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      A four-year sequence in college-preparatory Spanish and German is available as well as a unique two-year program in basic conversation and vocabulary in each of these languages. In addition, a two-year college-preparatory program in French is available for students.  These programs are the logical follow-up to the three-part exploratory language course presented to eighth-graders at Ridley Middle School. Following the first-year course, an Honors section is available.
       A fifth-year course may be available, depending on student interest and teacher schedules.
       Two years of Italian are also available to students who have already successfully completed the traditional two-year sequence in French, German, or Spanish.
       The department emphasizes speaking, reading, writing, listening and culture, while meeting the Chapter 5 guidelines and the
    ACTFL proficiencies in speaking.
       The department encourages students to participate in the many travel opportunities available through faculty-led trips to Europe.
     

    COURSE OFFERINGS

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE




    FRENCH                   GERMAN                                ITALIAN                                  SPANISH

    The general purpose of foreign language study is to provide the student with a practical understanding of the language, to develop the ability to communicate in a second language, and to increase one’s understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures.

     

    Foreign language is a sequential subject:  a student must achieve a satisfactory grade in order to continue in the next course.  A student’s successful completion of two or more sequential courses of one of the languages in a traditional high school program - French, German, Spanish - is generally accepted by colleges as an indication of the ability and self-discipline to do academic work.  The department also offers the study of Italian to students who have already completed that sequence in another language.

     

    FRENCH 1                           

    GERMAN 1                

    SPANISH 1

    1 Credit                                                            

    College Prep                                                                  

    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    In this introductory course, emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, developing correct pronunciation and intonation, understanding the spoken language, learning the basics of language structure, and becoming familiar with the culture and geography of areas where the language is spoken.  Emphasis is on communication, both oral and written.

     

    The pace of this course is rapid:  each day’s lesson consists of a new oral pattern or vocabulary that the student must master quickly in order to grasp subsequent lessons.  Success is possible for the student who demonstrates a solid grasp of grammatical patterns in English, an ability to concentrate on oral/aural patterns, and a willingness to memorize both spoken and written phrases.

     

    This course is open to students with the recommendation of their 8th grade exploratory language teacher or a high school teacher familiar with their verbal skills.

     

    BASIC FRENCH 1         

    BASIC GERMAN 1                

    BASIC SPANISH 1

    1 Credit                                    

    Career/College Prep                                                                    

    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    In this introductory course, emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, developing correct pronunciation and intonation, understanding the spoken language, learning the basics of language structure, and becoming familiar with the culture and geography of areas where the language is spoken.  Emphasis is on oral communication with less attention to the details of written language.

       

    The pace of this course is slower than that of the College Prep level course:  the explanations are more detailed and greater class time is devoted to practicing a topic before moving to a new concept.

       

    This course is recommended for the student who may experience difficulty with English language skills and who is recommended by an exploratory language teacher or a high school teacher.

     


    FRENCH 2                               

    GERMAN 2                           

    SPANISH 2

    1 Credit                                                

    Honors                                                                         

    Grades 10, 11, 12

    Continued emphasis is placed on vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation, while there is an increased consideration of the grammatical elements and verb tenses.  The student is encouraged to express himself in the foreign language, using idiomatic expressions and more advanced grammatical structures.  Reading material is used to enhance existing vocabulary as well as to develop further understanding of the culture of the people. 

     

    This course will move at a faster pace than the College Prep course and will include additional content for enrichment, including an oral interview as part of the final exam.  Students taking this course should have been highly successful in their first year language, should be highly motivated to work independently, and should demonstrate personal responsibility. This option will be scheduled only if there are enough students registered to form a fully subscribed class.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 1 and teacher recommendation

       


    FRENCH 2                             

    GERMAN 2                         

    SPANISH 2

    1 Credit                                                

    College Prep                                                                  

    Grades 10, 11, 12

    Continued emphasis is placed on vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation, while there is an increased consideration of the grammatical elements and verb tenses.  The student is encouraged to express himself in the foreign language, using idiomatic expressions and more advanced grammatical structures.  Reading material is used to enhance existing vocabulary as well as to develop further understanding of the culture of the people.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 1 and teacher recommendation

     



    BASIC FRENCH 2                          

    BASIC GERMAN 2       

    BASIC SPANISH 2

    1 Credit                                    

    Career/College Prep                                                                    

    Grades 10, 11, 12

    All material from the first course is reviewed and enhanced.  Continued emphasis is placed on vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation.  The spoken language is emphasized over grammatical elements and verb tenses.  Additional attention is devoted to the culture of the people.  This course is for students who are being recommended to drop a level by their language teacher in their year 1 course.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 1 and teacher recommendation

           

    FRENCH 3

    GERMAN 3                      

    SPANISH 3

    1 Credit                                                 Honors                                                                          Grades 10, 11, 12

    During the third course the student is encouraged to think increasingly in the foreign language.  There is a general review and expansion of grammatical structures and verb tenses.  Selected reading material is read and discussed in the foreign language with the aim of developing the student’s ability to read with comprehension and to express oneself orally and in writing.  Students taking this course should have been highly successful in the second-year course.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 2 and teacher recommendation

     


    FRENCH 3                       

    GERMAN 3                           

    SPANISH 3

    1 Credit                                                 College Prep                                                                   Grades 10, 11, 12

    Students who have completed the second course and wish to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills may select this course, which will reinforce and extend the material covered during the first two courses.  Additional emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary in practical contexts.  There will be fewer reading selections than in the Honors level course. 

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 2 and teacher recommendation

     


                               

    GERMAN 4                         

    SPANISH 4

    1 Credit                                                

    Honors                                                                        

    Grades 11, 12

    Fourth course students are expected to use the foreign language almost exclusively.  Through composition work, journal writing, and oral reports, students are given many opportunities to express themselves in both speaking and writing.  There is continued attention to verb usage, advanced grammar, and vocabulary units.  Some class time is spent discussing literary and artistic works, providing an opportunity to consider modern political, social, economic, and cultural trends in the countries.  Students taking this course should have been highly successful in the third-year course.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 3 and teacher recommendation

     


                                

    GERMAN 4                         

    SPANISH 4

    1 Credit                                                

    College Prep                                                                  

    Grades 11, 12

    Fourth course students are expected to use the foreign language almost exclusively.  Through composition work, journal writing, and oral reports, students are given many opportunities to express themselves in both speaking and writing.  There is continued attention to verb usage, advanced grammar, and vocabulary units.  Some class time is spent discussing literary and artistic works, providing an opportunity to consider modern political, social, economic, and cultural trends in the countries.  There will be fewer reading selections than in the Honors level course.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 3 and teacher recommendation

     


                               

    GERMAN 5                         

    SPANISH 5

    1 Credit                                                

    Honors                                                                         

    Grades 11, 12

    This course is designed for students who have completed the usual four-course sequence of high school foreign language.  Similar to many college courses in which the student examines the foreign civilization, literature, and art while strengthening advanced language skills, this course will include the following:  key events in the history and the important figures who participated in each event; important literary works from representative authors of each historical period; examples of art masterpieces from each period; and advanced structure skills for reading, writing, and speaking in the foreign language. 

     

    This option will be scheduled only if there are enough students registered to form a class.  There will be no independent study option for this course in Spanish.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 4 and teacher recommendation

     


    ITALIAN 1

    1 Credit                                                               

    College Prep                                                              

    Grades 11, 12

    In this introductory course, emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and phrases used in practical communication in Italian, developing correct pronunciation and intonation, understanding the spoken language, learning the structure of Italian, and becoming familiar with Italian culture and geography.

                 

    This course is available to those students who have already completed at least a two-course (1, 2) sequence in one of the traditional college-prep foreign languages (French, German, or Spanish), with above average success. The beginning Italian student already knows the basic concepts of foreign language study:  cases of pronouns, verb conjugations and tenses, agreement, word order, etc.  Consequently, fewer explanations in English are necessary, and the student finds the pace of the Italian course faster than that of other first courses in the department.

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of course 1 and 2 of a language

     

    ITALIAN 2

    1 Credit                                                                

    College Prep                                                                            

    Grades 11, 12

    Continued emphasis is placed on vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation, while there is an increased consideration of the grammatical elements and verb tenses.  The student is encouraged to express himself in the foreign language, using idiomatic expressions and more advanced grammatical structures.  Reading material is used to enhance existing vocabulary as well as to develop further understanding of Italian civilization. This class will be scheduled only if there are enough students registered to form a class.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian 1 and teacher recommendation

     

     







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