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World Languages

Suggested Course Sequence

10

11

 12

  • French II
  • French III
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Latin II
  • French III
  • French IV
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Latin III
  • French IV
  • French V
  • Spanish IV
  • Spanish V
  • Latin IV

Please Note:

  • Students who successfully completed French I or Spanish I in middle school will receive a letter grade and one credit and will be reflected on their transcript, upon completion of French II or Spanish II.  The grade will not be included in the student’s high school GPA.
  • Students may take two languages in the same year (ex. Spanish II & French I or French III and Latin I).

 


French I (410)    1 credit Elective

  • Approved NCAA Course  

The main goal of this course is to learn the basics of the French language. Listening and speaking skills are a prime concern, thus the emphasis is on meaningful communication in everyday situations. Students practice grammar, vocabulary, and idioms orally and then have these skills reinforced in reading and writing. The makeup of this class will include students with and without prior experience in French.

What will you Learn?

Students will:

  • participate in conversations and stories
  • piece together language to make meaning
  • demonstrate understanding through stories, skits, and role plays
  • demonstrate understanding through oral and written production
  • read and discuss level-appropriate novels and the cultural topics that they address
  • increase their multicultural awareness and appreciation
  • gain confidence through classroom interactions
  • learn to further persevere when inferring meaning and expressing themselves in the target language

How will you be Assessed?

  • Students will self-assess and receive feedback in relation to learning scales, based on their group and individual work.
  • Summative performance tasks will assess listening comprehension and reading comprehension, as well as students’ written and oral language production.

 


French II (412)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in French I or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

The second level of French is a critical level, designed to increase the student’s fluency and confidence in the language through continued reading, vocabulary enrichment, listening, oral practice and cultural awareness. Students will interact with a variety of resources, including authentic cultural materials in order to express themselves in more detail.

What will you Learn?

Students will:

  • participate in conversations and stories
  • piece together language to make meaning using more complex and longer sentences than in level 1
  • demonstrate understanding through stories, skits, and role plays
  • demonstrate understanding through oral and written production
  • read and discuss level-appropriate novels and the cultural topics that they address
  • begin to identify different verb tenses and their appropriate usage
  • increase their multicultural awareness and appreciation
  • gain confidence through classroom interactions
  • learn to further persevere when inferring meaning and expressing themselves in the target language

How will you be Assessed?

  • Students will self-assess and receive feedback in relation to learning scales, based on their group and individual work.
  • Summative performance tasks will assess listening comprehension and reading comprehension, as well as students’ written and oral language production.

 


French III (414)     1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in French II or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

This course builds on students’ abilities in basic French, while increasing their understanding and use of accurate grammatical structures. There is an emphasis on conversational French that is useful for expressing one’s needs, opinions, and experiences. Students will be expected to produce more language than in Levels 1 and 2.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation and class activities.
  • Students will increase their listening competency through videos, recordings, and stories.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension through authentic short stories, novels, and Internet articles.
  • Students will improve their acquisition through structured story re-tells and personalized writing activities.
  • Students will increase their cultural awareness through readings, films, presentations, music, cooking, guest speakers, and hopefully cross-cultural exchange!

How will you be Assessed? 

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations.

 


French IV Honors (416)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in French III or permission of current teacher

At the fourth level of French offered at Harwood, all areas of language competency are refined to make the students more comfortable communicating in French at an intermediate level. Methods of instruction are extremely diverse, and themes probe students’ opinions, experiences and creativity due to their higher proficiency in the target language.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation, both thematic and open, with a particular focus on current events.
  • Students will continue to increase their listening competency through videos and recordings borrowed from the internet.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension using authentic short stories, internet articles and various excerpts from French works.
  • Writing abilities will improve through the acquisition of more complex grammatical structures and tenses, notably through their short story and writing.
  • Students will also increase their cultural awareness through readings, film, presentations, song, cooking, guest speakers and hopefully penpal communication and travel!

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations

 

 

French V Honors (418)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in French IV or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

French V is a course in which students strive to reach an advanced level. Great emphasis is placed on expressing students’ opinions and experiences in order to maximize their accurate articulation in French. Increasing students’ proficiency to the point where they are comfortable communicating in the target language is the ultimate purpose of this course.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation, both thematic and open, with a particular focus on current events.
  • Students will increase their listening competency through videos and recordings borrowed from the internet.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension using authentic short stories, internet articles and various excerpts from French works of increased complexity.
  • Writing abilities will improve through the acquisition of more complex and advanced grammatical structures and tenses, notably through their short story and personalized writing.
  • Students will also increase their cultural awareness through readings, presentations, song, cooking, guest speakers and hopefully penpal communication and travel!

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations

 

 

Latin I (430)    1 credit Elective

  • Approved NCAA Course

The first year of Latin is designed to teach the fundamentals of the language and how it influences our own English language. By studying Latin vocabulary, students learn how English words are derived from Latin words. By studying the forms of grammar and syntax of Latin, students learn how to identify the integral parts of a sentence and how to construct a proper paragraph. By studying the culture of Rome, its daily life, education, mythology, government, literature, and art, students can learn about the roots of America’s heritage.

What will you Learn?

Students will:

  • identify, explain, describe and apply grammatical concepts to written and oral use of the Latin language
  • use correct grammatical notions of agreement
  • identify cultural issues in presented material
  • identify characteristics of cognates and root words
  • compare different ranges of meaning in Latin and English
  • increase multicultural awareness and appreciation
  • gain confidence through classroom interactions

How will you be Assessed?

  • Students will self-assess and receive feedback in relation to learning scales, based on their group and individual work.
  • Summative performance tasks will assess reading comprehension, as well as students’ understanding of relevant cultural issues.

 


Latin II (432)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in Latin I, or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

Building on a foundation established in Latin I, students will continue their exploration of the morphological and grammatical underpinnings of the Latin language. In doing so, students will broaden their understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.  In addition, students will continue their inquiry into the nature of Roman culture and society by focusing on, among other things, how Rome both influenced and was influenced by the territories it conquered.

What will you Learn?

  • Student will continue to greatly increase their English vocabulary.
  • Students will learn complex grammatical constructions.
  • Students will learn to translate prepared passages from the textbook as well as poems by Catullus and selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.
  • Students will learn aspects of Greek and Roman mythology and Roman history.
  • Students will learn several dozen different species of trees, their common and scientific names, and the meaning of their scientific names.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Vocabulary and grammar quizzes, homework
  • Writing assignments, projects, presentations, tests, final exam

 


Latin III: Prose Honors (434)     1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in Latin II, or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

Building on a foundation established in Latin I and II, students will further strengthen their grasp of the morphological and grammatical underpinnings of the Latin language with an aim towards reading unadapted Latin prose. In doing so, students will broaden their understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.  In addition, through a close examination of Rome’s intellectual and artistic heritage, students will continue their inquiry into the nature of Roman culture and society.

What will you Learn?

  • Student will continue to greatly increase their English vocabulary.
  • Students will learn complex grammatical constructions.
  • Students will learn to translate prepared passages, culminating with the translation, interpretation and discussion of Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis.
  • Students will learn about aspects of Greek and Roman architecture, their similarities, orders of columns, and the technical terms for the parts of a temple.
  • Students will learn aspects of Greek and Roman history, society and philosophy.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Vocabulary and grammar quizzes, homework
  • Writing assignments, projects, presentations, tests, final exam

 


Latin IV Honors (435)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in Latin III, or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

Building on a foundation established in earlier Latin courses, students will further strengthen their grasp of the morphological and grammatical underpinnings of the Latin language with an aim toward reading unadapted Latin poetry. In addition, students will engage in a close study of both the various metrical patterns in which Latin poetry was written and the many literary devices used by its authors. Along the way, students will continue their inquiry into the nature of Roman culture with specific focus on the socio-historical context out of which Latin literature developed.  

What will you Learn?

  • Student will continue to greatly increase their English vocabulary.
  • Students will learn complex grammatical constructions.
  • Students will read, scan, translate and analyze poetry of Martial, Phaedrus, Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil.
  • Students will learn over 30 literary and poetic devices.
  • Students will learn compare and contrast the lives of important authors in order to facilitate their understanding of the nature of Roman literature and society.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Vocabulary and grammar quizzes, homework
  • Writing assignments, projects, presentations, tests, final exam

 

 

Spanish I (440)     1 credit Elective

  • Approved NCAA Course                                                                                                           

The main goal of this course is to learn the basics of the Spanish language. Listening and speaking skills are a prime concern, thus the emphasis is on meaningful communication in everyday situations. Students practice grammar, vocabulary, and idioms orally and then have these skills reinforced in reading and writing. Most students in this class will not have had prior experience in Spanish.

What will you Learn?

Students will:

  • participate in conversations and stories
  • piece together language to make meaning
  • demonstrate understanding through stories, skits, and role plays
  • demonstrate understanding through oral and written production
  • read and discuss level-appropriate novels and the cultural topics that they address
  • increase their multicultural awareness and appreciation
  • gain confidence through classroom interactions
  • learn to further persevere when inferring meaning and expressing themselves in the target language

How will you be Assessed?

  • Students will self-assess and receive feedback in relation to learning scales, based on their group and individual work.
  • Summative performance tasks will assess listening comprehension and reading comprehension, as well as students’ written and oral language production.

 


Spanish II (441)    1 credit Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or higher, permission of Spanish I or grade 8 Spanish teacher
  • pproved NCAA Course

The second level of Spanish is a critical level, designed to increase the student’s fluency and confidence in the language through continued reading, vocabulary enrichment, listening, oral practice and cultural awareness. Students will interact with a variety of resources, including authentic cultural materials in order to express themselves in more detail.

What will you Learn?

Students will:

  • participate in conversations and stories
  • piece together language to make meaning using more complex and longer sentences than in level 1
  • demonstrate understanding through stories, skits, and role plays
  • demonstrate understanding through oral and written production
  • read and discuss level-appropriate novels and the cultural topics that they address
  • begin to identify different verb tenses and their appropriate usage
  • increase their multicultural awareness and appreciation
  • gain confidence through classroom interactions
  • learn to further persevere when inferring meaning and expressing themselves in the target language

How will you be Assessed?

  • Students will self-assess and receive feedback in relation to learning scales, based on their group and individual work.
  • Summative performance tasks will assess listening comprehension and reading comprehension, as well as students’ written and oral language production.

 

Spanish III (444)    1 credit

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or higher in Spanish II or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

This course builds on students’ abilities in basic Spanish, while increasing their understanding and use of accurate grammatical structures. Students will explore additional cultural topics in the target language through current events, novels, films, and guest speakers. Level 3 is designed to increase a student's fluency and confidence in the language through continued reading, vocabulary, and oral practice. There is an emphasis on conversational Spanish that is useful for expressing one’s needs, opinions, and experiences. Students will be expected to produce more language than in Levels 1 and 2.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation and class activities.
  • Students will increase their listening competency through videos, recordings, and stories.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension through authentic short stories, novels, and Internet articles.
  • Students will perform structured story re-tells and personalized writing activities in order to improve their language skills.
  • Students will increase their cultural awareness through readings, films, presentations, music, cooking, guest speakers, and hopefully cross-cultural exchange!

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Projects and presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations

 


Spanish IV Honors (446)    1 credit  Elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or higher in Spanish III or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

This course builds on students’ conversational Spanish abilities, while increasing their understanding and use of accurate grammatical structures and verb tenses. At the fourth level of Spanish, all areas of language competency are refined to help the students become more comfortable communicating in Spanish at an intermediate level.  Students can expect diverse methods of instruction in Spanish as they explore and discuss new material with greater complexity and proficiency.  

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation and in-class activities.
  • Students will increase their listening competency through videos, recordings, stories and guided class discussions.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension through an analysis of authentic short stories, songs, poems, novels, and Internet articles.
  • Students will perform structured story re-tells and personalized writing activities in order to improve their language skills.
  • Students will increase their cultural awareness through readings, films, presentations, music, cooking, guest speakers, and hopefully cross-cultural exchanges!

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Projects and presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations

 


Spanish V Honors (448)     1 credit

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or higher in French IV or permission of current teacher
  • Approved NCAA Course

Spanish V is a course in which students strive to reach an advanced level of language comprehension and production. Great emphasis is placed on expressing students’ needs, opinions and experiences in order to maximize their accurate articulation in Spanish. Students can expect to continue refining and learning more grammatical structures and verb tenses through diverse methods of instruction. Increasing students’ proficiency to the point where they are comfortable communicating in the target language is the ultimate purpose of this course.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will improve their speaking skills through daily conversation and in-class activities.
  • Students will increase their listening competency through videos, recordings, stories and guided class discussions.
  • Students will improve their reading comprehension through an analysis of authentic short stories, songs, poems, novels, and Internet articles.
  • Students will perform structured story re-tells and personalized writing activities in order to improve their language skills.
  • Students will increase their cultural awareness through readings, films, presentations, music, cooking, guest speakers, and hopefully cross-cultural exchanges!

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class participation; role-play; homework (written and listening); class work; quizzes
  • Projects and presentations (individual and group); formal writing and reflections; oral communication challenges in specific practical situations