• World Languages
     

    If you have questions about the World Language Department curriculum, you can email Mrs. Sheila Grimmer (sgrimmer@nhart.org), World Language Department Chairperson, or call her at 315-624-1257.

    The World Language Department at the Senior High School includes:

    • Mrs. Grimmer, Chairperson
    • Mrs. Arbogast
    • Mrs. Aponte
    • Mrs. Finlayson
    • Ms. Homa
    • Ms. Huo

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Students are required to earn one credit in a World Language in order to graduate.  Students pursuing an Advanced Regents Diploma are required to complete three credits in one World Language and pass the Checkpoint B exam.

     

    COURSES AT THE SENIOR HIGH

    CREDIT

    SCHEDULE

    PREREQUISITE

    French 1 and 2

    1.0

    Semestered

    another World Language

    French 3

    1.0

    Semestered

    French 2

    French 4

    1.0

    Semestered

    French 3 and French LOTE/Checkpoint B Exam

    Advanced Placement French Language & Culture

    1.0  (0.5 each semester)

    Alternate day all year

    French 4

    Latin 3  1.0  Semestered Latin 2

    Latin 4 

    1.0

    Semestered 

    Latin 3 and Latin Checkpoint B Exam

    Latin 5 (New for 2018-19)

    1.0

    Semestered

    Latin 4

    Spanish 1

    1.0

    Semestered


    Spanish 2

    1.0

    Semestered

    Spanish 1

    Spanish 3

    1.0

    Semestered

    Spanish 2

    Spanish 4

    1.0

    Semestered

    Spanish 3 and Spanish LOTE/Checkpoint B Exam

    Advanced Placement Spanish Language

    1.0  (0.5 each semester)

    Alternate day all year

    Spanish 4

    Mandarin 1 (FL111&FL112)

    1.0

    Semestered (Fall)

    3-year Sequence in a Language or concurrently enrolled in level 3 of another language

    Mandarin 2 (FL211&FL212) 

    1.0

    Semestered (Spring)

    Mandarin 1


     COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

    FRENCH 1 and 2

    1 unit of credit

    A combination of French 1 and 2 for students who have already studied a World Language and are motivated to learn French.  The course will have special emphasis on communication in the language.  This is the Checkpoint A and pre-Checkpoint B year and all skills will be sharpened (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to prepare you well for your third year of French and your Checkpoint B Comprehensive Examination (in which we have been extremely successful in the past).  As you continue this year, you must remember that practice is the answer to improving any skill.  If you do this, you will be successful. 

    More formally, this second year course continues the three-year sequence of French in the LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Tract.  It emphasizes Checkpoint A of the NYS Syllabus with a thorough review of year one, then continues with most of the remaining grammar and vocabulary necessary to fulfill the items in Checkpoint B.  In the four skills and cultural areas, the student should, at the end of the year be able to: comprehend short conversations, initiate and sustain a conversation, read simple narratives and simple authentic materials, write simple notes, letters and short reports using elementary vocabulary, and distinguish some culturally authentic patterns of behavior from authentic models.

    PREREQUISITE:  Another World Language

     

    FRENCH 3

    1 unit of credit

    This is the LOTE/Checkpoint B Examination Level.  Students will endeavor to master the items in Checkpoint A of the NYS Syllabus while trying to work continually on Checkpoint B of the Syllabus by upgrading all proficiencies.  This will be done by refining all difficult grammar materials from Levels 1 and 2, learning tenses not taught at previous levels, and giving short oral reports for better fluency. Also used at this level are Regents exams from past years. The multi-media lab is very important for all levels of French in the High School and is used as often as possible.

    A Checkpoint B Regional LOTE exam is given at the end of this course.

    PREREQUISITE:  French 2

     

    FRENCH 4 

    1 unit of credit

    Level 4 gives French students the opportunity to practice and perfect the skills they learned in other levels, while acquiring new high level skills in the language.  For many students, this course will be a step towards the Advanced Placement Language Course taught at Level 5 the following year.  The emphasis is on meaningful tasks that incorporate a wide variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures in authentic cultural contexts. 

    Students will practice speaking skills through activities with partners, class discussions, reading aloud, and taping in the lab.  They will read excerpts from French literature, read about French history, and investigate and report on French art.  Opportunities to improve listening skills will come from French music, movies, and the textbook video series.  There will be ample writing tasks to practice new vocabulary and grammar in authentic situations.

    PREREQUISITE:  French 3 and the French LOTE/Checkpoint B Exam

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

    1 unit of credit  (0.5 each semester)

    Students enrolled in this course are required to take the accompanying Advanced Placement Exam in May.

    The Advanced Placement Course in French Language and Culture is offered to those students who have completed four years of the language.  This course enhances all four skills of the language.  Throughout the year, each student is carefully monitored in these four skills.  The goals of this course are met by having the student do the following:  write on a variety of topics; make oral presentations; speak with partners and in the lab, watch and listen to French video materials, songs, and films; read excerpts from well-known French-language literary works; read articles from authentic French sources, engage in real-life speaking and writing situations, give personal reactions to contemporary issues. The course is built around several themes and stresses the use of authentic materials and real-life situations.  Themes include Family and Community, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, and Global Challenges such as the environment, tolerance, peace, war, and immigration.

    PREREQUISITE:  French 4

     

     LATIN 3

    1 unit of credit
     
    This course provides the student with a sequence in Latin for the Advanced Designation Diploma.  Student competency communicating in Latin is expected and is measured by the Checkpoint B Examination.  At this level students are involved with a variety of authentic sources such as coins, inscriptions, architecture, as well as literature.  The works of Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Ovid, and Pliny are central to this course.  Projects, independent readings and other creative demonstrations of knowledge are required.  Cultural emphasis is on politics, philosophy, and religion.  Membership and participation in the National Junior Classical League offered at Levels 1 and 2 are also available to Level 3 students who enroll. 
     
     
    A Checkpoint B Regional LOTE exam is given at the end of this course. 


    PREREQUISITE:  Latin 2

     

     

    LATIN 4

    1 unit of credit  

    This course strengthens competency in Latin through the reading and enjoyment of select Roman authors.  The works of Caesar, Cicero, Plautus, Ovid, Vergil, and Catullus provide students experience with a variety of Roman themes and styles.  Independent and cooperative assignments are given on more sophisticated topics such as philosophy, art, comparative literature, and literary analysis. Students may opt to participate in the University in High School program to earn 4 college credits (for a fee from SUNY Albany). 

    PREREQUISITE:  Latin 3 and Latin Comprehensive Exam

     

    LATIN 5

    1 unit of credit  

    This course is an advanced literature course during which students will study various authors of different time periods.  They will examine Latin wording and references through analyzing grammatical structures.  Students will be exposed to and do analysis of a variety of literary devices through reading of poetry and prose.  Students may opt to participate in the University in High School program to earn 3 college credits (for a fee from SUNY Albany). 

    PREREQUISITE:  Latin 4

     

    SPANISH 1

    1 unit of credit

    The first year of Spanish is an introduction to language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  The student learns to understand, speak, read and write simple, everyday sentences on a variety of topics, fulfilling the functions and proficiencies of Checkpoint A of the New York State Syllabus.  Additionally the student learns and masters basic grammar structures to acquire a proficiency in oral and written Spanish, stressing communication skills.  The student learns to appreciate and open his/her mind to the culture and life styles of Spanish-speaking peoples.  
               

     

    SPANISH 2

    1 unit of credit

    This course continues the three-year sequence of Spanish in the LOTE track.  It continues to emphasize Checkpoint A of the NYS Syllabus.  Spanish 2 reviews and expands the work of Spanish 1 by building and strengthening communication skills as well as grammatical structures.  The students are able to comprehend and participate in short conversations. Translations, writing and reading comprehension are increased at this level.  The students write notes, letters, and short reports using Level 2 vocabulary.  Cultural material is presented through class discussion, films and personal experiences.  

    PREREQUISITE:  Spanish 1

     

    SPANISH 3

    1 unit of credit

    This is the LOTE/Checkpoint B Examination level based on 3 years of work.  Students are expected to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing by using what they have learned in Checkpoint A of the State Syllabus.  They will also be working on Checkpoint B by:  reviewing grammar points from Levels 1 and 2, practicing more difficult situations using these grammar points; reviewing the 5 major tenses and compound tenses and learning the subjunctive mood.  Conversing on suggested topics, learning about Spanish people and culture from reading selections, composition/letter writing, reviewing previous Regents Exams, are some of the classroom activities.  

    A Checkpoint B Regional LOTE exam is given at the end of this course.

    PREREQUISITE:  Spanish 2

      

    SPANISH 4

    1 unit of credit

    This course ties together the past three years of study in order to build a practical application and fluency of the language.  Spanish will be the primary language of the course in order to build comprehension abilities.  Students will also speak the language through:  formal and informal conversation, discussion of short stories, cultural and topical reports, and spontaneous situational skills.  After reviewing the major indicative and subjunctive formations in the beginning of the year, students will practice their grammar skills through translation and free composition.  Throughout the year, a survey of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century will be presented.   

    PREREQUISITE:  Spanish 3 and the Spanish LOTE/Checkpoint B Exam.

      

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE

    1 unit of credit  (0.5 each semester)

    Students enrolled in this course are required to take the accompanying Advanced Placement Exam in May.

    The Advanced Placement course in Spanish Language is offered to students who have completed four years of the language.  This course concentrates on all four skills of the language and is an intense study of grammar usage in written and oral areas.  The following are included:  informal and formal oral presentations, composition, listening comprehension practice (Tal Como ES Dialogos, EAV Diaiogues, AMSCO Publishing Company), stimulate spontaneous dialogue, oral rejoinders, and reading comprehension.  In addition to this work, the study of contemporary Spanish and Hispanic prose and poetry is incorporated into the course. 

    PREREQUISITE:  Spanish 4

     

    MANDARIN 1 (MVCC Dual Credit Course)

    1 unit of credit

    Mandarin 1 introduces students to the official language of the People's Republic of China (also of Taiwan and Singapore) in all its amazing facets.  Focusing on Checkpoint A of the NYS syllabus, this course provides students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, the tools they will need to further their study of Mandarin at the high school or college level. Students begin by learning the Pinyin system (the official Chinese phonetic spelling system) to have a solid foundation of correct pronunciation. Students learn to read and write Chinese Characters in simplified form. Students will also be introduced to Chinese culture to make a connection with their daily life.

    PREREQUISITE:  3-year/Checkpoint B sequence in a Foreign Language or concurrently enrolled in level 3 of another language

     

    MANDARIN 2 (MVCC Dual Credit Course as of 2017-18)

    1 unit of credit

    Mandarin 2 presents an opportunity for students who have successfully completed  Mandarin 1 to further their ability to read, write, speak and understand Mandarin.  Mandarin 2 continues to emphasize checkpoint A of the NYS Syllabus. Mandarin 2 reviews and expands the work of Mandarin 1 by building and strengthening students' communication skills, as well as their understanding and mastery of grammatical structures. Culture material is presented through the textbooks, class discussion, various forms of media, and first-hand accounts of the instructor. 

    PREREQUISITE: Mandarin 1