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Spanish

SPANISH I

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish I, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at a beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations, talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They also express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and discuss day to day activities. The present and simple future tenses are studied. There is a strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? NO
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

SPANISH I - HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish I - Honors, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at a beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations, talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They also express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and discuss day to day activities. The present and simple future tenses are studied. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

This course is strongly recommended for those students who are quick learners and like to be challenged, and/or have a love of Spanish and want to continue onto Spanish II - Honors through AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish I, including vocabulary and grammar tenses.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (Recommendation form must be completed–available at shdhs.org)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

SPANISH II

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish II, students reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures learned in Spanish I and learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and imperfect progressive tenses. Spanish II continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. Students will use authentic resources in order to improve their language proficiency. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH I / SPANISH I HONORS
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

SPANISH II - HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish II - Honors, students reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures learned in Spanish I and learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and imperfect progressive tenses. Spanish II continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. Students will use authentic resources in order to improve their language proficiency. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

This course is strongly recommended for students who are considering continuing on into Spanish III and/or AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish II, including vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students will also work further on developing fluency in speech and writing and improving their proficiency in reading and listening skills.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH I / SPANISH I HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish I or with consent of the teacher)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

SPANISH III – HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Spanish III is for students who want to learn more than the minimum required for Spanish I and II. It also serves as a pre-AP course for those students wishing to continue their study of the Spanish language and culture. In Spanish III, students will implement their previous knowledge of Spanish and improve on their usage of tenses and structures from Spanish II and add the use of subjunctive to their conversational and written proficiency. Students will be introduced to the remaining verb tenses. Using dialogues, readings and audio resources from the textbook and authentic sources, tenses and vocabulary become more familiar to the students as they work to improve fluency. Students are given the opportunity to broaden their conversational skills in practical situations and will also explore a variety of Spanish and Latin American literature. Cultural, geographical and historical emphasis will be placed on the Caribbean, Central America and South America and Spain. This course is taught primarily in Spanish with English used for clarification and explanation. Willingness to speak Spanish and participate will be influential in grade determination, especially during second semester.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 10 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH II / SPANISH II HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish II or with consent of the teacher) REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO

SPANISH IV – HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Spanish IV - Honors continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on practical applications, communicative and cultural information. This course emphasizes communicating in the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes at a high-intermediate level of proficiency. There will be an emphasis on the ability to communicate in real life situations, carry on extended conversations and create culturally appropriate language in a variety of settings. Students will also be able to give advice and express opinions on topics of interest and current events. Students will use a variety of complex tenses and grammatical structures to comprehend and synthesize a variety of written and spoken texts. Through the study of current and past issues, students will make connections, comparisons, and develop a deeper understanding of their own language and culture and those of other communities. Students will develop the necessary skills to interpret and communicate in Spanish in both their educational and personal life.

Spanish IV - Honors is intended for those students who are contemplating studying Spanish in college or may be unsure of future Spanish college courses. This course is not appropriate for those students considering a Spanish major. Those students should take AP Spanish. Students may wish to take the CLEP test or language equivalency test at their respective college or university after completing this course.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11, 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH II - HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish III or with consent of the teacher) REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AP Spanish continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. The study of literary readings continues and the students are prepared to take the AP Spanish language exam in May in order to receive college credit. Interpersonal Speaking and Writing and Presentational Speaking and Writing are emphasized, along with a focus on cultural information. Students learn current events and improve their language proficiency through the use of authentic texts, in the context of six curricular themes - Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, and Contemporary Life. AP Spanish is equivalent to a third year college language course and is intended for those students who are serious about continuing their study of the language after high school. This course is designed for students who have the study habits, maturity and motivation necessary to be successful in an Advanced Placement course.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11, 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH III (with a 93+ in Spanish III or with consent of the teacher)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO

AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AP Spanish Literature explores key texts from Latin American, Peninsular, and United States Hispanic literature through a thematic lens. Students study short stories, essays, poems, and prose and use the interpersonal, presentational and interpretive modes of language to critically read and analyze these works, through their writing and speaking. Additionally, students listen to author interviews and readings of their works, as well as explore some short films in Spanish. The course also includes biographical information about the authors and the historical context of each work, as well as an emphasis on cultural comparisons and connections. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Spanish Literature exam in May in order to earn college credit.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 12
  • PREREQUISITES AP SPANISH LANGUAGE (with a 93+ in AP Spanish Language or with consent of the teacher)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO
Latin

LATIN I

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Latin I introduces the student to the study of basic Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises. The student is trained to speak Latin with precise and pure pronunciation. Simple Latin readings are presented for student listening and reading comprehension. Special emphasis is placed on word derivations, meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and explanation of roots. The student is exposed to Roman mythology, history, and culture through the Latin readings and supplementary materials used in this course.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? NO
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

LATIN I - HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Latin I - Honors introduces the student to the study of basic Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises. The student is trained to speak Latin with a precise and pure pronunciation. Simple Latin readings are presented for student listening and reading comprehension. Special emphasis is placed on word derivations, meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and explanation of roots. The student is exposed to Roman mythology, history, and culture through the Latin readings and supplementary materials. Students interested in Latin I - Honors are not expected to have had any prior Latin experience. Instead, the course is designed for students who enjoy being challenged and are considering pursuing Latin through the Latin III or AP level. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Latin I, including vocabulary and grammar tenses.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

LATIN II

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Latin II begins with a review of the materials presented in Latin I. A variety of written and oral exercises is continued. New Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax are introduced. The Latin readings presented for listening and reading comprehension are based on Roman history and culture. They include selections from authentic Latin authors. The study of word derivations, Roman mythology, history, and culture is continued.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 10 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES LATIN I
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

LATIN II - HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Latin II - Honors begins with a review of the materials presented in Latin I. A variety of written and oral exercises is continued. New Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax are introduced. The Latin readings presented for listening and reading comprehension are based on Roman history and culture. They include selections from authentic Latin authors. The study of word derivations, Roman mythology, history, and culture is continued. This course is strongly recommended for those students who are considering continuing on into Latin III and/or AP Latin. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Latin II, including vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students will also work further on developing their proficiency in reading Latin texts written by Roman authors.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 10 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES LATIN I
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Latin I or consent of the teacher)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)

LATIN III - HONORS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course, students read selections from such works as the Carmina Catulli, lyric love poems of Catullus, the Metamorphoses, Ovid's stories of mythology, and the speeches and writings of Cicero. Included in the course are the study of scansion, vocabulary, figures of speech, uses of imagery, geographical and mythological references, grammar and syntax, and sound and metrical effects. The basic objective is to continue to make progress in reading, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin in the original.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES LATIN II
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Latin II or consent of the teacher)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO

AP LATIN Vergil/Caesar

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an intense and comprehensive study of Vergil and Caesar. It involves daily Latin reading and its goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of the AP Latin exam in May for which the student may possibly receive college credit. For this reason, AP Latin is recommended only for the highly motivated and serious student who enjoys a challenge and aspires for academic excellence.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11 - 12
  • PREREQUISITES LATIN III
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Latin III or consent of the teacher)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO
Spanish I

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish I, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at a beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations, talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They also express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and discuss day to day activities. The present and simple future tenses are studied. There is a strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 – 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? NO
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)
Spanish I Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish I – Honors, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at a beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations, talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They also express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and discuss day to day activities. The present and simple future tenses are studied. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

This course is strongly recommended for those students who are quick learners and like to be challenged, and/or have a love of Spanish and want to continue onto Spanish II – Honors through AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish I, including vocabulary and grammar tenses.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 – 12
  • PREREQUISITES NONE
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (Recommendation form must be completed–available at shdhs.org)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)
Spanish II

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish II, students reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures learned in Spanish I and learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and imperfect progressive tenses. Spanish II continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. Students will use authentic resources in order to improve their language proficiency. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 – 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH I / SPANISH I HONORS
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)
Spanish II Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In Spanish II – Honors, students reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures learned in Spanish I and learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and imperfect progressive tenses. Spanish II continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. Students will use authentic resources in order to improve their language proficiency. There is strong emphasis on communication, vocabulary development, and cultural information from Spanish-speaking countries.

This course is strongly recommended for students who are considering continuing on into Spanish III and/or AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish II, including vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students will also work further on developing fluency in speech and writing and improving their proficiency in reading and listening skills.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 9 – 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH I / SPANISH I HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish I or with consent of the teacher)
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO (Two years of a foreign language required for pre-college curriculum)
Spanish III Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Spanish III is for students who want to learn more than the minimum required for Spanish I and II. It also serves as a pre-AP course for those students wishing to continue their study of the Spanish language and culture. In Spanish III, students will implement their previous knowledge of Spanish and improve on their usage of tenses and structures from Spanish II and add the use of subjunctive to their conversational and written proficiency. Students will be introduced to the remaining verb tenses. Using dialogues, readings and audio resources from the textbook and authentic sources, tenses and vocabulary become more familiar to the students as they work to improve fluency. Students are given the opportunity to broaden their conversational skills in practical situations and will also explore a variety of Spanish and Latin American literature. Cultural, geographical and historical emphasis will be placed on the Caribbean, Central America and South America and Spain. This course is taught primarily in Spanish with English used for clarification and explanation. Willingness to speak Spanish and participate will be influential in grade determination, especially during second semester.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 10 – 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH II / SPANISH II HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish II or with consent of the teacher) REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO
Spanish IV Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Spanish IV – Honors continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on practical applications, communicative and cultural information. This course emphasizes communicating in the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes at a high-intermediate level of proficiency. There will be an emphasis on the ability to communicate in real life situations, carry on extended conversations and create culturally appropriate language in a variety of settings. Students will also be able to give advice and express opinions on topics of interest and current events. Students will use a variety of complex tenses and grammatical structures to comprehend and synthesize a variety of written and spoken texts. Through the study of current and past issues, students will make connections, comparisons, and develop a deeper understanding of their own language and culture and those of other communities. Students will develop the necessary skills to interpret and communicate in Spanish in both their educational and personal life.

Spanish IV – Honors is intended for those students who are contemplating studying Spanish in college or may be unsure of future Spanish college courses. This course is not appropriate for those students considering a Spanish major. Those students should take AP Spanish. Students may wish to take the CLEP test or language equivalency test at their respective college or university after completing this course.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11, 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH II – HONORS (with an A or B)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES (with a 93+ in Spanish III or with consent of the teacher) REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO
AP Spanish Language and Culture

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AP Spanish continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking, with an emphasis on daily oral communication. The study of literary readings continues and the students are prepared to take the AP Spanish language exam in May in order to receive college credit. Interpersonal Speaking and Writing and Presentational Speaking and Writing are emphasized, along with a focus on cultural information. Students learn current events and improve their language proficiency through the use of authentic texts, in the context of six curricular themes – Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, and Contemporary Life. AP Spanish is equivalent to a third year college language course and is intended for those students who are serious about continuing their study of the language after high school. This course is designed for students who have the study habits, maturity and motivation necessary to be successful in an Advanced Placement course.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 11, 12
  • PREREQUISITES SPANISH III (with a 93+ in Spanish III or with consent of the teacher)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO
AP Spanish Literature and Culture

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AP Spanish Literature explores key texts from Latin American, Peninsular, and United States Hispanic literature through a thematic lens. Students study short stories, essays, poems, and prose and use the interpersonal, presentational and interpretive modes of language to critically read and analyze these works, through their writing and speaking. Additionally, students listen to author interviews and readings of their works, as well as explore some short films in Spanish. The course also includes biographical information about the authors and the historical context of each work, as well as an emphasis on cultural comparisons and connections. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Spanish Literature exam in May in order to earn college credit.

 

  • CREDIT 1
  • SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL 12
  • PREREQUISITES AP SPANISH LANGUAGE (with a 93+ in AP Spanish Language or with consent of the teacher)
  • NEED TEACHER RECOMMENDATION? YES
  • REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION? NO