World Languages

The World Language Department requires entering students to take two consecutive years of study of the same language during their high school years. 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. Currently four-year program of study is offered in Mandarin Chinese.
       
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). Incoming freshmen or transfers may  enroll in this class based on their 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). Incoming freshmen or transfers may enroll in this class based on their 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: 2.67 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).

444spIV | Spanish IV (Conversation & Culture)
GR 11-12     QP 4.33        I CREDIT        YEAR
This course is geared toward an integrated approach to the study of the language; designed to help students reach the Intermediate-High level of oral proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This course seeks to create relevant and meaningful contexts in which students will use their language skills. Previously learned grammar skills will be reviewed in order to enable the students to converse, understand, read and write with precision.  The Spanish /Hispanic cultures will be looked at through a literary lens.    

445spIVH | Honors Spanish Literature IV
GR 11-12        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course focuses on vocabulary enrichment, grammar review of previously acquired grammatical concepts. Students will continue the development of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) through selected literary works of major Hispanic authors.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Honors Spanish III (437) OR Spanish III

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 skills 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: 4.0 in Honors Spanish III (437) or 3.67 in Honors Spanish IV (445).


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 freshmen or transfers may enroll in this class based on their 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). Incoming freshmen or transfers may be invited to enroll in this class based on their 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)

439frIIIH | Honors French III
GR 10-12        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course completes the study of French grammar and continues to improve the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Moreover, the study of a variety of French and Francophone cultural topics through history, literature, film, music and current events will complement the review of language structures and linguistic skills. Regular activities and assessments include: reading assignments, oral presentations, compositions, class discussions, grammar exercises, quizzes and exams. The course is tailored for the students of French who want to continue their learning in Honors French IV or AP French the following year.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in French II (426 or 429)

448frIVH | Honors French IV
GR 11-12        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course is an overall review of grammar and of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Moreover, the study of a variety of French and Francophone cultural topics through history, literature, film, music and current events will complement the review of language structures and linguistic skills. Regular activities and assessments include: reading assignments, oral presentations, compositions, class discussions, grammar exercises, quizzes and exams. This course is also an immersion course.The class is conducted exclusively in French and students are strongly encouraged to answer in French. 
Prerequisite: 3.67 in French III (436 or 439)

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: 4.0 in Honors French III (439) or 3.67 in Honors French IV (448).


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 9-12        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 III
GR 10-12        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
Having completed the overview of basic Latin grammar, students learn the more sophisticated and subtle grammatical structures, while also increasing their understanding of previously learned material. Emphasis is placed on developing translation skills and refining their ability to understand the literary aspects of Latin texts by reading selections from the works of a variety of Roman authors. Attention is also given to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the works studied, metrics, rhetorical devices, and figures of speech. Latin III students will typically read from the works of Pliny the Younger, Catullus, Ovid, Caesar, and Petronius, among others.
Prerequisite: 3.33 in Honors Latin II OR departmental recommendation 

452latIVH | Honors Latin IV: ECE             
GR 11-12        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
UCONN COURSE: 3 college credits             (ECE: CAMS 3102)
Students continue to develop facility with translating Latin literature by reading a selection of Late Republican and Golden Age authors, including Vergil, Cicero, Livy, and Sallust. With extra emphasis placed on the cultural and historical backgrounds of these authors and the importance of contextualization, students will also foster their skills in analyzing and interpreting texts and will develop a greater understanding of the Roman world, its political complexities, and its influence.
Prerequisite: 3.33 in Honors Latin III (450)
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 (Advanced Placement)     
GR 11-12        QP 5.0        1 CREDIT         YEAR
Students continue to develop facility with analyzing, interpreting, and translating Latin literature by closely reading selections of Julius Caesar’s de Bello Gallico and of Vergil’s Aeneid. 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 extensive Latin translation for the AP syllabus, students will also read the much of the two works in English, and will gain experience sight reading passages from other authors. The course is fast-paced and requires a high level of skill and interest in the Latin language and literature. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Honors Latin Literature (450)


CHINESE

411chinI | Mandarin Chinese I
GR 9-11         QP 4.33         1 Credit             YEAR
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.

421chinII | Mandarin Chinese II
GR 9-12         QP 4.33         1 Credit             YEAR
In Mandarin Chinese II, students will build upon the skills they have learned in Mandarin Chinese I. In addition to learning more complex grammar and sentence patterns, topics will include a review of mandarin Chinese I, how to make phone calls, participate in job interviews, make appointments, understand Chinese customs and transportation and more. Lastly students will also further their knowledge of Chinese business culture.
Prerequisite: Mandarin Chinese I

431chinIIIH | Honors Mandarin Chinese III
GR 10-12         QP 4.67         1 Credit             YEAR
Chinese will be spoken 80% of the time in this class. This class will give the students more opportunities to expand listening, speaking, reading and writing skills on familiar topic, such a dinning, phone calls, weather, asking directions, and dating. The students will continue to learn more new vocabulary, work with longer dialogues, more complicated grammar, and oral presentation, while using less Pinyin. At the end of the year, the students will find themselves more comfortable with Chinese characters without the use of Pinyin and be able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures in order to use the Chinese language in real-life situations.
Prerequisite: 3.33 in Mandarin Chinese II OR departmental recommendation.

441chinIVH | Honors Mandarin Chinese IV
GR 11-12        QP 4.67        1 Credit            YEAR
Chinese will be spoken 100% of the time in this class and the course materials written in Chinese. Students will spend less time learning new vocabulary and text book dialogue in the classroom. They will focus on writing original sentences, translating and writing skills. Homework and project assignments, oral presentations and writing journals will require critical thinking.  At the end of year, students will be able to write a short essay and have great interpersonal communication skills.
Prerequisite: 3.33 in Mandarin Chinese III OR departmental recommendation.

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