World Languages

Philosophy
The World Languages program immerses the student in the language, history, literature, and culture of foreign countries. Proficiency in the written and spoken language is stressed, as well as the inherent benefits of bi/multilingualism to intercultural understanding. Additionally, the study of languages enhances students’ educational and career endeavors.
Course Offerings and Descriptions
The first level of language study integrates basic conversation and grammar skills with cultural studies.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None.
The first level of language study integrates basic conversation and grammar skills with cultural studies.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None.
The first level of language study integrates basic conversation and grammar skills with cultural studies.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None.
The first level of language study integrates basic conversation and grammar skills with cultural studies.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None.
Level II continues the work of the first course with a more advanced approach to pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Students will improve their conversational skills, sharpen their pronunciation, and draw comparisons between American culture and that of the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.
Level II continues the work of the first course with a more advanced approach to pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Students will improve their conversational skills, sharpen their pronunciation, and draw comparisons between American culture and that of the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.
Level II continues the work of the first course with a more advanced approach to pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Students will improve their conversational skills, sharpen their pronunciation, and draw comparisons between American culture and that of the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.
Level II continues the work of the first course with a more advanced approach to pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Students will improve their conversational skills, sharpen their pronunciation, and draw comparisons between American culture and that of the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.
This third level of Spanish will reinforce the skills necessary for proficiency, focusing on the present, future, and past tense conjugations. Additionally, students will be introduced to compound tenses. This course will also focus on Hispanic history, literature, and current events. Students enrolled in this course are not eligible to enroll in Hon. Spanish IV or AP Spanish upon completion.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: 
Level III, an advanced course, continues to stress oral communication. Students study and discuss current and classic writings on an introductory level, review and expand grammar, examine the written aspects of the language, and make deeper cultural connections to the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Level II.
Level III, an advanced course, continues to stress oral communication. Students study and discuss current and classic writings on an introductory level, review and expand grammar, examine the written aspects of the language, and make deeper cultural connections to the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Level II.
Level III, an advanced course, continues to stress oral communication. Students study and discuss current and classic writings on an introductory level, review and expand grammar, examine the written aspects of the language, and make deeper cultural connections to the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Level II.
Level III, an advanced course, continues to stress oral communication. Students study and discuss current and classic writings on an introductory level, review and expand grammar, examine the written aspects of the language, and make deeper cultural connections to the target language.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Level II.
An advanced course, Honors Spanish IV enhances students’ proficiency in the areas of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also interpret and analyze representative literary works and develop an appreciation for the culture and history of Hispanic countries. Students will also complete a thorough Spanish grammar preparation for the Advanced Placement Spanish and Culture course.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Honors Spanish III
An advanced course, Honors French IV enhances students’ proficiency in the areas of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also interpret and analyze representative literary works and develop an appreciation for the culture and history of French-speaking countries.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Honors French III
Students of Honors Italian IV refine their listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills as well as study advanced grammar, composition and vocabulary. Students also gain proficiency by reading selected stories by noteworthy authors, and they increase their cultural awareness by reading passages, viewing films, and completing Internet activities.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 83 in Honors Italian III.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: III
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 87 in Honors Spanish IV and placement test.