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World Languages

 

 

Bienvenidos! Bienvenue!

Welcome to the CHS World Languages Department

  

The world languages department offers classes in French and Spanish. The classes are electives, but can count as the business/technology, world language or fine art ½ credit that is required for graduation. Students who are college bound are encouraged to take at least two preferably four years of a world language. The honors diploma requires three years of one language or two years of two languages.

The world language department staff consists of two teachers:  Madame Birmingham and Señora Guesman.  They both have extended foreign travel, teaching and living experience.  Since 2011, the French classes have been traveling to France every other year.  There have also been Spanish trips in the past.  Come and see how we can expand your horizons.



Course Descriptions

 

0511   French I                          1 year                   Grades 9, 10, 11, 12             1 credit

In this class, students learn basic communicative skills, focusing on everyday conversational topics. Students develop oral pronunciation skills and aural listening skills through skits and informal conversations. Literacy is developed through short readings and various writing styles (dialogues, poems, reflective essays). Cultural knowledge and comparisons are made through readings, discussion, online investigation and personal connections to students in France through pen pal exchanges.

Fee: $15

0521   French II                          1 year                  Grades 10, 11, 12                 1 credit

Students develop more sophisticated levels of communicative speech and writing. Cultural connections continue through study, discussion and first-hand experience via pen pals and authentic websites.   Students will begin to read more intensely.

Prerequisite: French I. 

Fee: $15

0531   French III                         1 year                 Grades 11,12                        1 credit

This class is the first in a two-year curriculum (the second part is completed in French IV).  The curriculum is based on AP French themes; students engage in topics such as science and technology, art and aesthetics, and contemporary life.  Students will work with authentic materials to develop deeper understanding of these themes through the lens of French language and culture.  The class is conducted in French about 85% of the time. 

Prerequisite: French I and II.                                                                        

Fee: $15

0541   French IV                        1 year                 Grade12                                1 credit

This class is the second in a two-year.  As with French III, the curriculum is based on AP French themes; students will engage in a new set of topics such as personal and public identities, families and communities, and global challenges.  Students will work with authentic materials to develop deeper understanding of these themes through the lens of French language and culture.  The class is conducted in French about 85% of the time. 

Prerequisite: French I, II, and III.

0513 Spanish I                               1 year              Grades 9, 10, 11, 12             1 credit

This class provides an introduction to the culture and language of the Spanish-speaking world. An emphasis is placed on connecting student interests and activities to those of Spanish-speaking young people.                                                                             

Fee: $14

0523 Spanish II                              1 year               Grades 10, 11,12                 1 credit

This class continues the exploration of the Spanish-speaking world. An emphasis is placed on comparing the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking culture to the student’s by examining areas such as sports, shopping, foods, legends and movies.      

Prerequisite: Spanish I                                                                                     Fee: $14

0533 Spanish III                              1 year            Grades 11, 12                        1 credit

This class will continue the exploration of Spanish-speaking culture and language. An emphasis is placed developing insight into the nature of language and culture by examining areas such as family relationships, nature, careers and travel.

Prerequisite: Spanish I and II                                              

Fee: $14

0543 Spanish IV                            1 year             Grade 12                              1 credit

Students will design and develop projects to explore Hispanic art, music and literature. An emphasis will also be placed on exploring Spanish-speaking use of technology, college life, finances and forms of entertainment.     

Prerequisite: Spanish I, II and III