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Spanish 1
Curricular Area:
World Languages
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: "C" average 
or better in English 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Spanish 1 works toward the beginning development of the five basic skills in a language: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. The first year places particular emphasis on listening and speaking; building vocabulary to express one's self in simple sentences, especially in response to questions based on new vocabulary and new grammatical principles. Formal grammar is introduced.

Grading: Grades are determined on class participation, daily homework assignments, frequent quizzes, test at the completion of major units of study and special cultural projects. Warning notices are given as necessary, especially early in the semester, since a weak foundation makes progress difficult in the learning of a language - a cumulative experience.

Homework: Normally, daily (approximately 15-20 minute) homework assignments are given.
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Spanish 2
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 with a "C" or better and Department approval. 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Spanish 2 continues the development of the five basic skills in a language: listening, speaking, writing, reading and culture. Remaining verb tenses are taught. Longer reading assignments are given to develop ability to comprehend without word for word translation. Longer conversational patterns develop. Short compositions are required, based on readings and subjects from vocabulary lists.

Grading: Grades are determined as in Spanish 1. Homework assignments, class participation, oral and written quizzes, tests on major units of study, plus special projects.

Homework: Normally, daily (approximately 15-20 minute) homework assignments are given. In Spanish 2 there are a few major projects.
 
 
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Spanish 3
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2 with a "C" or better and department approval. 
 
Description: This class reviews basic Spanish grammar and teaches new patterns of grammar. The class is primarily conducted in Spanish and develops composition and conversation skills.

Grading: The grades are based on written tests, compositions, and projects.

Homework: Approximately 1 – 1/2 hrs a week.
 
 
 
 
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Honors Spanish 4
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a "C" or better and Department approval. 
Description: This class reinforces all forms of Spanish grammar through reading and conversation. The class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish and develops composition and conversation skills. It emphasizes the practical communication in the language.

Grading: The grades are based on written tests, compositions, and projects.

Homework: Approximately 1 – 1/2 hours per week.
 
 
 
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Latin 1
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: "C" or higher 
in previous English course. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: The purpose of this course is to give the student a solid foundation in Latin by greatly increasing the student’s vocabularies in Latin and English, while at the same time gaining a thorough understanding of Latin and English grammars. The first year places particular emphasis on the five declensions and the four conjugations of Latin nouns and verbs.

Grading: All written graded work must be completed at a satisfactory level (80% “B”) and all tests and projects in a semester must be completed at a satisfactory level (70% “C”) in order to pass a semester. Any work done or undone, or tests attempted which do not reach these levels must be retaken until mastery is achieved. If any one or more of a student’s recorded grades have not reached satisfactory status, the student’s grade will be an “F” for the eighteen week portion of that grade.

Homework: It is expected that the student reviews vocabulary 15-20 minutes a day in addition to daily written assignments. Tests are administered about once every two weeks.
 
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Latin 2
Curricular Area:
World Languages
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: "C" or higher 
in Latin 1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: The purpose of this course is to give the student a complete understanding of Latin grammar, building on the skills previously developed in Latin 1. The second year places particular emphasis on participles, the passive voice, and the subjunctive mood.

Grading: All written graded work must be completed at a satisfactory level (80% “B”) and all tests and projects in a semester must be completed at a satisfactory level (70% “C”) in order to pass a semester. Any work done or undone, or tests attempted which do not reach these levels must be retaken until mastery is achieved. If any one or more of a student’s recorded grades have not reached satisfactory status, the student’s grade will be an “F” for the eighteen work portion of that grade.

Homework: It is expected that the student reviews vocabulary 20-30 minutes a day in addition to daily written assignments. Tests are administered about once every two weeks.
 
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Latin 3
Curricular Area:
World Languages
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: "C" or higher 
in Latin 1 and Latin 2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: The purpose of this course is to give the student a complete understanding of Latin grammar, building on the skills previously developed in Latin 1 and Latin 2. The third year places particular emphasis on deponent and irregular verbs and translation.

Grading: All written graded work must be completed at a satisfactory level (80% “B”) and all tests and projects in a semester must be completed at a satisfactory level (70% “C”) in order to pass a semester. Any work done or undone, or tests attempted which do not reach these levels must be retaken until mastery is achieved. If any one or more of a student’s recorded grades have not reached satisfactory status, the student’s grade will be an “F” for the eighteen work portion of that grade.

Homework: It is expected that the student reviews vocabulary 20-30 minutes a day in addition to daily written assignments. Tests are administered about once every two weeks.
 
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German 1
Curricular Area:
World Languages
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: "C" average 
or better in English. 
 
 
 
 
Description: German 1 works at developing the four interrelated language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The first year places emphasis on communicative skills: listening, speaking and building a vocabulary to express simple conversations. Grammar is introduced and used to develop written expression in simple sentences. German culture is also taught.

Grading: Grading is based on class participation, chapter tests, quizzes, homework and cultural projects.

Homework: A short, daily assignment is usually given to re-enforce the vocabulary and grammar of the current unit.
 
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German 2
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of German 1 with a "C" or better and Department approval. 
 
 
 
 
Description: German 2 continues the development of the four basic language skills. Listening and speaking skills are further developed as students use the language daily in the classroom. Longer reading assignments are given to develop the ability to comprehend without word for word translation. Grammar is continued. Short compositions, based on reading material and vocabulary, are required. The study of German culture is also continued.

Grading: Grading is based on class participation, chapter tests, quizzes, homework and special projects.

Homework: A short, daily assignment is usually given to re-enforce the vocabulary and grammar of the current unit.
 
 
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German 3
Curricular Area:
World Languages
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of German 2 with a "C" or better and Department approval. 
 
Description: German 3 stresses the development of the four language skills. Emphasis is placed on increasing and improving oral communicative skills: listening and speaking. Reading strategies and comprehension and writing skills are developed. The formal study of grammar is completed. Students learn about German geography and history.

Grading: Grading is based on class participation, chapter tests, quizzes, homework, and special projects.

Homework: A short, daily assignment is usually given.
 
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AP German 
Curricular Area: 
World Languages
Grade(s): 12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Selection by application. Completion of German 3 with a C or better and Department approval. 
 
Description: AP German continues the development of communicative skills at an advanced level. Advanced reading skills are developed through exposure to German literature and non-fiction texts. Writing skills are developed through compositions and creative writing. Students learn about German literature, authors, music and architecture. Students are highly encouraged to take the AP German test in the spring.

Grading: Grading is based on class participation, oral and written tests, writing assignments, and special projects.

Homework: Approximately 1–1/2 hours per week
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