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Foreign Language 2018-19

At least a two-year study of the same foreign language is recommended for students who plan to pursue a college education, and a few colleges require two or more years of the same foreign language for admission. Success in a foreign language demands a consistently strong effort involving attention, ability to memorize, regular completion of homework and a good attendance record. A good performance in foreign language is often a good measurement for future success at college.  Additionally, when students go to college, they may have the opportunity to receive college credits for the foreign language they studied in high school by taking a placement test.

 

FVL does not require foreign language study for graduation. A freshman in Language Arts Foundations 1 (LAF1) is generally not permitted to study a foreign language during his/her freshman year in order to help them establish a strong foundation in English before attempting another language. In special cases, an exception to this may be made with approval of both the English and Foreign Language departments. If a student is failing a foreign language class after the first semester, he/she will be required to drop the course.

 


German 1 - GER1

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This class emphasizes German vocabulary, basic grammar, and oral and written work in preparation for reading modern German and carrying on basic conversation.

Prerequisite: none

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no


German 2 - GER2

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

The German series continues with an emphasis on learning the advanced grammar needed to read, understand and use the German language in oral and printed form. It develops an appreciation of German culture and prepares students for college entrance.

Prerequisite:C+ or higher in second semester of German 1 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract.

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no


German 3 - GER3

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

The emphasis of this course is on improving oral and written communication skills through conversation, German texts, and AV materials.

Prerequisite: C+ or higher in second semester of German 2 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract.

 

Recommendation:  for the college bound, highly interested and motivated student interested in careers in which a strong background in foreign language knowledge is beneficial

Required: no


German 4 - GER4

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This class emphasizes improving oral and written communication skills through conversation, German texts, and AV materials.

Prerequisite: C+ or higher in second semester of German 3 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract.

 

Recommendation: for the college bound, highly interested and motivated student interested in careers in which a strong background in foreign language knowledge is beneficial

Required: no


Latin 1 - LAT1

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This introduction to the Latin language emphasizes basic vocabulary, grammar and forms needed to read and write simple sentences in Latin.  It includes a history of languages and alphabets, and the study of Roman history and culture using simplified accounts of mythology and of historical events and fictitious narratives of daily life in the Roman world, as well as simplified accounts of medieval history which in their eras would have been written in Latin.

Prerequisite: none

Recommendation:  College bound

Required:  no


Latin 2 - LAT2

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This continuation of the Latin series emphasizes advanced grammar, vocabulary, and Roman culture. It also includes second level readings for translation from selected authors.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in second semester of Latin 1 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract.

Recommendation:  College bound

Required: no


Latin 3 - LAT3

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

Latin 3 and 4 are the conclusion of this language series. They review important grammatical topics presented in Latin 2 and present some additional grammatical material. In the second semester, students concentrate on reading selected Latin authors.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in second semester of Latin 2 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract

Recommendation:  College bound

Required:  no


Latin 4 - LAT4

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

Latin 3 and 4 are the conclusion of this language series. They review important grammatical topics presented in Latin 2 and present some additional grammatical material. In the second semester, students concentrate on reading selected Latin authors.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in second semester of Latin 3 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract

Recommendation: College bound

Required: no


Spanish 1 - SPAN1

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This class emphasizes the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to speak and write simple Spanish sentences. It includes an introduction to Hispanic culture. All instruction will be conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: none

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no


Spanish 2 - SPAN2

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This second level Spanish class helps students improve their proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as foster an appreciation for Hispanic culture. All instruction will be given in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish in the classroom.

 

Prerequisite: grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 1 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no


Spanish 3 - SPAN3

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course concentrates on improving oral and written communication skills through conversation and more in-depth grammar study, with an introduction to authentic Spanish language literature and film. Instruction is in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish in the classroom.

 

Prerequisite: grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 2 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract

Recommendation: interest in highly competitive post-secondary institutions

Required: no


Spanish 4 - SPAN4

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

This class concentrates on expanding oral and written communication skills through conversation, film, literature, and class presentations. It includes an intensive grammatical review and in-depth study of Spanish syntax. Instruction is in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 3 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no


Spanish 5 - SPAN5

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This course is designed for the motivated and independent student. The course curriculum includes a review of key grammar concepts, but the major focus is the art, literature, and culture of the Hispanic world.  Social Issues as they apply to Hispanic culture will also be discussed.  The class is conducted entirely in Spanish with a focus on student-driven discussions and presentations.

Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 4 or teacher approval under an Academic Contract. A student may take Spanish 4 and Spanish 5 concurrently with instructor approval.

Recommendation: college bound

Required: no

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