Language

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

132 FRENCH I      1.0 credit

This course is an introduction to French which includes the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Emphasis is on vocabulary and pronunciation, student participation, and an introduction to the culture of the French people.

 

134 SPANISH I HONORS      1.0 credit

In this course the student will be introduced to the four basic language skills: (a) Listening Comprehension; (b) speaking; (c) Reading; (d) Writing.

 

135 SPANISH I     1.0 credit

The scope of this course is similar to Spanish 134. The course differs in that some teaching materials and techniques are specially adapted to meet the unique linguistic needs of these students.

 

138 Latin I      1.0 credit

Latin I offers a similar course experience to Latin I Honors but is geared for a student who may not place into the honors level. The student will develop Latin reading, speaking and translation skills learned at a pace that offers more chances for remediation and practice than the honors class. Elements of Roman culture, history and classical mythology are included. In this course, the student will enhance his language skills and broaden his knowledge of English vocabulary which is in large part derived from Latin. This usually aids the student in preparation for the SAT and ACT exams. Students are required to take the National Latin Examination. Students may also be involved in the Latin Honors Society, which is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League, for an additional fee of $3 for the year.

  A fee is charged for the National Latin Exam.

 

139 LATIN I HONORS     1.0 credit

This is an introductory Latin course in which the student will develop Latin reading skills and translation skills. Elements of Roman culture and history, as well as classical mythology are included. In this course, the student will enhance his language skills broaden his knowledge of English vocabulary which is in large part derived from Latin. This course is also available to qualified juniors as an elective course as part of their preparation for the SAT and ACT exams. Students are required to take the National Latin Examination.  Students are required to take the National Latin Examination.

  A fee is charged for the National Latin Exam.

 

232 FRENCH II     1.0 credit

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of French I

This course is a continuation of the four basic skills acquired in French I:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students must participate in class discussions. The course requires a deeper investigation of the culture of the French- speaking peoples.

 

234 SPANISH II HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Spanish I Honors (or 90% in Spanish I)

In this course, the student will continue to develop the four basic language skills of Spanish I: (a) Listening Comprehension; (b) speaking; (c) Reading; (d) Writing. Certain aspects of Spanish-speaking culture are introduced. The students in this section will be homogeneously grouped according to their achievement in Spanish I.

 

235 SPANISH II     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I

The scope of this course is similar to Spanish 234. The students in this section are homogeneously grouped according to scholastic ability and achievement in Spanish 1. This course differs from 234 in that some teaching materials and techniques are specially adapted to meet the unique linguistic needs of these students.

 

239 LATIN II HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 70% in Latin I Honors

This course is intended for students taking Latin to meet the language requirement for graduation. Similar in scope and goals to Latin I, this course allows the student to continue the program begun in Latin I. The student is expected to do the reading of more difficult selections in Latin. The study of advanced grammatical structures as well as some Latin composition work is included. The goals of this course include the development of the student’s intellect through organized study, logical thought and the critical evaluation of written Latin.  Students are required to take the National Latin Examination.

  A fee is charged for the National Latin Exam.

 

332 FRENCH III      1.0 credit

Prerequisites:  70% in French II

This course will emphasize advanced aspects of the French language through a variety of authentic materials.  Students will study advanced aspects of grammar, listen to native speakers, and read French texts.  They will be expected to communicate orally as well as to write compositions. This course is conducted in French. Students will be required to participate in the National French contest.

 

334 SPANISH III HONORS      1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Spanish II Honors (or 90% in Spanish II)

In this Spanish III course, the student will: (a) review the first two years of grammar coupled with grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions; (b) develop reading skills; (c) improve verbal skills by means of spontaneous and prepared oral discussions. Students are introduced to the writing of essays and reading selections are studied and discussed in class.

The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

 

335 SPANISH III      1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 70% in Spanish II or successful completion of Spanish II Honors

The scope of this course is similar to Spanish 334. The students in this section are homogeneously grouped according to scholastic ability and achievement in Spanish II. This course differs from 334 in that some teaching materials and techniques are specially adapted to meet the unique linguistic needs of these students.

 

339 LATIN III HONORS

439 LATIN IV HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Latin II Honors

The student learns Latin prose and Latin poetry in alternating years. In the Latin prose year, works of Cicero, Caesar and other selected Roman writers are studied. Some excerpts from the New Testament are read in Latin as well. In the Latin poetry year, selected works of Virgil, Martial, Horace, Ovid and Catullus are read. In this two-year sequence, the study of advanced grammar, advanced vocabulary, and English words derived from Latin continues. The course is intended to prepare the student for literary studies on the university level and to challenge and develop the student’s critical and logical skills.  Students are encouraged to take the National Latin Examination.

 

336 CHINESE III HONORS 

Prerequisites: 80% in Chinese II Honors

Similar in scope and goals to Chinese II. In this course, the student will continue to develop the four basic language skills:  (a) Listening Comprehension; (b) Speaking; (c) Reading; (d) Writing.  Certain aspects of Chinese-speaking and culture are introduced.

 

430 FRENCH IV     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in French III

This is an advanced course in the French language with emphasis on more individual expression in speaking and writing essays on various topics.  French history as well as current life and trends in France will be explored.  Reading will include short stories and articles on current affairs.  This course is conducted solely in French. Students will be required to participate in the National French contest.

 

433 SPANISH IV      1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 70% in Spanish III or successful completion of Spanish III Honors

In this course, the student will: a) review the first three years of grammar coupled with advanced grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions, b) survey Spanish and Hispanic literary masterpieces through the ages including the 20th century, and c) improve verbal skills by means of spontaneous oral discussion of literary works and by means of prepared oral resumes and presentations.

 

435 AP SPANISH     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Spanish III Honors

This course covers in a much greater depth of all the topics in Spanish III Honors. In addition, it offers an intensive training of (a) Listening Comprehension with CD’s + listening to the teacher speaking entirely in Spanish (b) Speaking (The student speaks Spanish by answering questions, using his oral skill to create sentences and comments about new vocabulary + idiomatic expressions (c) Reading (The student gives a summary in Spanish of the excerpt of the literary masterpiece which he has read + gives comments regarding the theme, the plot and the images (d) Writing (The student writes a Composition with given vocabulary + a given topic after each Vocabulary test). The class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

  A fee is charged for the AP exam.

 

436 Honors Chinese IV Honors    1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in Chinese III Honors

This course expands upon Chinese III Honors and challenges the students to continue to strengthen their spoken skills while developing their reading and writing proficiency.  This course will enable students 1) to increase the fluency, complexity, and range of their conversational Chinese; 2) to increase reading and writing proficiency using Chinese characters; and 3) to acquire a better understanding of Chinese social issues and an appreciation of Chinese culture and philosophy.  All four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – are tested throughout the year.

 

438 Classical Greek Honors     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in two years of an Honors Language course (or 90% in College Prep Language course)

A one year elective primarily for high achieving seniors who wish to investigate the classical era in all its facets. Possible topics for the course include: Greek mythology, history, culture, philosophy, politics, rhetoric and also translation of certain Bible passages from the original Greek. Classical Greek is generally easier to learn for a student who has had Latin in the past, given a comparable morphology and grammar. Though the class is primarily for seniors the instructor may admit a junior who has demonstrated high academic achievement and has good grades in previous foreign language classes.

 

709 GERMAN I     1.0 credit      

This course is an introduction to the structure of the German language using the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing for the early mastery of grammar techniques and conversational patterns.    

 

710 GERMAN II     1.0 credit     

Prerequisite: 70% in German I

This course is a continuation of the four basic skills acquired in German I.  This course includes a selection of cultural readings and selections in German which contribute to the student’s comprehensive understanding of the German- speaking countries.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.

 

715 GERMAN III      1.0 credit     

Prerequisite: 70% in German II

This course presents advanced components of grammatical structure and is devoted to increasing the student’s oral and written command of the language.  The reading of literary and cultural texts is used to introduce the student to textual analysis and exposition.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.  This course is conducted solely in German.

 

720 GERMAN IV      1.0 credit     

Prerequisite: 80% in German III

This is an advanced course with emphasis on contemporary German issues reflected in critical articles and modern literary selections.  It also includes the study of advanced aspects of grammar.  Students are required to take the National German Exam.  This course is conducted solely in German.

 

721 GERMAN V     1.0 credit     

Prerequisites: 80% in German IV AND teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the advanced German student.  The course will provide in-depth and intensive instruction of the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and comprehension.  Audio recordings of native speakers, videos, internet projects and weekly writing and speaking assignments will enrich the study.  Advanced texts will be used to study literary topics.  This course will be conducted solely in German.  Students will also be required to take the National German Exam.

 

 

 

 

FLOWCHART

BROTHER RICE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM FLOWCHART LANGUAGE

LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

Rossana De Angelis, Chair – Ex. 2260
Andrew Ciesielski ’02 – Ex. 2262
Reed DeMarco – Ex. 2263
Vicky Thomsen