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  Foreign Language

The goal of the Foreign Language Department is student proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural appreciation is enriched through realia and discussion. The Foreign Language curriculum requires two consecutive years of the same foreign language. The following courses are offered: French 1-5, Latin 1-4, AP Latin 4, Spanish 1-5, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, and Mandarin1-4. Also, one elective course is offered: The Culture and History of Spain.

Faculty
Laura Brasher
Marcia Clark
Meredith Holbert
Marie Moore
Alvaro Rodriguez, Department Chair
Deborah Whalen
Paul Zoch

Foreign Language Courses

601 SPANISH 1 (1 credit)
This is an introductory course designed for students who have never been exposed to the language, or who have had previous exposure but have insufficient knowledge of vocabulary and skills to proceed to Level 2. The course introduces basic survival situation vocabulary, grammar and tense usage. A student should master listening, speaking, reading and writing skills associated with chapter presentations. The use of traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An appreciation of Spanish culture is acquired through enrichment materials.

610 SPANISH 2 (1 credit)
Spanish 2 continues and expands the study of vocabulary and grammar begun in Spanish 1. Vocabulary and grammar exercises and presentations demonstrate language usage and application so that the student can listen, converse, understand, read, and write the target language. Tense structure is taught and drilled. The use of traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An appreciation for Spanish culture is emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite for incoming 9th graders: passing the Spanish placement test.

620 SPANISH 3 (1 credit)
Spanish 3 continues and expands the vocabulary and grammar taught in Spanish 2. Emphasis is placed on the ability to master new tenses as well as previously learned tenses and grammar in conversation and oral communication. Conversation practice on pre-determined topics is stressed. Discussion, critique, and compositions in Spanish may be expected after each unit. All tenses learned in Spanish 2 are reviewed with the goal of increasing writing skills in guided or freeform composition. Students are expected to read and understand culture topics written in the target language and to be able to discuss the reading selections in the target language. The use of traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning.

622 THE CULTURE AND HISTORY OF SPAIN (1/2 credit)
This course is designed for students who have demonstrated proficiency in the Spanish language and have an interest in Spanish and the history and culture of the Spanish people. Emphasis is placed on the auditory, oral, and written aspects of Spanish. The course will focus on Spanish culture and history through the study of Spanish customs, religion, ethnic groups, political movements, art movements, architecture, and cuisine throughout the centuries. Primary sources will be used to supplement the analysis of these topics as they reflect the culture, history, and political environment of Spain during the time in which they were created. Particular emphasis is given to 20th century Spain, including the Surrealist movement, the Cubist movement, the Spanish Civil War, and Spain under the Fascist Franco regime. Students will expand their abilities to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish. The course will be taught completely in Spanish and will strengthen the use of Spanish vocabulary and grammar. Students will demonstrate language usage and application through written analysis and spoken presentations. Authentic resources will be used during class lectures to facilitate this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning.
Prerequisite: completion of Spanish 3, Native Spanish Speaker, or teacher approval. See your current teacher for a recommendation to register for this course. Open to Strake Jesuit students.

625 SPANISH 4 (1 credit)
This course is designed for students who have demonstrated a proficiency for the Spanish language and have an interest in Spanish and the history and culture of the Hispanic people. Emphasis is placed on the oral aspect of Spanish by practicing the grammar acquired over previous years of study. Readings, conversations, and comprehension drills are utilized. See your current teacher for recommendation to register for this course.
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

627 SPANISH 5 (1 credit)
Taken at Strake Jesuit.


628 HONORS AP SPANISH - LANGUAGE (1 credit)
This course is designed to prepare students for the AP language exam and/or for the AP literature class. Students who demonstrate excellence in Spanish 3 are eligible for the class. The course focuses on improving speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Students are expected to take the National AP test in May.
Taken at Strake Jesuit. AP Course fee (includes AP exam): $92

629 HONORS AP SPANISH - LITERATURE (1 credit)
This course focuses on mastery of literary terms and familiarity with literary works from various Latin American countries and from Spain, as well as the culture of these countries. Students will expand their abilities to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish while gaining a knowledge of major literary works. This course is intended for development of literary analysis and better expression of ideas. Strong Spanish writing (grammatical) skills are needed to be successful in this class. The student will read the works of authors designated by the AP committee in preparation for the National AP exam. Students are expected to take the National AP test in May.
Taken at Strake Jesuit. AP Course fee (includes AP exam): $92

635 FRENCH 1 (1 credit)
This is an introductory course designed for students who have never been exposed to the language, or who have had previous exposure but have insufficient knowledge of vocabulary and skills to proceed to Level 2. The course introduces basic survival situation vocabulary, grammar and tense usage. A student should master listening, speaking, reading and writing skills associated with chapter presentations. The use of traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An appreciation of French culture is acquired through enrichment materials.

640 FRENCH 2 (1 credit)
French 2 continues and expands the study of vocabulary and grammar begun in French 1. Vocabulary and grammar exercises and presentations demonstrate language usage and application so that the student can listen, converse, understand, read and write the target language. Tense structure is taught and drilled. The use of  traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An appreciation for French culture is emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite for incoming 9th graders: passing the French placement test.

645 FRENCH 3 (1 credit)
French 3 continues and expands the vocabulary and grammar taught in French 2. Emphasis is placed on the ability to master new tenses as well as previously learned tenses and grammar in conversation and oral communication. Conversation practice on pre-determined topics is stressed. Discussion, critique, and compositions in French may be expected after each unit. All tenses learned in French 2 are reviewed with the goal of increasing writing skills in guided or freeform composition. Students are expected to read and understand culture topics written in the target language and to be able to talk about culture in the target language. The use of traditional and online textbooks and online resources facilitates this goal. In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning.

653 HONORS FRENCH 4 (1 credit)
For this class, students must have a very strong mastery of basic grammar, sentence structure and verb tenses. They must show a genuine interest in continuing to learn French, including speaking French during all parts of the class. They should also be willing to explore French culture through authentic materials such as newspapers, literature, music and art. This course is conducted only in French and students should be prepared to make presentations, write papers and do projects based on course material. Students wishing to take this course must have the approval of their current teacher. 
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

654 HONORS FRENCH 5 (1 credit)
For this class, students must have a very strong mastery of basic grammar, sentence structure and verb tenses. They must show a genuine interest in continuing to learn French, including speaking French during all parts of the class. They should also be willing to explore French culture through authentic materials such as newspapers, literature, music and art. This course is conducted only in French and students should be prepared to make presentations, write papers and do projects based on course material. Students wishing to take this course must have the approval of their current teacher. 
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

655 LATIN 1 (1 credit)
In Latin 1, the students will learn the fundamentals of Latin grammar. They will learn the active and passive voices of the verb, in all tenses, in the indicative mood. They will learn the functions of all the cases (except the locative) and the inflections for all declensions. They will learn the personal and relative pronouns as well as the major demonstrative pronouns/adjectives and three participles. They will be constantly enlarging their Latin vocabulary with words common in the literature of the Classical Age, and will use their knowledge of Latin prefixes, root words and suffixes to enlarge their English vocabulary. They will use their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating Latin texts of increasing grammatical complexity. They will also learn of the major events, personalities and concepts of Roman history and culture.
Open to Strake Jesuit students.

659 LATIN 2 (1 credit)
After a thorough review of the grammar and vocabulary of Latin 1, the students in Latin 2 will finish learning the major points of Latin grammar. Foremost among those major points is the subjunctive mood: the students will learn the formation of the subjunctive in all tenses in the active and passive voices, and will learn the use of the subjunctive in purpose clauses, result clauses, indirect question, cum clauses, noun clauses, statements of volition and exhortation, and subordinate clauses in indirect statement. They will use their constantly growing Latin vocabulary and their knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax in translating texts of increasing complexity and authenticity. Such texts will include abridged and adapted stories from Ovid; after completing them, the students will read selections from Caesar's Gallic Wars and Pliny's letters. They will extend their knowledge of Roman history and culture through interpreting Latin texts and through a more formal treatment of Roman history.
Open to Strake Jesuit students.

665 LATIN 3 (1 credit)
Latin 3 continues the further development of the skills learned in Latin 1 and 2 with an emphasis on the translation of authentic Latin texts; either ancient Roman or ancient Christian. As in Latin 2, emphasis will be placed on translation skills. Grammar will be reviewed.

670 LATIN 4 (1 credit)
In this course, students will read and study Vergil's Aeneid in Latin in the first semester. In the second semester, selections from Ovid's works will be covered. Latin grammar will be reviewed on a regular basis. English words with Latin roots will be studied in connection with the Latin vocabulary lists. Selected Latin authors will be read in English. Background material on the period and author of the selection that is being read will be given and discussed in class. A 300- to 500-word paper in English may be assigned critiquing the assigned author.
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

671 HONORS AP LATIN 4 (1 credit)
This course will follow the syllabus established by the College Board in preparation for the AP Latin Exam. Students will also have numerous sight reading tests for practice.
AP Course fee (includes AP exam): $92
Open to Strake Jesuit students.


680 MANDARIN 1 (1 credit)
This is a course designed for a complete beginner. Students who are already fluent or who speak Mandarin should be encouraged to take a different language. In the first year, students will become familiar with a totally different written language; Mandarin does not have an alphabet but characters. Mandarin is a tonal language with four tones. Particular attention will be placed on correct pronunciation.
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

681 MANDARIN 2 (1 credit)
Students in Mandarin 2 will continue to develop knowledge of written (characters and pinyin) and spoken Chinese, working in the four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course combines vocabulary and culture necessary for a student to write short paragraphs, and  respond in a more fluent dialogue setting. Culture will continue to shape the Mandarin 2 syllabus with emphasis on geography, history and philosophy.
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

682 MANDARIN 3 (1 credit)
Students in Mandarin 3 will continue to develop knowledge of written (characters and pinyin) and spoken Chinese, working in the four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will read selected authentic texts such as newspaper articles and literary works. Sentence patterns become more complex at this level and vocabulary more varied, so that students will develop skills to write a long paragraph, and respond in a more fluent dialogue setting. Culture will continue to shape the Mandarin 3 syllabus allowing for personal interests in philosophy, geography, history and current affairs.
Taken at Strake Jesuit. 

683 MANDARIN 4 (1 credit)
This course is designed for the student wishing to take Mandarin to a higher level, and who has demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written (characters and pinyin) Chinese. Emphasis will be placed on oral language, reworking sentence patterns and familiar vocabulary from previous years. Business Chinese will be an added focus of study, as well as literature through practice in reading comprehension, dialogues, and composition. 
Taken at Strake Jesuit. 

 
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