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ASL 1: Students learn not only the technical aspects of signing such as technique, vocabulary, and
grammar, but also about the culture of the Deaf Community. Students build their vocabulary and learn greetings and expressions.
ASL 2: Building on ASL 1, this course is taught primarily in ASL. The focus is on advanced vocabulary and building conversational skills.
ASL 3: This course expands the student’s vocabulary while focusing on non-manual markers. Students will learn more about Deaf culture by participating in local Deaf Community events.
ASL 4: Students continue to learn more advanced vocabulary and structure and will be quite fluent in communication and presentation by the end of this course. Additionally, students immerse themselves in the local Deaf community.
ASL 5: ASL 5 is an advanced course where students will continue to develop conversational skills, but more emphasis is placed on artistic expression, literature, and poetry using ASL. This course is taught completely using ASL. Students conduct research and develop personal pieces of ASL literature.
French 1: This course introduces students to the language, culture, and grammar of French and
French-speaking countries. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities
and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in French.
French 2: French 2 furthers knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar acquired in French 1. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in French.
French 3: French 3 furthers knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar acquired in French 2. It delves into the subtleties of French culture and covers many of the grammar points that are unique to the French language.
French 4: French 4 is an advanced French course designed to further the knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar. It delves into the subtleties of French history from Ancient times to Napoleon Bonaparte, making emphasis on grammar and immersion.
French 5: French 5 is an advanced French course designed to further the knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar. Greater emphasis is on reading and writing in French.
German 1: German 1 is an entry-level course designed to introduce students to the language, culture,
and grammar of Germany and German-speaking countries. It covers basic conversation,
verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in
German 2: German 2 furthers students’ knowledge of the language, culture, and grammar of Germany and German-speaking countries.
German 3: Students continue their studies in German language and culture by building their communication skills across areas of culture, grammar, and community. This course offers a comprehensive sampling of cultures and dialects across many German cities and the major German-speaking nations.
German 4: Students build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and apply their skills in contemporary real-world contexts. By the end of the course, students will be able to engage in spontaneous conversation and accurately interpret and voice opinions on written and spoken German language.
Hebrew 1: This is an entry-level course in Modern Hebrew. It is a rigorous and fast-paced curriculum
designed to introduce students to the language and culture of the people of Israel. It covers
basic conversation, vocabulary, and grammar. The main goal of this course is to provide a
sufficient level of reading fluency. Most students completing this course sequence will be
able to decode successfully and engage in beginning dialogue dealing with familiar topics.
Hebrew 2: This course will strengthen the students’ knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures, and improve their mastery of the language, while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Most students successfully completing this sequence can emerge with a proficiency level of “intermediate high” depending on motivation, effort, and diligence.
Hebrew 3: Students continue to advance their vocabulary and grammar, primarily through studying everyday events like going to restaurants or birthday parties. Additionally, students will study the controversial nature of Israel.
Hebrew 4: Students develop dialogue skills and study Israeli culture through reading Israeli literature and following current events.
Italian 1: Students will learn the fundamentals of Italian grammar and pronunciation, how to converse
on a limited scale about everyday topics, and how to write and understand Italian within the
limits of the grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in the course. Emphasis will
be placed upon communication, and students will be exposed to some of the culture of Italy.
Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities.
Italian 2: The student will learn the basics of navigating Italian language and culture. Students will build on previous skills in the areas of grammar and vocabulary, and will expand to new tenses, while also continuing to cover culture, regions, and history of Italy.
Italian 3: Italian 3 is a dynamic and engaging course that takes the student through daily life and current events in Italy, allowing for an interactive approach to learning the language. Students engage in a variety of conversations and activities that will lead to a higher level of comprehension and fluency.
Japanese 1: Japanese 1 is a an entry-level but rigorous Japanese course designed to introduce students
to the language, culture, and grammar of Japanese. It covers basic conversation, verbs,
grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in Japanese,
with an emphasis on grammar, listening, and speaking.
Japanese 2: Japanese 2 is designed to further the knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and grammar acquired in Japanese 1. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in Japanese.
Japanese 3: Japanese 3 is a rigorous course designed to further the knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and grammar acquired in Japanese 1 and 2. It delves into the subtleties of Japanese culture and covers many of the grammar points that are unique to the Japanese language.
Latin 1: Students will study foundational grammar and vocabulary to be able to read simple
passages. Students draw connections between Latin and English vocabulary, prefixes, and
study literature, geography, history, government, and culture of the Roman Empire.
Latin 2: Latin 2 introduces all of the verb tenses and noun/adjective forms. This course is enhanced by a variety of fun readings adapted from Roman literature that demonstrate the philosophies developed by the Romans.
Latin 3: In addition to furthering grammar and vocabulary, students learn through readings about the end of the Republic and establishment of the Empire.
Latin 4: Students learn about the changes made by Augustus, and study primarily Latin poetry and prose. Students learn the influence the Romans had on their own culture and the world.
Mandarin 1: This entry-level course covers the basics of Chinese Mandarin, including pronunciation,
grammar fundamentals, the Pinyin system, sentence pattern and structure, and vocabulary.
Topics include greetings, names, nationalities, studies, introductions, time and schedules,
Mandarin 2: This course continues to develop the foundation of sentence structure, idiomatic expressions, and listening, speaking, and written competence in Mandarin. Students learn to make requests, to discuss hobbies and sports, weather and seasons, travel, future plans, and the arts
Mandarin 3: Students continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and written competencies through studies of Chinese culture, finances, fitness, and health.
Mandarin 4: Students continue to build skills through meaningful communication for functional and pragmatic purposes in China. Students also build more cultural awareness.
Mandarin 5: Students are prepared practically to achieve concrete linguistic and cultural skills that will allow for real-life interaction and highly dynamic communication with the people of China as college students or working professionals. This course is entirely immersive and emphasizes reading authentic Chinese literature.
Spanish 1: Spanish 1 is an entry-level Spanish course designed to introduce students to the language,
culture, and grammar of Spanish and Spanish-speaking countries. It covers basic
conversations, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and
writing in Spanish.
Spanish 2: Spanish 2 continues to increase knowledge of the language, culture, and grammar of Spanish-speaking countries. Language skills are increased through oral communication, reading, and by introducing advanced grammatical concepts.
Spanish 3: Spanish 3 emphasizes Spanish grammar, reading, writing, and oral communication. Students also study in depth the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The course focuses on researching current events in those Latin American countries.
Spanish 4: Spanish 4 builds on the knowledge of language, culture, and grammar from previous years, delving into the subtleties of Spanish culture, writers from different generations, and different styles of writing. Also included is a study of the history and culture of each author’s native country. Students are required to do independent research and creative writing.
Spanish 5: This course is entirely immersive, and students will study the history and current events of Spanish-speaking countries through literature, periodicals, documentaries, and projects.
This course focuses on the fun and practical applications of any language. Technical aspects of any language are covered to improve communication, and cultural aspects are emphasized to promote effective language use and interaction. Students should have background in a world language, or take this concurrently with a language course.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and language teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements.
MS American Sign Language is designed to introduce students to the language and culture of the Deaf community. Students will engage in a wide variety of activities that introduce basic vocabulary, grammar and writing in ASL gloss, as well as explore the similarities and differences between Deaf and hearing communities.
The objective of this series of courses is to introduce students to the basics of the language and the cultures that speak the language, assuming that the students have minimal or no prior knowledge of the language and culture. They address four areas of language development: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Students that complete this series of courses will be prepared for further successful study in high school French with a strong foundation in the language.
This course engages students in the basics of the Japanese language and provides them with the opportunity to gain life-long learning skills and prepare for higher education, while allowing them to broaden their foreign language skills. It encourages students to explore themselves and their potential, and to develop a rich and broad understanding of the Japanese language and culture.
The purpose of this course is to provide a middle school student with a solid foundation to move forward to high school Latin or any other Romance language. Students engaged in this course will become familiar with the very basics of Latin from pronunciation to parts of speech and declensions.
Students taking this course will be given tools to effectively study the Mandarin language. Focus is placed on building understanding of the construction of Chinese characters rather than memorizing specific characters themselves. Students will learn pronunciation by studying the proper way to read pinyin, giving them the ability to correctly pronounce all vocabulary they will encounter in the future. Students will also practice looking up the meaning and pronunciation of unfamiliar Chinese words, and how to effectively use resources to translate between English and Mandarin independently.
In middle school Spanish 1, 2, 3, students learn the basics of the Spanish language. Students will become skilled in using conversational phrases, including greetings, introductions, and the expression of feelings. In addition, students will learn vocabulary, how to tell time, use numbers, and pronounce the Spanish alphabet. Fundamental Spanish grammatical concepts will also be covered. During this series of courses, care will be taken to explain differences and similarities between the English and Spanish languages, preparing them for further study in high school.