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AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Type: honors Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department on the World Language Department page The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U. S. Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) in the range of Intermediate High to Advanced Mid of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Through careful examination of the required readings and other texts, students work to hone their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is explored within the contexts of its time and place, and students gain insights on the many voices, historical periods, and cultures represented in the required readings and other texts. The course also includes a strong focus [...]

Spanish 4 / AP Spanish Language and Culture

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page In Spanish 4, students are invited to apply their Spanish language knowledge in an immersive setting. Assignments and activities are designed to push students toward advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Grammar is seldom explicitly taught, rather analyzed contextually. Students navigate the language within the context of real-world applications like debate, discussion and reflection of current events, culture and experiences of native Spanish speakers. A major component of the course is a project in which all students are tasked with a deep dive into an immersive and communicative experience in an area of their choosing. Past projects have included an economic analysis of the situation in Venezuela, a rating of the authenticity of local Mexican restaurants, a study of the challenges of coffee farming in Bolivia, among others. [...]

Spanish 3 / Spanish 3 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page Spanish 3 is an opportunity for students to put into practice and reinforce the oral and written communication skills they have honed in years one and two, while broadening their understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through an increasingly immersive classroom. Students are asked to engage in daily conversation and debate a variety of topics. Spanish 3 aims to offer students a deeper understanding of grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions through collaborative projects and presentations that simulate real-life applications of the language. With a focus on proficiency, this course is ultimately an exploration of identity both for students’ daily life on campus and the world as a whole. In the Honors section, students will engage with a variety of authentic texts, expand their grammatical and lexical repertoire, push themselves to engage in [...]

Spanish 2 / Spanish 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page Spanish 2 is focused on building upon the language skills learned in year one. With continued work to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, students are immersed in the language through culturally relevant and authentic materials. Students read short novels in order to enhance their reading proficiency, while also expanding their cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. Classroom activities are designed to push students out of their comfort zone, explore cultures far different from their own, and ultimately nurture an appreciation for the world around them. Grammar plays a role in Spanish 2; however, the main focus of the class is to create opportunities for students to hear, respond to, and interact with the language. Activities are student-centered and communicative in nature, all in an effort to foster a commitment and [...]

Latin 4 / AP Latin

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page This course is the culmination of the students’ previous years of study. They will learn to translate, analyze, and respond to prose and poetry as mature Latin readers through the in-depth study of Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum and Vergil’s Aeneid. They practice translating Latin at sight and scanning dactylic hexameter. In preparation for the AP Exam, students in this section also write analytical essays on passages from Caesar and Vergil.

Latin 3 / Latin 3 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page Students in Latin 3 continue to explore the Latin language through the daily reading of complex Latin passages, as well as through grammar and vocabulary exercises. Students also continue to critically examine Rome’s role in the Mediterranean by focusing on the Roman army and the campaigns of Vespasian and Titus in Judea. Lastly, they learn about the city of Rome itself.

Latin 2 / Latin 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page In this second-year course, students continue to refine their understanding of the Latin language through the daily reading of increasingly more difficult Latin passages. Exercises in grammar and vocabulary deepen their understanding of the language. Students continue to study the history of Rome with a focus on the great fire of 64 CE, as well as Roman culture, namely theater, country estates, and marriage customs.

Japanese 4 / AP Japanese Language and Culture

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page The fourth year of Japanese helps students strengthen their speaking and writing skills as well as their listening and reading comprehension. The course involves a variety of opportunities for both interpersonal and presentational communication, including frequent oral presentations, written reports, and class discussions. Classes are conducted principally in Japanese, emphasizing students’ increasing ability to speak freely and accurately. An immersive environment is essential at this level of a student’s language development, and students are encouraged to continue honing their language proficiency. The Japanese 4 students are to add about 120 kanji while Japanese AP students learn 40 more new kanji in the fall term and focus on reviewing the total of about 500 kanji in the spring term. At the AP level, students prepare for the AP Examination in May through [...]

Japanese 3 / Japanese 3 Honors

Japanese 3 continues to build upon the framework established in the first two years of study, as students work with more sophisticated grammar, verb forms, and more elaborate vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. The ultimate goal of this course is to continue to emphasize conversation with the hopes that students will not only improve their language skills but also become able to communicate with native speakers. At the honors level, students will be asked to express themselves in a variety of forms, both written and spoken, as they continue to improve their language proficiency at the ACTFL Intermediate-Low level for Japanese 3 and Intermediate-Mid for Japanese 3H. The Japanese 3 students are to add about 120 kanji while Japanese 3 Honors students add about 200 kanji to what they have mastered in the previous year.

Japanese 2 / Japanese 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page The second year seeks to build off the progress made in Japanese 1, and continues the study of basic grammar, verb forms, and everyday vocabulary through oral and written practice. Students will practice the various modes of communication as they explore more of the Japanese culture. An emphasis is placed on continuing to develop all language skills and to understand Japanese cultural elements. In Japanese 2, students will immerse themselves in the language, as they seek to improve upon the proficiency they have built in the first year. At the honors level, the focus shifts to the acquisition of grammar forms used in daily conversation as well as written work in an attempt to build a more sophisticated understanding of the language. The Japanese 2 students are to add about 120 [...]

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