Foreign Language Department

Ms. Sara Honig, Director

Phone: 508-841-8838 Email: shonig@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us

The two main goals of the Foreign Language program are communication and exposure to the rich cultural aspects of diverse peoples. Living in a global community with more far-reaching contacts, interaction with people of different countries here at home becomes more probable and immediate. Because language & culture are so inextricably bound together, students who are exposed to foreign languages develop a respect for & understanding of cultural differences, and, in doing so, develop a better understanding of their own culture. Moreover, in the learning of another language, students begin to make better connections with English, which results in a better understanding of their own language & of their own culture. Foreign language is an essential part of our students' education & learning at least one language in addition to English prepares them for life in the 21st century.

Regarding methods of teaching language, traditional approaches have blended with performance based approaches. The common focus of teaching a foreign language is the student's ability to use the language beyond the classroom in real-life situations. Upon language exposure, students are expected to show measurable communicative proficiency and functional ability to understand, read, write, and speak the language. Second language acquisition is a life-long process with study beginning as early as possible and continuing throughout post-secondary education and beyond.

Course Offerings:

French I (8010)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                     Full Year                Grades: 9-12                       A Level

This course is designed for all students beginning the study of French. Imagine being able to carry on a conversation in French! You CAN by learning the basics of the language. Vocabulary and simple language patterns are used in classroom conversations and daily activities. You will learn a great deal about France through discussion, videos, films, and handouts.

Accelerated French I (8011T)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                    Full Year                   Grades: 9-12                      Prerequisite: Some study of introductory French.

The goal of this course is to prepare students for the high school French program. Students will hone their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course emphasizes the key grammar concepts and vocabulary necessary to advance to French II.

French II (8012)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                    Full Year                  Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation. This course is designed for those students who have passed French I for credit, but still require significant practice and review of the four basic skills. Students will continue to hone listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy in the present tense and an introduction to the past tense. France will be the francophone region highlighted for cultural comparisons.

French II Honors (8045)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                    Full Year                Grades: 9-12                       Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for students who have been successful in the study of French I and have acquired the necessary skills to move up to the next level. Students will continue to develop the skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy in the present tense, the past tense and an introduction to the imperfect tense. In preparation for the AP program, students will begin to do cultural comparisons and write informal emails. Students will use a reader to encourage conversation. France will be the francophone region highlighted for cultural comparisons. This course is conducted, with increasing frequency, in French.

French III (8013)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                      Full Year                Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for students who wish to continue studying French in order to achieve better competency with the language. Emphasis will be placed on extending grammar and vocabulary in order to improve the students’ ability to communicate, for example, how and when to use the imparfait and passé composé. Various French-speaking countries will also be explored. This course is conducted, with increasing frequency, in French.

French III Honors (8015)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                        Full Year                Grades: 10-12                      Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for students who have been successful in the study of French II and have acquired the necessary skills to be in the honors level. Students will continue to increase self-expression and hone the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through compositions and oral presentations. Emphasis will be placed on extending grammar and vocabulary in order to improve the students’ ability to communicate at the intermediate level, for example, how and when to use the imparfait and passé composé. Students will explore various French-speaking countries and also read authentic short stories. This course is conducted primarily in French.

French IV (8014)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                           Full Year              Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course extends the students' ability for proficiency in communication in the target language as more sophisticated expressions are learned. Students will continue to improve upon listening comprehension and oral expression, and they will hone their reading skills by reading and discussing French novels. This course is conducted entirely in French.

French IV Honors (8016)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                           Full Year                Grades: 11-12                          Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for those students who are preparing for entry into Advanced Placement French the following year. Emphasis is placed on developing accuracy in both oral and written expression with more complex and finite grammar. Students will read authentic literature including ‘Le Petit Prince’ and the fables of Lafontaine. This course is conducted entirely in French.

French V (8017)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                          Full Year                Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for those advanced students who enjoy learning French and wish to continue to practice their oral and written skills. It is primarily a literature and culture course with a review of all grammar. Contemporary literature and short readings will be read and discussed. The cultural focus will be on French-speaking countries around the globe. The class is conducted entirely in French.

French V Honors (8044)

Meets expectations for Student Learning: 1, 2,3,4,7

Elective                           Full Year                Grade 12                            Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for honors students who wish to continue the study of French but opt not to take the French AP exam. Students will continue to practice their oral and written skills. Emphasis in this course is placed on accuracy in both oral and written expression, as more complex grammar is introduced. Contemporary literature and short readings will be read and discussed in seminar style. The cultural focus will be on French-speaking countries around the globe. The class is conducted entirely in French.

Advanced Placement French (8018)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                           Full Year                Grades: 11 -12                          

Advanced Placement Prerequisite:  Demonstrated excellence in Honors IV level and strong teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for students who have attained a high degree of proficiency in French and who are interested in completing studies comparable in content and difficulty to a full-year college-level course. This course is designed to provide students with a communicative ability in the French language. The course objectives are to develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, and to develop French vocabulary sufficient for reading newspapers and magazine articles, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary. Students will also develop the ability to express themselves in French, both orally and in writing, with reasonable fluency, coherence, and accuracy. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. This course is conducted entirely in French.

Spanish I (8020)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                           Full Year                Grades: 9-12

This course is designed for all students beginning the study of Spanish. Students will learn the basics of the language while developing skills in comprehension and self-expression. A workable vocabulary and simple language patterns are used in conversations based on classroom experiences and daily activities. The course also introduces students to various cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking World.

Accelerated Spanish I (8025)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                            Full Year                Grades: 9-12                  Prerequisite: Some study of introductory Spanish.

The goal of this course is to prepare students for the high school Spanish program. Students will hone their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course emphasizes the key grammar concepts and vocabulary necessary to advance to Spanish II.

Spanish II (8022)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                            Full Year                Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation. This course is designed for those students who have passed Spanish I for credit but still require significant practice and review of the four basic language skills. Students will continue to hone listening, speaking, writing and reading and concentrate on those segments of Spanish I that need additional review. Hispanic culture is woven into the curriculum via textbook readings, class discussions, videos, and language lab activities.

Spanish II Honors (8046)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                             Full Year                Grades: 9-12                       Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for students who have been successful in the study of Spanish I and have acquired the necessary skills to move up to the next level. Students will continue to develop the skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading with an emphasis on how and when to use the imperfect and preterite tenses. Hispanic culture is woven into the curriculum via textbook readings, class discussions, videos, and language lab activities.

Spanish II Language and Culture (8027)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                               Full Year                Grades: 10-12                 Prerequisite: Spanish 1 credit and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who plan to take no more than two years of Spanish to satisfy a requirement for post-secondary education. The first half of the course provides a review of level 1 vocabulary and grammar topics. During the second half of the year, students continue to expand their vocabulary and the past preterite tense is introduced. Students have opportunities to further develop their language skills as well as to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking culture via cultural lessons interspersed throughout the curriculum.

Spanish III (8023)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                Full Year                Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who have demonstrated an interest in the language and have acquired communicative competency with the basic skills. Oral and written skills are emphasized as students frequently produce essays and oral presentations. Students will also continue to practice reading comprehension through various readings of graduated difficulty. This course is conducted, with increasing frequency, in Spanish.

Spanish III Honors (8026)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 10-12                          Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to mirror the curriculum of Spanish III at a faster pace. Students will hone skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through essays, oral presentations, skits, collaborative projects, etc. Students will continue to develop reading comprehension skills through the use of a Spanish reader. Emphasis will be on student use of the language in real life situations. This course is conducted primarily in Spanish.

Spanish IV (8024)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                     Full Year                Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course extends the students' ability to perfect communication in the target language via readings on contemporary Hispanic culture and customs. There is greater emphasis on written grammatical constructions as students create and write dialogues and essays. Students continue to hone speaking skills through oral presentations and role-play situations as they acquire more sophisticated vocabulary and begin study of the subjunctive. This course is conducted in Spanish.

Spanish IV Honors (8027)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                            Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who enjoy speaking, writing, listening and reading in Spanish and are preparing for entry into Advanced Placement Spanish. Emphasis is on the use of proper grammar, including an introduction to the subjunctive, but instruction is through active language. Students will present conversations, skits, and dialogues. Writing assignments are generated from personal and current themes on a regular basis. . Authentic literature materials in the form of newspapers, magazines, poetry and short stories are used to teach cultural and historical components. Videos are also included to enhance the curriculum. Class is taught entirely in Spanish.

Spanish V (8038)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for those advanced students who enjoy learning Spanish and wish to continue to practice their oral and written skills. This is primarily a literature and culture course with a review of all grammar. Students will read authentic literature, including poetry, shorts stories and folktales from Latin American and Spain. Written essays will focus on themes from the literature as well as on personal topics and current issues. The culture and the history of Spain will be explored with projects related to many aspects of Spanish life. Oral presentations, skits and dialogues will improve speaking proficiency in the target language. The class is conducted in Spanish.

Spanish V Honors (8028)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 12                        Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for advanced students who wish to continue the study of Spanish but opt not to take the Spanish AP exam. Authentic literature is used including short stories, short novels, plays, and poetry. Films and videos that parallel the curriculum are shown. The cultural focus is on Spanish-speaking countries and includes music, dance and current news events. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Advanced Placement Spanish Language (8029)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                          

Advanced Placement Prerequisite: Demonstrated excellence in Honors IV level and strong teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who have attained a high degree of proficiency in Spanish and who are interested in completing studies comparable in content and difficulty to a full-year college-level course. The goal of the course is to prepare the student for the Spanish AP Language examination by emphasizing the basic objectives of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. All forms of writing are emphasized, especially the directed and the open-ended question. Weekly journals and critical writing pieces are included. Students hone listening and speaking skills through repeated practice in the form of dialogues, skits, interviews, and directed questions. Picture sequences are also used to practice for the exam, and grammar is reviewed, fine-tuned and applied in authentic communicative situations. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Latin I (8039)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 9-12

Latin I is a beginning course with emphasis on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading skills. Emphasis is also placed on Roman life and culture, the permanent value of the  Latin language, and the social values of the classical period. The study of English derivatives from Latin roots will increase the student's working vocabulary. A deeper understanding of English grammar is a logical outcome of this course.

Latin II (8031)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

The content of Latin II has been selected and arranged in such a way as to further the student's linguistic, cultural and social development. After a review of the vocabulary, forms and grammar constructions from Latin I, students study significant events in Roman history and more complex aspects of the language. Students will further develop reading and translating skills with special attention given to word order and sentence structure. The continued study of English derivatives from Latin roots will increase the student's working vocabulary.

Latin II Honors (8034)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning 1,2,3,4,7

Elective:                 Full year               Grades: 10-12                             Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to mirror the curriculum of Latin II at a faster pace. After a review of the vocabulary, forms and grammar constructions from Latin I, students study significant events in Roman history and more complex aspects of the language. Students will further develop reading and translating skills with special attention given to word order and sentence structure. Honors students also will have additional independent or collaborative assignments. The continued study of English derivatives from Latin roots will increase the student's working vocabulary.

Latin III (8041)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course provides adapted readings from classical literature as well as more complex grammar patterns. Students will read selections from authors of the first century B.C.E. with  special emphasis on the prose of Cicero and selections from Caesar, Eutropius, and Nepos.

Latin III Honors (8032)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning 1,2,3,4,7

Elective:                 Full year               Grades: 10-12                             Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to mirror the curriculum of Latin III at a faster pace. Students will hone reading and writing skills through more challenging translations, oral presentations, and collaborative projects. Literature selections emphasize prose from authors of the first century B.C.E.

Latin IV Honors (8033)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                           Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

The focus of this course will be on learning to read, translate and critique Latin poetry. Works of Ovid and Catullus will be studied along with an introduction to the “Aeneid” of Vergil. By the end of the year, students will have an understanding of Latin poetry, both “Elegiac and Epic” and will have been exposed to the ‘golden age’ of Latin poetry.

Advanced Placement Latin: Vergil and Caesar (8042)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                                                

Advanced Placement Prerequisite: Demonstrated excellence in Honors IV level and strong teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who have attained a high degree of mastery in translating Latin literature. The goal is to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Latin Vergil and Caesar exam by emphasizing the literal translation of Latin epic poetry and prose. In addition, a major emphasis will be placed on analyzing, discussing and writing critical essays on Latin poetry and Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. Fundamentals of Latin grammar will be reviewed in conjunction with a thorough exploration of the history of the Early Empire. Summer reading and/or a special project may be required. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

Mandarin Chinese I (8050)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full year                Grades: 9-12

The Mandarin Chinese I course is designed to focus on communication through the development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis will be placed on accurate pronunciation, correct usage of grammar structures and the ability to listen, respond, and ask questions. At the end of the year, successful students will be able to participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts as well as to generate language incorporating basic vocabulary and sentence patterns.

Mandarin Chinese II (8051)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full year                Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is a continuation of the middle school program of Mandarin Chinese. Students will continue to work to hone speaking, listening and writing skills as they acquire more characters and more sophisticated patterns of expression. Students will also learn about the history, geography and cultural differences of the Chinese people.

Mandarin Chinese II Honors (8060)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full year                Grades: 9-12                        Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level I language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is a continuation of the middle school program and is designed to mirror the curriculum of Mandarin Chinese II at a faster pace. Students will continue to work to  hone speaking, listening and writing skills as they acquire more characters and more sophisticated patterns of expression. Students will also learn about the history, geography and cultural differences of the Chinese people. Additional assignments and projects will be required.

Mandarin Chinese III (8053)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1, 2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full year                Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who have demonstrated an interest in the language and have acquired communicative competency with the fundamental skills. Oral, aural and written skills will continue to be emphasized. The class will consist of higher-level listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises as well as using advanced grammatical structures and higher-level vocabulary lists.

Mandarin Chinese III Honors (8054)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1, 2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full year                Grades: 10-12                         Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level II language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to further prepare the student for real-life interactions using the Chinese language. Oral, aural and written skills will continue to be emphasized. The class will consist of higher-level listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises as well as using advanced grammatical structures and higher-level vocabulary lists. Students are strongly encouraged to speak Chinese in the classroom as much as possible when dealing with each other or with the teacher. Additional assignments and projects will be required.

Mandarin Chinese IV (8055)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course extends the student’s ability for proficiency in communication as more sophisticated expressions and additional characters are introduced. Students will continue to hone listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students learn how to communicate in a variety of real-life situations and acquire further tools for self-expression.

Mandarin Chinese IV Honors (8056)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                         Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level III language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course extends the student’s ability for proficiency in communication as more sophisticated expressions and additional characters are introduced. Students will continue to hone listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students learn how to communicate in a variety of real-life situations. Additional assignments and projects will be required.

Mandarin Chinese V (8057)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grade 12

Prerequisite: Demonstrated competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for those students who wish to advance their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to the next level. Students expand their repertoire of characters and acquire further tools for nuanced communication.

Mandarin Chinese V Honors (8059)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grade 12                           Honors

Prerequisite: Demonstrated advanced competency with Level IV language skills and teacher recommendation.

This course is intended for those students who have achieved a high degree of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and wish to advance their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to the next level. Students expand their repertoire of characters and acquire further tools for nuanced communication. Additional assignments and projects will be required.

Advanced Placement Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture (8066)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7

Elective                                    Full Year                Grades: 11-12                                     

Advanced Placement Prerequisite:  Demonstrated excellence in Honors IV level and strong teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for those students who have attained a high degree of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and who are interested in completing studies comparable in content and difficulty to a full-year college-level course. The goal of the course is to prepare the student for the Mandarin Chinese AP Language examination by emphasizing the basic objectives of proficiency in listening,   speaking,  reading and  writing.  All forms of writing are emphasized, especially the directed and the open-ended question. Weekly journals and critical writing pieces are included. Students hone listening and speaking skills through repeated practice in the form of dialogues, skits, interviews, and directed questions. Picture sequences are also used to practice for the exam, and grammar is reviewed, fine-tuned and applied in authentic communicative situations. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. This class is conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese.

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