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The goal of the Ursuline High School modern foreign language program is to expose students to a language and culture in order to make them knowledgeable and active members of a global society. Students will learn to use modern foreign languages for meaningful communication in both spoken and written form. The foreign language program emphasizes language as it is used in various real-life situations that students are most likely to encounter. Through foreign language study, students develop sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic heritage of other groups and their influence on our own, and are prepared to participate in a society characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity.

Although students are not required to earn credits in a world language for graduation, it is strongly encouraged that all serious college preparatory students take four credits of the same language.  At the very least a student who intends to enter a four-year college or university should earn two to three credits in the same world language.

 

French Courses

French 1

Grades 9-12

Elective | 1 Credit

French I presents the fundamental elements of the French language. The foundation of the language is learned through the acquisition of vocabulary along with basic grammar, writing, reading, and conversational skills. Francophone culture is also examined.

PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE 9TH GRADE PLACEMENT TEST.

French II

Grades 10-12

Elective | 1 Credit

French II continues to build upon the foundation of the skills learned in French 1. A stronger emphasis is placed on the oral/aural skills to encourage proficiency in conversation. Students will also engage in deeper class discussions on contemporary topics in French.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN FRENCH I

AP French III

Grades 11-12

Elective | 1 Credit

French III is focused on developing an understanding of French history while continuing to increase proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, aural comprehension and speaking. Students will read historical works of literature and focus on cause/effect of important moments in French history.

PREREQUISITE: “B” OR BETTER IN FRENCH II AND TEACHER APPROVAL

AP French IV

Grade 12

Elective | 1 Credit

Students will increase proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while examining the six main topics of the AP exam- “Families in different societies”, “The influence of language and culture on identity”, “Influences of beauty and art”, “How science and technology affect our lives”, “Factors that impact quality of life”, and “Environmental, political, and social challenges.” This course is dual credit eligible.

PREREQUISITE: “B” OR BETTER IN FRENCH III AND TEACHER APPROVAL

Italian Courses

Italian 1

Grades 9-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Basic conversational phrases and vocabulary are used as an introduction to Italian I. The oral-aural and cultural aspects of the language will be emphasized via the study of Italian customs, folklore, and culinary labs.

PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE PLACEMENT TEST

Italian II

Grades 10-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Students will become more proficient in the concepts developed in level one. Students will continue to develop language skills via impromptu conversation, translation and grammar. An emphasis will be placed on more in-depth grammatical, oral-aural and cultural aspects of the language, including a project on the Ancient Romans.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN I

Italian III

Grades 11-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Italian III students will continue to develop communication skills via an oral-aural approach. More emphasis will be placed on translating, writing, and reading in the target language. Students will be introduced to short novels, from modern writers, along with various projects and cultural labs.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN II

Italian IV

Grade 12

Elective | 1 Credit

Students will lead daily discussions in Italian, thus enhancing their knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary.  The study of modern writers will continue with labs about literature, culture, and history.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN III

Spanish Courses

Spanish 1

Grades 9-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Spanish I is an introduction to the spoken and written Spanish language as it is practiced in the Americas. Students will learn how to communicate with another teenage Spanish speaker about themselves, school, food, clothing, and family. Students will use these themes to expand vocabulary, explore the Spanish culture, and speak and write effectively in Spanish.

PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE PLACEMENT TEST

Spanish II

Grades 9-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Spanish II is a continuation of the vocabulary, themes, and practices learned in Spanish I.  New themes and vocabulary will include medical visits, technology, housing, and city life.  More detailed grammar structures are introduced, including the subjunctive mood and the use of past tenses.  Greater emphasis will be placed on oral skills and writing in Spanish.  Students also will continue to explore the culture of Spanish speaking countries.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH I

Spanish III

Grades 10-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Spanish III will reinforce previously learned vocabulary and students will learn more intricate grammar rules, enhanced vocabulary, and Spanish idioms. Students will continue to become more fluent in reading and writing Spanish with a focus on novels and oral presentations.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH II

AP Spanish III

Grades 11-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture III stresses implementation of reading, writing, speaking and listening of grammar, vocabulary and idioms previously learned while introducing the finer points of grammatical topics. Students will read and listen to authentic sources as part of the learning process. Critical reading selections, oral presentations, and writing assignments promote the student’s ability to communicate in Spanish. The course is taught primarily in Spanish.

PREREQUISITE: “A” IN SPANISH II AND TEACHER APPROVAL

Spanish IV

Grade 11-12

Elective | 1 Credit

Spanish IV places major emphasis on the students’ ability to communicate in Spanish: reading, listening, writing and speaking. The readings consist of short stories, poetry, essays and articles. Written work is in Spanish. Cultural differences are discussed and a variety of projects are required. A one-week Spanish culinary unit is also included.

PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH III

 

AP Spanish IV

Grade 12

Elective | 1 Credit

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture IV emphasizes communication, understanding others and being understood by others by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations.  The course develops language control, vocabulary usage, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.  The course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.

PREREQUISITE: “B” or BETTER IN AP SPANISH III and TEACHER APPROVAL

Other World Languages

Rosetta Stone Independent Study

Grades 9-12

Elective | 1/4 Credit

Ursuline High School offers students the opportunity to explore a foreign language through on-line access to the Rosetta Stone application as an independent study program. The foreign languages to be offered for the 2020-2021 school year will be: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Filipino, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Please note that this program of study should not be considered a replacement for the four year program of study in the three foreign languages offered at Ursuline: Spanish, French and Italian. Students will receive ¼ credit for each level successfully completed at an 85% or better mastery. The final exam for each level must be scheduled with and proctored by an administrator. Periodic reports and conferences with Mrs. Carosella will be scheduled as the student completes various benchmarks in the program. Rosetta Stone is not NCAA Clearinghouse eligible.

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