COURSE CATALOG: MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES

FACULTY DIRECTORY: MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGE


Graduation Requirements:

Two years required.
Three years are recommended for college applications.

Courses Offered:

French I

French I

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes the basic skills in the language and an introduction to the French culture. Class sessions are interactive and communicative. Vocabulary is practical and taken from daily life. Grammar, conversation, and writing are emphasized as well as listening with a video program featuring people and places from the French-speaking world.

French II

French II

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“C” or better in French I and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course is the second half of the two-year basic language program. Vocabulary and communication are expanded to allow for greater accuracy of expression and new challenges such as speaking in varied tenses. Students are exposed to more colloquial expressions through French movies, song, and authentic materials.

French III

French III

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“B” or better in French II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course includes the creative use of the French language through class discussion, performances, short compositions and poetry writing. More complex tenses are introduced and explored. Students increase comprehension of authentic spoken French through exposure to diverse forms of contemporary cultural expression. Students continue to refine practice listening comprehension of authentic materials.

French III Honors

French III Honors

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“A” or better in French II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course includes a development and enrichment of a student's linguistic abilities to speak, read and write in standard and more colloquial French at a fourth year level. The class will be taught primarily in French. We will explore French history and culture as well as literature and the arts. This course will prepare students to take French IV AP or pass the AP Exam at the end of Fourth Year.

French IV Honors

French IV Honors

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“B” or better in French III and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course will emphasize communication and preparation for college courses. Students work towards fluency in all four skills, and are expected to use French exclusively in the classroom. Authentic texts from the French-speaking world will be used to connect to subject areas (history, geography, philosophy, science, music, art, cinema, cuisine, etc.). Research projects, compositions, in-depth discussion and performance are major components.

AP French Language & Culture

AP French Language & Culture

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Grade of “A-“ or higher in French III Honors and instructor recommendation.

Description:

The AP program is designed around the AP French Language and Culture exam. In addition, students study literature, history, and popular culture throughout the French-speaking world. All source materials are authentic. The AP Exam requires a high degree of oral and spoken proficiency. Only French is spoken in the classroom. All students will take the AP Exam in the spring. There will be a separate fee of approximately $90.

All students are required to take the AP test in May.

Latin I

Latin I

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes basic vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on building an understanding of these elements in the English language. The cultural background and Greco-Roman mythology are studied through research projects, videos and lecture.

Latin II

Latin II

Grade 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“C” in Latin I and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course reviews the vocabulary and grammar learned in the first year. Students extend their knowledge and begin to read longer, more complex passages in Latin. Cultural background and Greco-Roman mythology are studied through research projects, videos and classroom discussion.

Latin III

Latin III

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“B” in Latin II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course completes the introduction of new forms and grammar. Students read extended Latin prose and study the historical development of Rome. Readings are selected from a variety of genres and authors such as Virgil, Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Ovid and Horace. Cultural background is explored through videos, lectures, and research projects. Students conclude the year with a Latin Poetry project.

Latin III Honors

Latin III Honors

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Department recommendation based on Latin grades, motivation, cum GPA and special spring semester work in Latin II.

Description:

This course is designed for the superior Latin student who wishes to continue to refine his or her Latin reading ability. In addition to what is required in Latin III, the Honors student will begin to study selected authors whose works are required reading for the Virgil & Caesar AP Exam. It will also include poetry and prose from Cicero, Catullus, Ovid and Horace. Latin III Honors is strongly recommended for students intending to enroll in AP LATIN in the following year.

Latin IV Honors

Latin IV Honors

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“B” grade in Latin III and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course includes prose and poetry selections concurrent with the AP Latin syllabus, specifically Virgil’s Aeneid and Julius Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, with less of an emphasis on specific AP guidelines, and more on the skills set honed through three prior years of Latin. Grammar study continues to be reviewed and reinforced.

AP Latin Literature

AP Latin Literature

Grade 12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Instructor recommendation, based on Latin grades, motivation, cum GPA and special spring semester work in Latin III Honors.

Description:

The AP Virgil and Caesar Course comprises a study of these two authors in their classic works, The Aeneid and De Bello Gallico. The syllabus requirements are in general conformity with college Latin studies in the fourth through sixth semesters. The basic objective is progress in reading, translating, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin in the original. All Students are required to take the AP test in May.

Pre-Spanish

Pre-Spanish

One-year course.

Prerequisite:

Recommended by Admissions Committee through placement test or by
Counseling.

Description:

This class introduces students to the use of the Spanish language in its cultural context. Four basic language skills are taught and practiced: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Intro to Spanish will prepare the student with skills needed to succeed in subsequent Spanish courses; students will acquire the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases, and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Spanish.

The slower pacing of this class compared to Spanish 1 allows students to gain confidence and lay a foundation for the higher levels ahead. It is an overview of Spanish 1 and is not recognized as fulfilling the requirements for entrance to a four-year college institution. However, it does fulfill one of the two years required for graduation from Cardinal Newman High School. A student must complete the class with a C or better and a teacher recommendation in order to advance to Spanish I. This class cannot be repeated. Students who are four-year college bound will take 3 years of Spanish if they take this class.

Spanish I

Spanish I
Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes the basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target language and an introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Class sessions are interactive and communicative. Vocabulary is practical and taken from daily life. Grammar, conversation, and writing are emphasized as well as listening with a video program featuring people and places from the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish II

Spanish II

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“C” or better in Spanish I and instructor recommendation. 9th grade with a score of a B- or better on department placement exam.

Description:

This course is the second half of the two-year basic language program. Vocabulary and communication are expanded to allow for greater accuracy of expression and new challenges such as speaking in varied tenses. Students are exposed to more colloquial expressions through authentic materials in Spanish.

Accelerated Spanish II

Accelerated Spanish II

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“A-” or better in Spanish I and instructor recommendation. 9th grade with a score of “A-“ or better on department placement exam.

Description:

This course is designed to challenge and motivate the stronger language student and to provide a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and cultures. It includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish to enhance listening skills and to facilitate conversation. Curriculum is regularly supplemented by use of realia. Students will be exposed to literature in Spanish.

Spanish III

Spanish III

Grade 9-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“B” or better in Spanish II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course includes moving towards a stronger proficiency in the four basic language skills and more creativity in conversation. Students begin to write essays and research papers, and to narrate in all major tenses.

Spanish III Honors

Spanish III Honors

Grade 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

“A-” or better in Accelerated Spanish II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course includes a development and enrichment of a student's linguistic abilities to speak, read and write in standard and more colloquial Spanish at a fourth year level. The class will be taught primarily in Spanish. Students will explore Spanish literature and culture as well as the arts, providing opportunities to practice their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in order to prepare them to take both Spanish IV AP and the AP Exam the following year.

Spanish IV

Spanish IV

Grade 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Grade of “B” or higher in Spanish III or “C+” or higher in Spanish III Honors and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course will help students refine skills and be confident in their production and comprehension of the target language. This course includes some review of previous years of language instruction to facilitate a better adjustment of their language according to sociocultural norms. Students will also develop skills necessary for literary comparison and analysis. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate, narrate, and use all time frames to describe, tell stories, explain, and compare.

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Language

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Grade of “A-“ or higher in Spanish III Honors and instructor recommendation.

Description:

The AP program is designed around the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. In addition, students study literature, history, and popular culture throughout the vast Spanish-speaking world. All source materials are authentic. The AP Exam requires a high degree of oral and spoken proficiency. Only Spanish is spoken in the classroom. All students will take the AP Exam in the spring. There will be a separate fee of approximately $90.

All students are required to take the AP test in May.

Mandarin III

Mandarin III

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Grade of “A-“ or higher in Mandarin II and instructor recommendation.

Description:

Mandarin 3 is an advanced course which builds upon the content and skills acquired in the previous two years of the language. Students are expected to improve and expand their knowledge of written and spoken Mandarin, as well as further their knowledge of Chinese culture and society. Mandarin 3 is designed to build on Mandarin 1 and 2 by introducing students to more of the Chinese language and culture of China. The goal is to continue developing intermediate listening, speaking, reading and writing (both handwritten and typing) abilities in Mandarin Chinese and to understand the customs and life of modern Chinese people.

Mandarin IV

Mandarin IV

Grade 11-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Grade of “A-“ or higher in Mandarin III and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This enriched course focuses on composition, conversation, and culture, with a complete review of Chinese grammar. Throughout the year, students hone their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills while learning about Chinese culture. They research and present on several topics, including Chinese art, geography, history, culinary art, and culture. Students are introduced to a number of Chinese authors through various readings of literature and articles about history, the arts, and culture.

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