World Languages

Graduation Requirements

Certain academic pathways will require a minimum of 2 credits of world language.

The courses listed below are not necessarily taken in the grades indicated.  This chart indicates the overall depth of world language courses offered.

Year Spanish American Sign Language Latin
Grade 9 Honors Spanish I

CP Spanish I

CP ASL I
Grade 10 Honors Spanish II

CP Spanish II

CP ASL II Honors Latin II
Grade 11 IB Spanish Year 1

CP Spanish III

Honors ASL II Honors Latin III
Grade 12 IB Spanish Year 2 Honors Latin IV

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Courses

Spanish
Honors Spanish I
Academic Pathway: Honors
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Spanish 1 students will develop communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Cultural topics will be embedded in communicative activities. Emphasis is on the use of the present tense, including irregular and reflexive verbs. Topics may include the alphabet, numbers, colors, calendar, weather, descriptions, classes, food, ordering in a restaurant, family, places, sports, house, likes, and dislikes. This class will move at a faster pace and will include some additional topics not included in Spanish 1 CP.

Spanish I
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Spanish 1 students will develop communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Cultural topics will be embedded in communicative activities. Emphasis is on the use of the present tense. Topics may include the alphabet, numbers, colors, calendar, weather, descriptions, classes, food, ordering in a restaurant, family, places, sports, house, likes, and dislikes.

Honors Spanish II
Academic Pathway: Honors
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Spanish 2 students will continue to develop communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Cultural topics will be embedded in communicative activities. Emphasis will be placed on communication in the present tense (regular, irregular, and reflexive verbs) as well as communication in the past tenses of the preterite and imperfect. Commands will be introduced as well as future tense, and present perfect tense. Topics may include daily routine, extracurricular activities, clothing, shopping, cooking, childhood, disasters, news reporting, travel, and celebrations. This class will move at a faster pace and will include some additional topics not included in Spanish 2 CP.

Spanish II
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Spanish 2 students will continue to develop communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Cultural topics will be embedded in communicative activities. Emphasis will be placed on communication in the present tense, including reflexive verbs as well as communication in the past tenses of the preterite and imperfect. Commands will be introduced as well as future tense. Topics may include daily routine, extracurricular activities, clothing, shopping, cooking, childhood, disasters, news reporting, travel and celebrations.

Spanish III
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Spanish 3 students will continue to develop communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Cultural topics will be embedded in communicative activities. Emphasis will be placed on communication in the present, past, future and conditional tenses. Some experience with subjunctive, perfect and progressive tenses as well as additional grammar will be introduced. Topics may include health, environment, technology, art, music, politics and current events. Practical applications required for travel will be included.

IB Spanish Year 1
Academic Pathway: IB
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Teacher recommendation required to take this course. Spanish 3 students will begin the requirements for IB WORLD LANGUAGE SPANISH. 

Students will investigate the 5 topics of the International Baccalaureate curriculum: Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organization, and Sharing the Planet. Grammar and culture will be embedded in the investigation process. Students will be expected to read, write, speak, and understand native speakers. Emphasis will be on global thinking, problem-solving, and communication. Students will be expected to complete work in class and at home.

IB Spanish Year 2
Academic Pathway: IB
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Teacher recommendation required to take this course.

Grammar and vocabulary will be introduced as needed as students explore the topics of Identities, Experiences, Social Organization, Human Ingenuity, and Sharing Our Planet, all within a global context. Connections will be made with other academic disciplines. Students will be expected to research, read, write, and speak in Spanish. Instruction will be primarily in Spanish.

American Sign Language
American Sign Language I
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of American Sign Language used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, and fingerspelling. We will also focus on communicative competence, developing gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. They will be introduced to cultural knowledge and increase their understanding of the Deaf Community. The class will provide intensive practice in comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy and focus on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.

American Sign Language II
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

A continuation of ASL I, this course builds upon the vocabulary and grammatical rules of American Sign Language. Students will focus on facial grammar and non-manual markers, conversational competence, and starting some production skills.  There will be assignments both inside and outside of the classroom.

American Sign Language III
Academic Pathway: Honors 
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

This course expands on the skills of ASL I and ASL II to further develop an understanding of the grammatical rules of ASL. Students will develop a greater understanding of Deaf culture. As students will develop advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills, they will become more proficient in expressive and receptive use of ASL. This course encourages contact with the Deaf community.

Latin
Honors Latin II
Academic Pathway: Honors
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

There will be a continuation of advanced Latin vocabulary, grammar, as well as Roman mythology, history, and culture. The advanced students will be expected to construct all nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives as part of the Latin stories they will be translating. Two of the many stories these students will be reading, translating, and analyzing are “Jason and the Argonauts” and the “Twelve Labors of Hercules.”

Honors Latin III:  The Aeneid
Academic Pathway: Honors
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

In the first three quarters, the students will be reading the poetry of Publius Vergilius Maro in the 12 books of The Aeneid as well as translating the entire first book of The Aeneid. In the final quarter, there will be an emphasis on the poetry of both Ovid and Catullus. The advanced students will be expected to know all the grammar and to construct any Latin structure. They will also write an essay in the Latin language.

Honors Latin IV: The Odyssey, De Amicitia, and De Officiis
Academic Pathway: Hon
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 world language or elective credit

The emphasis during the first semester will be on translating excerpts about Odysseus as well as reading The Odyssey. Also during the first semester, students will finish all grammatical structures of the Latin language and then construct the various forms when translating the adventures of Odysseus. In the second semester, the students will be translating Cicero's De Amicitia, which is Cicero’s philosophy on friendship and relationships. They will also be analyzing the grammatical structures in Cicero’s Orations and his De Officiis.

FACULTY

Ms. Andrea Heile
Spanish Teacher/IB Team 

VIEW PROFILEaheile@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 112

Emma O'Connor
Hispanic Outreach Coordinator/Spanish Teacher

VIEW PROFILEeoconnor@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 405

Ms. Lindasia Wyche '14
2014
American Sign Language I Teacher

lwyche@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 110