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World and Classical Languages Course Descriptions

Spanish I

This is a dynamic course which adapts to the needs and abilities of the students through differentiated instruction. Students develop a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the Spanish language through a variety of creative, interactive activities that integrate presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal communication. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of Spanish and Hispanic culture through authentic audiovisual materials, direct oral and written contact with native speakers, and connections and comparisons with their own culture and communities.

Spanish II

In this course, students build on the foundation established in Spanish I. We continue to emphasize the fundamentals of the Spanish language and to challenge students to increase the breadth and complexity of their language skills through a variety of creative, interactive activities that integrate presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal communication. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of Spanish and Hispanic culture through authentic audiovisual materials, direct oral and written contact with native speakers, and connections and comparisons with their own culture and communities.

Spanish III

Spanish III is conducted almost entirely in Spanish. Students continue to develop their skills by hearing and speaking Spanish in class, studying authentic texts, doing internet research, writing essays, seeing videos, corresponding with Spanish speakers, and listening to guest speakers. Students improve their vocabulary and more advanced language functions, including persuasion, are introduced.

Spanish IV

With this class, students proceed with an accelerated study of the language enabling them to pursue more advanced levels. Here, students will continue perfecting oral production, auditory comprehension, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to acquire knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in both formal and informal settings. The activities in the classroom, projects, and assignments are designed to expose students to communicative situations that promote the practice of grammar, idiomatic expressions, pronunciation and vocabulary in context. Also, students will continue to explore the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish V

With this class, students proceed with an accelerated study of the language enabling them to pursue more advanced levels. Here, students will continue perfecting oral production, auditory comprehension, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to acquire knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in both formal and informal settings. The activities in the classroom, projects, and assignments are designed to expose students to communicative situations that promote the practice of grammar, idiomatic expressions, pronunciation and vocabulary in context. Also, students will continue to explore the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries.

AP Spanish LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Departmental approval required

This course prepares students for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination. Classroom activities expose students to a variety of communicative situations to familiarize them with different nuances of the language and to promote fluency and accuracy in language use. It engages students in the exploration, awareness, and appreciation of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, focusing on cultural products, practices and perspectives as described in the National Standards for Foreign Language Education. The course also emphasizes the development of the students’ interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. The exercises, AP sessions, and evaluations provide practice to help the students improve test-taking techniques.

The Spanish-Speaking World Through Film

This fall semester course is intended for advanced level students who, having taken Spanish 4 or Spanish 5, would like to further develop proficiency in the language as they learn more about the cultures in which Spanish is spoken. Students will expand their cultural and historical knowledge of Latin America as they use language in a meaningful way to discuss the different historical and cultural aspects portrayed in the films, while further developing their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will keep a journal in Spanish, which will be turned in at the end of the course. This exercise will provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the themes of each film and write their own critical commentary.

Hispanic Studies

This spring semester course is designed as an elective to those students who, having taken all 3 years of the Spanish requirement, wish to continue using and perfecting the language. The course is divided into thematic units as the means to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. It focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature and magazine articles with the goal of providing a rich learning experience. Students communicate using advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build language skills. The course offers the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency across the modes of communication - interpretive, interpersonal and presentational - while broadening the knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries.

French I

This course is an introduction to the language and cultures of the French-speaking world. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the sound system and verb structures in the present, past and near future tenses. They will describe themselves, ask questions to elicit information about each other, discuss school-related activities, likes and dislikes, hobbies and pastimes. Students will experience culture through a variety of media and through researching various French-speaking locations. They will develop their proficiency through daily oral participation, role-playing, class discussions, listening, reading and writing activities. Students will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through oral interviews, written quizzes, presentations and unit exams.

French II

Students in French II will continue the progressive development of the language skills which they learned in French I. They will expand their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and linguistic structures with a focus on communication. They will further investigate the cultures and civilizations of the French-speaking countries through special research projects. Students will practice their conversational skills through dramatization, cooperative learning, paired practice, oral presentations and class discussions. In class, students will express themselves in French whenever possible. They will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through oral interviews, written quizzes, presentations, in-class compositions, spontaneous conversational skills and unit exams.

French III

Students will improve those language skills acquired in French I and II. They will gain greater oral proficiency in the language and increase their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Students will use their language skills to acquire a background of the history and culture of French-speaking countries by reading short stories and poetry and authentic documents such as newspaper and magazine articles. Short skits will be used also. They will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through oral interviews, written quizzes, presentations, in-class compositions, spontaneous conversational skills and unit exams.

French IV

Students will improve upon those language skills acquired in previous levels. They will increase their command of the spoken and written language through reflection and analysis. Students will continue to develop language skills based upon abstract concepts. They will read and write more extensively while examining advanced grammatical structures. Students will continue to investigate the history and culture associated with the target language. They will also read authentic documents and listen to French news broadcasts. They will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through interviews, written quizzes, presentations, in-class compositions, spontaneous conversations and unit exams. The class will be conducted primarily in the target language.

French V

Departmental approval required

In this course, students will start preparing for the Advanced Placement French course. Students will write narrations and do research projects, present and justify their own opinions orally, and communicate facts and ideas with a good accent and in a grammatically correct fashion. Students will increase their appreciation for the richness of Francophone literature, history and culture. They will read authentic documents and listen to broadcasts from a variety of Francophone countries. Students will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through oral interviews, written quizzes, presentations and unit exams. Upon successful completion of this course, students may be able to approach the AP French level with confidence.

AP French LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Departmental approval required

In this course, students will prepare for the Advanced Placement French Language Examination. Students will write narrations and research projects, present and justify their own opinions orally, and communicate facts and ideas with an accurate accent and in a grammatically correct fashion. Students will increase their appreciation for the richness of Francophone literature, history and culture. They will read authentic documents and listen to broadcasts from a variety of Francophone countries. Students will complete daily homework assignments and will show proficiency through oral interviews, written quizzes, presentations and unit exams. They will also have the opportunity to practice AP style exams before the actual exam. Upon successful completion of this course, students may receive college credit through the Advanced Placement Examination offered by the College Board.

CINEMATIC FRANCOPHONE IDENTITY

Intended for students who already have fulfilled the language requirement with courses in French, this semester elective explores Francophone identity through film. We will watch 5 different francophone films and discuss history and cultural competency of the different cultures to understand what it means to be culturally aware and “Francophone."

Mandarin I

This course is a beginning Mandarin Chinese language course designed for students with no Chinese language background. Following the guidelines of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education, this course provides a firm base of knowledge and skills for subsequent courses in Mandarin. In this course, students will develop the skills to comprehend readings of simple sentences and short paragraphs containing the characters required in the book; ask questions and carry on simple conversations about such topics as family, nationality, and the calendar; share likes and dislikes regarding animals, food, and fruit; give brief oral messages and presentations about people, family, and school; write characters with the correct stroke order; write simple sentences in Chinese characters regarding the topics covered. In addition, the students will be able to gain an understanding of basic aspects of Chinese culture. In addition, each student will be corresponding with Chinese pen-pals of our partner school in China.

Mandarin II

This course will build on the knowledge and skills developed in Mandarin I and will continue to follow the National Standards and to focus on the three primary modes of communication: impersonal, interpretive, and presentational. In this course, students will develop the skills to comprehend short, simple conversations and narratives on topics covered; comprehend readings of short paragraphs containing the characters required in the book; initiate and carry on conversations to exchange information and express opinions about such topics as weather, transportation, location, and sports; give brief oral presentations about topics such as school and daily life activities; tell stories based on pictures that reflect familiar daily contexts; and write messages to respond to email in Chinese characters regarding familiar contexts. In addition, students will be able to gain understanding of basic aspects of Chinese culture, such as festivals, street markets, and students’ activities. In addition, each student will be corresponding with Chinese pen-pals at our partner school in Kunming.

Mandarin III

Designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin II, this course will continue the building-block approach to skill development and focus on the three primary modes of communication: impersonal, interpretive, and presentational. This course is conducted mostly in the target language, with listening and speaking skills developed by having students interact regularly in Chinese with classmates and the teacher. In this course, students will develop the skills to understand main ideas and key facts from simple texts, such as public announcements and short, straightforward instructions dealing with daily life (e.g., recipes); read consistently with increased understanding simple, connected texts, such as short, straightforward descriptions of places and travel itineraries; demonstrate increased ease and accuracy in pronouncing Chinese sounds and tones; and give both brief oral presentations and written messages about topics such as schools, school schedules, and communities. Students will continue to develop their understanding of basic aspects of Chinese culture, including festivals, foods, and cooking, as well as important places and scenic spots in China. In addition, each student will be corresponding with Chinese pen-pals at our partner school in Kunming.

Mandarin IV

Intended for students who have successfully completed Mandarin III, this course will continue the process of skill development, digging deeper into the Chinese language and culture, while still focusing on three primary modes of communication: impersonal, interpretive, and presentational. This course is conducted in the target language. In this course, students will develop the skills to initiate conversations and respond to questions relating to personal experiences; express personal views or exchange opinions about social issues, such as generation gaps, student driving, and pollution; comprehend readings of short paragraphs containing a wider variety of characters; write short stories based on pictures using level-appropriate syntax with accuracy; and write short paragraphs concerning different social issues using culturally-appropriate vocabulary and structures. In addition, students will develop a broader understanding and appreciation for different aspects of Chinese culture, including festivals and Chinese medicine, as well as famous figures of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In addition, each student will be corresponding with Chinese pen-pals at our partner school in Kunming.

MANDARIN V

Departmental approval required

This course is intended for highly motivated students with a solid base in the Chinese language. The course is conducted in the target language, and students are expected to use the target language in class. This course explores a variety of topics to enhance the four skills of language – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – and to help students develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, geography, and history. Among the topics covered will be the teachings of Confucius, which will be learned in the classical Chinese language. Students also will be required to read short stories and write summaries, and to keep a diary as requested. A wide range of authentic audio, visual, and online materials will complement the classroom instruction and exercises. In addition, each student will be corresponding with Chinese pen-pals at our partner school in Kunming.

AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Departmental approval required

The primary goal of this course is to enable students to master conventions of communication through the exploration of topics reflecting multiple aspects of Chinese society and culture. The general flow of a unit comprises vocabulary, sentence patterns, text analysis, application of vocabulary and patterns, supplementary reading, and finally, writing assignments and tests. Students should be able to achieve the following objectives: develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, understand the textbook lessons and supplementary materials and participate in discussions of the cultural aspects of the readings in Chinese, use the Chinese language to communicate effectively both in the school setting and in real-life situations, and carry on a conversation or a discussion with other students in class.

GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Juniors and Seniors Only

This course will build upon the already familiar linguistic skills acquired in other languages taught at St. Andrew’s. It will emphasize conversation for every-day situations, expanding both vocabulary and grammar at an intensive level. It will focus on the three German-speaking countries in Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), integrating textual, audio, video, and cultural components. This course will not fulfill the foreign language requirement.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Juniors and Seniors Only

This course offers an intensive study of the basic Italian language and an overview of contemporary Italian culture. It involves a variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to a wide range of authentic language and cultural materials including newspapers, websites, and audio visual resources. At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in Italian at the basic level. This course will not fulfill the foreign language requirement.


Latin

The study of Latin at St. Andrew’s is intertwined with the study of the multi-cultural Roman civilization. Students studying Latin will derive an understanding of the history and culture from which our own civilization is produced. The beginning courses emphasize Latin grammar. The upper courses develop translation skills and critical thinking through reading such authors as Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, and Cicero. St. Andrew’s offers the Latin Advanced Placement course consisting of Caesar and Vergil. Students may choose to begin Latin in the seventh grade and may carry this choice through a four- to five-year study of the language. Alternately, students may choose to begin Latin in the ninth grade and study the language for three or four years in the Upper School. The department also conducts an Italy study program for its students.

Latin I

The first-year study emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar, and English vocabulary derived from Latin. Translation skills are developed by reading Latin stories about Pompeii, Rome, and the larger Roman world. Students also study the culture and geography of the ancient world and present research projects.

Latin II

The course begins with an extensive review of Latin I and builds on these skills to complete the study of grammar emphasizing the subjunctive mood. Students build their translation skills through reading more complex Latin stories and acquiring an extensive Latin vocabulary. The course also focuses on English derivatives and Roman history, culture, and geography.

Latin III

The course begins with an extensive review of all Latin grammar. Students learn about significant Roman writers and read selections from the works of Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Catullus, and Vergil. The most important part of Latin III is learning to translate well by reading original works and acquiring the essential vocabulary and grammar necessary for this skill. Students continue their study of Roman culture and geography.

Latin IV

Students continue to read the primary Roman writers such as Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Catullus, and Vergil. Students gain an extremely high level of translation and vocabulary skills, and discuss and write significant literary essays about the works they are reading and the culture from which these works grew.

AP Latin V

Students in the Advanced Placement Latin course read extensively from Vergil and Caesar according to the dictates set by the curriculum. The students translate, write literary criticism, scan poetry, and study the culture that produced these works.


ANCIENT GREEK

Juniors and Seniors Only

This course consists of an introduction to the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar, and basic syntax Classical Attic Greek. We will spend time learning and using translation skills (reading, writing, and speaking Greek), as well as focusing on derivatives, which unlock the English legal and, in particular, medical/scientific vocabularies (amongst many others). Students will gain an appreciation for Classical authors, such as Homer, Plato, and the Athenian dramatists, and will read large selections from Herodotus, the author of the famous story of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, in the original language, along with smaller selections of the aforementioned. Towards the end of the year, students will also translate passages of the foundationally important New Testament from its original language. Time will also be spent learning about Greek culture, history, art, and mythology in order to supply a more complete context for the language and its impact on modern thought and culture. NB: This course may NOT be used to fulfill the upper school language requirement.

CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

Open to seniors only

This course will introduce students to the major myths and legends that represent the central cultural and moral values of the Greco-Roman world; stories of deities, heroes, villains, journeys, and the composition of the world. Students will explore primary sources in English translation (i.e. taking Latin or Greek language courses is not a prerequisite), as well as the reception and impact of these stories on both ancient and modern art and culture. Students will also spend time analyzing and discussing the historic interpretation and application of these mythological stories in order to gain an appreciation for mythology's vast influence on today's language, literature, and culture. Note: This course is open to seniors and is offered during the fall semester only.


MSON ARABIC I

Open to juniors and seniors only

This year-long course is an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of formal speech and most printed materials in the Arab-speaking world. Students will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet and will develop beginning proficiency in the language. Through frequent oral and written drills, students will develop their basic communication skills.

MSON ARABIC II

Open to juniors and seniors only

This course is a continuation of the introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of formal speech and most printed materials in the Arab-speaking world. Students will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet and will develop beginning proficiency in the language. Through frequent oral and written drills, students will develop their basic communication skills.


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