literary selections of poetry, plays, and short stories

·         complete authentic forms and documents and take notes that require familiar vocabulary and structures

·         write paraphrases, summaries, and brief compositions

·         describe different aspects of the culture, using the foreign language where appropriate, including:  (1) major historical events, (2) political structures, (3) value systems, (4) visual arts, (5) architecture, (6) literature, and (7) music and

·         seek help in a crisis situation and participate appropriately at special family occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, funerals, and anniversaries

 

FRENCH IV                                                       0407

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of French III - all semesters with a grade of C or higher.     

Supplemental Fee:  $5

Paperback Purchase:  $25

Possible field trips:  Trip to Chicago to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and the French Market

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2026] Level IV French enables students to participate in classroom and extra-curricular activities related to the language studied, such as presentations to the student body and to parent groups and taking leadership roles in language clubs.  Students must be willing to participate in conversations with native and advanced non-native speakers, either in their community or in the school.  This course also enables students to: 

·         respond to factual and interpretive questions, interact in complex social situations, and express opinions and make judgments

·         give presentations on cultural topics including: (1) traditions, (2) historical and contemporary events, and (3) major historical and artistic figures

·         paraphrase or restate what someone else has said

·         read for comprehension from a variety of longer authentic materials, such as newspapers and magazine articles, novels, and essays, as well as make judgments about what is read

·         write well organized compositions on a given topic and

·         begin using the language creatively in writing simple poetry and prose 

Students are also:

·         aware of the relationship between various art forms in at least one major historical period

·         aware of the major literary, musical, and artistic periods and genres of at least one of the cultures in which the language is spoken

·         able to adjust speech appropriate to the situation and audience and

·         able to participate appropriately in a variety of specific circumstances which could include public meetings, attending concerts, and using public transportation

 

AP FRENCH                                                    0408

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grade:  12

Prerequisite:  Completion of French I, II, & III - all semesters with a grade of C or higher.

Supplemental Fee:  $5

Paperback Purchase:  $11

Additional Cost:  AP Exam TBD by College Board, approx. $85.00

This course is weighted on a 5.0 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2032] Advanced Placement French enables students to participate in activities beyond the classroom that could include concerts, theatre performances, and community activities.  Students are willing to participate in conversations with native speakers in the community and promote among their peers, and others, the benefits of foreign language study and the study of the cultures in which the language is spoken.  In addition, students are able to:

·         initiate and participate in conversations on current or past events that are of significance in the foreign culture

·         develop and propose solutions to issues and problems that are of concern to members of their own culture and the foreign culture being studied

·         demonstrate an understanding of the principal elements of nonfiction, articles in newspapers, magazines, and e-mail on topics of current and historical importance to members of the culture.

·         ·analyze the main plot, subplot, characters and their descriptions, roles, and significance in authentic literary texts

·         create stories and poems, short plays, and skits based on personal experiences and exposure to themes, ideas, and perspectives from the foreign cultures and

·         summarize the content of an article intended for native speakers in order to discuss the topics in writing for speakers of the language 

Additionally, students:

·         gain a general knowledge of the major literary and artistic movements within the cultures where the foreign language is spoken,

·         become aware of the relationships, in these periods among the various art forms and

·         demonstrate near native behaviors, using the appropriate verbal and nonverbal cues in a variety of cultural contexts, that reflect both peer group and adult activities within the cultures studied.

Preparation for the AP exam will take place throughout the year. This course follows Advanced Placement guidelines as outlined by the College Board.  In order to receive weighted credit and the Advanced Placement designation on transcripts, students must successfully complete both semesters of the Advanced Placement course and attempt the Advanced Placement examination in that course. 

 

GERMAN I                                                        0409

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grades:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

vText +Supersite access:  $34.40

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2040] Level I German provides instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak them.  Students are able to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures.  Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to:  

·         respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places

·         understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events

·         ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests

·         read isolated words and phrases in a situational context, such as menus, signs, and schedules

·         comprehend brief written directions and information

·         read short narrative texts on simple topics and

·         write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli 

Additionally, students learn:

·         about nonverbal communication, such as gestures and body language

·         about awareness of current events in the cultures

·         the major holidays and geographical features of the countries being studied

·         greeting and leave taking behaviors in a variety of social situations

·         the appropriate way to respond to introductions and use courtesy behaviors and

·         appropriate etiquette in a variety of social settings

 

GERMAN II                                                       0411

2 Semesters     2 Credits      Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:   Completion of German I - both semesters with a grade of C or better.

vText +Supersite access:  $34.40

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2042] Level II German enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the language studied as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests.  Students will be able to:  

·         ask questions regarding routine activities

·         participate in conversations on a variety of topics

·         relate a simple narrative about a personal experience or event – orally or written

·         interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs

·         understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics

·         read aloud with appropriate intonation and pronunciation, and give short formal presentations

·         write briefly in response to given situations, for example write letters using culturally appropriate format and style.

 Additionally, students become:

·         familiar with different aspects of the culture

 

GERMAN III                                                     0413

2 Semesters     2 Credits      Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:   Completion of German I & II - all semesters with a grade of C or better.

Paperback Purchase:  $36.50    

Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2044] Level III German provides instruction enabling students to understand and appreciate other cultures by comparing social behaviors and values of people using the languages being learned.  Students must be willing to initiate and participate in discussions concerning these cultures.  In addition, students will be able to: 

·         respond to factual and interpretive questions and interact in a variety of social situations

·         read for comprehension from a variety of authentic materials

·         and short literary selections  which include fairy tales, short stories and books of appropriate length for third year students.

 

GERMAN IV                                                   0415

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of German I, II & III- all semesters with a grade of C or a teacher’s recommendation in regular Spanish II.

Paperback Purchase:  $56.50                  

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2046] Level IV German students will learn 20th Century German history and advanced grammar topics; students will read authentic works from the 19th & 20th Centuries, including poetry, short stories and plays; students will write lengthy essays and creative pieces.  The German IV class is conducted in German and students will speak German.

 

AP GERMAN                                                    0416

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grade:  12

Prerequisite:   Completion of German I, II, & III - all semesters with a grade of C or higher.

Textbook:  TBA         

Fee:  $5      

Workbook & Paperback Purchase:  TBD

Additional Cost:  AP Exam TBD by

College Board, approx. $85  

This course is weighted on a 5.0 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2052] Advanced Placement German enables students to participate in activities beyond the classroom that could include concerts, theatre performances, and community activities.  Students are willing to participate in conversations with native speakers in the community and promote among their peers, and others, the benefits of foreign language study and the study of the cultures in which the language is spoken.  In addition, students will be able to: 

·         initiate and participate in conversations on current or past events that are of significance in the foreign culture

·         develop and propose solutions to issues and problems that are of concern to members of their own culture and the foreign culture being studied

·         demonstrate an understanding of the principal elements of nonfiction, articles in newspapers, magazines, and e-mail on topics of current and historical importance to members of the culture

·         analyze the main plot, subplot, characters and their descriptions, roles, and significance in authentic literary texts

·         create stories and poems, short plays, and skits based on personal experiences and exposure to themes, ideas, and perspectives from the foreign cultures and

·         summarize the content of an article intended for native speakers in order to discuss the topics in writing for speakers of the language 

 Additionally, students:

·         gain a general knowledge of the major literary and artistic movements within the cultures where the foreign language is spoken

·         become aware of the relationships, in these periods among the various art forms, and

·         demonstrate near native behaviors, using the appropriate verbal and nonverbal cues in a variety of cultural contexts, that reflect both peer group and adult activities within the cultures studied

This course follows Advanced Placement guidelines as outlined by the College Board.  In order to receive weighted credit and the Advanced Placement designation on transcripts, students must successfully complete both semesters of the Advanced Placement course and attempt the Advanced Placement examination in that course.  School will assume costs on an as needed basis.  The course focuses on the preparation for the AP German Exam.

 

GERMAN AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP          0475

PROGRAM (GAPP)

Summer Study Abroad (Humanities) 

 3+ weeks to be determined approximately one year before travel                       

Summer program      1 credit  

Recommended Grade level: 10 or 11 (will accept students going into grade 12 conditionally.)

Prerequisites: Completion of German I and II- both years with a grade of C or better.   

Course enrollment limit:  18 students

Course Time Frame: 3+ weeks to be determined approximately one year before travel.

Counts as an Elective for all diplomas

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 0514] A course in humanities provides for the study of content drawn from history, philosophy, literature, languages, and the arts.  The Penn GAPProgram includes an in-depth study of the German Language, Culture and History.  Broad emphasis will be placed on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.  The students will live with host families, attend school and travel.  It is through these activities and experiences that students will gain an understanding of the target language; develop insight into the nature of the culture and communicate in a language other than English.  Pre-trip preparations and course work will help the students develop an understanding of the German language, its culture and its rich history and how to actually apply it to the human environment.

 

JAPANESE I                                                     0425

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grades:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Textbook Rental:  $18.19      

Fee:  $5

Workbook Purchase: 29.99

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2060] Level I Japanese provides instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak them.  Students are able to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures. Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to: 

·         respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places

·         understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events

·         ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests

·         read isolated words and phrases in a situational context

·         comprehend brief written directions and information

·         read short narrative texts on simple topics and

·         write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli

Additionally, students learn:

·         about nonverbal communication, such as gestures and body language

·         about awareness of current events in the cultures

·         the major holidays and geographical features of the country being studied

·         greeting and leave taking behaviors in a variety of social situations

·         the appropriate way to respond to introductions and use courtesy behaviors and

·         appropriate etiquette in a variety of social settings

 

JAPANESE II                                                   0431

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:   Completion of Japanese I - both semesters with a grade of C or better.

Textbook Rental:  $20.79       

Fee:  $5

Workbook Purchase: $32.99

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2062] Level II Japanese enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the language studied as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests.  Students will be able to:  

·         ask questions regarding routine activities

·         participate in conversations on a variety of topics

·         relate a simple narrative about a personal experience or event

·         interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs, such as asking permission, asking for or responding to an invitation, and expressing preferences pertaining to everyday life

·         understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics

·         read aloud with appropriate intonation and pronunciation and

·         write briefly in response to given situations, for example postcards, personal notes, and phone messages, as well as write letters using culturally appropriate format and style.

Additionally, students become: 

·         able to extend and respond to hospitality as a host or guest and

·         aware of time expectations, such as arriving for appointments and social engagements

 

JAPANESE III                                                  0433

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:   Completion of Japanese I & II - all semesters with a grade of C or better.

Textbook Rental:  $23.39      

Fee:  $5

Workbook Purchase: $37.99

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2064] Level III Japanese provides instruction enabling students to understand and appreciate other cultures by comparing social behaviors and values of people using the languages being learned.  Students must be willing to initiate and participate in discussions concerning these cultures.  In addition, students will be able to: 

·         respond to factual and interpretive questions and interact in a variety of social situations, such as expressing regrets, condolences, and complaints, and using more than rote memory formula phrases,

·         read for comprehension from a variety of authentic materials, such as advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and cartoons and personal correspondence

·         complete authentic forms and documents and take notes that require familiar vocabulary and structures

·         write paraphrases, summaries, and brief compositions

 

JAPANESE IV                                                 0435

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grade:  12

Prerequisite:   Completion of Japanese I, II and III - all semesters with a grade of C or better.

Textbook Rental:  $23.39      

Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2066] Level IV Japanese enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to the language studied. Students must be willing to participate in conversations with native and advanced non-native speakers, either in their community or in the school.  This course also enables students to:

·         respond to factual and interpretive questions, interact in complex social situations, and express opinions and make judgments

·         write well organized compositions on a given topic,

·         begin using the language creatively in writing simple poetry and prose and conversation

·         seek help in a crisis situation and participate appropriately at special family occasions, such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries

 Students will also become:

·         able to adjust speech appropriate to the situation and audience and

·         able to participate appropriately in a variety of specific circumstances which could include public meetings, attending concerts, and using public transportation

 

SPANISH I                                                       0417

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee: $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2120] Level 1 Spanish introduces students to the Spanish language by practicing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills on a daily basis.  The goal of level 1 is to establish a solid foundation in the Spanish language.  Students will learn strategies to become effective language learners.  Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to:

·         comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, rhymes, visuals, and video

·         practice communication through use of technology

·         answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing

·         compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation, art, and readings in authentic settings

·         demonstrate all language skills through a variety of tasks and projects presented in the classroom

 

SPANISH I ACCELERATED                           0445

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grade:  9

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee: $5.00

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2120] Spanish I Accelerated is designed to prepare highly capable, motivated students for future AP study and examination. This course is the first in a series of accelerated courses. Through a compacted curriculum, students will learn more vocabulary and more grammatical structures than is typically possible in a regular level I language class. Students need to have an adeptness for applying effective language learning strategies, as demonstrated on a language aptitude test administered prior to enrollment and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures. Students will move quickly through the basic language acquisition skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Within this context, Spanish I Accelerated provides students with opportunities to:  

·         comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, rhymes, visuals, and video

·         practice communication through listening exercises, paired and group activities, and through using technology

·         answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing

·         compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation, art, and readings in authentic settings

·         demonstrate all language skills through a variety of tasks and projects presented in the classroom

 

SPANISH II                                                      0419

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish I - both semesters with a grade of C or better.

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2122] Level II takes what the student learned in Level I and builds upon it.  We continue to practice the language by reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish on a daily basis.  The goal of Level II is to expand students’ ability to talk about school activities, living in the city, one’s daily routine, and other topics that the student might use in real life.  As the library of useful vocabulary grows for the student, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way.  The course provides the students with opportunities to: 

·         comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, visuals, and video

·         practice communication through listening exercises, paired activities, and through the use of technology

·         answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing

·         compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation and cultural information

·         demonstrate all language skills through a variety of tasks and projects

 

SPANISH II ACCELERATED                                 0453

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grade:  10

Prerequisites:  Completion of Spanish I Accelerated - both semesters with a grade of C or higher or a teacher’s recommendation in regular Spanish I

NO COURSE WAIVER WILL BE ACCEPTED

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2122] This accelerated course is designed to continue to prepare the students for the AP Program in their senior year.  More material will be covered than in the regular Spanish 2 program with the goal of further enhancing the development of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Oral proficiency and sentence structure are emphasized.  Students continue to learn about the countries where Spanish is spoken, as well as about the Spanish-speaking population of the United States.

 

SPANISH III                                                     0421

2 Semesters     2 Credits        Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish I & II - all semesters with a grade of C or better

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2124] Level III takes what the student learned in Levels I and II and builds upon it.  We continue to practice the language by reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish on a daily basis.  The goal of Level III is to expand students’ ability to talk about different situations in life.  The students explore the world of Spanish art, getting a job, going on vacation, and other authentic situations.  As the library of useful vocabulary grows for the student, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way.  Sentence structure becomes more sophisticated.  The students talk about the present, the past, and the future.  The course provides the students with opportunities to: 

·         comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, visuals, and video

·         practice communication through listening exercises, paired activities, and through the use of the language laboratory

·         answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing

·         compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation, art, and cultural information

·         demonstrate all language skills through a variety of tasks and projects

·         write more in the target language

·         describe different aspects of the culture using technology where appropriate

 

SPANISH III ACCELERATED                          0455

2 Semesters     2 Credits         Grades:  11

Recommended Prerequisite:  Spanish II Accelerated, both semesters with a grade of C or higher or a teacher’s recommendation in regular Spanish II.

Textbook Rental:  $17.86     

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2124] This accelerated course is designed to continue prepare the students for the AP Program in their senior year.  More material will be covered than in the regular Spanish 3 program with the goal of further enhancing the development of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Oral proficiency and sentence structure are emphasized.  Students continue to learn about the countries where Spanish is spoken, as well as about the Spanish-speaking population of the United States.

 

SPANISH IV                                                     0423

2 Semesters      2 Credits        Grades:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish I, II & III- all semesters with a grade of C or better

Workbook Purchase:  $15

Paperback Purchase:  $25

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2126] Level IV takes what the student learned in Levels I, II, and III and builds upon it.  We continue to practice the language by reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish on a daily basis.  The goal of Level IV, however, is to expand the students’ ability to talk about cultural differences in the world.  The students explore the history, art, political development, and cultural traditions of Spain, South America, and Central America.  As the library of useful vocabulary grows for the student, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way in Spanish.  Sentence structure becomes even more sophisticated.  The students talk about the various countries they study using the verb tenses in Spanish they are practicing or learning.  The course provides the students with opportunities to:

·         comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, visuals, and movies

·         practice communication through listening exercises, paired activities, the use of technology, as well as native speakers

·         answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing

·         compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation, art, and cultural information

·         demonstrate all language skills through a variety of tasks and projects

·         write more in the target language

·         read more in the target language using both short novels and essays

·         describe different aspects of the culture using the foreign language

 

AP SPANISH                                            0424

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grade:  12

Prerequisite:   Completion of Spanish I, II, & III (and accelerated classes) - all semesters with grade of C or better.

Textbook/Workbook Purchase:  $13.25 and $25

Textbook Rental:  $30.41

Supplemental Fee:  $5

Additional Cost:  AP Exam TBD by College Board, approx. $85.00

This course is weighted on a 5.0 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2132] Advanced Placement Spanish enables students to participate in activities beyond the classroom.  Students must be willing to participate in conversations, promote the benefits of foreign language study and the study of the cultures in which the language is spoken.  In addition, students will be able to: 

·         initiate and participate in conversations on current or past events

·         analyze the main plot, subplot, characters and their descriptions, roles, and significance in authentic literary texts

·         create stories and poems, short plays, and skits based on themes, ideas, and perspectives from the foreign cultures

·         summarize the content of an article, a story, and to discuss these topics in Spanish

 This course follows Advanced Placement guidelines as outlined by the College Board.  In order to receive weighted credit and the Advanced Placement designation on transcripts, students must successfully complete both semesters of the Advanced Placement course and attempt the Advanced Placement examination in that course.  The course focuses on the preparation for the AP Spanish Exam.

 

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS*         0418

2 Semesters         2 Credits       Grades:  9-12

Fee:  $5     

Textbook:  TBD

Prerequisite:  None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2190] This course offers native or near-native speakers of Spanish the opportunity to develop, maintain, and enhance proficiency in their home language by reinforcing and acquiring skills In listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course will enable students to gain a better understanding of the nature of their own language, as well as of other languages in which they might be instructed.  It will also teach students to appreciate the depth and diversity of Hispanic culture both in the United States and abroad.  In addition, this course will meet the needs of students who speak Spanish, but who have had little or no formal training in it.

 

*This course does not fulfill a world language credit requirement.  Students who enroll in this class will receive elective credit only.

 

NOTE:  American Sign Language is not counted as World Language credit by all colleges.  Students are responsible for checking.

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I                    0437

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  9-11

Prerequisite:  None

Workbook Purchase: $62.50          

Supplemental Fee:  $3

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2156] American Sign Language I introduces American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf community.  It focuses on frequently used signs through a functional-notional approach and discusses cultural features of the Deaf community.  Emphasis is placed on the receptive and expressive skills.  In the areas of reading, composition, and receptive and expressive communication skills, students have the opportunity to: 

·         develop visual acuity

·         follow brief verbal instructions

·         understand short statements, questions, and dialogues

·         originate short descriptions from prompts

·         read and discuss texts written by Deaf authors about their experiences

·         read and discuss the history of the Deaf community

·         begin to understand the current Glossing system used to write ASL 

Students also learn to recognize the difference between the pathological and psychological definitions of deafness, dispel common myths associated with deafness and ASL, recognize the widespread use of ASL throughout the United States, and develop an understanding of the intricate relationship between languages and cultures in general.

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II                    0439

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of American Sign Language I - both semesters with a grade of C or better.

Workbook Purchase: $62.50          

Supplemental Fee:  $3

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2158] American Sign Language II continues the focus on frequently used signs through a functional-notional approach and the cultural features of the Deaf community.  Emphasis is placed on a more advanced level of learning the receptive and expressive communication skills in American Sign Language.  In the areas of reading, composition, and receptive and expressive communication skills, students are given opportunities to: 

·         understand longer and more intricate grammatical features as they occur in context

·         watch and understand short stories, dialogues, and poetry in ASL

·         continue to develop visual discrimination

·         begin to understand various dialects of ASL by interacting with ASL users with the Deaf community

·         begin to use classifiers appropriately

·         perform original translations from English to ASL

·         increase awareness of common experiences within the Deaf community

·         continue to study the history of ASL and the Deaf community

·         begin to examine the current linguistic research done in ASL

·         continue the mastery of the current Glossing system used in texts to write ASL and

·         begin to write in gloss their own simple dialogues, poetry, and translations

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III                 0441

2 Semesters     2 Credits       Grades: 11–12

Prerequisite:   Completion of American Sign Language I & II - all semesters with a grade of C or better.

Workbook Purchase: $52.46          

Supplemental Fee:  $3

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2162] American Sign Language III continues to develop expressive and receptive signing skills as well as cultural awareness.  Vocabulary will be reviewed and increased from previous courses.  Emphasis will be placed on non-manual grammar.  Students will interact with member(s) of the Deaf community.  Class will be conducted in ASL; ASL will be the language used by the teacher and students in the classroom.

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV       0443

2 Semesters    2 Credits    Grades: 12

Prerequisite: Completion of American Sign Language I, II & III - all semesters with a grade of C or better.   

Workbook Purchase: $52.46    

Supplemental Fee:  $3

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2164] American Sign Language IV continues to develop expressive and receptive signing skills. Issues, current or else, in ASL and Deaf culture are shared throughout the course. Students will explore the use of literature and storytelling in ASL. Students will also incorporate non-manual grammatical features and classifiers into their signing. ASL will be used at all times by everyone in the classroom.

 

SIGN LANGUAGE SUPPORT INTERNSHIP                                                                        0482

2 Semesters    2 credits    Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Completion of American Sign Language I, II, & III and all semesters with a grade of C or better

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 0520] Sign Language support internship is designed for students to be placed with a D/deaf/ H/H student(s) that need support in their school day.  Students provide support in language, peer and tutor situations, and for the classroom teacher.  Students will be mentored and monitored in their placements. The SLSI is aimed toward students who wish to continue their career in a sign language related field.

 

CHINESE I                                                       0447

2 Semesters     2 Credits         Grade:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Textbook Rental: $12           

Workbooks Purchase:  $24.68

Supplemental Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2000] This beginning class introduces students to the Chinese Mandarin language and the culture with emphasis on producing modern, authentic communication. In this two-semester course, Hanyu Pinyin will be taught in the first semester. Although the textbook will use simplified Chinese characters, the traditional Chinese characters will also be taught. The course is designed for students who don't know Hanyu Pinyin and have had little exposure to Chinese language. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to develop basic proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing on the topics studied.  Students will also develop understanding of the culture, philosophy and life styles of the Chinese speaking countries through learning of the various Chinese festivals, songs and poems, and engaging some cultural activities, games and crafts.  Computer-assisted technology and online course materials are an integral part of the instruction in this class.

 

CHINESE II                                                      0449

2 Semesters         2 Credits          Grades:  9-12

(or Grades 9-12 heritage language learners)

Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in Chinese I or heritage language learners (those who come from Chinese or bilingual home background) who know Hanyu Pinyin (PRC) and at least 50 - 100 Chinese Characters.

Textbook Rental:  12.00           

Supplemental Fee:  $5.00

Workbook Purchase:  $25.16

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2002] The two-semester course is a continuation of Chinese I.  The course aims at further developing fundamental language skills. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) will be emphasized and learned in communicative context. Students are expected to actively participate in class by engaging in interactive activities and reading and writing practices. Both simplified and traditional Chinese character forms will be taught in class. Students will also develop understanding of the culture, philosophy and life styles of the Chinese speaking countries through learning of the various Chinese festivals, songs and poems, and engaging some cultural activities, games and crafts.  Upon the completion of this course, students will develop oral proficiencies in topics studied. They will be able to read and write paragraphs, statements, and dialogues. Computer-assisted technology and online course materials are an integral part of the instruction in this class.

 

CHINESE III                                                     0457

2 Semesters     2 Credits     Grades:  9-12

Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in Chinese 2

Textbook Rental:  $11.50

Workbook Purchase:  $35.06

Supplemental Fee: $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 2004] The two-semester course is continuation of Chinese 2. While continuing to strengthen the skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading with Mandarin Chinese, the course also continue to incorporate the study of Chinese culture and history. By increasing students' vocabulary and their knowledge of sentence patterns, the course will promote students to obtain advanced reading and writing skill. Level III Chinese is also designed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively and appropriately in real life social contexts. In addition, some computer-assisted technology and online course materials are an integral part of the instruction to enhance oral and listening proficiency. Students who are interested in taking Chinese SAT II subject test currently or in the future year will get help in learning about the test and preparing the test.

 

CHINESE IV                                                   0467   

2 Semesters     2 Credits     Grades:  10-12

Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in Chinese 3

Textbook Rental:  $11.90

Workbook Purchase:  $33.99

Supplemental Fee: $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2006] This course provides intermediate-level training in spoken and written Chinese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in Chines III. By increasing students' vocabulary and their knowledge of sentence patterns, the course focuses on speaking and writing in coherent and well-formed paragraphs. By the end of the semester students should be able to (1) carry out rather fluent conversations about daily activities, (2) write compositions of 300-500 characters on subjects of their daily life and personal experiences. The course is also designed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively and appropriately in real life social contexts. In addition, some computer-assisted technology and online course materials are an integral part of the instruction to enhance oral and listening proficiency.  Students who are interested in taking Chinese SAT II subject test will get help in identifying their strength and weakness in four aspects through some practice material. With the assistance from the teacher, students will develop a study plan so as to ensure the success of the Chinese SAT II subject test.  

 

AP CHINESE                                                   0469

2 Semesters     2 Credits    Grades:  12

Prerequisite:

Supplemental Fee:  $5

Textbook Rental:  $16

Workbook Purchase: $29.99

Additional Cost:  AP Exam TBD by College Board approx. $85.00

This course is weighted on a 5.0 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 2014] Advanced Placement Chinese Language & Culture course is continuation of Chinese 3.  The course objective is to further improve students' proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to be ready for the AP Chinese exam held every May. Students enrolled in this course will also have the maximum exposure to Chinese cultural elements that are integrated in the process of learning the language.  The primary goal of this course is to enable students to communication through the exploration of topics reflecting multiple aspects of Chinese society and culture. Each unit of study comprises vocabulary, sentence patterns, text analysis, application of vocabulary and patterns, supplementary reading, and finally, writing assignments and tests. Students should be able to achieve the following objectives:

·        Develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

·        Understand the textbook lessons and supplementary materials and participate in discussions of the cultural aspects of the readings in Chinese.

·        Use the knowledge gained through course materials to develop critical thinking and writing skills to compose essays in Chinese on given topics.

·        Use the Chinese language to communicate effectively both in the school setting and in real-life situations.

·        Use the Chinese language as they seek clarifications through the use of communication and language learning strategies that are running elements of the course.

·        Carry on a conversation or a discussion with other students in class.

 

Preparation for the AP Chinese Exam will take place throughout the year. This course follows Advanced Placement guidelines as outlined by the College Board.  In order to receive weighted credit and the Advanced Placement designation on transcript, students must successfully complete both semesters of the Advanced Placement course and attempt the Advanced Placement examination in this course.