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Course Offerings

FRENCH 1 P & SPANISH 1 P

The beginning level courses emphasize speaking and understanding the language and include the basics of reading, writing, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and syntax.  Cultural material is also presented.

FRENCH 2 P & SPANISH 2 P

These courses are a progression from the first year with increased fluency in oral and written communication and greater complexity of subject matter.  Most basic essentials of grammar are covered by the end of the second year as well as additional cultural exposure.

FRENCH 3 P & SPANISH 3 P

These courses continue to stress communication skills, review fundamentals while continuing to exercise advanced grammatical structures.  There is a close look at the culture and literature through reading and discussing authentic documents and stories.

FRENCH 4 P & SPANISH 4 P

These courses include daily use of the written and spoken word with further mastery.  Examination will be made of more advanced works within the literature and the culture.

FRENCH 3 HP & 4HP AND SPANISH 3HP & 4HP

Honors level courses are available to students on an individual basis. This option may include supplementary reading, essays, cultural projects and oral presentations.  Summer work will be assigned in late spring.

AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

This course engages students in a thematic exploration of culture in contemporary and historical contexts throughout the French-speaking world in order to increase their ability to understand and communicate complex ideas in both oral and written form.  Through an integration of language, content and culture, students will use literature, current events, nonfiction, art, music, film science and technology to develop communication strategies and cultural awareness for real life interactions and situations.  Students are encouraged to take the AP French Language and Culture exam.  Summer work will be assigned in late spring.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1 P

This is a course for native Spanish speakers.  Students will build communication skills and language arts through study of literary works.  Students will discuss historical and contemporary cultural contributions of Hispanic countries to the world in the fields of literature, music, art, science, and

Government, technology and journalism.  There is an emphasis on correct spelling, grammar and syntax.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 2 P

This course is a continuation of the Language and Literature 1P class with an emphasis on the reinforcement of grammar, reading and writing.  Literature will include the works of Spanish and Latin American writers.  Also included, is the study of Spanish heritage in the Americas, and the mastery of advanced grammatical concepts and spelling.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 3 HP

This course is a continuation of the Language and Literature 2P class. It's a two-semester course designed for native Spanish speakers who were not born in the United States, or students born in the United States whose first language at home is Spanish. Like the previous two courses, throughout the year the student's abilities in Spanish will be challenged in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, listening, the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and current events. The course will help them to improve and fine-tune Spanish literacy skills, to increase Spanish academic language skills, and to enhance career opportunities. Students will produce writing in various formats and genres, including well-developed paragraphs, expository essays, short stories (narrative), historical and technical documents. The course will also continue to develop skills in the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. It is an honors pre-AP class intended to prepare students for AP Spanish Language and Culture. It provides a preview of and practice with the six main cultural themes and their subthemes, as well as the skills necessary to be successful on the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

This course engages students in a thematic exploration of culture in contemporary and historical contexts throughout the Spanish-speaking world in order to increase their ability to understand and communicate complex ideas in both oral and written form.  Through an integration of language, content and culture, students will use literature, current events, nonfiction, art, music, film science and technology to develop communication strategies and cultural awareness for real life interactions and situations.  Students are encouraged to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.  Summer work will be assigned in late spring.