• Modern Language

    French

    French I - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: None
    French I is an introduction to the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal of French I is for the student to be able to speak and understand basic conversational French phrases, as well as to develop an understanding of French culture. Through the study of various French cultures, the students will be able to better understand people from another culture and to realize what influence French speaking countries and their people have on the world today. Learning is accomplished through the medium of dialogs, visuals, skits, songs, and games, as well as films, and the sampling of French foods. There are also class discussions regarding career possibilities since our government and many of our American corporations conduct business with French speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    French II - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: French I
    French II challenges students to express themselves on a wide variety of topics in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will have a lot of exposure to spoken and written French. The main projects in French II are an April scrapbook over the student’s life and an oral presentation in May over the scrapbook. Students should keep their work all year to use in the scrapbook. Students will also learn about the role of French speaking countries in the world and the careers which await people with French language skills. There are excellent on-line sources with our textbook Bien Dit!, which can help students a great deal with their French. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    French III - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: French II
    French III offers a balanced program of conversation, composition, grammar, vocabulary and culture. Students review levels I and II material as needed. Third year students expand their knowledge of art, music, history, cuisine, culture and geography of French-speaking countries. Students will read short passages about a variety of topics in French III. The course is taught primarily in French and students will have daily opportunities to speak French in class. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French speaking country after ninth grade.

    French IV - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: French III
    French IV offers a balanced program of conversation, composition, grammar, and culture. Literature and cultural studies are used as conversational topics. Students continue to develop and polish their skills in grammar and composition. Reading and film selections in level IV focus on the art, history, people, and culture of French-speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after ninth grade. The first semester of this course serves as a prerequisite to the second semester. During the second semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course FLF241.

    French V - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: French IV
    French V is an advanced course for motivated language learners. Conducted in French, this course aims at refining all four language skills. Listening and comprehension will continue to be enhanced as students listen to native speakers, music and watch French movies. Students will read several literary works including plays, novels and poetry. Students have some choices as to the grammatical topics, reading selections and projects, based on their interests. Class discussion is encouraged and the student’s active participation is essential. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after ninth grade. The first semester of this course serves as a prerequisite to the second semester. During the second semester of this course, students may enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course FLF242.

    Spanish

    Spanish I - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: None
    Spanish I is an introduction to the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal of Spanish 1 is for the student to be able to speak and understand basic conversational Spanish phrases, as well as to develop an understanding of Spanish culture. Through the study of various Spanish cultures and Spanish people, the students will be able to better understand people from another culture and to realize what influence Spanish speaking countries and their people have on the world today. Learning is accomplished through the medium of dialogs, visuals, skits, songs, and games, as well as films, slides, and the sampling of Spanish foods. There are also class discussions regarding career possibilities since our government and many of our American corporations conduct business with Spanish speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    Spanish II - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Spanish I
    Spanish II challenges students to express themselves on a wide variety of topics in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will have a lot of exposure to spoken and written Spanish. Students will also learn about the role of Spanish-speaking countries in the world and the careers which await people with Spanish language skills. There are excellent on-line sources with our textbook ¡Avancemos!, which can help students a great deal with their Spanish. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    Spanish III - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Spanish II
    Spanish III offers a balanced program of conversation, composition, grammar, vocabulary and culture. Students review levels I and II material as needed. Third year students expand their knowledge of art, music, history, culture and geography of Spanish speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish speaking country after ninth grade.

    Spanish IV - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Spanish III
    Spanish IV offersa balanced program of conversation, composition, grammar, and culture. Literature and cultural studies are used as conversational topics. Students continue to develop and polish their skills in grammar and composition. Fourth year reading selections focus on the art, history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country after ninth grade. The first semester of this course serves as a prerequisite to the second semester. During the second semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course FLS241.

    Spanish V - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Spanish IV
    Spanish IV is an advanced course for motivated language learners. Conducted in Spanish, this course aims at refining all four language skills. Listening and comprehension will continue to be enhanced as students listen to native speakers, music and watch Spanish movies. Students will read several literary works including plays, novels and poetry. Students have some choices as to the grammatical topics, reading selections and projects, based on their interests. Class discussion is encouraged and the student’s active participation is essential. Students may be offered the opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country after ninth grade. The first semester of this course serves as a prerequisite to the second semester. During the second semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course FLS242.

    Spanish for Heritage Speakers I - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Placement for native speakers only and based on teacher recommendation.
    This course is designed to address the needs of Hispanic/Latino students who can communicate in Spanish but need to develop and/or improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. It will provide students the grammatical tools they need to write effectively with respect to register of language. Students become more familiar with accentuation rules and develop improved spelling skills through grammar drills and directed compositions. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, FLS 181 Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

    Spanish for Heritage Speakers II - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Placement for native speakers only and based on teacher recommendation.
    This course is a continuation of Spanish for Heritage Speakers I. This course is designed to address the needs of Hispanic/Latino students who can communicate in Spanish but need to develop and/or improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. It will provide students the grammatical tools they need to write effectively with respect to register of language. Students become more familiar with accentuation rules and develop improved spelling skills through grammar drills and directed compositions. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, FLS 281 Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

    Chinese

    Chinese I - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: None
    Chinese I is an introductory course, and no previous experience with Chinese is necessary. The student is given a solid foundation in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; although special emphasis is placed on grammatical structure. The Chinese student will be introduced to the Chinese culture through a variety of media. Throughout the year, the practical aspects of Chinese are stressed.

    Chinese II - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Chinese I
    Chinese II is a continuation of Chinese I. Throughout this course students continue to develop their ability to read, write, speak, and listen in Chinese through various media. An emphasis is placed on interacting with Chinese text and speaking the language. Additionally, students will continue to explore Chinese culture through a variety of media.

    Chinese III - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Chinese II
    Chinese III is a continuation of Chinese II. Throughout this course students continue to develop their ability to read, write, speak, and listen in Chinese through various media. Students who complete this course should be able to initiate discussion on topics of daily life, understand more complicated sentences, and write short compositions. Additionally, students will continue to explore Chinese culture through a variety of media.

    Chinese IV - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Chinese III
    Chinese IV is a continuation of Chinese III. Throughout this course students continue to develop their ability to read, write, speak, and listen in Chinese through various media. Students who complete this course should be able to initiate discussion on topics of daily life, understand more complicated sentences, and write short compositions. Additionally, students will continue to explore Chinese culture through a variety of media.