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Welcome To World Languages at Wilton High School!

The Department of World Languages encourages the study of one or more languages to promote global understanding. Language expresses the essence of a people and its study fosters a gradually deepening knowledge of the culture, geography, history and social institutions of another country or countries. In addition, it provides a differing perspective on one’s own culture and language.

World Language study is also a developmental experience which implies progressive learning of the fundamental skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The general goals of the World Language Department are to develop in students an increasing ability:

1) to understand the spoken world language, 2) to read it with ease and enjoyment, 3) to write it, and 4) to speak it. Attaining language proficiency is directly related to the learner’s motivation and to the time and effort expended. All courses in the World Language Program have access to the audio and computer language laboratory facilities. Scheduled language lab programs are designed to reinforce linguistic and lexical skills learned in the classroom, as well as to expand the horizon of language study through the use of cultural materials.

The table below indicates which languages are taught, which sequences are offered, and which electives may be selected. Actual courses depend on sufficient enrollment.

 

Paths of Study

*Please note that an Independent Study in Greek is also offered. Information on this offering is provided under the Independent Study section in the Special Programs section of the Program of Studies.

Language Offerings

FRENCH

 

THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED FRENCH 8 (GRADE 8):

 

WLF443: FRENCH III

Grade: 9 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 8.  

This course builds upon the basics of language learning (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation) established in previous courses. Specific objectives at this level are to continue the study of grammar, develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and foster cultural awareness of the francophone world. Emphasis will be placed on learning current vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase reading comprehension and oral fluency in authentic situations. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading. Aspects of French and francophone civilizations will be presented through a variety of materials and media.

 

WLF444: FRENCH IV

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III.  

This course continues to stress the acquisition of the fundamental language skills of listening, writing, speaking, and reading (fiction and nonfiction) using an interdisciplinary approach. Formal grammatical structures are studied at a more complex level. Emphasis will be placed on learning current vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase reading comprehension and oral fluency. Students will hear and read selected materials varying in length and difficulty to develop greater word recognition in context. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading.  Aspects of French and francophone civilizations will be presented through a variety of materials and media.

 

WLF449: FRENCH IV (HONORS)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, an A on the midterm exam, and the teacher’s recommendation in French III.  

In addition to fulfilling the curriculum requirements of French IV, honors students will also complete additional advanced-level coursework and assessments.  This may include selected literature, writing, portfolios, recordings, journals, teaching lessons, current events, projects and other performance-based assessments.

 

WLF447: FRENCH V

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full year Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French IV

In this course, students will build upon the lexical, grammatical and cultural components learned in French IV. They will complete the second half of D’accord 2  (units 4, 5, 6, 7), the textbook that they used in French IV. These last four units of D’accord 2 incorporate more advanced vocabulary and grammatical constructions than those used in the first half of the book. Students will continue improving their speaking, listening, writing, and  reading skills. They will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational). French and francophone culture and society will be studied through the use of various materials. Reading passages and listening exercises of a more advanced level will be used to enhance these skills. The class will be conducted entirely in French and students will be required to speak exclusively in the target language. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

 

WLF445: FRENCH V (HONORS)

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French IV (Honors) and teacher recommendation.

In this course, students will work on several thematic units. Emphasis will be placed on advanced structures, syntax and idioms. Students will work on interpersonal and presentational communication. The course will be taught mostly in French and students will be expected to use the target language during communication in groups and with the teacher. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript. Authentic short films from the Francophone world will be integrated in the instruction. An emphasis will also be placed on the study of the culture of diverse sections of the Francophone world. The Imaginez series provides students access to an e-text and an online supersite for interactive practice.

WLF446: FRENCH VI (HONORS)

Grade: 12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French V (Honors) and teacher recommendation.

In this course, students will read authentic contemporary cultural documents and selected literary works of prose and poetry from the Middle Ages to the present. Frequent compositions and oral presentations will be made in French and all classroom discussions will be conducted entirely in the French language. Grammar review will be stressed through the composition segment of the program. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading. Students will be required to perform with greater accuracy the basic skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

 

WLF448: ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE (HONORS)

Grade: 12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: B or better in French V (Honors), teacher recommendation, and completion of a preparatory summer assignment.  

Students who elect this course will develop their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in preparation for the AP French Language and Culture examination.  In addition to the material covered in French level VI Honors, AP students will write compositions regularly, prepare and submit recordings, read, analyze and discuss a variety of written text and audio segments, and will complete assigned grammatical review exercises.  This course follows the prescript of the College Entrance Examination Board and is viewed as the equivalent of an intermediate level college course. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive, interpersonal and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading. This course is taught entirely in French and only makes use of authentic French and francophone materials.

 

THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE BEGINNING FRENCH IN HIGH SCHOOL:

 

WLF441: FRENCH I               

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   Prerequisite: None

This course is offered to students wishing to begin the study of French in Grade 9 or to start the study of French as a second or third language. The students will practice the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will also learn about the cultures of France and other francophone countries.  Emphasis will be placed on learning current and high frequency vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase reading comprehension and oral fluency in authentic situations.

 

WLF442: FRENCH II (Not offered in 2019-2020)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year                Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I

 

This course is for students who have successfully completed French I. Students in this course will continue to develop and practice the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additional verb conjugations and other grammatical concepts will be covered in this course. The culture of France and other francophone countries will also continue to be an integral part of French II.

 

WLF443: FRENCH III

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French II.  

This course builds upon the basics of language learning (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation) established in previous courses. Specific objectives at this level are to continue the study of grammar, develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and foster cultural awareness of the francophone world. Emphasis will be placed on learning current vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase reading comprehension and oral fluency in authentic situations. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading. Aspects of French and francophone civilizations will be presented through a variety of materials and media.

 

WLF444: FRENCH IV

Grade: 12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III.  

This course continues to stress the acquisition of the fundamental language skills of listening, writing, speaking, and reading (fiction and nonfiction) using an interdisciplinary approach. Formal grammatical structures are studied at a more complex level. Emphasis will be placed on learning current vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase reading comprehension and oral fluency. Students will hear and read selected materials varying in length and difficulty to develop greater word recognition in context. Students will regularly practice all forms of communication (interpretive and presentational) in the context of writing, speaking, listening and reading.  Aspects of French and francophone civilizations will be presented through a variety of materials and media.

 

WLF449: FRENCH IV (HONORS)

Grade: 12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, an A on the midterm exam, and the teacher’s recommendation in French III.  

In addition to fulfilling the curriculum requirements of French IV, honors students will also complete additional advanced-level coursework and assessments.  This may include selected literature, writing, portfolios, recordings, journals, teaching lessons, current events, projects and other performance-based assessments.

GERMAN

 

WLG481: GERMAN I               

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: None.

This course is an introduction to German for students who are interested in starting a new language or studying a second language. The four skill areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing are covered. Emphasis is placed on communication and vocabulary acquisition in real-world contexts.  Students will interact using various modalities and using technology. Culture and geography are an integral part of the course and are reinforced through class projects, online activities, DVDs, and music.   

 

WLG482: GERMAN II                

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of German I.  

This course will continue to develop skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. More emphasis is placed on grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and oral communication in real-world contexts. Active participation in class is essential and students will interact using various modalities and technology. Culture and geography are an integral part of the course and are reinforced through class projects and online activities, DVDs and music.

 

WLG483: GERMAN III      

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of German II.

This course builds on the basics covered in levels one and two and introduces increasingly complex grammar necessary for effective communication. Students are expected to speak German as often as possible. Idiomatic expressions, as well as longer reading passages will accompany more advanced vocabulary.  Poetry and song lyrics will help to build vocabulary acquisition. Culture will continue to play a key role. Students will use the technology available to challenge and enhance their skills. Students will write and perform a short play in the second semester in preparation for the Languages & Art Festival in the Spring.

 

WLG484: GERMAN IV                

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of German III.

Emphasis is placed on speaking the language as frequently as possible. Topics for discussion will have a cultural basis and will include some aspects of current events in German-speaking countries and the EU. Students will be encouraged to use more complex language. Selected readings will provide an introduction to literature. Readings will include short stories, fairy tales, and the epic poem:  Nibelungen. Students will also study the films, “Die Welle” and “Goodbye, Lenin” in the context of German culture and recent German history. The four skill areas will continue to be reinforced through practice and review. Students are expected to keep a journal. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

 

WLG485: GERMAN IV (HONORS)                

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, a B+ on the midterm exam, and the teacher’s recommendation in German III.

In addition to fulfilling the curriculum requirements of German 4th Year, honors students will also complete additional advanced-level coursework and assessments. This may include selected literature, writing, journals, current events, projects and other performance-based assessments. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

LATIN

 

WLL451: LATIN I              

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: None.  

This course uses the Cambridge Latin Course, designed to teach the comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes and to develop an understanding of the content, style and values of Roman civilization.  Emphasis will also be placed on grammar, vocabulary building, and topics such as mythology, history, and Roman culture.

 

WLL452: LATIN II                

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin I.

This course continues with the Cambridge Latin Course designed to teach the comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes. Intermediate and advanced forms of syntax and vocabulary are emphasized, with selected readings from Catullus, Ovid, and Caesar.  Students will also continue their study of Roman History, Government and Social Customs, as well as Classical Mythology and English words derived from Latin and Greek roots.

 

WLL453: LATIN III                

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin II.

This course focuses on the reading of original Latin literature.  Advanced forms of syntax will be emphasized through selected readings from Vergil and Ovid.  Students will read and interpret extensive selections from the Aeneid or Metamorphoses, focusing on figures of speech, diction, meter and the Latin literary tradition.  

 

WLL454: LATIN IV                

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin III and teacher recommendation.  

This course emphasizes the development of language skills (including advanced grammar, syntax, and vocabulary) necessary for the reading of original Latin literature.  Authors which students may read in this course include Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Cicero or Caesar.  In addition to advanced language study, students will also continue their study of such important topics as Roman history, government, and social customs, classical mythology and Graeco-Roman art.  Latin IV students ordinarily take a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ALIRA test in the spring and, upon passing will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

 

WLL456: LATIN IV (HONORS)               

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of B+ for the first two quarters, a B+ on the midterm exam, and the teacher’s recommendation in Latin III.  

In addition to fulfilling the curriculum requirements of Latin IV, honors students will also complete additional advanced-level coursework and assessments. This may include selected literature, writing, portfolios, recordings, journals, teaching lessons, current events, projects and other performance-based assessments. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ALIRA test in the spring and, upon passing will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

SPANISH

 

THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED SPANISH 8 IN GRADE 8 OR SPANISH II AT WILTON HIGH SCHOOL:

 

WLS462: SPANISH II                

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 8 at Middlebrook (or Spanish I at WHS) with lower than a B+ and the teacher’s recommendation.  

This course will continue to develop the basics of language learning in oral competence, reading skills, formal grammar and writing.  Students will learn more verb tenses and other grammatical concepts as they develop oral and listening competence. A strong focus on vocabulary will also further enhance their reading and writing skills at this level.  Cultural aspects will be an integral part of the class.

 

WLS473: SPANISH III

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 8 at Middlebrook (or Spanish II at WHS) with a B+ or better and the teacher’s recommendation.

This course builds upon the basics of language learning begun in previous courses. By the end of the year students will be able to exchange written and oral information with other students about memorable experiences in their lives, the outdoors, art, and health. They will have to compare, contrast, analyze and apply the uses of the present, preterit, and imperfect tenses in everyday tasks, class discussions, and homework assignments; and integrate the learned concepts in performance based assessments such as quizzes, tests, and interpersonal and presentational tasks. Emphasis will be placed on learning vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase comprehension and fluency in authentic situations as well as fostering cultural awareness. A variety of materials and media will be used. The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

 

WLS474: SPANISH IV

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III.  

This course expands the understanding and production of the target language by using authentic resources from the Spanish speaking world. Specific cultural themes provide the context to learn and apply grammar and vocabulary and to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the presentational, interpretive and interpersonal modes. Resources include short stories, articles and videos. As the school year progresses, students are expected to increase the use of the target language when they collaborate in small group activities and participate in whole class discussions. Language labs are another resource used to apply concepts learned in class to simulated real world life situations. This class will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

 

WLS478: SPANISH IV (HONORS)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, a proficient score on the qualifying speaking and written assessment as well as the Spanish III teacher’s recommendation based on attitude, class participation and commitment to learn about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  

This course expands on language acquisition by incorporating resources that will further develop students’ communicative skills. Students will sharpen their writing skills by completing interpersonal and presentational writing samples. They will also develop interpretive reading skills through short stories and other authentic materials. Students will enhance their interpersonal and presentational speaking skills by producing recordings and participating in classroom oral activities. This class is conducted in the target language, at a faster pace and the content is explored more in-depth than Spanish IV. Students are expected to use the target language at all times.

 

WLS479: SPANISH IV/V (HONORS)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, an exemplary score on the qualifying speaking and written assessment as well as the Spanish III teacher’s recommendation based on attitude, class participation and commitment to learn about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  

This is a compacted course that combines both Spanish IV Honors and Spanish V Honors into one academic year. It is aligned to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language & Culture and subsequently AP Spanish Literature & Culture courses.  This course will broaden students’ linguistic knowledge base and enhance their cultural awareness at an advanced level and accelerated pace. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript. (See course descriptions for Spanish IV Honors and Spanish V Honors).

 

WLS481: SPANISH V

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish IV and Teacher Recommendation

This class offers the opportunity for students to improve their listening, oral and writing skills and to strengthen their reading skills through the study of various literary pieces.  Students are expected to participate in discussions in Spanish on authentic materials. Reading passages and listening exercises of a more advanced level will be used to enhance those skills.  A review of grammar, idioms, and verb usage will be an ongoing process throughout the year. Films from Spanish-speaking countries will also be studied to emphasize culture and communication. This class is conducted in Spanish and students are required to speak exclusively in the target language. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

 

WLS475: SPANISH V (HONORS)              

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish IV (Honors) and teacher recommendation.  

In addition to fulfilling the curriculum requirements of Spanish V, Spanish V Honors students will complete advanced-level coursework and assessments. This course will broaden students’ linguistic knowledge base and enhance their cultural awareness at a rigorous and accelerated pace. This may include selected literature, writing, portfolios, recordings, journals, teaching lessons, current events, projects and other performance-based assessments. Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

 

WLS476: SPANISH VI            

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish V.

This course offers students the opportunity to improve their communication skills, placing emphasis on conversation and composition applied to real world scenarios.  Students are expected to understand formal and informal Spanish. Resources such as literary works, articles and videos from Spanish speaking countries are used as context to write narratives, direct responses and essays; to participate in class discussions and interviews  and to create skits and oral presentations. Language labs are used for more focused interactive speaking and collaborative tasks. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

 

WLS483: UCONN ECE SPANISH CONVERSATION & COMPOSITION (HONORS)

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: B or better in Spanish IV/V (Honors) or Spanish V (Honors) or Spanish VI or AP Spanish Language or AP Spanish Literature and the teacher’s recommendation.

In this year long course students have the option to enroll in two UConn intermediate semester courses through the ECE (Early College Experience) program. This option requires a nominal fee, and in order to earn 6 college credits, a student must earn a C or better and fulfill the requirements of the courses (as outlined in UConn’s Course Catalog):

SPA 3178 Intermediate Spanish Composition

This is a semester course that aims at expanding and refining students writing skills through a variety of formal and informal formats and real life written communicative tasks.  This course also prepares students and provides them with ample opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in writing through the application of writing composition protocols such as purpose, intended reader of the texts, linguistic elements and structures.

SPA 3179 Spanish Conversation: Cultural Topics

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to demonstrate their oral proficiency in the Spanish language at an upper-intermediate university level (intermediate-advanced range speaking proficiency)  in the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational), using a variety of formal and informal formats and real life situation tasks. This course is conducted solely in Spanish .

 

WLS477: ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE (HONORS)

Grade: 11-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: B or better in Spanish IV/V (Honors) or Spanish V (Honors), an acceptable performance on the placement test given in January, completion of preparatory summer assignments and teacher recommendation..  

Students who elect this course will develop proficiency by integrating their language skills while using authentic materials and sources.  In preparation for the AP Spanish language examination, students will make appropriate content and cultural inferences and predictions from written and listening resources, improve their interpersonal and presentational communicative skills, produce informal and formal writing samples, and read with increased speed and comprehension.  In addition, students will complete assigned grammar review exercises and demonstrate competence in their knowledge of the culture of the Spanish speaking world. Students who enroll in this course typically take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam in May.

 

WLS480: ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE (HONORS)

Grade: 12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A- or better in AP Spanish Language & Culture, completion of preparatory summer assignments and teacher recommendation..  

This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a third-year college course in Peninsular and Latin American literature. Students will be introduced to the formal study of a representative body of literary texts, exposing them to a wide variety of genres and types of discourse from the 14th century through modern times. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities). The overarching aims of the course are to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills - with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing - and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish. Students who enroll in this course will be expected to take the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam in early May.

 

THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE BEGINNING SPANISH IN HIGH SCHOOL:

 

WLS461: SPANISH I               

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: None.  

This course is offered to students wishing to begin the study of Spanish in Grade 9 or to start the study of Spanish as a second or third language.  Students will learn the basic sound structures of the language and stress oral accuracy in pronunciation. High frequency vocabulary will be presented in context and practiced in a variety of situations.  Grammar will be taught to encourage accurate written and oral communication. Cultural aspects will be an integral part of the class. This class is designed for students who have had no previous Spanish language study.  

 

WLS462: SPANISH II                

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I.  

This course will continue to develop the basics of language learning in oral competence, reading skills, formal grammar and writing.  Students will learn more verb tenses and other grammatical concepts as they develop oral and listening competence. A strong focus on vocabulary will also further enhance their reading and writing skills at this level.  Cultural aspects will be an integral part of the class.

 

WLS473: SPANISH III

Grade: 9-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II.  

This course builds upon the basics of language learning begun in previous courses. By the end of the year students will be able to exchange written and oral information with other students about memorable experiences in their lives, the outdoors, art, and health. They will have to compare, contrast, analyze and apply the uses of the present, preterit, and imperfect tenses in everyday tasks, class discussions, and homework assignments; and integrate the learned concepts in performance based assessments such as quizzes, tests, and interpersonal and presentational tasks. Emphasis will be placed on learning vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase comprehension and fluency in authentic situations as well as fostering cultural awareness. A variety of materials and media will be used. The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

 

WLS474: SPANISH IV

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III.  

This course expands the understanding and production of the target language by using authentic resources from the Spanish speaking world. Specific cultural themes provide the context to learn and apply grammar and vocabulary and to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the presentational, interpretive and interpersonal modes. Resources include short stories, articles and videos. As the school year progresses, students are expected to increase the use of the target language when they collaborate in small group activities and participate in whole class discussions. Language labs are another resource used to apply concepts learned in class to simulated real world life situations. This class will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

 

WLS478: SPANISH IV (HONORS)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, a proficient score on the qualifying speaking and written assessment as well as the Spanish III teacher’s recommendation based on attitude, class participation and commitment to learn about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  

This course expands on language acquisition by incorporating resources that will further develop students’ communicative skills. Students will sharpen their writing skills by completing interpersonal and presentational writing samples. They will also develop interpretive reading skills through short stories and other authentic materials. Students will enhance their interpersonal and presentational speaking skills by producing recordings and participating in classroom oral activities. This class is conducted in the target language, at a faster pace and the content is explored more in-depth than Spanish IV. Students are expected to use the target language at all times.

 

WLS479: SPANISH IV/V (HONORS)

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1   

Prerequisite: A cumulative average of A for the first two quarters, an exemplary score on the qualifying speaking and written assessment as well as the Spanish III teacher’s recommendation based on attitude, class participation and commitment to learn about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  

This is a compacted course that combines both Spanish IV Honors and Spanish V Honors into one academic year. It is aligned to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language & Culture and subsequently AP Spanish Literature & Culture courses.  This course will broaden students’ linguistic knowledge base and enhance their cultural awareness at an advanced level and accelerated pace. (See course descriptions for Spanish IV Honors and Spanish V Honors).Over the course of the year, students will prepare for the proficiency-based ACTFL testing in the spring and, upon passing all four of the sections (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

ANCIENT GREEK

 

CLASSICAL GREEK LANGUAGE - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Grade: 10-12 Duration: Full Year Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher approval and independent study contract required.

Beginning Greek

This course covers essential grammar, vocabulary and readings for first year Attic Greek.  Students move at an accelerated pace through all forms, including the Greek verb system, and switch to a Homeric Greek textbook in the fourth quarter.

Intermediate Greek

Students continue their study of Homeric Greek with an intensive focus on the unique vocabulary and grammar of the Homeric poems.  In the spring semester students read approximately 500 original lines from Odyssey Book 9.

Advanced Greek (Level III or IV)

Open to third and fourth year Greek students, this class focuses in the first semester on two selected books from the Homeric poems.  In the spring semester students will read a complete tragedy of Sophocles or Euripides. In past years, students have read Euripides' Medea, Bacchae, and Electra, and Sophocles' Oedipus and Antigone.