World Languages

Department Chair: Mrs. Laura Godwin -, Ext. 2606

Students are required to complete three full credits of one language, regardless of starting level, to fulfill the graduation requirement. Each course in World Languages is scheduled for two semesters earning 0.5 credits in each semester.

Courses in World Languages 2016-2017


Chinese I (1 credit)

The initial course in Mandarin Chinese gives students an introduction to the Chinese language and culture. All aspects of the language—speaking, listening, reading, writing, as well as grammar, are introduced. Students are required to memorize vocabulary, phrases, and dialogues in order to establish a sound foundation. At the end of the course, students are expected to understand pinyin pronunciation and feel comfortable speaking the language. Students learn to conduct conversations and read and write sentences at the high-novice level and to recognize and write approximately 200 Chinese characters in both traditional and simplified formats. In addition, students gain knowledge of selected topics of Chinese culture.

Chinese II (1 credit)

The second year of Chinese builds upon the lessons presented in the first year study. Students improve their command of listening and speaking and learn the reading and writing of 200 additional Chinese characters. Chinese literature is introduced with proverbs and poetry as the focus. At the end of the academic year, students are expected to have mastered the pinyin pronunciation system. The goal is speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the low-intermediate level. Students also master typing in Chinese.

Chinese III (1 credit)

In the third year of Chinese, students have more in-depth exposure to the Mandarin Chinese language and to Chinese culture and literature. An additional 200 Chinese characters are introduced. At the end of the course, students demonstrate their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the mid-intermediate level.

Chinese IV (1 credit)

Chinese IV promotes mastery of the language beyond the three-year requirement and prepares students for further studies in college. Students continue to develop and refine their proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) by learning new materials as well as reviewing the materials learned before. An additional 200 Chinese characters are introduced. At the end of the course, students are able to communicate in Chinese by using more complex language structures on a variety of topics at the high-intermediate level. Students will take the Chinese proficiency test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi-HSK).


Latin I (1 credit)

The Latin I course focuses on the basics of the language. The concentration will be on grammar, vocabulary, the influence of Latin on English and other languages, and using Latin to build English skills. Roman and Greek culture, mythology, and history are emphasized. Simple readings in Latin will be presented.

Latin II (1 credit)

The second year of Latin begins with a review of material and topics from Latin I. Longer reading passages are introduced and become the goal of the course work. The reading will be used to further the knowledge of Roman history and myth, as well as to introduce the world of the Greeks. Readings include selections from writers such as Livy and Caesar, in addition to the stories of heroes such as Jason and Perseus.

Latin III (1 credit)

Latin III is a class that focuses on reading Latin to learn about politics, biography, values, and our own world through the Latin authors. Readings will be predominantly in Latin, but some selections will also be read in English. The majority of the readings will be prose. Authors include Pliny the Younger, Sallust, Cicero, Caesar, and some medieval authors such as St. Jerome. If there is time, a few selections from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” will be read.

Latin IV (1 credit)

This course is designed for students who wish to continue their Latin studies but may not be taking the AP Latin Examination. It is a course in reading from non-prose writers such as Plautus, Vergil, Ovid, and Horace. Students will also read in English from Greek non-prose writers such as Euripides, Homer, Sophocles, and Herodotos.

Prerequisites: a passing grade in Latin III and instructor approval.

Honors Advanced Latin (1 credit)

This is an intensive advanced Latin course designed for students considering college placement tests in Latin. The outline of the class is based on typical Latin syllabi for two semesters, as determined by the instructor. A student who qualifies for a fifth year of study may take this, following his fourth year of study. Students will be expected to take the AP Latin or the SAT II subject test in Latin, or some other recognized placement test.

Prerequisites: at least an A- average for Latin I, II, and III as well as the instructor’s approval.


Spanish I and Spanish II (1 credit each)

The first two years of the Spanish program are designed to provide students with language skills that will be useful in real-life contact with speakers of Spanish at home or abroad. Classes will encourage interaction in the Spanish language between the teacher and the students, and among the students themselves. Active participation is essential to success. These courses are heavy in vocabulary and grammar and students are expected to spend a lot of time studying and memorizing. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are interwoven against authentic backgrounds of contemporary culture in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world.

Spanish III (1 credit)

Students are required to demonstrate their skills through compositions, conversations, and speeches on a variety of topics in the target language. Throughout the year students gain reinforcement in all components of the language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through a review of grammar, particularly the verb tenses.

Spanish IV (1 credit)

This is a one-year course designed for the student who enjoys Spanish and has three years of prior study in the language. The student who takes this course is seriously considering continuing his studies at the university level. The course will include -- but is not limited to --grammar, Spanish articles (newspapers and magazines), the short story, film, and other items of cultural interest. Emphasis will be on written and oral communication.

A.P. Spanish

The AP Spanish Language course serves as a preparation for the college - level entrance exams and the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Taught primarily in Spanish, this course focses on using interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication in real life situations to improve the students' ability to communicate and broaden their cultural awareness. All students in this course are required to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.

Prerequisites: recommendation from the Spanish III teacher. In addition, students must successfully pass the AP Spanish writing assessment placement exam which will be given during or after school and graded on a 1-5 scale by the AP Spanish instructor.

AP Spanish Placement Test for 2017-2018 School Year: Friday, February 10th after school.

Taking the A.P. test is a requirement for this course. The cost of the test will be charged to the student billing account.