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World Languages Department

INTRODUCTION


The World Language Department of Cardinal O'Hara High School recognizes that the primary function of modern language learning is to communicate, first through listening and speaking, and then through writing and reading.


A concomitant objective of language instruction is to develop in the students an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and their people.  It is important to note that learning a World Language is a cumulative effort.  Consistent attendance and performance are necessary throughout the school year.



PROGRAMS


    Four Year Programs: French, Spanish

    One Year Electives: Latin

    Three Year Program:   Chinese


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


The World Language Department requires that all students taking a world language take two consecutive years of the same language.  It is essential for students to study at least two years of any one language to become minimally proficient in that language.


Any student who did not have a world language in the freshman year may apply for a world language course in the sophomore year. These students will be given preference if their academic record for freshman year is acceptable.



COLLEGE ENTRANCE


The World Language Department strongly encourages all students who intend to pursue further education to prepare to meet college requirements by continuing their study of world languages beyond the second year.


Note:

 

  1. Latin is presently a one year course.


  1. The tracking of incoming freshmen will be done by the Department, based upon the overall academic elementary school record of the student, the Terra Nova results, and any previous language study or language background of the family.

The eighth grade teachers of each student has the opportunity to recommend the track level.


  1. Students who have had the Skill Enrichment Program in freshman year may begin language study in the sophomore year with the permission of the World Language Department Chairperson.


  1. Courses 529 and 539 are designed as general classes for average students.  Once placed in these, students may not change tracks.


511 French I            6 ppc  1.00 cr.  Tr. 1  Gr. 9-12


This is an introductory course for the superior student who is seriously motivated.  Emphasis is placed on the practical control of the four basic skills.  Good pronunciation and intonation are stressed.  The text along with supplementary audio-visual materials is used to help the student gain a better understanding and appreciation of the French culture.


2 semesters


512  French I             6 ppc  1.00 cr.  Tr. 2  Gr. 9-12


This French course follows the same course description as used for the track one course.  This course does not have the same intensity of instruction as track one, however, it is sufficiently challenging for the average student.


2 semesters


521 French II             6 ppc  1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 10


This is a second level course designed for the student who has demonstrated superior ability in the first year course.  While continuing to develop reading and writing skills, more emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills at this level.  This quick-paced course encourages the conversational use of the target language including correct idiomatic usage and also expands the student's knowledge of grammar and culture.


Prerequisite:  80 in French 511 or recommendation of 1st year teacher.


2 semesters


522 French II             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 10-12


This intermediate French course is for the average student.  It further develops the four basic skills which were initiated during the first year of French study.  The scope of vocabulary is enlarged and more complicated structural patterns are introduced.  Students are exposed to the French culture through special projects.


Prerequisite:  80 in French 512 or recommendation of first level teacher.


2 semesters


531 French III         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 11


This course is designed for students who have been successful in French I and II and who are seriously motivated to continue advanced language study. This course aims at refining and strengthening the communication skills.  Extensive exposure to authentic French materials helps the students to better understand the French people and their culture.


Prerequisite:  80 in French 521 or recommendation of second level teacher.


    2 semesters


532 French III         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 11-12


Oral skills are refined in this course for average students who have successfully completed French 522. Listening selections help the student formulate colloquial responses.  Grammatical structures are supplemented and reinforced by exercises leading to a gradual expansion of creative writing skills.  Reading selections and audio-visual programs are used extensively to expose the students to authentic contemporary foreign culture.


Prerequisite:  80 in French 522 or recommendation of second level teacher.

2 semesters


541 French IV            6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 11-12

542 French IV            6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 11-12


This course is the necessary culmination of language study for serious college-bound students.  There is concentrated study and practice in stylistics.  Oral fluency and command of structures are refined by stressing basic idioms, semantic nuances, and colloquialisms.  A survey of social history, including the discussion of significant authors, is an integral element of the course.  A mature appreciation of French culture is stimulated by various teacher-generated activities and by individual student research.


Prerequisite:  80 in French 531 or 532.

2 semesters


517 Spanish I             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 9-12


This introductory course for the gifted, college-bound student emphasizes the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at an accelerated pace.  With the aid of listening exercises (CD’s) by native speakers, students are challenged in both listening and written comprehension.  Students are expected to initiate complete thoughts on their own, both orally and in writing, within a limited vocabulary.

                                                        


2 semesters


518 Spanish I             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 9-12


This introductory course for the average student is similar to that of track one, although the challenge and intensity are somewhat modified. Practice in pronunciation drills, speech patterns, and simple grammatical sentences is stressed, with the use of a basic vocabulary. Listening exercises (CD’s) that accompany the text are employed to supplement each lesson.  Glimpses into the life and customs of Spanish-speaking peoples are gained principally through the text and audio-visual materials.


2 semesters


519 Spanish I             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 3 Gr. 9-12


For the average student, this course aims to emphasize the four basic skills at a pace in keeping with the student's ability.  It stresses proper pronunciation, basic vocabulary, and simple grammatical structures.  As in tracks one and two, the text, along with supplementary audio-visual materials are used to help the student gain a better understanding and appreciation of the various Hispanic cultures.


2 Semesters

527 Spanish II         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 10-12


This is a second level course designed for the student who has demonstrated superior ability in the first year course.  While continuing to develop reading and writing skills more emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills at this level.  This quick paced course encourages the conversational use of the target language including correct idiomatic usage and also expands the student's knowledge of grammar and culture.


Prerequisite:  88 in Spanish 517 and with recommendation of first level teacher.


2 semesters

528 Spanish II         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 10-12


This intermediate Spanish course is for the average student.  It further develops the four basic skills which were initiated during the first year of Spanish study.  The scope of vocabulary is enlarged and more complicated structural patterns are introduced.  Students are exposed to the Spanish culture through special projects.


Prerequisite:  83 in Spanish 518 and with recommendation of first level teacher.


2 semesters

529 Spanish II         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 3 Gr. 10-12


This intermediate Spanish course is sufficiently challenging for average students.  The course description for this course is the same as for track two.  Although challenging, instruction is geared to the level of the students' abilities.


Prerequisite:  75 in Spanish 519 and with approval of department chair and first level teacher.  Once enrolled in this course students may not apply for a track change.


2 semesters

537 Spanish III         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 11


This course is for students who have demonstrated superior ability in Spanish I and II.  It is also a preparation for any student who will take the AP course in the future.  Taught completely in Spanish, this intensified course aims at refining and strengthening the communication skills.  Extensive exposure to authentic Spanish materials helps the students to better understand the Spanish people and their culture.


Prerequisite:  85 cumulative average of first semester and third quarter in Spanish II.


2 semesters


538 Spanish III         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 10-12


This course is designed for the average student.  All classes are taught in Spanish with an emphasis on the development of listening and speaking skills.  Grammatical structures are supplemented and reinforced by exercises leading to a gradual expansion of creative writing skills. Selected readings expose the student to authentic Hispanic culture.


Prerequisite:  85 cumulative average of first semester and third quarter in Spanish II.

2 semesters


539 Spanish III         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 3 Gr. 11-12


This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 529 and who would like to continue the study of the Spanish language and culture.  The course is sufficiently challenging and is structured to meet the ability level of the students.


This course will be offered only if a sufficient number of students enroll in it.


Prerequisite:  80 in Spanish 529 and with the recommendation of the second level teacher and the Department Chairman.


2 semesters


547 Spanish IV         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 12

548 Spanish IV         6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 12


This course is the necessary culmination of language study for serious college-bound students. Oral fluency and command of structures are refined by stressing basic idioms, semantic nuances, and colloquialisms.  A survey of social history, including discussions of significant authors and artists, is an integral element of the course.  A mature appreciation of Spanish culture is stimulated by various teacher generated activities, by using videos, and by student research.


Prerequisite:  85 cumulative average of first semester and third quarter in Spanish III.


2 semesters


585 Advanced Placement Spanish

    6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 5 Gr. 12


This course is for the student who will take the Advanced Placement examination in Spanish.  Intense oral and grammatical practice is reinforced through extensive reading and writing.  Taught completely in Spanish, the student will be exposed to the contemporary Spanish world through newspaper articles, videos, and multi-media productions.  All students in this course will take the AP examination when offered that year.


Prerequisite:  Three years of track one Spanish, an average of 90 in each year, and the approval of the third level teacher.

semesters



591 Latin I             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 11-12

592 Latin I             6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 2 Gr. 11-12

596 Latin I            6 ppc 1.00 cr.  Tr. 1 Gr. 9



This course presents the basic principles of the language.  Fundamental inflections and constructions essential for the reading and writing of simple Latin sentences are introduced.  An important part of the course is the study of Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes which have been used to form a multitude of English words.  Some aspects of Roman history, customs and literature are also presented.

This course is available to students in addition to Spanish or French.


2 semesters


571 Chinese (Mandarin) I    6 pcc 1.00 cr. Tr. 1 Gr. 9



This is an elective course which can be taken in addition to Spanish or French.  It begins with the writing and reading of 250-300 Chinese characters.  Conversation is stressed to function in a native environment.  History and culture are integrated as part of understanding Chinese civilization.


          2 semesters   



572 Chinese (Mandarin) II          6 pcc 1.00 cr. Tr. 1 Gr. 10



This course is a continuation of the first year of study.  Students will continue toward the goal of writing and reading 250-300 Chinese characters.  Conversational topics will become more complex as students gradually acquire the basic skills to function in a Chinese environment.  History and culture will be integrated into the course to give students an understanding of the language as a integral part of Chinese civilization.


2 semesters



573 Chinese (Mandarin) III          6 pcc 1.00 cr. Tr. 1 Gr. 11

This course is a continuation of the second year of study.  A guest Chinese teacher will be the instructor.

                                                                                      2 semesters