World Languages

The World Language Department requires entering students to take two consecutive years of study of the same language in grades 9 and 10. It is strongly recommended that students take three or four years of the same language. Five-year programs of study are offered in Latin, Spanish, and French with Advanced Placement courses in each language. All modern world language classes are regularly assigned to the Language Learning Center.

SPANISH


413spI Spanish I
GR 9-11 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course focuses on the basic foundations of grammar with a development of listening, speaking and reading skills for the student with limited or no previous knowledge of Spanish.

424spII Spanish II
GR 9-12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course continues to emphasize the basic skills of oral expression, reading, and writing through the use of the text and supplemental materials. New grammatical skills are introduced and class participation requires increased use of the Spanish language.
Prerequisite: Spanish I (413) AND departmental recommendation. Incoming freshman or transfer students may be invited to enroll in this class based on her performance on the language placement test given by the World Language Department.

427spIIH Honors Spanish II
GR 9-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course continues to develop vocabulary acquisition through oral expression, reading, and writing using the text and additional readings. Composition skills are stressed.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Spanish I (413) AND departmental recommendation. Incoming freshman or transfer students may be invited to enroll in this class based on her performance on the language placement test given by the World Language Department.

434spIII Spanish III
GR 10-12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course entails the completion of the basic principles of grammar, composition skills, a survey of Spanish culture, and a practical application of conversational skills.
Prerequisite: 2.33 in Spanish II (424 or 427)

437spIIIH Honors Spanish III
GR 10-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course entails the completion and refinement of grammar principles and conversational skills. Aspects of Hispanic culture and literature are presented through selected readings.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Spanish II (424 or 427) AND departmental recommendation.

444spIV Spanish IV
GR 11-12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course focuses on vocabulary enrichment, grammar review of previously acquired grammatical concepts and knowledge of Hispanic culture and civilization through selected readings.
Prerequisite: Spanish III (434 or 437)

457splngAP AP Spanish Language (Advanced Placement)
GR 11-12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
AP Spanish Language is offered on a sequential basis to juniors and seniors who have been recommended for the course after having completed Spanish III Honors or Spanish IV. The main objective of this course is to develop students’ interpersonal communication skill in Spanish and to prepare them for the AP examination in May. The students will have the opportunity to learn how to participate in conversations, to develop cultural awareness and to prepare them to use the language in a formal and informal setting. All the activities relate to five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Communication, Comparisons, Cultures, Connections, and Communities. The course will include a variety of academic and cultural topics and the use of authentic materials. All the course materials are written in Spanish. Students always interact in the target language with each other and with the instructor. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Honors Spanish III (437) or Spanish IV (444) AND departmental recommendation.


FRENCH


416frI French I
GR 9-11 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course provides a basic foundation of grammar with development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It is intended for students with limited or no previous knowledge of French. The course incorporates a study of culture and the geography of the francophone world.

426frII French II
GR 9-12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
Students continue to develop basic skills with more emphasis on oral expression, reading and writing. The course stresses vocabulary acquisition to enable students to speak with greater fluency.
Prerequisite: French I (416) Incoming freshman or transfer students may be invited to enroll in this class based on her performance on the language placement test given by the World Language Department.

429frIIH Honors French II
GR 9-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
Students continue to develop basic skills with more emphasis on oral expression, reading, and writing. Vocabulary acquisition is stressed as well as composition and fluency in everyday speaking situations. Supplementary readings enhance comprehension.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in French I (416) AND departmental recommendation. Incoming freshman or transfer students may be invited to enroll in this class based on her performance on the language placement test given by the World Language Department.

436frIII French III
GR 10-12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course entails the completion of grammar requirements, further development of oral expression and introduction to composition and literature. A study of Francophone cultures enhances the students’ appreciation of the French language and French-speaking peoples.
Prerequisite: French II (426 or 429) AND departmental recommendation.

439frIIIH Honors French III
GR 10-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course completes the study of French grammar and introduces students to French literature through selected readings in prose and poetry. The student will refine composition skills in essay writing and analysis of French texts.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in French II (426 or 429) AND departmental recommendation.

447frIVH Honors French IV ECE
GR 11-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course is designed to use the previously learned skills in context, through extensive conversation practice and debate, reading of French literature, listening to francophone speakers from all over the world, and writing of essays on different topics. This course aims at fostering a better understanding of francophone culture.
Prerequisite: French III (436 or 439) AND departmental recommendation.
Note: All students enrolled in this course will have mandatory concurrent enrollment in the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program that allows students to earn 3 college credits. UConn will bill students separately for UConn ECE tuition in the fall.

460frlangAP AP French Language (Advanced Placement)
GR 11-12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
The AP French language course is the final level of study of French at the school. The purpose of this course is to prepare the students for the French AP examination in May. The goal is to reinforce and refine the skills acquired during the previous years (listening, reading and writing), as well as to broaden the students’ understanding of French-speaking cultures around the world and major issues through different media (literature, music, films, magazines) The class is conducted exclusively in French and students are strongly encouraged to answer in French. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Honors French III (439) or French IV (446 or 447) AND departmental recommendation.


Classical Language: LATIN


415latI Latin I
GR 9-11 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course provides the foundation for the acquisition of the Latin language for the purpose of eventually reading the literary masterpieces of the ancient Romans. Students are introduced to most of the basic grammar. They learn vocabulary as well as the rules of Latin syntax. Proficiency is developed through memorization, drills and extensive practice in translation and composition from Latin to English and vice versa. Grammar work is supplemented by the study of Classical history, mythology and culture.

428latIIH Honors Latin II
GR 10-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
Students continue their preparation in the remaining elements of Latin grammar and syntax. Vocabulary continues to be built. Drills, translation, and composition skills continue to be emphasized. Grammar work is still supplemented by the study of Classical history, mythology, and culture. As they complete the grammar, students make the transition from reading adapted Latin to studying authentic Roman literary texts.
Prerequisite: 3.33 in Latin I (415) OR departmental recommendation.

450latlitH Honors Latin Literature ECE
GR 11-12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
UCONN COURSE: 3 college credits
Having completed basic Latin grammar, students focus on some of the more sophisticated and subtle grammatical structures, while also increasing skill with that material that was previously learned. Emphasis is placed on refining translation and literary interpretation skills by reading selections from the literary works of Roman authors. Attention is also given to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the works studied, metrics, rhetorical devices and figures of speech, as well as to Classical literary criticism and scholarship. Latin Literature students will typically read from the works of Catullus, Ovid, Cicero, or Caesar.
Prerequisite: 3.67 GPA in Honors Latin II (428) OR departmental recommendation.
Note: All students enrolled in this course will have mandatory concurrent enrollment in the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program that allows students to earn 3 college credits. UConn will bill students separately for UConn ECE tuition in the fall.

452latIVH Honors Latin IV: Vergil ECE
GR 12 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
UCONN COURSE: 3 college credits
Students continue developing facility with analyzing, interpreting, and translating Latin literature by reading Vergil’s epic, the Aeneid, as well as selections from other Latin Republic and Augustan Age authors. Extra emphasis will be placed on the cultural and historical background of Vergil’s work.
Prerequisite: 3.33 GPA in Honors Latin Literature (450) OR departmental recommendation.
Note: All students enrolled in this course will have mandatory concurrent enrollment in the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program that allows students to earn 3 college credits. UConn will bill students separately for UConn ECE tuition in the fall.

483latAP AP Latin: Vergil’s Aeneid (Advanced Placement and ECE)
GR 12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
UCONN COURSE: 3 college credits
Students continue developing facility with analyzing, interpreting, and translating Latin literature by closely reading Vergil’s epic masterpiece, the Aeneid and Julius Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. Students study the mythological, historical and cultural background of the works, the literary techniques of the authors and secondary scholarship in preparation for taking the Latin Advanced Placement Exam in May. In addition to the nearly 2000 Latin lines of the AP syllabus, students must also read The Aeneid and Gallico Wars in English, and can expect to sight read passages from other authors. The pace of this course is quite fast, and a very high level of skill with Latin is essential. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 3.67 GPA in Honors Latin Literature (450) OR departmental recommendation.
Note: All students enrolled in this course will have mandatory concurrent enrollment in the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program that allows students to earn 3 college credits. UConn will bill students separately for UConn ECE tuition in the fall.

CHINESE

During the Fall of 2014, Chinese will be adopted into the curriculum as another language option. Since this is a new program, only Chinese I will be offered in 2014-2015.

411chinI Mandarin Chinese I
GR 9-12 | QP 4.5 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course is an introduction to the study of Chinese language, history, and culture with a solid foundation in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin. Students will acquire basic conversational skills as they learn the pinyin system. Additionally, students will learn how to write Chinese characters with the practice of a Chinese brush.

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