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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CHINESE I (Mandarin)

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: English teacher/counselor recommendation

HS (g); Application for approval of CSU (e) and UC (e) will be submitted in Spring 2011.

Notification will be received by August 2011.

The course is designed to provide intensive audio-oral and character writing practice. It will encompass the study of basic grammar and sentence-building skills, reading of simple texts, writing of simple compositions, and viewing tapes of related topics. Students will be exposed to the various cultures of Chinese peoples, including geography, history, traditions, and daily life through the use of multimedia, class discussions, and readings.
FRENCH I

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: English teacher/counselor recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


This course utilizes TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). The emphasis is on building vocabulary and fluency through storytelling. Instruction will focus on storytelling to building proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as opposed to discrete memorization of vocabulary and grammar rules. Students will be expected to be active participants in the storytelling process. Students will read several mini-novels to increase reading proficiency. Students will also begin to develop cultural awareness of Francophone countries.
FRENCH II

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: French I, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


French II continues to build proficiency through TPRS, with increased opportunity for storytelling and developing more advanced language skills. Students will continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The course also emphasizes an increased focus on reading and writing through mini-novels, legends, and writing projects as well as cultural components.

FRENCH II HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: French I, grade of B+ or better

French II Honors continues to build proficiency through TPRS, with increased opportunity for storytelling and developing more advanced language skills. Students will continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The course also emphasizes an increased focus on reading and writing through mini-novels, legends, and writing projects as well as cultural components. The French II Honors students will do independent reading, grammar and listening activities and will be expected to produce language at a higher level than the French II students.

FRENCH III

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: French II, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)
The purpose of French III is to further develop the students’ abilities to function in situations they might encounter in a French-speaking environment. Students will learn: to discuss jobs and the workplace; to talk about and to purchase clothing; to travel by car and use public transportation; to talk more about health and environmental concerns; to speak of the past and future and express desires, emotions, and beliefs. They will also further expand their proficiency in speaking and listening and develop their writing and reading abilities while broadening their cultural awareness. Students will be expected to participate in class activities and use the target language consistently.
FRENCH III HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: French II or II Honors, grade of B+ or better

The purpose of French III is to further develop the students’ abilities to function in situations they might encounter in a French-speaking environment. Students will learn: to discuss jobs and the workplace; to talk about and to purchase clothing; to travel by car and use public transportation; to talk more about health and environmental concerns; to speak of the past and future and express desires, emotions, and beliefs. They will also further expand their proficiency in speaking and listening and develop their writing and reading abilities while broadening their cultural awareness. Students will be expected to participate in class activities and use the target language consistently. The French III Honors students will do independent reading, grammar and listening activities and will be expected to produce language at a higher level than the French III students.

FRENCH IV

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: French III or III Honors, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


The primary goals of French IV are: (1) the refinement of communicative skills in the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing); (2) the enhancement of strategic competence (communicative strategies); (3) the enhancement of grammatical competence (review of previously learned structures and acquisition of new structures and uses); (4) the refinement in understanding of French and Francophone culture. French IV builds on themes, structures, vocabulary, and skills learned in French I-III; however, the course aims at moving the students to a more abstract level of language usage at which they learn to work with more extended discourse and to deal with the cultural and sociological (as well as practical) aspects of the topics studied.
FRENCH V

10 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: French IV, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


This course provides continued development of the four skills of language communication. It stresses oral skills, French composition, and the ability to understand and analyze works of French literature. Emphasis is placed on learning to read and understand materials that are written for the native speaker, such as periodicals and newspapers, as well as novels, plays, and poetry.
FRENCH LANGUAGE, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: French IV, grade of B+ or better; teacher recommendation and placement test

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course provides continued development of the four language skills in three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational. Emphasis is placed on the use of French for active communication. When communicating, students in AP French will learn to demonstrate an understanding of culture(s), make interdisciplinary connections, and make comparisons between French and native languages in real-life settings. Extensive practice and training in the organization and writing of compositions is included. Revision of all grammatical concepts as well as test-taking techniques constitute an integral part of this course. Students are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in French language in May.

JAPANESE I

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: English teacher/counselor recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


The purpose of Japanese I is to give students the ability to function in real-life situations that they may encounter in a Japanese-speaking environment. The students will develop skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in context of thematic units. Students will be able to talk about their likes and dislikes, their school life and leisure time activities, their families and occupations, health concerns and weather conditions. Students will be able to describe events in the present and the past. The study of Japanese culture will be integrated into the curriculum through multimedia, class discussions, and readings. The Japanese writing system - hiragana and katakana - will be introduced. Students will acquire a basic, living vocabulary.
JAPANESE II

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Japanese I, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


The purpose of Japanese II is to further develop the students’ abilities to function in situations that they may encounter in a Japanese-speaking environment. Students will expand their skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be able to make purchases, order at restaurants, describe and state opinions and preferences on clothing and travel. Students will be able to use the Japanese writing system – hiragana and katakana – and will be introduced to basic level kanji (Chinese characters).
JAPANESE III

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Japanese II, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

The purpose of Japanese III is to further develop the students’ abilities to function in situations that they may encounter in a Japanese-speaking environment. Students will raise the level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing and increase their vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities using the target language.

JAPANESE III HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Japanese II with a grade of B or better and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


This course is a continuation of Japanese II. Students will further develop their abilities to function in situations that they may encounter in a Japanese-speaking environment. Students will raise the level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing and increase their vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness through use of a college-level textbook, enrichment materials, and letter writing. The level of expression will be more varied and sophisticated. Students will enhance their cultural awareness through research and cultural exchange opportunities. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities using Japanese.

JAPANESE IV

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Japanese III, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)
The purpose of Japanese IV is to give students a continuing opportunity to refine their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language. Students will use Japanese in culturally authentic, real-life, practical situations. The level of expression will be more varied and sophisticated, incorporating idiomatic expressions in greater numbers. They will learn the appropriate language to use in a variety of social interactions. The students will continue the study of kanji. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities using the target language.

JAPANESE IV HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Japanese III with a grade of B or better and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course is a continuation of Japanese III. Students will build on the Japanese I, II, and III foundation. Students will read and write 300 plus kanji characters in context and will solidify communicative skills through extensive formal and informal exchanges through use of a college-level textbook, enrichment materials, and short stories. Students will enhance their cultural awareness through exploration of topics of interest, both as presented within enrichment materials and through independent research. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities using Japanese.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Japanese III, grade A, teacher recommendation or placement exam and completion of summer assignment; or Japanese III Honors or Japanese IV, grade of B or better, teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course is designed to be comparable to college/university Japanese courses where students complete approximately 300 hours of college-level classroom instruction. The course develops the productive, receptive, and cultural skills necessary to communicate with native speakers of Japanese. The course goals are to achieve the skills described in the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections). Students’ proficiency levels at the end of the course are expected to reach the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid range, as described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Students develop an expanding ability to communicate in culturally appropriate manners and in increasingly widening contexts as well as perform successfully on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examination in Japanese Language and culture. Students are expected to sit for the AP test in May.

SPANISH I

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: English teacher/counselor recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course utilizes TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). The emphasis is on building vocabulary and fluency through storytelling. Instruction will focus on storytelling to build proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as opposed to discrete memorization of vocabulary and grammar rules. Students will be expected to be active participants in the storytelling process. Students will read several mini-novels to increase reading proficiency. Students will also begin to develop cultural awareness of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS I

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Placement exam and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)
This course is for heritage speakers of Spanish. A heritage language student is one who is raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken, who speaks or at least understands the language, and who is to some degree bilingual in that language and in English. Placement in this class is determined by an entrance exam and teacher recommendation. The course curriculum will emphasize speaking, reading, and writing in order to improve communication skills in the target language. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. It is expected that students enrolled in the course are able to understand conversational Spanish as a prerequisite.
SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS II

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Placement exam in Spanish and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course is for heritage speakers of Spanish who have successfully completed Spanish for Spanish Speakers I. Placement in this class is determined by teacher recommendation. The course curriculum will emphasize literature and cultural exploration, as well as refinement of speaking and writing skills – including composition, grammar, and spelling. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. It is expected that students enrolled in the course are able to converse in Spanish as a pre-requisite.

SPANISH II

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Spanish I, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


Spanish II continues to build proficiency through TPRS, with increased opportunity for storytelling and developing more advanced language skills. Students will continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The course also emphasizes an increased focus on reading and writing through mini-novels and writing projects as well as cultural components.
SPANISH II HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Spanish I with a grade of B+ or better and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


Spanish II Honors continues to build proficiency through TPRS, with increased opportunity for storytelling and developing more advanced language skills. Students will continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The course also emphasizes an increased focus on reading and writing through mini-novels, legends, and writing projects as well as cultural components. The Spanish II Honors class will work at a faster pace than Spanish II as well as have more extended reading and writing opportunities. The department does not recommend this course for students who have repeated Spanish I.
SPANISH III

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Spanish II, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

The purpose of Spanish III is to further develop the students’ abilities to function in situations that they may encounter in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students will learn to speak of the past and future and express desires, emotions, and beliefs. Students will talk about pastimes, food, technology, relationships, travel, and health. They will study art and art history of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be expected to participate in class activities and to use the target language consistently.

SPANISH III HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Spanish II, grade of A and teacher recommendation; or Spanish II Honors, grade of B+ or better and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


Students in Spanish III Honors will continue to develop and expand their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and to increase their knowledge of more complex grammatical structures. Literature studied will present well-known authors, including high-interest short stories, poetry, drama, and short novels. Students will talk about pastimes, technology, relationships, crime and the environment. They will study art and art history, and also study other cultural institutions of the Spanish-speaking world. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish, and students will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and activities in Spanish.
SPANISH IV

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Spanish III, grade of C or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


The purpose of Spanish IV is to give students a continuing opportunity to refine their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language. Students will use Spanish in culturally-authentic, real-life, practical situations. Literature studied will present well-known authors, including high-interest short stories, drama, poetry, and short novels. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities and to use the target language.
SPANISH IV HONORS

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Spanish III Honors, grade of B+ or better, and Spanish III Honors teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

Spanish IV Honors is an advanced course in Spanish that may be taken prior to AP Spanish Language. The course will emphasize skill development in reading, writing, speaking and listening, with additional cultural study within those areas. Students will develop reading comprehension skills of both non-abridged fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis the second semester on summarizing magazine and Internet articles. The course will include regular essays and other expository writing, speaking activities such as debates, class discussions and narrations, and will focus on developing understanding of Spanish spoken by native speakers at conversational speed. Students will do an intensive review of basic grammar and study of more advanced topics, with special emphasis on usage of the subjunctive. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

SPANISH V

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Spanish IV, grade of A, and teacher recommendation; or AP Spanish Language, grade of B or better

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

In Spanish V students will refine speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills developed in previous courses through continued practice at an advanced level. Students will improve reading comprehension through exposure to a sampling of Spanish and Latin-American literature, enhance speaking ability through debate, discussions and oral presentations, and improve writing through compositions about literature and cultural topics. Grammatical structures will be revisited as needed. Cultural awareness will be enhanced through topics of interest such as art, music, cuisine, current events, and cultural uniqueness of Hispanic peoples. Students will also teach eight-week sessions of basic Spanish at local elementary schools. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish to allow students to enhance their fluency.
SPANISH LANGUAGE ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Spanish IV Honors, grade of B or better, placement test, and teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)


This course provides development of the four language skills. It stresses listening and oral skills, literature, composition, and grammar. Emphasis is placed upon the use of Spanish for active communication. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions is included. A review of grammatical fundamentals is made at this level. Test-taking techniques and practice constitute an integral part of this course. This course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines, as well as performing successfully on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language. Students are expected to sit for the AP test in May.

SPANISH LITERATURE, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Spanish Language AP, native speaker with Spanish Language Proficiency, Spanish IV Honors, or teacher recommendation

HS (g); CSU / UC (e)

This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement exam in Spanish Literature. Students will do extensive work in college-level reading, analysis, and composition, focusing on an

overview of the literature of Spain and Latin America, including novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Students will need to work independently and may be required to meet with the instructor outside of class. It is essential that students possess a high level of proficiency in reading comprehension as well as strong writing skills. Students are expected to sit for the AP test in May, and students who pass the AP test may earn college credit.





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