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.
Instructors: Pamela Hartman - French I, II, III, IV, V
Janet Grubler - Spanish I, II, III, IV, V
Two years of the same foreign language are required for graduation.
FRE511 FRENCH I (YEAR)
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.
SPA515 SPANISH I (YEAR)
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.
FRE521 FRENCH II (YEAR)
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.
SPA525 SPANISH II (YEAR)
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.
FRE531 FRENCH III (YEAR)
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.
SPA535 SPANISH III (YEAR)
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.
FRE541 FRENCH IV (YEAR)
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.
SPA545 SPANISH IV (YEAR)
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.
FRE551 FRENCH V (YEAR)
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.
SPA555 SPANISH V (YEAR)
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.