Did you know...?
- More than 300 million people speak French worldwide
- Speaking French gives your child an advantage in the international job market
- French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, visual arts, dance, literature and architecture
- France is consistently the world’s top travel destination with more than 87 million tourists per year
- French is an official language of the UN, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee
- French is the 5th most widely spoken language in the world
- There are about 600,000 jobs created by French Companies in the US each year
In French 1, we focus on the basics of the French language. We will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking in French. We will learn how to respond to simple questions and we will cover the following topics: greetings,numbers, school, family, places around town, food, leisure activities, hobbies, weather and clothing. We will also learn a lot about the culture of various Francophone countries around the world.
In French 2, we will learn how to express ourselves in the past and future. We will also explore the following topics: family and friends, holidays and celebrations, travel, home and household items, chores, dining and shopping, daily routines and health. Language structure and development as well as cultural similarities and differences are discussed.
In French 3, we will learn to describe and discuss personality traits, relationships, feelings, things to do in the city, public transportation, media and technology, law, politics and human rights, immigration and diversity and stages of life. We begin discussing current issues and cultural similarities and differences. We focus on discussing events using various verb tenses including the present, past, future and subjunctive.
In AP French Language and Culture, students will acquire proficiencies through the study of languages and literature that provide learners with cognitive, analytical, and communication skills that carry over into many other areas of academic study. We will cover six themes related to current issues: Family and Communities, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life and Global Challenges.
This course will enable students to develop level 1 reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish through the study of grammar, vocabulary, and culture by using a variety of situations. The goal for the year is for students to achieve a minimum level of proficiency within their ability level. An additional course objective is to develop an appreciation of the Spanish-speaking people, their culture and their civilization.
This course will enable students to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Spanish through the study of grammar, vocabulary, and culture by using a variety of situations. While the first year of Spanish focuses on expressing what is happening now, the second year focuses on how to express what happened in the past. The goal for the year is for students to achieve a minimum level of proficiency within their ability level. An additional course objective is to develop an appreciation of the Spanish-speaking people, their culture, and their civilization.
This course will enable students to further develop reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish through the study of grammar, vocabulary, and culture by using a variety of situations. The goal for the year is for students to achieve a minimum level of proficiency within their ability level. An additional course objective is to develop an appreciation of the Spanish speaking people, their culture and their civilization.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or SNS 3
This course is primarily a course in Latin American History and Literature taught in Spanish. Using the content of the course as a guide, a student will have the opportunity to refine his/her communicative ability and build his/her vocabulary, allowing him/her to converse in a variety of situations and comprehend a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Cultural understanding remains an important goal throughout the entire sequence of Spanish language study.
Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS 1)
This course is intended for heritage speakers of Spanish. A heritage Spanish speaker is a student who grew up mostly or entirely in the United States speaking some Spanish at home, but who has never studied Spanish formally. In this course, students will improve their spoken Spanish and learn basic reading and writing skills. Students also gain a deeper understanding of their own heritage culture and cultures of other Spanish-speaking countries.
Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS 2)
This course is intended for two types of students: heritage Spanish-speaking students who have completed SNS 1 or students who are strong native speakers. In this course, students will improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish with focus on reading authentic texts. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries.
Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS 3)
The Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS) level III course is designed for heritage/native learners of Spanish who bring strong proficiency and literacy skills in Spanish as well as for those who have completed Spanish for Native Speakers II. This course focuses on the development of advanced communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening and viewing, refining language forms and structures with an eye toward use of Spanish in professional settings, and development of a deep understanding of Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage/native speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students will also continue to develop awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, including language variation, customs, geography, history, and current events.
Prerequisite: Spanish 4 or SNS 3
The AP Spanish Language Course is a rigorous course designed to be roughly equivalent to a mid-advanced level college Spanish course. This course will be conducted completely in Spanish and focus on culture, grammar, composition, and conversation, as well as test-taking skills leading to preparation for the AP Spanish Language Examination. Students taking this course will continue to develop their proficiency by repeatedly practicing the target language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge through interaction in Spanish with the teacher and peers.
Course content may reflect intellectual interests shared by the students and teacher (the arts, literature, sports, etc.) Materials will include authentic audio and video recordings, film and written material including newspapers and magazines. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions (the persuasive essay and DBQ’s) will be emphasized.