Foreign Language

 

Courses & Descriptions 

French, German, Latin, Spanish, Chinese

FR 11: French I (two semesters)

This course introduces fundamental French communication skills, both oral and written. Basic grammar is presented along with an introduction to French civilization and culture, along with readings. Most course work is conducted in French, and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

FR 21: French II (two semesters)

This course reviews and extends the goals of First Year French. Most course work is conducted in French, and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

FR 31: French III (two semesters)

In this course the mastery of basic communicative skills continues (including a basic review of grammar), while the student is also introduced to aspects of French culture. Most course work is conducted in French and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

FR 33: Honors French III (two semesters)

This course is a more rigorous and intensive version of FR31-32 described above. It also focuses on highlights of French culture. It is designed for the more motivated and capable foreign language student. Course work is conducted in French. Strong course performance helps students to prepare for the (optional) French SAT II Test and for advancement to Honors French IV.

FR 41: French IV (two semesters)

Emphasis in this course is placed on an intensive review of grammar and vocabulary in order to further develop all communicative skills. Readings from various sources are also studied. Multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Course work is conducted in French.

FR 43: Honors French IV (two semesters)

This course is a more rigorous and intensive version of FR41-42 described above. It is designed for the more motivated and capable foreign language student. Course work is conducted in French. Strong course performance helps students to prepare for the (optional) French SAT II test and for advancement to Advanced Placement French V. Intense preparation for the Advanced Placement Language Examination occurs at this level.

FR 51: French V (two semesters)

The description for this course is the same as that for FR 41-42. The syllabus is alternated from year to year so that students at both levels can study in the same “class” without duplication. Multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Course work is conducted in French.

FR 53: AP French V (Advanced Placement; two semesters)

This course is designed to prepare advanced language students for the demanding Advanced Placement Examination in French Language and Culture. An intensive review of grammar, vocabulary and multi-media authentic sources is conducted. Advanced composition and conversation skills are stressed. Once enrolled in this course, students are involved in a rigorous course of instruction and required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in addition to other course assessments.

FR 91: French Independent Study (two semesters; MINOR course)

This individualized tutorial is available to motivated students with strong language proficiency and needs approval of both the instructor and the department, along with the Academic Dean. This option requires planning with and written consent from the current Foreign Language Department instructor at the time of registration. (This course is not open to native speakers.)

GR 11: German I (two semesters)

Basic communication skills, both oral and written, are introduced in this course, with an emphasis on idiomatic conversation. Some elementary readings are introduced. Most course work is conducted in German, and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

GR 21: German II (two semesters)

Basic mastery of grammar underpins this course, with more emphasis on writing and vocabulary acquisition. Students develop a broader, more confident active command of the language as well. Readings serve to introduce students to more idiomatic expressions. Most course work is conducted in German and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

GR 31: German III (two semesters)

Concentrated work in communication skills as well as mastery of basic grammar highlight this course. The student is also introduced to German civilization, history, and literature. Course work is conducted in German and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

GR 33: Honors German III (two semesters)

Honors German III is designed for highly motivated students who are ready to begin an intensive reading, writing and speaking program in a faster-paced and more challenging environment. Students would begin reading short stories by contemporary authors, progress to popular plays and finish with several short novels. A challenging writing program parallels the reading curriculum beginning with journaling and graduating to weekly themes. Rewriting at this level will challenge students to digest/use much of the grammar they have learned in previous years. Class work will be conducted in German and will invite students to make periodic presentations in the target language and to engage in daily conversations about topical themes, thereby strengthening and broadening their vocabulary.

GR 41: German IV (two semesters)

This course includes an intensive review of grammar, regular writing assignments, discussion of current events, and a survey of German Literature. Strong course performance helps prepare the student for the (optional) German Language SAT II test. Course work is conducted in German and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

GR 43: Honors German IV (two semesters)

Honors German IV is designed for highly motivated students who are ready to begin an intensive reading, writing and speaking program in a faster-paced and more challenging environment. Students begin reading short stories by contemporary authors, progress to popular plays and finish with several short novels. A challenging writing program parallels the reading curriculum beginning with journaling, graduating to weekly themes and culminating in a longer paper connected with literature, history, or culture. Rewriting at this level challenges students to digest/use much of the grammar they have learned in previous years. Class work is conducted in German and would invite students to make periodic presentations in the target language and to engage in daily conversations about topical themes, thereby strengthening and broadening their vocabulary. Strong course performance helps prepare the student for the (optional) German Language SAT II test.

GR 51: German V (two semesters)

The description for this course is the same as that for GR 41-42. The syllabus is alternated from year to year so that students at both levels can study in the same “class” without duplication.

GR 55: AP German (two semesters)

This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement German Language and Culture exam. Intensive reading, writing, and speaking punctuate instructional sessions. Familiarization with the format of the exams as well as extensive test-taking strategies and frequent practice sessions are also part of the curriculum. This course is both rigorous and intensive by design for serious and motivated German students.

GR 91: German Independent Study (two semesters; MINOR course)

This individualized tutorial is available to motivated students with near native language proficiency, only with instructor recommendation, departmental approval as well as approval from the Academic Dean. This option requires planning with and written consent from the current Foreign Language Department instructor at the time of registration (Note: This course is not open to native speakers.)

LT 11: Latin I (two semesters)

This course uses the vibrant Ecce Romani I series to investigate basic vocabulary, forms, grammar, translation, and reading comprehension. Each chapter features a challenging and fun Latin story that follows events in the life of the Cornelius family. These readings present the key concepts of each chapter while also providing the fundamental components of learning the Latin language. The text also provides students with English readings that examine Roman culture and history, mythology, and the influence Roman civilization has on our own. Students take the Level I National Latin Exam.

LT 21: Latin II (two semesters)

The Ecce Romani II text provides interesting chapter readings that become more complex as the Cornelius family engages in life at Rome. The study of more intricate Latin vocabulary, forms, grammar, translation, and reading comprehension continues. In addition, English readings ask students to consider deeper cultural and historical topics. Students take the Level II National Latin Exam.

LT 31: Latin III (two semesters)

This course uses the Ecce Romani III text to focus on authentic Latin readings about some of the exciting events and interesting personalities from the first centuries B.C. and A.D. Students review previously learned Latin forms and grammar in the early chapters, then learn the final topics of Latin grammar in subsequent chapters. The thought-provoking readings in each chapter by authors such as Eutropius, Asconius, Cicero, and Augustus are geared to help students improve their translation skills as well as invite discussion of literary and cultural themes. An introduction to Latin verse is included in the second semester. Students take the Level III National Latin Exam. Strong course performance helps prepare students for the (optional) June Latin SAT II test.

LT 41: Latin IV (two semesters)

Students in this course read authentic Latin literature as they strengthen their knowledge of Latin vocabulary, grammar, and translation. The focus of this course is literary and follows the challenging and appealing Advanced Placement syllabus: the poetry of Vergil’s Aeneid and the prose of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. If there is no interest in the AP syllabus in a given year, the writings of other authors are also an option. Students study the elements of Latin literature and Roman culture in depth and react to the issues that arise in both class discussion and formal essay writing. Students take the Level IV National Latin Exam, and strong performance helps prepare them for the (optional) SAT Latin subject test. (With teacher approval, students may opt to participate in the Advanced Placement Examination Program, which necessitates rigorous independent study. Those students will have the AP designation added to their transcripts and will be required to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.)

LT 51: Latin V (two semesters)

The description for this course is the similar to that of LT 41-42. The course readings, however, would be altered to fit the needs of both fourth and fifth year students (since this is a combined course). Students take the Level V National Latin Exam. (With departmental approval, students may opt to participate in the College Board Advanced Placement examination, which necessitates rigorous independent study. Those students will have the AP designation added to their transcripts and will be required to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.)

LT 91: Latin Independent Study (two semesters; MINOR course)

This individualized tutorial is available to motivated students with excellent language proficiency, only with instructor recommendation and departmental approval. Requires planning with and written consent from the appropriate Foreign Language Department instructor at the time of registration.

SP 11: Spanish I (two semesters)

This course introduces fundamental Spanish communication skills, both oral and written. Basic grammar is presented along with an introduction to Hispanic Civilization, culture, and readings. Most course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

SP 15: Practical Applications in Spanish I (two semesters)

This course is similar to SP 11-12 but presents Spanish language mastery instruction primarily from a communicative approach. Most course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Enrollment is limited to those students who are specifically recommended by the Language Department. Once admitted, students must complete their language requirement within this track. (Note: This is not an elective course.)

SP 21: Spanish II (two semesters)

This course reviews and extends the goals of first year Spanish. Most course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

SP 25: Practical Applications in Spanish II (two semesters)

This course is similar to SP 21-22 but presents Spanish language mastery instruction primarily from a communicative approach. Course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Enrollment is limited to those students who are specifically recommended by the Language Department. Once admitted, students must complete their language requirement within this track. (Note: This is not an elective course.)

SP 31: Spanish III (two semesters)

In this course the mastery of basic communicative skills continues (including a basic review of grammar), while the student is introduced to aspects of Hispanic culture. Most course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction.

SP 33: Honors Spanish III (two semesters)

This course is a more rigorous and intensive version of SP 31-32 described above. It also includes an introduction to Hispanic literature. It is designed for the more motivated and capable foreign language student. Course work is conducted in Spanish. Strong course performance helps students to prepare for the (optional) Spanish SAT II test and for advancement to Honors Spanish IV.

SP 35: Practical Applications in Spanish III (two semesters)

This course is similar to SP31-32 but presents Spanish language mastery instruction primarily from a communicative approach. Course work is conducted in Spanish and multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Enrollment is limited to those students who are specifically recommended by the Language Department. Once admitted, students must complete their language requirement within this track. (Note: This is not an elective course.)

SP 41: Spanish IV (two semesters)

Emphasis in this course is placed on an intensive review of grammar and vocabulary in order to further develop all communicative skills. Readings from various sources are also studied. Multi-media materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Course work is conducted in Spanish. Superior course performance helps students to prepare for the (optional) Spanish SAT II test.

SP 43: Honors Spanish IV (two semesters)

This course is a more rigorous and intensive version of SP 41-42 described above. It is designed for the more motivated and capable foreign language student. Course work is conducted in Spanish. Strong course performance helps students to prepare for the (optional) Spanish SAT II test and for advancement to Advanced Placement Spanish V.

SP 51: Spanish V (two semesters)

The description for this course is the same as that for SP41-42. The syllabus is alternated from year to year so that students at both levels can study in the same "class" without duplication. Audio/video materials are utilized to enrich classroom instruction. Course work is conducted in Spanish.

SP 53: AP Spanish V (Advanced Placement; two semesters)

This course is designed to prepare advanced language students for the demanding Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language and Culture. An intensive review of grammar, vocabulary and literature is conducted. Once enrolled in this course, students are involved in a rigorous course of instruction and required to take the Advanced Placement examination in addition to other course assessments.

SP 91: Spanish Independent Study (two semesters; MINOR course)

This individualized tutorial is available to motivated students with near native language proficiency, only with instructor recommendation, departmental approval, and approval from the Academic Dean. This option requires planning with and written consent from the current Foreign Language Department instructor at the time of registration. (Note: This course is not open to native speakers.)

CH 11: Mandarin Chinese (two semesters)

The goal of Chinese 11-12 is to build a solid foundation in elementary written and spoken Mandarin, as well as to introduce elements of Chinese culture. At this level, students focus on basic grammar and sentence structure. Pinyin, tones, and Chinese character writing are stressed.

CH 21: Mandarin Chinese II (two semesters)

In this course students build on the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At this level, more sophisticated language usage and style are stressed

CH 31: Mandarin Chinese III (two semesters)

This course develops the skills presented in levels one and two. At this level, students will expand their repertoire of vocabulary and characters, increase their ability to read both edited and unedited texts, and further develop their oral and aural proficiency.

CH 41: Mandarin Chinese IV (two semesters)

Chinese IV builds on the cumulative language knowledge acquired over the prior three years of the study in the Chinese language. The course will continue to build on the grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary, and further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. It will also delve deeper into the study of language and culture through greater use of media such as music/songs, movies/TV, and through practical use of classic Chinese idioms. It will cover more aspects of Chinese culture and history.

CH 55: AP Mandarin Chinese V (two semesters)

The objective of Chinese V/AP is to further immersion into Chinese language and culture and/or prepare students for the AP exam in Chinese Language and Culture. The course readies students to demonstrate their ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening according to AP protocols. During the year, various topics will be introduced and explored: Chinese history, philosophy, tradition and customs, geography, cuisine, contemporary culture, arts, significant people, economics and politics.

NOTES

  1. Native Speakers: Those native speakers who need co-validation for their government/school must take an advanced level examination. Upon successful completion, credit will be granted by the Department.
  2. Students must take three consecutive levels (years) of the same foreign language to fulfill the The Governor’s Academy graduation requirement. Those students considering selective colleges should plan to take at least four years of one foreign language. Such institutions are impressed by students who take the full sequence of one language.
  3. Capable foreign language students are encouraged to begin an additional foreign language at The Governor’s Academy while continuing advanced study of the first foreign language.
  4. Foreign language students at The Governor’s Academy have a number of enrichment opportunities which include trips abroad, language club outings, audio/video and cultural presentations, and extensive Internet access to foreign language periodicals, newspapers and Web pages.
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