RHS World Language Courses

  • The goal of the World Languages department is to help develop students into active members of a global society through the study of world languages  and cultures. RTSD provides a comprehensive program through which students can achieve fluency in the target language and gain an indispensable communication skill needed in an interdependent world. This study will heighten students’ knowledge and appreciation of the personal and professional advantage of being multilingual. To attain greater benefit from the world language program, students are advised to begin their language study as early as possible and to continue in a language through their senior year. Students also have the opportunity to study more than one language.

    Students who have begun their study of a foreign language in the middle school and wish to continue to advanced levels will take level 2 in ninth grade (student may not repeat level one if they have received a grade of B- or above). Students in honors classes are selected from both the middle school and the high school on the basis of outstanding ability and high motivation and must have an A.

    Note: Please be aware that language courses or levels may need to be combined or cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

Chinese Courses

French Courses

  • 1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily

    Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite(s): RMS/RHS Teacher Recommendation

    This course introduces and reinforces the French language and culture. French 1A/2A proceeds at a moderate pace for language acquisition. Students are guided through the interconnected goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities, as they develop their language skills. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to communicate about a variety of topics such as: likes and dislikes, description of their community, daily routine, past experiences, sports, health, travel, shopping, and leisure activities. They will be expected to be able to write short compositions and make brief presentations. Students in French 1A wishing to move on to French 3A must have a “B-“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in French 2A wishing to move on to French 3A must have a “C“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in level French 1A wishing to move to French 2A must have a “C” and a teacher recommendation. Students wishing to move on to French 2H or French 3H must have an “A” in the course, a teacher recommendation, and must complete a summer assignment to move up to the Honors level. 

     

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  • Radnor High School French Sequence

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  • French 2 H (05050527)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Prerequisite(s): French 1 (0521) with a “A” and teacher recommendation

    The program for French 2 H lays the groundwork for the College Board’s requirements for the Advanced Placement French language and culture exam offered in level 5AP. Students will strengthen communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modalities by studying grammatical structures. The course will also enhance students’ knowledge of French-speaking cultures and perspectives related to diverse themes. The pace of this class is accelerated and students choosing to take this class must assume the responsibility for independent work and review at home on a daily basis. This class is conducted 90% of the time in French.

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  • French 3 H (05050528)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 2 H (0527) with a “B” or above or French 2A with an “A”, teacher recommendation, extensive summer work and a test before the start of the school year

    The program for French 3H continues to lay the groundwork for the College Board’s requirements for the Advanced Placement French language and culture exam offered in level 5 AP. Students will strengthen communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modalities by deepening the study of grammatical structures covered in previous levels. The course will also enhance students’ knowledge of French speaking cultures and perspectives related to diverse themes. The pace of this class is accelerated and students choosing to take this class must assume the responsibility for independent work and review at home on a daily basis. This class is conducted mostly in French.

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  • French 3 A (05050523)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 2 (0522) with a “C” or above

    This course is intended for students seeking to further develop their linguistic skills in the French language. Students will enhance their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking the language through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings, and various texts. Students’ confidence and ability to express themselves in the target language will improve dramatically in this course as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience using more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students interact frequently with one another and are called upon to simulate a wide range of everyday encounters with their peers. In order to reinforce the material covered in class, students should anticipate homework assignments. Assessments may include oral and written tests and quizzes, skits, dialogues, short essays and class presentations.

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  • French 4 H (05050530)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 3H (0528) with a “B” or above or French 3 (0523) with an “A”, teacher recommendation, extensive summer work and a test before the start of the school year

    The program for French 4H continues to prepare students for the College Board’s requirements for the Advanced Placement French language and culture exam offered in level 5 AP. Students will strengthen communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modalities by mastering a variety of grammatical structures. The course will also enhance students’ knowledge of French speaking cultures and perspectives related to diverse themes, including highlights of French history from the megalithic period to the present. The pace of this class is accelerated and students choosing to take this class must assume the responsibility for independent work and review at home on a daily basis. This class is conducted entirely in French except for grammar explanation.

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  • French 4 A (05050524)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 3 (0523) with a “C” or above.

    This course is intended for students seeking to further develop their linguistic skills and gain a deeper understanding of various aspects of French culture. Students learn to express themselves on a more advanced level, not only recounting or predicting personal experiences, but also making inquiries, offering opinion and insight in hypothetical terms on various topics of cultural interest. Students explore plot development, discuss relevant themes, examine historical context and analyze characters in French films. Students hone their comprehension skills using authentic short stories, fables, poems, songs and advertisements from the target culture. Students are required to participate daily in class in French. Assessments may include oral and written tests and quizzes, skits, projects, essays and class presentations.

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  • French 5 A (05050525)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 4(0524) with a “C” or above

    French 5 is a conversation class for college bound students who are committed to further developing their oral proficiency while exploring topics relevant to today’s society. Students research, discuss, analyze and debate numerous issues of interest which may include art, cuisine, politics, tourism, science, sports, technology, education, and fashion using French newspapers, magazines, films, poetry and music. The class is conducted 90% of the time in French and students are expected to contribute to class discussions on a daily basis. Assessments include frequent oral reports, oral and written quizzes and tests, skits, simulations, and essays.

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  • Advanced Placement French Language and Culture (05050532)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): French 4H (0530) with a “B” or above and teacher recommendation or French 4 (0524) with an “A”, teacher recommendation, extensive summer work and a test before the start of the school year

    This course is the culmination of the French AP program and is designed to prepare students for the AP French Language and Culture Exam. The AP course focuses on Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational modes of communication emphasizing cultural awareness within six thematic units. These themes are: 1) global challenges, 2) science and technology, 3) contemporary life, 4) personal and public identities, 5) family and communities and 6) beauty and aesthetics. Students will acquire idiomatic expressions, expand their vocabulary, and refine their grammatical skills with the use of authentic French media sources. This class is conducted entirely in French. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May. (S)

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German Courses

  • 1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily

    Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite(s):  RMS teacher recommendation.

    This course introduces and reinforces the German language and culture. German 1A/2A proceeds at a moderate pace for language acquisition. Students are guided through the interconnected goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as they develop their language skills. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to communicate about a variety of topics such as family, school, weather, geography, chores and shopping. They will be expected to be able to write short compositions and make brief presentations. Students in German 1A wishing to move on to German 3A must have a “B-“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in German 2A wishing to move on to German 3A must have a “C“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in level German 1A wishing to move to German 2A must have a “C” and a teacher recommendation. Students wishing to move on to German 2H or German 3H must have an “A” in the course, a teacher recommendation, and must complete a summer assignment to move up to the Honors level. 

     

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  • RHS German Language Sequence

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  • German 2 H (05050507)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): RMS German with a B or better and teacher recommendation

    This course continues to build on the topics and grammar acquired in German I at an in-depth and accelerated pace. Students will be held responsible for actively acquiring new vocabulary related to topics discussed in class with increasing grammatical accuracy. Each student will be responsible for one power point presentation a year as well as several skits. Communicative proficiency with grammatical accuracy remains the primary goal with listening comprehension exercises and online sources added to enhance instruction. Other assessments will include oral testing and traditional tests and quizzes.

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  • German 3 A (05050503)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 2 (0502) with “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    Continuing with an emphasis on communication, students will move away from patterning exercises and onto open-ended language construction. The third level of the text will be used during the first semester. The text and its ancillary materials cover more age appropriate topics such as environmental issues, military vs. alternative civilian service, youth hostels, alcohol use and driving. Grammar will be taught as an adjunct to the goal of communicative proficiency. Speaking skills and the acquisition of vocabulary remain the focal point. During the second semester, students will read three fairy tales and each student will be required to participate in the enactment of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Assessments will include traditional tests and quizzes, posters, skits and power point presentations.

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  • German 3 H (05050508)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 2H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation

    Continuing with an emphasis on communication, students in German 3H move away from patterning exercises and onto openended language construction. During the first semester, most instruction will be thematically based, covering train travel, family relationships, healthy lifestyle choices and job interviewing. Students will complete units on two other German speaking countries – Austria and Switzerland – as well. More advanced grammatical concepts will be intertwined with communicative proficiency. During the second semester, students will complete a Grimm’s fairy tale unit, read detective stories and begin the online German web site series “Jojo sucht das Glück.”

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  • German 4 H (05050509)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 3H with a “B” or above and teacher Recommendation or German 3A with an “A”, teacher recommendation, and extensive summer work

    This course is designed for students interested in a combined language and literature course. It begins with an overview of German history from the year 9 to 1933. Students will engage in discussions about the major historical events that helped shape modern day Germany. Each student will complete an individual project, on the topic of their choice, covering the years 1933 –1945. All students taking this course should be prepared to do on-line research about this time period and present a five minute talk to the class in German. Students will begin their study of German literature with a series of short stories. Several relatively difficult units on German grammar will also be covered throughout the year. This class will prepare students to enter the Advanced Placement German course.

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  • German 4 A (05050504)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 3A with a “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    This course continues with an emphasis on communication. Through a variety of speaking units, students will incorporate the language they have learned with the goal of being proficient enough to travel to a German speaking country. The course serves to enhance speaking proficiency using authentic materials, but also reviews German grammar learned in previous years. Other units include poetry, history, detective stories, current events, art and film.

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  • German 5 A (05050511)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 4A with a “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    German 5 strengthens the conversational skills for college bound students through the exploration of topics relevant to today’s German speaking society. In class, students discuss, analyze, debate and research numerous issues of interest which include the Berlin Wall, music, art, food, politics, tourism, famous Germans and their contributions, and holidays. Where applicable, students compare and contrast their new insights of the German speaking world with their own culture. For resources the class uses German language newspapers, magazines, TV programs and films, as well as modern music. The class is conducted 90% of the time in German and students are expected to contribute to class discussions regularly. Assessments include oral reports, oral and written quizzes and tests, and skits.

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  • Advanced Placement German Language and Culture (05050510)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): German 4H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation. German 4A with an “A”, a teacher recommendation, and extensive summer work

    This course is comprised of six thematic units which will serve to prepare students for the revised German Language and Culture Exam. The six units are 1) global challenges, 2) science and technology, 3) contemporary life, 4) personal and public identities, 5) family and communities, and 6) beauty and aesthetics. The primary goal of the course is communicative, but grammar structures will be reviewed within each thematic unit. Each unit will incorporate the following six skills: interpersonal spoken, interpersonal writing, audio and visual interpretive, written and print interpretive and presentational spoken and written. All materials from the class will be authentic and German will be used exclusively in the classroom.

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Latin Courses

  • 1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily

    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite(s): Language Teacher Recommendation

    This course is intended to introduce and reinforce the Latin language and Roman culture.  Latin 1A/2A proceeds at a moderate pace for language acquisition. Students are guided through the interconnected goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as they develop their language skills. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to communicate about a variety of topics such as daily routine, ancient sports, ancient history and warfare, health, travel, ancient markets and leisure activities. Students will be expected to be able to make presentations, involving cultural and language topics. Students in Latin 1A wishing to move on to Latin 3A must have a “B-“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in Latin 2A wishing to move on to Latin 3A must have a “C“ in the course or better and a teacher recommendation. Students in level Latin 1A wishing to move to Latin 2A must have a “C” and a teacher recommendation. Students wishing to move on to Latin 2H or Latin 3H must have an “A” in the course, a teacher recommendation, and must complete a summer assignment to move up to the Honors level. 

     

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  • Since the study of Latin covers a unique area of language, history, culture and literature, this division of the World Language Department sets its sights on different goals. The basic and most important difference between the modern languages and the classical language of Latin is that the former are present day means of communication and are taught as such. Therefore, recognizing this variance, the goals of the program are summarized as follows:

    1. Students should be aware of the sounds and structure of the language, as well as its patterns of thought. He/she should learn of the special influence of Latin on the Romance languages.
    2. Students should be able to recognize the basic stylistic differences in literature and know why each style is appropriate for its subject matter and time period.
    3. Students should be able to recognize certain authors and their influence in the classical period as well as later periods. 
    4. In conjunction with the above goals, students are directed to follow the cultural and chronological development of the Mediterranean World and learn how it influenced the modern countries of the Mediterranean area. 
    5. Students should be aware of word derivations in English and Romance Languages as well as literary allusions from classical mythology and history.

    Latin offers two tracks of study – Advanced and Honors. The Honors level attempts to challenge students who have a facility to learn a language. Students in honors courses move through the material at an accelerated pace and cover more in-depth topics of grammar, translation, and culture. They are expected to have a firm foundation in and an understanding of English grammar prior to taking the course. The goal of the Honors courses is to read, discuss, and analyze actual unedited Latin authors at an earlier point in the students’ high school careers. The Advanced classes cover similar material with more detailed explanation of basic points of grammar, translation, and culture. They spend more time reading edited versions of Latin history and culture and acquiring a basic knowledge of the ancient Roman world.

    RHS Lating Language Sequence

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  • Latin 2 H (05050587)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): RMS Latin with an “A” or above. Latin 1H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation

    Latin II H students continue to learn the basic grammar of Latin and advance through more complex and refined aspects of the language at an accelerated pace. They will use the second volume of the series, The Oxford Latin Course Part II, as their basic text. The stories in the text will center on Rome at the end of the Republic and will expose the students to Roman government, architecture, and the ancient Romans’ lifestyles. In addition to the textbook work, the students are expected to research several topics on either history or culture during the year. Assessments will be made through tests, projects, quizzes and homework. The major goal of this course is to provide the student with the basic skills necessary to read more fully developed Latin stories so that they may continue their study either at the high school or in a college or university.

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  • Latin 3 H (05050588)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Latin 2H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation, or Latin 2A with “A” or above, and teacher recommendation

    Latin 3 H students will complete their study of Latin grammar and begin to read Latin literature. They will use the third volume of the series, The Oxford Latin Course Part III as their basic text. In this year the stories revolve around the main character of Horace, the poet, and his success during the Augustan Age. Some poems by Horace are presented to the student for translation and analysis. In addition to the textbook work, the students are expected to research several topics on either history or culture during the year. Assessments will be made through tests, projects, quizzes and homework. The major goal of this course is to provide the student with the skills necessary to translate, interpret, and analyze actual Latin. After completing this year the student will be prepared to read other famous authors either at the high school or college level.

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  • Latin 3 A (05050583)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Latin 2A with a “C” average or above

    This course accommodates the dedicated and involved Latin student in the further study of the Latin language. The curriculum includes advanced grammar and vocabulary, more challenging readings and an introduction to the elements of linguistic style. This course will prepare the student to achieve Latin reading, comprehension and writing skills at the college level. The students will complete both daily and long-term assignments that will utilize advanced level cognitive, auditory, and decoding abilities. The students will also be expected to generate research projects or papers connecting the culture of the ancient world to the present.

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  • Latin 4/5 H (05050593)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s) 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisites: Latin 3H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation. Latin 3A with “A” and teacher recommendation

    Latin 4/5 H has a curriculum which includes famous authors of the gold and Silver Ages in Latin literature. The course will involve reading translating, understanding, and analyzing Latin in the original texts of Caesar, Horace, Catullus, Eutropius, Augustus, Ovid, Cicero, Plinius Minor and others. This course requires that students be highly motivated and conscientious students. Assessment of student skill will be made through homework, exams, research, projects, and analytical interpretation.

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  • AP Latin (05050590)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s) 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisites: Latin 3H/4H/5H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation

    AP Latin offers the curriculum which adheres closely to the AP Latin Course Description and curriculum prescribed by the College Board. The students will read selections from the Aeneid, the famous Roman epic poem written by Vergil in the 1st century BC, and selections from Julius Caesar’s battle commentaries in ancient France, Germany and Britain, called The Gallic War. These texts will allow students to encounter some of the important people, events, and literary genres of Roman times, focusing on the famous periods of the late Republic and the early Principate. Vergil’s Aeneid, arguably the most influential work of Latin literature, is both a model of Latin poetic style and a profound meditation on the meaning of Roman history and civilization. Caesar’s Gallic War, for generations a standard school text, is rightly admired both for its pure and straightforward Latinity and for its historical interest, as it engages with controversial issues of war and peace, empire, ethnicity, leadership, and the roles and purposes of historiography. English readings from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War are also required elements of the course. Of course, the AP Latin curriculum demands highly motivated and conscientious students. Students who successfully complete the course are able to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose. Assessments will include homework, exams, sight translations, research projects, recitations, and analytical and interpretative essays.

    The students will be prepared to take the AP Latin Examination in May.

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Spanish Courses

  • The Spanish department offers two tracks at Radnor High School, advanced and honors. The honors track prepares students for the College Board’s Advanced Placement at the end of level 5. Students completing this course sequence may receive college credit. Students should only choose this track if they are highly motivated and talented in the study of the Spanish language. The advanced track also offers courses through level 5. It prepares students to continue studying the language in college. This track proceeds at a more moderate pace, with more practice and drill in the classroom. Students should choose the track they want to follow based on their ability and academic goals.

    RHS Spanish Language Sequence

     

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  • Spanish 1 A (05050561)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course introduces Spanish language and culture to college bound students. It is a course that proceeds at a moderate pace and requires daily review of homework. Students are guided through the interconnected goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as they develop their language skills. At the completion of this course, students are able to function in written and oral form in a variety of areas, such as expressing likes and dislikes, and describing their school, families, and friends.

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  • Spanish 2 H (05050567)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): RMS Spanish with an “A” or above, Spanish 1A ith an “A” or above, and teacher recommendation

    This accelerated course is designed for the highly motivated and linguistically talented student who wishes to pursue at an accelerated pace the study of the Spanish language. The course proceeds primarily in Spanish and requires intensive oral and written practice. Students will be expected to make short presentations and write compositions showing evidence of rich vocabulary and correct grammar in the present, past and future. Students will be able to compare and contrast both orally and in written form the cultural heritage of Costa Rica, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and México. During the fourth quarter students will read Mexican legends and compose their own legend. Assessments will include traditional tests and quizzes, oral presentations and compositions.

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  • Spanish 2 A (05050562)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): RMS Spanish with “C” or above. RHS Spanish 1A with “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    This course is appropriate for students planning to attend college. It is a challenging course, in which students are guided through the interconnected goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities, as they develop their language skills. It proceeds at a moderate pace that requires daily review at home. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to communicate about a variety of topics such as daily routine, past experiences, sports, health, travel, shopping, and leisure activities. They will be expected to be able to write short compositions and make brief presentations.

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  • Spanish 3 H (05050568)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 2H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation. Spanish 2A with an “A”, teacher recommendation, extensive summer work, and a test before the start of the school year.


    This course is intended for college-bound students who are committed to and enthusiastic about language learning, and want a more in-depth, challenging experience. The course proceeds primarily in Spanish and requires intensive practice and oral expression. The course follows the book Realidades 3. Other readings, movies and online sources related to the units studied will be included. Communication and meaningful context in language are key concepts of the course. Students will continue to improve communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes. Students will continue to develop their writing skills with personal and analytical essays, commenting on some historical events and artistic works. The pace of the course is accelerated and requires independent review of topics.

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  • Spanish 3 A (05050563)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 2A with “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    This course is appropriate for students preparing for college. The course proceeds mostly in Spanish and will involve daily review and practice at home. Students will review previously introduced grammar and vocabulary and will master additional vocabulary and new grammatical structures. In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the culture and civilization of Spain, through readings, videos and Internet activities. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to give oral presentations on a variety of topics and will engage in basic conversation on topics of personal interest. They will be expected to write compositions on a variety of prompts related to the history, and culture of Spain.

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  • Spanish 4 H (05050569)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 3H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation or Spanish 3A with “A” and teacher recommendation, extensive summer work, and a test before the start of the school year

    This course continues to prepare students for the College Board's requirements for the Advanced Placement Spanish language and culture exam offered in level 5 AP. Students will strengthen communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modalities by mastering a variety of grammatical structures. The course will also enhance students' knowledge of Spanish speaking cultures and perspectives related to diverse themes, including highlights of Latin American history and geography. The pace of this class is accelerated and students choosing to take this class must assume the responsibility for independent work and review at home on a daily basis. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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  • Spanish 4 A (05050564)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 3A (0563) with “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    This course is appropriate for students preparing for college/It is a challenging later intermediate level course in which students will continue to expand their skills in the primary areas of modern language study: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course proceeds primarily in Spanish and will involve daily review and practice at home. Students will review previously introduced grammar and vocabulary and will master additional vocabulary and new grammatical structures. In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the culture and civilization of Latin America. Students will read Latin American legends. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to give oral presentations on a variety of topics. They will be expected to write compositions on a variety of prompts related to the history, literature and culture of Latin America. The course is supplemented by movies related to the topics being studied.

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  • Spanish 5 A (05050565)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 4A with “C” or above and teacher recommendation

    This course is appropriate for students preparing for college. It is a challenging culminating course in which students will continue to expand and refine their skills in the primary areas of modern language study: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course proceeds primarily in Spanish and will involve daily review and practice at home. Students will review previously introduced grammar and vocabulary and will learn additional vocabulary and new grammatical structures. In this course, students will study the culture and civilization of Mexico through readings, videos and Internet activities. Students will continue to explore representative works of Spanish and Latin American literature. They will further refine their skills at giving oral presentations on a variety of topics. They will be expected to speak in Spanish and write compositions and essays on a variety of prompts related to the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to continue their language studies at the college level.

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  • Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture (05050570)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 11, 12
    Prerequisite(s): Spanish 4H with “B” or above and teacher recommendation or Spanish 4A with an “A”, teacher recommendation, and extensive summer work, and a test before the start of the school year

    This course is offered in a total immersion environment for academically outstanding students that are self-motivated and independent learners that enjoy studying the Spanish Language. The course is the equivalent of a university level course and therefore places rigorous demands on students and proceeds at an accelerated pace. This course focuses on Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational modes of communication emphasizing cultural awareness within six thematic units. These themes are: 1) global challenges, 2) science and technology, 3) contemporary life, 4) personal and public identities, 5) family and communities and 6) beauty and aesthetics. Students will acquire idiomatic expressions, expand their vocabulary, and refine their grammatical skills with the use of authentic media sources in Spanish. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

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