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World Languages

The World Languages Department promotes linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy in foreign languages while developing lifelong appreciation for languages and the cultures they represent. The Department offers five levels of Spanish including IB Spanish, four levels of French and four levels of Chinese and challenges students to gain both oral and written proficiency.

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 1

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: This beginning course is appropriate for students who have no previous knowledge of the Spanish language and/or culture. The course is aimed at providing the student with a panoramic survey of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Special emphasis will be placed upon oral communication and will be reinforced through the fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, and culture. By developing basic speaking and comprehension skills, students will establish a solid foundation in the Spanish language. Additionally, the study of geography and culture of countries where the language is spoken will be an integral part of each course. Strategies will be taught in order for students to become effective language learners.

Spanish 2

Spanish 2

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1.

Course Description: This intermediate course is a continuation of the first year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired a basic foundation in the Spanish language. The course is aimed at further developing the student’s confidence in oral expression while paying close attention to the use of grammatical structures, style, pronunciation, and cultural cues. Students will be introduced to a variety of reading and writing exercises that will serve to reinforce the oral focus of the course. The goal of Level II is to expand the student’s ability to talk about school activities, living in the city, one’s daily routine, and other topics that the student might use in real life. As the student’s list of useful vocabulary grows, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way.

Spanish 3 (Honors)

Spanish 3 (Honors)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 & 2 with a grade of B or better and a recommendation of the previous school year instructor.

Course Description: This intermediate course is a continuation of the second year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired an intermediate foundation in the Spanish language and culture. The course is aimed at further developing the student’s confidence in oral and written expression while paying close attention to the use of grammatical structures, style, pronunciation, and cultural cues. Students will develop literacy skills through the reading of selections from Spanish literature. The course will be conducted at an accelerated pace to provide more time to explore other areas of the language and culture. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare the students for continuing their studies in Spanish, and preparing them for Spanish 4 (H) and Spanish 5 where they will prepare for taking the AP Spanish exam. More material will be covered than in the regular Spanish 3 program with the goal of further enhancing the development of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Oral proficiency and sentence structure are emphasized. Students continue to learn about the countries where Spanish is spoken, as well as about the Spanish-speaking population of the United States.

Spanish 4 (Honors)

Spanish 4 (Honors)

Grade: 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a grade of B or better and recommendation of the previous school year instructor.

Course Description: This advanced course is a continuation of the third year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired an intermediate foundation of the language. This honors course will continue to develop skills in oral and written expression while reinforcing mastery of the grammatical structures of the Spanish language. Selections from Spanish literature provide the basis for strengthening literacy skills, and films offer an insight into Spanish culture. We continue to practice the language by reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish on a daily basis. The goal of Level IV, however, is to expand the student’s ability to talk about cultural differences in the world. The students explore the history, art, political development, and cultural traditions of Spain, South America, and Central America. As vocabulary grows for the student, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way in Spanish. Sentence structure becomes even more sophisticated. The students talk about the various countries they study using the verb tenses in Spanish they are practicing or learning.

AP Spanish 5

Spanish 5 (Advanced Placement)

Grade: 11,12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 4 with a grade of B or better and recommendation of the previous school year instructor.

Course Description: This advanced course develops student’s skills in communicating in their new language on a higher level and in more challenging situations. Additional grammar and vocabulary provide the foundation needed for these advanced skills. Reading and writing in the new language complement the oral practice to give a balanced experience. Cultural background provides an appreciation of countries in which the language is spoken. Spanish 5 (H) emphasizes an introduction to the college level study of language. This course will enable students to participate in activities beyond the classroom. Students must be willing to participate in conversations, and promote the benefits of foreign language study and the study of the cultures in which the language is spoken. All students, whether designated AP or not, will be fully prepared to take the AP language exam after successfully completing this course

French

French 1

French 1

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: This beginning course is appropriate for students who have no previous knowledge of the French language and culture. The course is aimed at providing the student with a panoramic survey of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Special emphasis will be placed upon oral communication and will be reinforced through the fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, and culture. By developing basic speaking and comprehension skills, students will establish a solid foundation in the French language. Additionally, the study of geography and culture of countries where the language is spoken will be an integral part of each course. Strategies will be taught in order for students to become effective language learners.

French 2

French 2

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 1

Course Description: This intermediate course is a continuation of the first year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired a basic foundation in the French language. The course is aimed at further developing the student’s confidence in oral expression while paying close attention to the use of grammatical structures, style, pronunciation, and cultural cues. Students will be introduced to a variety of reading and writing exercises that will serve to reinforce the oral focus of the course. The goal of Level II is to expand the student’s ability to talk about school activities, living in the city, one’s daily routine, and other topics that the student might use in real life. As the student’s list of useful vocabulary grows, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way.

French 3 (Honors)

French 3 (Honors)

Grade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 2 with a grade of B or better and recommendation of the previous year instructor.

Course Description: This intermediate course is a continuation of the second year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired an intermediate foundation in the French language and culture. The course is aimed at further developing the student’s confidence in oral and written expression while paying close attention to the use of grammatical structures, style, pronunciation, and cultural cues. Students will develop literacy skills through the reading of selections from French literature. The course will be conducted at an accelerated pace to provide more time to explore other areas of the language and culture.

French 4 (Honors)

French 4 (Honors)

Grade: 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 3 with a grade of A or B

Course Description: This advanced course is a continuation of the third year course and is appropriate for students who have acquired an intermediate foundation of the language. This honors course will continue to develop skills in oral and written expression while reinforcing mastery of the grammatical structures of the French language. Selections from French literature provide the basis for strengthening literacy skills, and films offer an insight into French culture. We continue to practice the language by reading, writing, listening, and speaking French on a daily basis. The goal of Level IV, however, is to expand the student’s ability to talk about cultural differences in the world. The students explore the history, art, political development, and cultural traditions of France and Canada. As vocabulary grows for the student, so does the ability to talk and write about more topics in a more authentic way in Spanish. Sentence structure becomes even more sophisticated. The students talk about the various countries they study using the verb tenses in French they are practicing or learning.

AP French 5

French 5 (Advanced Placement)

Grade: 11,12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 4 with a grade of A or B

Course Description: This course develops students’ skills in communicating in their new language on a higher level and in more challenging situations. Additional grammar and vocabulary provide the foundation needed for these advanced skills. Reading and writing in the new language complement the oral practice to give a balanced experience. Cultural background provides an appreciation of countries in which the language is spoken. French 5 (AP) emphasizes an introduction to the college level study of language. This course will enable students to participate in activities beyond the classroom. Students must be willing to participate in conversations, and promote the benefits of foreign language study and the study of the cultures in which the language is spoken. All students, whether designated AP or not, will be fully prepared to take the AP language exam after successfully completing this course.

Chinese

Chinese 1 (Mandarin)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: Introductory Chinese introduces basic Chinese language and Chinese culture to true beginning learners, focusing on Mandarin speaking in real life situations. This course teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar fundamentals as essential elements in reading, writing, and understanding elementary Chinese. The course also covers necessary culture, customs, philosophy, and history, which serve as keys to studying the Chinese language. This beginning course is appropriate for students who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language and/or culture. By developing basic speaking and comprehension skills, students will establish a solid foundation in the Chinese language.

Additionally, the study of geography and culture of countries where the language is spoken will be an integral part of each course. Strategies will be taught in order for students to become effective language learners. Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to:

  • comprehend new language through dialogues, clip art, rhymes, visuals and movies
  • communicate through listening exercises, paired activities, the use of technology and native speakers
  • answer questions and express personal opinions both verbally and in writing
  • compare languages and cultures through grammar study, pronunciation, art, and readings in authentic settings

(revised June 2019)

World Languages Faculty

Mr. Steve Saines

Mr. Steve Saines

Department Chair, Teacher - Spanish
B.S., Miami University, Ohio
World Languages
Ms. Amanda Bidstrup

Ms. Amanda Bidstrup

Teacher - Spanish
B.A., DePaul University
World Languages
Ms. Carolina Escárpita-Álvarez

Ms. Carolina Escárpita-Álvarez

Teacher - Spanish
B.A., DePaul University
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
A.B.D., University of Kentucky
B.A., DePaul University
World Languages
Mr. Timothy Forberg

Mr. Timothy Forberg

Teacher - French, Freshman Boys Basketball Coach
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University
M.A.T., National Lewis University
World Languages