Foreign Languages

Foreign Languages

The goal of the Foreign Language Department is to equip the students with the necessary skills to communicate with people of other lands and to foster understanding and acceptance of different people and cultures.

Two years of the same foreign language are required for graduation.

Instructors

Courses

Chinese Language I

The focus of the year-long entry level course is to guide students who have none or little prior knowledge in Mandarin Chinese language through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and interactive practices to develop their capabilities of correctly and appropriately using the target language for communication in social contexts. In addition to the basic language training, phonetics practice, grammar learning, and calligraphy exercise, students will have rich opportunities to gain insight into Chinese culture and customs (e.g., holidays, food) through constructive activities, such as authentic material appreciation, storytelling, movie watching, and craft making. Still, students will be encouraged to enhance their competence and performance with task-based, self-learning, scaffolding, and collaborative learning approaches, as well as the use of open sources, educational resources, and emerging instructional technologies. A Chinese learning network and community will be provided to foster

Chinese Language II

The course is mainly designed for the students who have fundamental knowledge of Chinese language and culture. They took Chinese I course and will be prepared to take HSK or other Mandarin Chinese proficiency tests level 1 and award relevant certificate. The course will guide students to review the core vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures and master the basic communicative skills as well as strokes
and characters writing. In addition, the instructor will assign a variety of activities with authentic materials to enhance students listening and pronunciation comprehension. For the 2nd semester, the course will highlight the preparation for Chinese certificate test. Therefore, students will be required to take necessary mocking tests and repeatedly practice the core vocabulary, phrase, and conversation skills to pass the standard test by the end of the school year.

FRENCH I

This course is an introduction to the French language and culture. Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught with particular emphasis on oral proficiency in the language. Students model correct pronunciation and have ample opportunity to speak French in the classroom. Basic grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary are presented. Students also complete a cultural unit on the geography of France.

FRENCH II

This course continues with the skills learned in French I. Vocabulary and grammar become more complex, and new verb tenses are presented. More of the classroom dialogue is in French and students understand and speak on a higher level. Students complete a cultural unit on Paris and do a cultural project on a French-speaking country.

FRENCH III

Students continue to develop their communication skills with particular emphasis placed on listening and speaking. Students present material orally to the class, participate in class discussion in the target language, and improve their listening comprehension through a series of dictations. More complex grammatical concepts and verb tenses are presented. Students also complete a cultural unit on French art.

FRENCH IV

French is used as the primary language of communication in this advanced language class. Students continue to improve their communications skills through a series of impromptu speaking exercises and read short stories and poetry to enhance their reading skills. Advanced verb tenses and their uses are presented, preparing students for college placement tests. Cultural units in French IV include French history and civilization as well as the study of other French-speaking countries.

FRENCH V

For students who have successfully completed French IV, this independent study focuses on advanced French grammar and reading selections. Students will study French history in-depth through textbook readings and research and then complete and present reports on assigned topics to underclassmen. Students will also do a comprehensive review of French verb tenses and grammatical concepts. Students will be expected to participate in the National French Contest in the Spring.

English as a second Language

The course is designed for the international students who are the new students at CCHS or the return students who were not able to obtain A in the previous class. The aim of this course is to prepare the international students for all aspects of the academic learning, especially highlighting writing and reading skills of language acquisition. Students are required to be familiar with the organization and structure of writing as well as grammar application. Students will be able to develop a paragraph, reflection, summary, and essay related to the subjects of life, academic
studies, and literatures. Still, students will be encouraged to enhance their competence and performance with task-based, self-learning, scaffolding, and collaborative learning approaches, as well as the use of open sources, educational resources, and emerging instructional technologies. A ESL learning network and community will be provided to foster and increase language use.

SPANISH I

In this course students acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on the development of the following: listening comprehension, speaking and pronunciation, reading comprehension.

SPANISH II

The development of the four linguistic skills acquired in Spanish I is continued in this course. Increased emphasis is placed on speaking. More complex vocabulary and grammatical concepts are introduced. The study of culture expands to include cross-cultural similarities and differences.

SPANISH III

Spanish is used as the primary means of communication in this advanced Spanish course. Additional thematic vocabulary and grammatical concepts enable students to express themselves in a more complex manner. Reading skills and cultural awareness are heightened through the introduction of Spanish/Latin American literature.

SPANISH IV

This advanced course uses Spanish as the primary language of communication in the classroom and provides students with the skills necessary to use the language in unstructured situations. Advanced vocabulary and grammatical concepts are presented. The internalization of previously learned concepts is encouraged. Further reading and discussion of literary selections enable students to identify additional cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

SPANISH V

For students who have successfully completed Spanish IV, this independent study requires two projects per quarter. The student will research and report on an area of geography, history, art or culture and traditions. The student will be encouraged to vary the presentation format; each presentation will be given to the Spanish IV class and will be evaluated for grammar proficiency, literacy and oral mastery. The student will be encouraged to participate in the National Spanish Exam.