Upper School Courses
Spanish 1 (2 semesters)
Spanish 1 presents the basics of the Spanish language. Students learn greetings, verb conjugations, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures and get a glimpse of the Spanish-speaking world as a mission field. Students develop a beginning reading and conversational ability, laying the foundation for further study of the language. The course emphasizes understanding and practical application rather than rote memory. Students should have a basic understanding of English grammar before beginning this course.
Spanish 2 (2 semesters)
Learners continue to develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they increase their language acquisition in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on comprehension of Spanish, as well as reading and writing practice using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary and structures in practical application Supplementary materials are introduced to enhance language use. Aspects of contemporary Spanish culture are introduced through the use of media, games, and adapted readings. Learners are assessed using a variety of formats such as oral dialogues, projects, interactive activities, short compositions and other assignments. Continuous effort to use the target language is essential. Students should have successfully completed a course in Spanish 1 prior to beginning this course.
Japanese 1 (2 semesters)
This course is an introduction to Japanese language and culture. It is always exciting to start learning a new language. I believe learning a language should be fun. This introduction to Japanese course will help you to learn the basics of Japanese and make your learning enjoyable. This class will cover the basics of the Japanese language, including the basic writing systems (hiragana and katakana), common expressions and greetings, as well as basic grammar structure. Students will be able to hold rudimentary conversations and learn basic information about others, describe things, and ask questions.
Japanese 2 (2 semesters)
This course is an intermediate level course in Japanese language and culture. Learners will gain fluency in Japanese with increased ability to comprehend, read, speak and write. In this course, learners will have the opportunity to improve communication skills and be able to understand and express themes in Japanese.
French 1 (2 semesters)
French 1 presents the basics of the French language. Students learn greetings, verb conjugations, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures and get a glimpse of the French-speaking world. Students develop a beginning reading and conversational ability, laying the foundation for further study of the language. The course emphasizes understanding basic words and phrases and practical application.
French 2 (2 semesters)
This intermediate course is designed to help learners increase their knowledge of the language and cultures of the French-speaking world. Learners will further develop basic proficiency in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There continues to be a strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and verb conjugation at this level. Learners will be immersed in French through watching the series “Extra!” as they are exposed to grammar and vocabulary in the context of the episodes. Learners will be expected to watch the episodes, study using quizlet, engage in discussions with their peers, create audio recordings, and take quizzes to assess their comprehension.
Middle School Courses
Hola, me llamo……. (1 quarter)
Introduction to Spanish. In this eight week class you will develop basic vocabulary skills and practice using verb forms that will help develop basic conversational skills in Spanish. This class uses a variety of online sources to help you acquire these skills. Aspects of the Spanish culture are introduced through the use of media, games, and music. Project based assessments are used to determine your understanding of the course requirements.