Modern World Languages Department

The World Languages Department seeks to provide students with a strong foundation in the acquisition of their chosen language, with an emphasis on national standards of world languages: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities. In language acquisition, the focus is on speaking and formal expression, grammatical structure and the reading and appreciation of great works of literature in the original language.

Spanish Classes

+ Spanish I

This course provides basic vocabulary and grammar and builds oral and written proficiency. A cultural study of Spain and the Hispanic world is incorporated with various classroom projects.

+ Spanish II

This course is a continuation and further development of the skills and studies of Spanish I with added emphasis on conversational practice.

+ Spanish III

Students will develop increased proficiency in conversation, standard grammar, and cultural knowledge. The course will include short stories and plays by various Spanish and Latin American authors.

+ Spanish IV

This course is designed for the advanced student with a strong foundation of both grammar and conversational skill. Latin American and Spanish novelists and poets are the focus of this course including, but not limited to, Laura Esquivel and Pablo Neruda. This course is primarily conducted in Spanish. Students taking this course are encouraged to take the SAT 2 exam. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

+ Spanish V - Advanced Composition and Reading

This upper-level course, with a focus on Advanced Placement Literature, offers the advanced Spanish student short stories, poems, plays, essays and excerpts from novels by prominent writers of Spain and Latin America presented entirely in Spanish. The following books and plays will be read, but not limited to El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha: Primera parte (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra), Lazarillo de Tormes (Anonimo), La casa de Bernarda Alba (Federico Garcia Lorca), La casa de los espiritus and Dos Palabras (Isabel Allende) and La casa de Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros). This course is conducted in Spanish. This accelerated course continues to prepare students to converse and write in the target language. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

+ Introduction to Italy, the Country and Culture - Semester Elective

This course is designed to introduce students to the many facets of Italian culture that have made Italy the cultural center of Europe. Students will learn about Italian culture through media, film, art, fashion, music and food. Students will engage in weekly oral assignments and presentations. Course is conducted in English.

French Classes

+ French I

This course teaches elementary French vocabulary grammar, and expressions. Students also learn about France and its people along with other countries in the French - speaking world.

+ French II

This course is a continuation and further development of the skills and studies of French I. Students begin using the four major areas of language learning: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students practice vocabulary and grammar using everyday dialogues that reflect everyday situations. Students read and discuss short stories in the target language.

+ French III

Students continue formal grammar study learning most verb tenses and expanded vocabulary. The course will include reading, conversation and discussion of readings in French literature, current events publications, and the circumstances and cultures of today’s French speaking countries.

+ French IV

Students will combine the study and practice of advanced grammar with reading French literature. This class is conducted in French and includes works by Alexander Dumas, Jules Verne, Victor Hugo and others; also readings from various authentic, current, media publications. Students in this course are encouraged to take the SAT 2 exam. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

+ French V - Advanced Literature and Composition

The class focus will be on speaking and writing in French on a variety of subjects. Students will study French Readers, which contains the work of authors such as Dumas, Hugo, Voltaire and Beauvoir. The literature of each century from the Middle Ages to the present will also be studied. Students will read and discuss articles from current, authentic, media publications. Students will be evaluated on all of their work: compositions, reading, comprehension, speaking skills, tests, quizzes, papers, and projects. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor