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World Language

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It is recommended that students applying to most universities and four-year colleges successfully complete two years in one language.  In the CHS system, that means completing 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B in one language – French, German or Spanish.  Please be aware that it typically takes five or more years of study to become fluent in a language.

Note for Freshman native Spanish speakers and/or Freshman who have completed 4 or more years in a Spanish immersion program:  Please enroll in Spanish 2A and ask the teacher for the diagnostic test on the first day of class to make sure you have been scheduled for the correct level.

8181       FRENCH 1A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  An average English grade of C- or above is recommended.

Students in this course will:

  • Begin to learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure needed to communicate in everyday situations.
  • Listen, speak, write and read in French.
  • Become acquainted with French-speaking areas of the world as well as the geography ofFrance.
  • Become familiar with school and family life.
  • Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes ofParis.
  • Examine other French-speaking cultures and compare with our own.
     

8182       FRENCH 1B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                  Credit:   .5

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in French 1A.

 

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to build knowledge and understanding of the French language and culture.
  • Continue to improve communication skills in French.
  • Become familiar with French-speaking Canada and the French legacy in Minnesota.
  • Become familiar with dining, shopping, and leisure time in France.
  • If time permits, discover the early history of France.

 

8183       FRENCH 2A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  French 1B with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to use and improve skills learned in French.
  • Communicate about the past.
  • Continue to expand vocabulary, especially in the areas of sports and travel.
  • Become familiar with and describe your own homes. 
  • Explore some French towns and regions of France.
  • Discover the early history of France from the Celts through the fall of the Roman Empire.
     

8184       FRENCH 2B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  French 2A with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to use and improve your French skills.
  • Continue to expand vocabulary, especially in the area of festivals and computer lingo.
  • Become familiar with French-speaking historical figures and modern-day celebrities.
  • Explore the history ofFrancefrom the rise of the monarchy through the Renaissance.
     

8185       FRENCH 3A (Intermediate)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  French 2B with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Build on their two years of French, reusing old and combining with new material.
  • Explore life of a different era.
  • Be able to talk about their daily personal routines and holidays. 
  • Learn and understand the different types of past and future tenses.
  • Tie together French history from King Louis XV and XVI to the French Revolution.
     

8186       FRENCH 3B (Intermediate)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  French 3A with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Really use the language as it is. 
  • Delve into more of what makes French so interesting (i.e. people, places and things).
  • Take a virtual visit of westernAfricafor an interesting linguistics experience.
  • Try our hand at recreating famous art forms.
  • Use a new verb tense, the subjunctive, to express want, need and fear.
  • Read a French novel.
  • Eat, a`la francaise.
     

5187       HONORS FRENCH 4A (Intermediate)

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                       Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  French 3B with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Review, refine and reacquaint yourselves with the grammar and structures learned over the previous years.
  • Expand their knowledge base of topics in the language.
  • Learn to be more comfortable expressing themselves more fully as they expand their areas of subject matters through continued practice.
  • Understand various cultural topics from other points of view that differ from their own.

 

5188       HONORS FRENCH 4B (Advanced)

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                        Credit: .5

Prerequisite:  French 4A with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to use and improve their French communication skills.
  • Discuss modern personal and world problems as we read and watch them portrayed in French news articles and in live video format.
  • Read and discuss a French play or extended literature.  Personal copies are available.
  • Use a variety of compound verb tenses when speaking and writing.
  • Complete a project of your choice.
     

8191       GERMAN 1A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  An average English grade of C- or above is recommended.

Students in this course will:

  • Begin to learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure needed to communicate in daily life situations.
  • Develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in German.
  • Become acquainted with German speaking countries, regions and their cultures.

 

8192       GERMAN 1B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in German 1A

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to build knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and sentence structure.
  • Continue to improve communication skills.
  • Continue to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Become familiar with daily customs and places inGermany.

 

8193       GERMAN 2A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite: C- or above in German 1B

Students in this course will:

  • Describe present, past, and future activities.
  • Continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Continue to investigate German speaking countries, regions and their cultures.

 

8194       GERMAN 2B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite: C- or above in German 2A

Students in this course will:

  • Talk about present, past and future activities.
  • Continue to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Continue to investigate German speaking countries, regions and their cultures.

 

8195       GERMAN 3A (Intermediate)

Grades:    11, 12                                                             Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  German 2B with C- or above

Students in German 3A and 3B have the opportunity to enroll in the University of Minnesota German 1003 College Intermediate German course, with 5 college semester credits.  For the College in the Schools program, the University of Minnesota requires that students taking this course be in decile 1-3. See course number 5199.

Students in this course will:

  • Speak, listen and write meaningfully in German.
  • Continue to practice grammatical structures presented in earlier stages of the German language course sequence.
  • Make persuasive statements and give reasons to support their opinions.
  • Investigate some of the best-known German literature, including poems, short stories, and plays.
  • Use authentic German language texts, including Internet sources, to learn more about past and present-day German history and culture.

 

8196       GERMAN 3B (Advanced)

Grades:    11, 12                                                             Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  German 3A with C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • § Speak, listen and write meaningfully in German.
  • Continue to practice grammatical structures presented in earlier stages of the German language course sequence.
  • Use the University of Minnesota’s Sprünge Intermediate German text and workbook as their primary source of curriculum materials.
  • Use authentic German language texts, including Internet sources, to learn more about past and present-day German history and culture.

 

5197       HONORS GERMAN 4A (Intermediate)

Grades:    11, 12                                                             Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  German 3B  with C- or above

Students in Honors German 4A and 4B have the opportunity to enroll in the University of Minnesota German 1004 College Intermediate German course, with 5 college semester credits.  For the College in the Schools program, the University of Minnesota requires that students taking this course be in decile 1-3. See course number 5199.

Students in this course will:

  • § Speak, listen and write meaningfully in German.
  • § Continue to practice grammatical structures presented in earlier stages of the German language course sequence.
  • § Make persuasive statements and give reasons to support their opinions.
  • § Investigate some of the best-known German literature, including poems, short stories, and plays.
  • § Use authentic German language texts, including Internet sources, to learn more about past and present-day German history and culture.


5198       HONORS GERMAN 4B (Advanced)

Grades:    11, 12                                                             Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  German 4A with C- or above

Students completing Honors German 4A and 4B have the opportunity to enroll in the University of Minnesota German 1004 College Intermediate German course, with 5 college semester credits.  For the College in the Schools program, the University of Minnesota requires that students taking this course be in decile 1-3.

Students in this course will:

  • § Speak, listen and write meaningfully in German.
  • § Continue to practice grammatical structures presented in earlier stages of the German language course sequence.
  • § Use the University of Minnesota’s Sprünge Intermediate German text and workbook as their primary source of curriculum materials.
  • § Use authentic German language texts, including Internet sources, to learn more about past and present-day German history and culture.

 

¨COLLEGE COURSE OFFERING ¨

 

5199     COLLEGE INTERMEDIATE GERMAN 1003

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                       Credit:  .5

Ger 1003 Intermediate German in the Schools Program -UniversityofMinnesota

5 U of M college credits

 

Prerequisite:  German 3A with a C- or above.  The University of Minnesota requires that students taking this course be in decile 1-3.

 

See page 6 for course expectations.

[This course may have material costs.]

Students in this course will:

  • Speak, listen and write meaningfully in German.
  • Continue to practice grammatical structures presented in earlier stages of the German language course sequence.
  • Investigate some of the best-known German literature, including poems, short stories, and plays.
  • Use the University of Minnesota’s Sprünge Intermediate German text and workbook as our primary source of curriculum materials.
  • Use authentic German-language texts, including Internet sources, to learn more about past and present-day German history and culture.

 

5200     COLLEGE INTERMEDIATE GERMAN 1004

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                       Credit:  .5

Ger 1004 Intermediate German in the Schools Program - University of Minnesota

5 U of M college credits

Prerequisite:  College Intermediate German 1003 and German 4A with a C- or above.  The University of Minnesota requires that students taking this course be in decile 1-3.

See page 6 for course expectations.

[This course may have material costs.]

Students in this course will:

  • Learn new vocabulary and structures, review basic grammar and learn more advanced grammar topics.
  • Move from speaking in simple statements to more complex sentences and paragraphs.
  • Learn to write more complex sentences and put these sentences into well-organized paragraphs, revising several drafts of an essay.
  • Improve reading comprehension of texts including poetry, short stories, interviews and newspaper articles.
  • Improve listening comprehension with interviews, the University of Minnesota’s Sprünge workbook listening content, news clips and a feature-length film.

 

8161       SPANISH 1A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  An average English grade of C- or above is recommended

Students in this course will:

  • Begin to learn the basic phrases needed to communicate in daily life.
  • Develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Describe what self and others are doing in the present.    
  • Describe themselves, their friends and family.
  • Discuss school, the weather, food and meals.
  • Become acquainted with Hispanic celebrations and Hispanic culture including Hispanic heritage in theU.S.,MexicoandPuerto Rico.

 

8162       SPANISH 1B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in Spanish 1A

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to learn skills to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish.
  • Describe clothes, colors, house furnishings and rooms.
  • Describe afterschool and weekend activities such as sports and pastimes.
  • Identify parts of the body and talk about healthy habits.
  • Continue to investigate Hispanic cultures including those of Spain, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
     

8163       SPANISH 2A (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in Spanish 1B

Students in this course will:

  • Speak, listen, read and write in Spanish.
  • Describe their present and past activities including travel plans and sports activities.
  • Describe their daily routine and healthy habits.
  • Continue to investigate Hispanic cultures, especially that of the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina.

 

8164       SPANISH 2B (Beginning)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in Spanish 2A

Students in this course will:

  • Use the present progressive to tell what they and others are currently doing.
  • Describe what others did in the past using the preterite and imperfect tenses.
  • Talk about shopping and important cultural sites inPuerto Rico.
  • Learn the legends and heritage ofMexico.
  • Learn the formal commands as they become acquainted with the cooking and heritage ofSpain.

 

8165       SPANISH 3A (Intermediate)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in Spanish 2B

Students in this course will:

  • Continue to expand their knowledge and ability to speak, read, write and listen in Spanish.
  • Review the present, preterite and imperfect tenses.
  • Create a blog describing their current life.
  • Create a scrapbook describing their childhood.
  • Create a brochure telling what they did on a camping trip or beach vacation toMexico.
  • Begin learning commands as they write recipes from Spain.
  • Learn to order meals at a restaurant through role playing.
  • Learn to discuss current immigration issues and watch videos on the topic.

 

8166       SPANISH 3B (Intermediate)

Grades:    9, 10, 11, 12                                                   Credit:  .5

Honors Option Offered

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or above in Spanish 3A

Students in this course will:

  • Discuss volunteer opportunities and create a campaign to persuade others to join in a project to benefit the community.
  • Use the future tense to inform others about biodiversity, environmental concerns and the ecology ofCosta Rica.
  • Explore the culture and heritage of the Mayans, Central American and Caribbean countries.
  • Use the subjunctive to describe hopes and aspirations for the future, including possible professions.
  • Become familiar with computer terms.
  • Use the conditional to tell what someone would do on a trip to theAndes.
  • Learn the present perfect as they talk about travel to Spain.
  • Explore professions and careers.

 

5167       HONORS SPANISH 4A (Intermediate)

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                       Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  Spanish 3B with a C- or above

Students in this course will:

  • Speak, listen, read and write meaningfully in Spanish.
  • Describe habitual past actions, events and feelings.
  • Express probabilities and possibilities in the future.
  • Understand the importance of being bilingual and bicultural in a variety of careers and jobs.
  • Study immigration  issues and watch a film on immigration.
  • Compare and contrast Aztec, Mayan and Incan cultures.
  • Investigate some Latin American countries, including their cities, geography and environmental concerns.
  • Study modern and past Hispanic artists and their work.

 

5168       HONORS SPANISH 4B (Advanced)

Grades:    10, 11, 12                                                       Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  Spanish 4A with a C- or above

 

Students in this course will:

  • Make persuasive statements and distinguish facts from suppositions.
  • Describe personal experiences and how they relate to others.
  • Learn more about the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Hispanic world.
  • Become familiar with some Hispanic leaders, their work and importance in our society.
  • Read and analyze “Don Quixote de la Macha”.
  • Learn latin American rhythms and songs as well as popular present and past musicians and composers.
  • Research films and directors and create a video project.

Complete a project about a personal interest, hobby or activity.