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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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