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Foreign Language


Latin I

61.04107 | 9th grade | full year | 1 credit

We explore and master the fundamentals of the Latin language. As a platform for our discovery, we follow the daily life of the Caecilii. This story allows us to develop the vocabulary we need to begin to translate Latin that grows in complexity. Readings about Roman slavery, the Forum at Pompeii, and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius provide a deep historical context in which grammar, usage, and vocabulary are developed. Students spend time learning the mythological and historical story of Rome.

Latin II

61.04207 | 10th grade | full year | 1 credit

We delve more deeply into the complex grammar that will allow us to read “real” Latin. We continue to follow the daily life Quintus Caecilius as he tells of his adventures in Alexandria and the British isles. We also explore the ceremonies and celebrations surrounding coming of age, death, and marriage. Studying the history the collapse of the Roman Republic and the full glory of Roman Empire prepare students for understanding the history behind the greatest Roman authors.

Latin III Honors

61.24307 | 11th grade | full year | 1 credit

Students begin to read abridged Latin text. They continue to deepen their understanding of Roman history and culture through reading Caesar, Pliny, Cicero and the like. Through their encounters with the great historical writers of their day, the students are exposed to a wide variety of styles. Students also prepare for taking AP Latin in this course. Through Vergil: A Legamus Reader students begin to learn about the poetic voice of Vergil and his work the Aeneid. They read both the English translation and translate several hundred lines of the Latin text.

AP Latin

61.04707 | 12th grade | full year | 1 credit

Students reach the deepest level of understanding and interpretation of two authors, Vergil and Caesar. They read the primary sources the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico and secondary articles. A great emphasis is placed on interpreting the texts and seeing the greater historical context of the work. Students develop an extensive vocabulary of terms and devices and are able to identify their purpose and function in the work.

Spanish I

9th grade | full year | 1 credit

This class is an introduction to the linguistic and cultural structures necessary for communication in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring vocabulary and conversational skills as well as cultural and historical information on Spanish speaking countries. The students are expected to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, basic reading and writing as well as an appreciation of Latino culture. No prior experience with Spanish required.

Spanish II

10th grades | full year | 1 credit

This course begins with a review of Spanish fundamentals and then moves into more intensive work on vocabulary building and advanced grammatical structures. More advanced practice in the use of the spoken language, writing skills and cultural components are explored. Speaking the language is greatly stressed at this level as this course focuses on the development of oral fluency and vocabulary. This class is open to those who have successfully completed Spanish I at the high school level or equivalent in middle school as well as heritage speakers, upon consent of the instructor.

Spanish III H

11th grade | full year | 1 credit

This course is designed to develop advanced reading, writing and verbal skills in the Spanish language. Linguistic and thematic analysis of texts, compositions and independent reading of authentic texts are emphasized. Students at this level will be expected to converse and discuss topics in Spanish. This class is open to those having successfully completed Spanish II or the equivalent as well as heritage speaker on the recommendation of the instructor.

AP Spanish

60.07707 | 12th grade | full year | 1 credit

This AP Spanish Language and Culture course is designed to emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication in real life tasks. The course focuses on developing the student’s abilities in the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) and strengthening cultural competencies through theme-based instruction. A variety of authentic resources are utilized including the following: newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, advertisements, television programs, films, music, video clips, and literature. Grammar and vocabulary are also further developed through contextualized study.

Cultural Studies

23.06707 | 12th grade | full year | 1 credit

This course offers a broad overview of the cultural experience – of what “culture” actually means. As the title suggests, the course focuses on the transition through history from individual societies' cultural isolation to modern day multiculturalism and cultural exchange: students will experience how cultures have influenced each other – in art, music and literature; but also in dress, language, even eating habits. Students will also engage in the discourse on “high culture/pop culture”. Ultimately this a course that studies the history and development of cultural values.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

60.0790097| 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade | 1 semester | 0.5 credit

This course is designed for native speakers and will focus on advanced skills in writing, reading, and building vocabulary. Students will be expected to improve their speaking and listening skills through a variety of resources including the following: textbooks, newspapers, music, and literature. Levels of proficiency vary and all levels of heritage-speakers are accepted.

Greek (Classical) I

/ 61.021007| 9th grade | 2 semesters | 1 credit

This course is an introduction to the Greek language. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring vocabulary and conversational skills as well as cultural and historical information on Greek speaking countries. The students are expected to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, basic reading and writing as well as an appreciation of Greek culture. No prior experience with Greek required. Pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, reading, and translation are key components to this course.