All students who complete the two-year required sequence of a foreign language will be able to do the following in the target language:
* conduct creative conversation and provide detailed descriptions
* compose basic narration in the past and future tenses
* express personal wishes and needs
* conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the Perfect and Progressive tenses
* demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, practices, and products of the cultures studied and how they are interrelated
Foreign Language Courses
410/415/460 Honors French, Spanish 1 credit
This course introduces the student to the target language and culture. Students will be expected to read, write, speak and understand the language at an introductory level. In an honors level 1 course, greater emphasis is placed on reading and producing correct grammar in the target language, and students are expected to speak up willingly in the target language.
411/416 French or Spanish 1 1 credit
This course introduces the student to the target language and culture. Students will be expected to read, write, speak and understand the language at an introductory level. Total physical response techniques are used throughout this course, so students are encouraged to speak and move in order to learn.
420/425/470 Honors French or Spanish 2 1 credit
This course extends the knowledge students gain in year one by putting emphasis on grammar and oral proficiency. Students are expected to master all classroom materials and read independently in the target language. They will also develop strong writing in the target language. Classroom discussions will be conducted primarily in the target language, with students using words and expressions from their textbooks and other readings.
421/426 French or Spanish 2 1 credit
This course extends the content of the previous course. Much emphasis is placed on guided writing and directed composition. Cultural content focuses on points of historic interest in countries that speak the target language and highlights the educational systems of those nations.
485/486 I.B. French or Spanish 11 1 credit
These courses will focus on language proficiency--listening, speaking, reading comprehension and written expression--divided into the three distinct areas of language: grammar and syntax, cultural interaction, and message. In keeping with the expectations of the I.B. French and Spanish SL examinations, students will also study the cultures of countries in which these languages are spoken and the intersection between language and culture. A great emphasis in these courses will be placed on students’ speaking, writing, and understanding the languages in real-world situations.
Note: Departmental approval required. This course is required for is for I.B. Diploma Candidates.
487/488 I.B. French or Spanish 12B 1 credit
Students should end these courses able to function well in a French or Spanish-speaking environment, with reasonable fluency and appropriately chosen words, structures, and ideas.
Approval/Prerequisites: Successful completion of I.B. French or Spanish 11.
455 Spanish for Native Speakers 1 credit
This pathway of course is designed to improve the oral and written expression of native speakers. It covers composition, syntax and spelling as it is taught in any of the Spanish-speaking countries. It also includes the study of basic Spanish and Latin American literature.