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World Language

World Language

 

The symbol of the world with its variety of flags represents our department’s goal to make “global citizens” of our students by developing their communicative competence in Italian, French or Spanish as well as their understanding of and appreciation for the people, products, practices and perspectives of the countries where these languages are spoken.

Students at Arlington Catholic are required to take a minimum of two consecutive years of Italian, French or Spanish. However, as many colleges favor three to four years of a world language, we encourage the study of a language beyond the minimum requirement.

College Prep and Honors courses in Italian 1 and 2 will be offered for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year. As the program grows, we will offer levels 3, 4 and Advanced Placement. Students in upper level courses will have the opportunity to take the National Italian Exam and be inducted into the Italian Honor Society.

College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement courses in French and Spanish are also offered. In levels 3 and 4, students have the opportunity to take the National French Exam or the National Spanish Exam. In addition, students who are particularly strong in their study of a world language may be inducted into our chapters of la Société Honoraire Française (French Honor Society) or la Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society).

The extracurricular World Language Club provides our students the opportunity to explore other cultures through field trips and holiday celebrations.

 

Faculty

Carol Elices, World Language Department Chair, celices@achs.net
BA French Language and Literature, Calvin College
MA Education, American International College
 
Natalie Delaria '95, ndelaria@achs.net
BA Spanish/Secondary Education, Regis College
MAT Spanish/Education, Salem State University
 
Emily McClintock, emcclintock@achs.net
BA Spanish/Secondary Education, Mount Holyoke College
 
Mary O’Connor, moconnor@achs.net
BA French, Emmanuel College

Students are required to take two consecutive years of a World Language.

 

Spanish 1

SPANISH 1 – 410

1 Credit

Spanish 1 is for students who have never studied Spanish before or have had very little Spanish at the middle school level. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in Spanish and students are encouraged to speak as much Spanish as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Honors Spanish 1

HONORS SPANISH 1 – 411

1 Credit

Honors Spanish I is for students who have never studied Spanish before or have had very little Spanish at the middle school level and are generally strong students academically; students must pass a placement test in order to enroll in this course. This course is taught at a faster pace than Spanish 1. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in Spanish and students are encouraged to speak as much Spanish as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Spanish 2

SPANISH 2 – 420

1 Credit

Spanish 2 is for students who have completed a Spanish 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level. This course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Honors Spanish 2

HONORS SPANISH 2 - 421

1 Credit

Honors Spanish 2 is for students who have completed a Spanish 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level and are generally strong students academically. Taught at a faster pace than Spanish 2, this course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Spanish 3

SPANISH 3 - 430

1 Credit

This course emphasizes a building of the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills learned in Spanish 2 with focus on more advanced structures, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. The course also develops a greater understanding of the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time.


Grades: 10, 11, 12    
Honors Spanish 3

HONORS SPANISH 3 – 431

1 Credit

Honors Spanish 3 emphasizes building fluency and accuracy through more advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Taught at a faster pace than Spanish 3, the course also develops a greater understanding of the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.  The National Spanish Exam is taken in the spring. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time.


Grades: 10, 11, 12
Spanish 4

SPANISH 4 – 440

1 Credit

Spanish 4 continues to emphasize the building of fluency and accuracy through advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. It also focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time.


Grades: 11, 12
Honors Spanish 4

HONORS SPANISH 4 – 441

1 Credit

Honors Spanish 4 continues to emphasize the building of fluency and accuracy through advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Taught at a faster pace than Spanish 4, the course also focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. The National Spanish Exam is taken in the spring. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish during class time.


Grades: 11, 12
AP Spanish Language & Culture

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE – 461

1 Credit

This is a rigorous, college-level course for students who have had a minimum of four years of Spanish (at least one year in middle school and Honors Spanish 2, Honors Spanish 3 and Honors Spanish 4 in high school). Taught exclusively in Spanish, the course prepares students for the various components of the AP exam: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, a formal email response, a persuasive essay using three sources, a recorded conversation, and a recorded cultural presentation. Students must take the AP exam in the spring in order to receive AP course credit.


Grade:  12
French 1

FRENCH 1 – 412

1 Credit

French 1 is for students who have never studied French before or have had very little French at the middle school level. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and cultures of the French-speaking world is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in French and students are encouraged to speak as much French as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Honors French 1

HONORS FRENCH 1 - 413

1 Credit

Honors French 1 is for students who have never studied French before or have had very little French at the middle school level and are generally strong students academically. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and cultures of the French-speaking world is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in French and students are encouraged to speak as much French as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
French 2

FRENCH 2 – 422

1 Credit

French 2 is for students who have completed a French 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level. This course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of French-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Honors French 2

HONORS FRENCH 2 – 423

1 Credit

Honors French 2 is for students who have completed a French 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level and are generally strong students academically. The course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of French-speaking countries. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Honors French 3

HONORS FRENCH 3 – 433

1 Credit

Honors French 3 emphasizes building fluency and accuracy through more advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. The course also focuses on developing a greater understanding of the customs and cultures of French-speaking countries. The National French Exam is taken in the spring. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class time.


Grades: 10, 11, 12
Honors French 4

HONORS FRENCH 4 – 443

1 Credit

Honors French 4 continues to emphasize the building of fluency and accuracy through advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. It also focuses on developing an even greater understanding of the customs and cultures of French-speaking countries. The National French Exam is taken in the spring. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class time.


Grades: 11, 12
AP French

ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH  LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (VHS)– 444

1 Credit

This is a challenging, college-level course for students who have had a minimum of four years of French (at least one prior year to high school and Honors French 2, Honors French 3 and Honors French 4 in high school). The course prepares students for the various components of the AP exam: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, a formal email response, a persuasive essay using three sources, a recorded conversation, and a recorded cultural presentation. Students must take the AP exam in the spring in order to receive AP course credit.

Grade: 12

Honors Italian 1

HONORS ITALIAN 1 – 415

1 Credit

Honors Italian 1 is for students who have never studied Italian before or have had very little Italian at the middle school level and are generally strong students academically. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and culture of Italy is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in Italian and students are encouraged to speak as much Italian as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Honors Italian 2

HONORS ITALIAN 2 - 429

1 Credit

Honors Italian 2 is for students who have completed an Italian 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level and are generally strong students academically. The course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of Italy. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Italian and students are expected to speak only Italian during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Italian 1

ITALIAN 1 – 414

1 Credit

Italian 1 is for students who have never studied Italian before or have had very little Italian at the middle school level. Emphasis is on developing communicative competence by practicing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with basic structures and vocabulary. Developing  an understanding of the customs and culture of Italy is also emphasized. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted mostly in Italian and students are encouraged to speak as much Italian as possible.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Italian 2

ITALIAN 2 – 428

1 Credit

Italian 2 is for students who have completed an Italian 1 course either at the middle school level or at the high school level. This course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in level 1 and continues to explore the customs and cultures of Italy. In order for students to have an immersive language experience which facilitates acquisition, the class is conducted in Italian and students are expected to speak only Italian during class time. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to be considered for this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11