All Level 1 World Language courses at Perry are "stretch" courses. This means that students will have more time to learn and practice the basics of the foundation level courses. In the first year of study, students will be scheduled for language every other day all year (Introduction). Level 1 language study will continue in the second year every day all year long. One credit is awarded at the successful completion of Level 1. Students who are successful in this course will move to level 2 of the language in the third year of study.
Some students who have CSE or AIS constraints on their schedule may instead be scheduled in the Spanish Foundations courses. Foundations of Spanish 1A and 1B are scheduled every other day over a two year span. At the successful completion of this sequence students earn one credit, which fulfills the graduation requirement. Students in this program who wish to continue their language study would move on to Spanish 1 in their third year.
Because of scheduling constraints, students who wish to study more than one year of French or Latin must begin that language in grade 7 at Perry. Level 1 of Latin is not available at the Senior High School and French is a combined 1 and 2 course which runs based on enrollment.
FOUNDATIONS OF SPANISH 1A and 1B (½ Unit of Credit each)
These courses are available only to students in grades 8 (1A) and 9 (1B) and are designed for students who may have difficulty in scheduling a language and/or may need more time to be successful with the study of a second language. Two half-credit courses, Foundations of Spanish 1A and 1B will meet on an every-other-day basis during grades 8 and 9 and will lead students to the next course, Spanish 1.INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRENCH 1 ( 1 Unit of Credit)
Lawyers, doctors, businessmen and women, teachers, government workers, CIA and FBI agents, import-export companies, entertainers, communications experts, airlines, travel agencies and world travelers are among those who will use French to better their lives. Introduction to French and French 1 are the first steps to listening, speaking, reading and writing this language. The goal of this course is to do as much as possible in fulfilling the topics, situations, functions, and proficiencies of Checkpoint A of the NYS syllabus.
Our French online textbook series contains videos, flashcards, listening activities (i.e current news reports), and a whole new method to help our students master the four skills of the language. Learning a language is much like playing a sport or a musical instrument; foreign language is a skill. If the students practice, they will master the skill and be able to add it to their many other skills as they go through junior high and high school.
Learning French can be fun and students will have a sense of accomplishment as they learn about a new culture and the similarities and dissimilarities between those who speak French and those who do not. Come to France through the classroom!
Online Textbook: Discovering French Today by Rebecca and J.P. Valette (provides workbook activities, videos, and listening/speaking activities).Please note that Introduction to French and French 1 are only available at Perry.INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AND LATIN 1 ( 1 Unit of Credit)These are the first courses in the Latin sequence. Students learn Latin by reading and speaking it. They discover for themselves the shapes of the Latin words and the structure of the Latin sentence and become proficient in writing simple Latin. The textbook stories deal with experiences of a Roman family in a wide variety of situations, which allow students to gain an appreciation of Roman culture and understand its significance in the modern world. Outcome standards are itemized at Checkpoint A of the NYS syllabus. Membership and participation in the National Junior Classical League is encouraged.Text: Ecce Romani Book I, 4th Edition (including workbook, eText, and online resources).Please note that Introduction to Latin and Latin 1 are only available at Perry.
INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH AND SPANISH 1 ( 1 Unit of Credit)
The first years of Spanish are 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.Online Textbook: Avancemos I by McDougal Littell.
FRENCH 2 (1 Unit of Credit)
This course is a continuation of French 1 with special emphasis on communication in the language. 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. 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 for the Advanced Designation Diploma. 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 Checkpoint A and begin 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.Online Textbook: Discovering French Today by Rebecca and J.P. Vallette (including video series, and CD's, DVD's, and Textbook website).Please note that French 2 is only available at Perry.
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to French and French 1
LATIN 2 (1 Unit of Credit)
This course aims to build on the proficiencies acquired the first year and work toward the mastery (Checkpoint B) of basic communication skills. Students read more challenging selections with confidence and are able to comprehend new Latin at sight. The exploration of Roman culture moves to another level, from the daily life experienced in the first year to military, frontier, and public life the second year. Authentic materials used include sententiae, graffiti, inscriptions, and simple selections from Latin authors. Membership and participation in the National Junior Classical League and Latinalia at Syracuse University are encouraged.Text: Ecce Romani Book II, 4th Edition (including workbook, eText, and online resources).Please note that Latin 2 is only available at Perry.
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Latin and Latin 1
SPANISH 2 (1 Unit of Credit)
This course continues the three-year sequence of Spanish for the Advanced Designation Diploma. 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 necessary to fulfill Checkpoint A and begin Checkpoint B. 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.
Online Textbook: Avancemos level 2 by McDougal Littell
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Spanish and Spanish 1