WORLD LANGUAGE

1 YEAR REQUIRED; 2-4 YEARS RECOMMENDED

415 SPANISH I
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Spanish I introduces the student to spoken and written Spanish as well as to the many cultures of the Spanish speaking world. A basic vocabulary of 1,200-1,500 words is used. The emphasis in the first year is on comprehension, speech, written communication, and culture.

418 FRENCH I
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
French I introduces the students to the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. The course includes basic situations of traveling, asking directions, ordering, and talking about yourself as well as learning about French speaking cultures. Paris is the cultural focus. Students are expected to learn cultural differences and similarities and an appreciation for another culture as well as their own.

WORLD LANGUAGE ELECTIVES

425 SPANISH II
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Spanish I (415) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Spanish II continues to develop the necessary skills in reading, conversation, writing and listening. Lessons are taught primarily in Spanish. Students learn about various cultures of people who speak Spanish, focusing on Mexico, Spain and the United States. Spanish students are encouraged to be sensitive to differences in how people think, live and behave. Audio/Visual materials are used along with the textbook.

435 SPANISH III (Honors)
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Spanish II (425) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Spanish III is designed for students who have successfully completed Level II Spanish. Students continue to advance their skills by more interactively using their grammar, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills. Less emphasis is placed on using the assigned text, but is instead using skills previously learned in more spontaneous ways such as daily conversation, free form writing, and direct application of the language. Outside resources are utilized such as web-based exercises, voice recording software, and cultural awareness via the study of Spanish songs and contemporary artists.

445 SPANISH IV (Honors)
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Spanish III (435) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Spanish IV is a fast-paced course focusing on necessary pre-AP skill sets for students who have successfully completed Spanish III (435). Major emphasis is placed on developing comprehension, refining writing skills, reviewing previously acquired grammatical concepts, and introducing new, more complex structures. Reading includes excerpts from Spanish literature.

430 SPANISH HERITAGE
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Department Approval required
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
The Spanish Heritage course is intended for Spanish Heritage Speakers (SHS) who can write and speak Spanish and for those students who are fluent in Spanish and have interest in Hispanic culture without being SHS. 
This course consists of 6 units where we will cover different topics, all of them related to Hispanic culture. The units consist of “practical work" such as creation of speeches in Spanish, essays, cultural expressions found in dramas in addition to the creation of a digital magazine.

428 FRENCH II
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in French I (418) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
French II builds on the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing from level I. There is an emphasis on verbs, past and present tenses. Lessons are taught primarily in French. Students learn some history and culture of French-speaking countries and comparisons with their own culture. Everyday vocabulary and situations are the basis for verbal interaction.

438 FRENCH III (Honors)
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in French II (428) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
French III continues to develop the student's reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Emphasis is on oral communication as well as vocabulary and grammar development through various activities and texts. Contemporary issues, art, history, and music will be explored by class interests. More complex grammar structures are introduced.

448 FRENCH IV (Honors)
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in French III (438) or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
French IV continues to strongly develop the student's reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Emphasis is on oral communication as well as vocabulary and grammar development through various activities and texts. Contemporary issues, art, history, and music will be explored by class interests. Grammar structures will be reinforced and built upon. Students will read Le Petit Prince.

FACULTY

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Mrs. Svitlana Benson

Department Chair and Spanish Teacher

szoryabenson@smhscs.org

About Me

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Mrs. Katherinne Balboa

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Mrs. Tiffany Jolicoeur