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Foreign Language Department Overview

Category: Foreign Language, Department Overviews
Length: Full Year
Description: Speaking a second language is now an important part of preparing for numerous careers. Students report that after graduating from college and getting their first job, their second language skills give them access to more opportunities and improve their chances for promotion. Research shows that good communication skills are important tools for achieving success in most 21st century careers.

Foreign language students focus on this aspect of learning while increasing their knowledge about the societies where the language is spoken, including its art, music, popular culture, literature, food, and history. In a world becoming a global village, people still remain isolated from each other in many respects. Studying foreign languages can begin to break down many of these barriers.

The Foreign Language Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.





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French 1

Course Number: C550
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Students learn the building blocks of the French language: the alphabet, numbers, greetings, introducing oneself, telling time, and sizes and colors. They practice conversational French, working on everyday topics such as: introducing themselves, talking to others about leisure activities, buying clothes, asking about prices, offering opinions, ordering food in a restaurant, and paying bills. Students learn about the geography of France and the differences between French and American culture.
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French 2

Course Number: C552
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Students build on the foundation of French 1 by learning how to make plans, invite someone to do something, discuss household chores, tell someone what to do, talk about the weather, protect the environment, shop for food, give directions, talk about music and books, use the telephone, and give gifts. Students also continue to learn about French culture through music, books, and film. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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French 3 Honors

Course Number: C554
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: Students expand the knowledge and language skills acquired in French 2. French grammatical structures are reviewed. Students express themselves in a more advanced way through both speaking and writing assignments. Students read and analyze selections from Francophone literature and are required to complete an original project or assignment. Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 2 and a recommendation from the French 2 instructor.
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French 4 Honors

Course Number: C555
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: This course focuses on expanding the knowledge and skills acquired in French 3. Students read, discuss, and write about contemporary works of literature in French. Advanced grammatical structures are examined and vocabulary development is emphasized. Students learn to read, write and express themselves on a more advanced level. Students cover the same content as a regular French 4 class, but are required to complete an additional project or assignment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 3 Honors.
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Spanish 1

Course Number: C501
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course focuses on developing basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the Spanish language. Students learn correct pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures, and engage in basic conversations. Coursework is also designed to help students develop an awareness of Hispanic culture.
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Spanish 2

Course Number: C511
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course builds on the basic knowledge and language skills students learned in Spanish 1. Emphasis is placed on conversational skills, grammatical structure, vocabulary, Hispanic culture, reading comprehension, process writing, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Spanish 3 Honors

Course Number: C520
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 2 and the permission of the Spanish 2 instructor.
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Spanish 4 Honors

Course Number: C530
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 3 Honors and the permission of the Spanish 3 instructor.
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AP Spanish Language

Course Number: C540
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: AP
Length: Full Year
Description: This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and emphasizes: (1) enlarging vocabulary; (2) refining reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills; (3) reading literature in its original form; and (4) studying relevant art, music, and cultural/historical contexts to complement the literature. Students are expected to take the National AP Spanish Language Exam in May. They prepare for the exam by performing exercises with the same format as the AP exam, including required practice classes twice a week before or after school. Students are required to read one literary work suggested by the Foreign Language department during the summer preceding the course. Students are tested on this summer reading when school begins and their summer reading grade is included in their first quarter course grade. Prerequisites: A high level of success in previous Spanish courses and a teacher recommendation.
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AP Spanish Literature

Course Number: C545
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: AP
Length: Full Year
Description: This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and is the equivalent of a college-level introduction to Spanish literature. Students participate in discussions about literary topics; do close readings of literary texts in their original form; and analyze various literary works (including poetry) through oral and written assignments and classroom discussions. Students are expected to take the National AP Spanish Literature Examination in May. Students are required to read one literary work suggested by the Foreign Language department during the summer preceding the course. Students are tested on this summer reading when school begins and their summer reading grade is included in their first quarter course grade. Prerequisites: A high level of success in previous Spanish language courses and a teacher recommendation.
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Spanish Medical Translation and Interpretation

Course Number: C549
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course prepares students to provide language translation and interpretation services in medical institutions. Through role-playing activities, students learn the importance of emotional triggers in conversations between patients and health-care providers through. Students learn to manage the vocabulary and ethical and cultural issues related to the health care industry in both Spanish and English. Students may be able to pass a certification exam at an outside institution after completing the course (Students are responsible for paying any fees related to this certification exam).
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Spanish Language Arts I

Course Number: C502
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course will enable students whose heritage language is Spanish to build upon the language knowledge the student brings to the classroom in order to maintain or enhance proficiency, by reinforcing or acquiring skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. In this course students utilize authentic texts, audios, and audiovisual materials that will be presented in thematic units to build fluency and confidence in academic writing and literary analytical skills. Students will write narratives and argument based essays. This course offers an accelerated introduction to study of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary, designed to prepare students for upper level Spanish in future years. The course content will facilitate the students’ reflection of the cultural values of the Spanish language and societies.
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Spanish Language Arts II

Course Number: C512
Category: Foreign Language
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course will enable students, who have successfully completed SLA 1, to further hone their skills by being exposed to a variety of Spanish literary genres and authors. This course will further study of grammar nuances, spelling, and vocabulary, designed to prepare students for upper level Spanish such as the AP Spanish courses (with permission of instructor) or SLA III. The course content will continue reflecting the cultural values of the Spanish language and societies.
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Spanish Language Arts III

Category: Foreign Language
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Length: Semester
Description: This course will enable students, who have successfully completed SLA 1 & 2, to refine their skills in academic Spanish through presentations, essays, research, debates, and critical literary analysis. Students will further explore in-depth the history, politics, culture, and relevant contemporary topics throughout the Spanish speaking world. This course offers an intense study of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, designed to prepare students for upper level Spanish such as the AP Spanish courses. The course content will continue reflecting the cultural values of the Spanish language and societies.
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