Course Placement

French I, Italian I, Spanish I, & Chinese I

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for novice students who begin without knowledge of the target language. The emphasis of the course is in real life communication. Students will be given the opportunity to acquire and interact in the language, as it is spoken and written in the target culture. From the beginning, students will compare and contrast the target language and culture with their own, thus developing insights into the nature of language and culture.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I & II 

Grade 9, 10, 11

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I & II are proficiency-based courses which involve meaningful use of language for real communicative purposes.  Instruction focuses on what students can do with the language and build upon their L1 literacy skills specifically in reading & writing.  Students will interact and communicate with others while gaining an understanding of and respect for the cultural perspectives, practices and products of different cultures. The curriculum leads students to connect their learning to the community in which they live, their heritage and helps them to see the relationship between language, community and future careers. Heritage speakers may speak and understand Spanish with a great deal of fluency; however, they frequently need additional practice to improve their reading and writing skills.  The Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses will provide students with the needed support to fully develop their Spanish linguistic ability and advance to Advanced Placement and Honors classes at an accelerated rate of study. Heritage speakers reflect a large range of varying literacy skills in Spanish, requiring constant differentiation and modifications to fulfill the needs of each student as they progress through the curriculum.

French II, Italian II, Spanish II, & Chinese II

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

 Prerequisite: Successful completion  level I of language

 At Language II levels, the communication skills are reinforced and developed further. There is more concentration on reading and writing. Also included are studies of grammar, vocabulary, and idiom development, as well as some study of the history of the country (countries) whose language is being studied. In cooperation with sending districts that have appropriately articulated programs, sequential work for qualified ninth grade students is considered at this level.

French III, Italian III, Spanish III, & Chinese III

 Grades 9,10, 11, 12

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of level II of language

At Language III levels, there is increased reinforcement and development of communication skills already introduced in Levels I and II. Additional emphasis is placed on the ongoing development of reading and writing skills, as well as more in-depth presentations of grammar, vocabulary, and idioms.Students are carefully guided through cultural and historical activities through increased student active usage of the world language under study. Major emphasis is placed on learning and using the target language in a cultural context.

French IV and V, Italian IV and V, Spanish IV and V, & Chinese IV & V

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of the previous level of language

At upper levels, the goals are essentially similar to those of Level III, although a rather high level of ability in the world language is expected. In addition to continued emphasis on communication skills, there is an introduction to literature in the language being studied. Review of previously taught linguistic structures, oral recitation, extensive vocabulary and idiom development, and composition are included. Also considered are the contributions of the world county, prominent personalities, government, current events, the arts, music, values, and character traits of the world nation and regions. 

Honors Chinese, French, Italian, & Spanish for levels II, III & IV

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

*Placement by recommendation of teacher and supervisor, passing placement exams & maintaining a high average 


The honors program is designed for students who demonstrate a high level of ability in oral and written expression, and who are motivated to achieve an advanced level of proficiency. In the honors program, students will be expected to achieve strong command of the target language, which includes accurate usage of grammatical structures and extensive application of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Students will be recommended for continuation in the Honors Program by their teacher upon the successful completion of their current course.

Advanced Placement French / Spanish / Italian Language & Culture

Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Honors language sequence,  the recommendation of teacher and supervisor

An Advanced Placement course is one that may be accepted for college credit at a number of participating colleges and universities upon the student’s successful completion of the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Examination. This could enable students to start their college work in a world language at a more advanced level or to broaden their college experience by pursuing courses in areas that might not otherwise fit into their programs of study. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination. The purpose of the French/Spanish Advanced Placement program is to develop advanced proficiency in the 2nd language for students who have already mastered basic grammar, conversation, and writing. The major emphasis of the course will be the development of speaking and listening skills, with further emphasis on the students’ ability to read and write.

Advanced Placement Spanish Literature & Culture  Grade 12

Prerequisite: AP Spanish Language & Culture, the recommendation of teacher and supervisor

AP Spanish Literature and Culture is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in literature written in Spanish. The course introduces students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The overarching aims of the course are to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing — and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish.

Noemi Rodriguez - Supervisor of Instruction

 201-358-7020 ext 22054


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