Modern Languages

Italian I (9th grade)

This class is focused on the simple level of Italian grammar structures (Pronunciation, alphabet, nouns, simple mode verbs, adjectives and pronouns) and Italian culture. Italian I is the first in a series of Italian Courses and is designed for students who have no previous Italian instruction. Students learn greetings and introductions, numbers, how to find their way around, nationalities, how to describe themselves, their families and others, and how to speak about hobbies, sports and the weather. The main goal of this course is to communicate in Italian at a basic level (speaking, reading and writing) and to expand your knowledge and understanding of Italian culture.

Italian II (10th grade)

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This class is focused on the intermediate level of Italian grammar structures. Students will learn how to speak in Italian about food and drinks, their everyday life, clothing, the entertainment industry and health issues. Students will learn about Italian fashion and Italian TV. They will also learn Italian geography. Italian’s history is another important goal of this course, starting from the Medieval History main characters like Saint Francis, Saint Benedict and it will end with Christopher Columbus. The main goal of this course is help the students connect the study of the Italian language and Italian culture.

Italian III (11th grade)

Students can expect to begin communicating with some success using sentence‐length discourse and to practice responding and asking simple questions. You will learn to read and write simple texts in present time well enough to carry out the routine tasks of daily life. You will also learn about some salient aspects of Italian culture. Grammar includes basic structures and an introduction to the past and future tenses. The main goal of this course is help the students to expand their knowledge of Italian basic conversation. Also students will learn the Italian history from 1492 to the Congress of Vienna.

Italian IV (12th grade)

This class is focused on sustaining a full conversation in Italian and also making comparisons between the Italian language and culture and your native language and culture. The course will help the students to acquire the ability to use what they have learned by focusing on seven essential communicative functions in Italian (describing, comparing, reacting and recommending, narrating in the past, talking about likes and dislikes, hypothesizing, and talking about the future), and help to achieve greater cohesion in speaking and writing abilities. Further, this course will give you opportunity to apply these skills as you learn more about Italian culture through authentic sources. Also included are studies of great Italian Poets like Dante (Divina Commedia), Alessandro Manzoni (I Promessi Sposi). Students will study Contemporary History about Italy and the influence of Italian Immigration on the American culture.

Spanish I (9th grade)

This year marks the beginning of your study of Spanish and Spanish culture. The emphasis will be on mastering the basic elements of the Spanish Language: grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening, and speaking (conversationally and alone). We will also focus our studies on the historical, geographical, and cultural awareness of Spain and Latin America. You will learn to write simple compositions, prepare and engage in oral conversation, and be able to read and understand stories from your texts as well as other material given throughout the year. We will also work on projects individually and as a class.

Spanish II (10th grade)

Spanish II is your second year of the study of the Spanish language, history, geography, and culture. After a review of the grammatical skills, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions you covered in Spanish I last year, we will continue to focus our learning and skills on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Emphasis will be on reading and understanding, oral presentations, written paragraphs, and listening comprehensions. We will also continue our studies on some of the historical, geographical, and cultural awareness of Spain and Latin America.

Spanish III (11th grade)

Spanish III is the third year of the study of the Spanish language, history, geography, culture, and literature. Review the grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions covered in Spanish I and II, we will continue to focus our learning and skills on reading, writing, listening, culture, and literary awareness. Emphasis will be on longer conversations, oral presentations, written compositions, and listening comprehensions. Additionally, we will continue learning about the historical, geographical, and cultural awareness of the Spanish speaking world.

Spanish IV (12th grade)

Spanish IV is the fourth year of the study of the Spanish language, history, geography, culture, and literature. This class is focused on sustaining a full conversation in Spanish and also making comparisons between the Spanish language and culture and your native language and culture. We will continue to focus learning and skills on reading, writing, listening, culture, and literary awareness. Using combination of extended readings, oral presentations, written compositions, and listening comprehensions, students should finish the Spanish program with the confidence to communicate their ideas in a Spanish speaking environment.