World Language

Philosophy
The World Languages program immerses the student in the language, history, literature, and culture of
foreign countries. Proficiency in the written and spoken language is stressed, as well as the inherent benefits
of bi/multilingualism to intercultural understanding. Additionally, the study of languages enhances students’
educational and career endeavors.


World Languages Department Faculty:

Mrs. Maryann Ross, Department Chair
Mr. Frank Carchia
Mr. Michael Cibenko
Mrs. Teresa Covel
Mrs. Sofia Partida
Mr. Patricio Quiroz
Mrs. Donna Romanick
Dr. Noah Stanzione
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WLA 101   Spanish I
WLA 102   French I
WLA 103   German I
WLA 105   Italian I

The first level of language study integrates basic conversation and grammar skills with cultural studies.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None.


WLA 104   Latin I

Latin I focuses primarily on morphology, or the formation of words in the Latin language. Students will learn the endings of all five declensions (nouns and adjectives); the four conjugations of verbs; the six tenses in both active and passive voice, as well as the indicative and imperative moods; vocabulary and their corresponding English derivatives, and basic grammatical concepts. Additional topics include Roman culture, and history.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None.


WLA 201   Spanish II
WLA 202   French II
WLA 203   German II

WLA 205   Italian II

Level II continues the work of the first course with a more advanced approach to pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Students will improve their conversational skills, sharpen their pronunciation, and draw comparisons and between the American culture and that of the target language.

Credit: 5

Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.


WLA 204   Latin II

Students taking Latin II will already be familiar with all of the declensional endings, the formation of verbs, and basic grammatical concepts.  In Latin II, students will focus on mastering the nuances of Latin writing style. The ancient Roman writers used infinitives, participles, the subjective mood, and gerundives in ways unfamiliar to English speakers (and writers), so students must interpret instead of simply translating.  By the fourth marking period, students will be able to read unabridged, classical Latin. Additional topics include Roman and Greek culture, history, and archeology.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a grade of 90 in Level 1. All other students must have a grade of 77 in Level I.


WLA 301   Honors Spanish III
WLA 302   Honors French III
WLA 303   Honors German III
WLA 305   Honors Italian III

Level III, an advanced course, continues to stress oral communication. Students study and discuss current and classic writings on an introductory level, review and expand grammar, examine the written aspects of the language, and make deeper cultural connections to the target language.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Level II.


WLA 304 Honors Latin Prose*
Offered in 2016-2017

Students taking Honors Latin Prose will build on their knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax by reading selections from Livy, Cicero, and Pliny.  In addition to recognizing and interpreting the complex syntactical constructions of the Latin language, students will expand their Latin vocabulary and understanding of periodic structure, rhetorical terms, and figures of speech.  These authors will not only enhance students’ understanding of the Latin language but also Roman history from the city’s foundation, to its expansion into a secular empire, and finally its role in the Roman Catholic Church.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Latin II or Honors Latin Poetry.

*NOTE:  Honors Latin Prose and Honors Latin Poetry are offered in alternate years.


WLA 307 Honors Ancient Greek

This course will introduce students to the alphabet, syntax, and major dialects of the Ancient Greek language.  In addition to the language itself, the culture and literary history of ancient Greece will be explored through both adaptations of authentic materials from such profound authors as Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Sophocles, and St. Paul and excerpts read in translation.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed two consecutive years of Latin at the high school level, having finished either Latin II, Honors Latin Poetry or Honors Latin Prose with a final grade of 85 or better.


WLA 310 Japanese I

This course introduces students to the basics of Japanese vocabulary and grammar structures as well as Japan’s history and culture. Students will learn two Japanese phonetic systems, hiragana and katakana, as well as approximately 100 kanji characters.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: This course is open to those students who have completed the 2-year graduation requirement (2 consecutive years of the same language) with a final grade of 85 in level II or III.  Students will be required to demonstrate mastery of 46 written characters (to be given as a summer assignment).


WLA 401 Honors Spanish IV

An advanced course, Honors Spanish IV enhances students’ proficiency in the areas of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also interpret and analyze representative literary works and develop an appreciation for the culture and history of Hispanic countries. Students will also complete a thorough Spanish grammar preparation for the Advanced Placement Spanish and Culture course.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Spanish III


WLA 402  Honors French IV

An advanced course, Honors French IV enhances students’ proficiency in the areas of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also interpret and analyze representative literary works and develop an appreciation for the culture and history of French-speaking countries.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors French III


WLA 403   Honors German IV

Honors German IV is an advanced course that aims at taking students beyond the study of mechanics to application.  While expansion of vocabulary and mastery of grammatical structures continue to be stressed, students are challenged in the reading of a variety of literature, fiction and nonfiction, historic and contemporary.  Other media such as film, television, music and art are used to engage students on multiple levels.  Students are expected to express themselves in German in the classroom, as well as through written assignments.  One of the goals of the course is to develop in students a level of proficiency and confidence that will allow them to place into higher-level German courses at their prospective colleges and universities.


Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors German III


WLA 404   Honors Latin Poetry* 
(This course is NOT offered in 2016 – 2017)

Students taking Honors Latin Poetry will build on their knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax by reading unabridged selections from Virgil’s Aeneid, Catullus, Ovid, and Horace. In addition to recognizing and interpreting the complex syntactical constructions of the Latin language, students will expand their Latin vocabulary and understanding of metrical devices, rhetorical terms, and figures of speech. Students will read passages from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid and discuss themes, tone, and literary and rhetorical devices.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Latin II or Honors Latin Prose

*NOTE: Latin Prose and Latin Poetry are offered in alternating years.


WLA 405 Honors Italian IV

Students of Honors Italian IV improve their listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, with special emphasis on communication.  Since structures learned in Italian I, II and III are reviewed and refined, students in their fourth year of Italian are exposed to advanced grammar and composition, conversation, and vocabulary.  Students also gain proficiency by reading selected stories by noteworthy authors, and they increase their cultural awareness by reading passages, viewing films and completing internet activities.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Italian II or Honors Italian III


WLA 410 Honors Japanese II

Students enrolled in Honors Japanese II acquire greater proficiency in conversation and aural comprehension.  Both the hiragana and katakana sets of characters will be reviewed and reinforced, new characters will be introduced, and students will learn to recognize and write approximately 300 kanji characters. Japanese culture, history, and literature will complement the language study.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Japanese I


WLA 501 Advanced Placement Spanish

This course is structured according to the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board and is conducted entirely in Spanish.  After an in depth, systematic review of major grammar principles, the course will focus on spoken expression, vocabulary enrichment, and reading without excessive reliance on a glossary or dictionary.  The AP course will provide students with the opportunity to converse fluently in Spanish and will strengthen their ability to read carefully graduated excerpts of literature. Students will also read current news articles, watch/listen to podcasts, newscasts and recorded interviews. All students taking the course are required to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language examination, which evaluates the student’s understanding of written and spoken Spanish and his/her proficiency in writing and speaking correct and idiomatic Spanish. A satisfactory score on this examination can result in college credit for the course.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Spanish IV and placement test.


WLA 502 Advanced Placement French

This course is structured according to the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board and will be conducted exclusively in French. After a systematic review of the major grammar principles, students will be trained to write well-constructed essays in the French without reliance on dictionaries or other aids. AP French will prepare students for the AP test by providing extensive opportunities to listen to native French speakers from a variety of sources and to converse and respond in a variety of registers from formal to informal spoken language and in written form. Students will read authentic materials from French literature and periodicals, in addition to online texts from a variety of sources, and they will also produce original materials and present them in both written and oral formats.  The Advanced Placement French Language Exam evaluates levels of performance in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and the ability to speak and write in correct and idiomatic French. All students taking the course are required to take the French Language Examination, which is administered in May. A satisfactory score on this exam can result in college credit for the course.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors French IV or a final grade of 95 in Honors French III and a placement test for students who will be seniors.


WLA 504 Advanced Placement Latin

This course explores in depth readings in both Latin prose and poetry, specifically Caesar's De Bello Gallico and Vergil's Aeneid, as well as sight-reading passages from other Latin authors in both media, in accordance with the A.P. syllabus.  Students will be able not only to translate but also to analyze these texts from their socio-political, historical, and philological contexts.  This course culminates in the A.P. Latin exam that is administered at the end of the school year. There will be a summer assignment. 

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: : Final grade of 85 or above in either Honors Latin Poetry & Honors Latin Prose.


WLA 505 Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture
 
The AP Italian Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Italian Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Italian.
 

The AP Italian Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: 85 or above in Honors Italian IV

 

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