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Language

Jesuit language instructors strive to give students a practical knowledge of their chosen language via teaching methods supported by Ignatian pedagogical practices and the latest second language acquistion research. The primary goal for the Jesuit language student is proficiency, that is, a speaker's ability to impart information, solve situational problems and express and defend opinions in a variety of time frames. This goal implies skill in areas of listening and speaking, reading and writing, in addition to knowledge of the culture. Proficiency in Latin is defined as the comprehension of structure in written language as well as approaching the ancient Roman culture and roots of Western civilization. The modern language teachers develop all four skill areas while recognizing that language is acquired through a gradual process of exposure to the language and practice.

Four languages are offered at Jesuit: Spanish, French, Mandarian Chinese and Latin. Jesuit requires three years of consecutive study of the same language for graduation. For an incoming Jesuit freshman, this sequence will begin his first year. A student interested in taking a fourth year of the same language, or taking a different language his senior year, has the option to do so provided he has enough room in his schedule for a fourth year of language study.

Mr. Seth Waits

Mr. Seth Waits

Teacher, Department Head
Mrs. Jody Klickman

Mrs. Jody Klickman

Teacher

Language [300]

Three full credits of the same Language are required for graduation.

LATIN 1 [312]

Credit: 1.00

Description: The first Latin course provides students with a solid grounding in Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. They will use this knowledge to read simple Latin texts about Roman life, history and mythology. Students will broaden their English vocabulary and deepen their understanding of both the Latin and English languages. They will also gain an understanding of Classical civilization that will enrich their knowledge of literature, history, philosophy, theology, and art.

LATIN 2 [314]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Latin 1

Description: Latin 2 begins with a thorough review of material from Latin 1. The Latin 2 course is designed around Latin readings that continue to introduce students to vocabulary, grammar and Roman culture, history, and mythology. Students will expand their vocabulary and begin to learn more complex grammar. All students will be expected to come prepared to memorize the material that is required to read and write Latin sentences.

HONORS LATIN 2 [313]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in Latin 1 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: Honors Latin 2 requires diligence, organization, attention to detail, and exemplary study skills as we delve into complex variations of the Latin language and its usages. Honors Latin 2 begins with a thorough review of material from Latin 1. The Honors Latin 2 course is designed around Latin readings that continue to introduce students to vocabulary, grammar and Roman culture, history, and mythology. Students will expand their vocabulary and begin to learn more complex and detailed grammar. All students will be expected to come prepared to memorize the material that is required to read and write Latin sentences.

LATIN 3 [316]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Latin 2

Description: Students in Latin 3 will continuously reinforce previously acquired syntax, grammar, and vocabulary as they become familiar with Latin literature. Latin 3 begins with a thorough review of material from Latin 2 followed up with additional grammar lessons concerning complex sentence forms and structures.

HONORS LATIN 3 [315]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 85 or higher Honors Latin 2 plus teacher recommendation required. Please note that Moving from Latin 2 (314) to Honors Latin 3 is very difficult because of material covered in Honors Latin 2 that is not taught in Latin 2 (regular).

Description: Honors Latin 3 requires diligence, organization, attention to detail, and exemplary study skills as the class delves into complex variations of the Latin language and its usages. Honors Latin 3 begins with a thorough review of material from Honors Latin 2 followed up with additional grammar lessons concerning complex sentence forms and structures. Short readings from authentic classical Latin texts will be introduced in the second semester.

HONORS LATIN 4 [317]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 85 or higher in Honors Latin 3 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: Honors Latin 4 is an advanced course given over completely to reading and studying ancient Roman authors and their culture through their literature. Students who enroll in Honors Latin 4 will have a strong grasp of the Latin language, having already studied Latin for at least three years. In this course, students will read and analyze Latin texts such as Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.

SPANISH 1 [320]

Credit: 1.00

Description: This course is for students who have had little to no formal instruction in Spanish. Emphasis is on building everyday vocabulary while the student is introduced to basic grammar and sentence structures. During the second half of the course, students expand their vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises. Cultural topics include holidays, food, family and conventional greetings. Emphasis is placed on oral production and comprehension of common vocabulary in everyday situations.

SPANISH 2 [324]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or qualifying grade on placement exam

Description: Spanish 2 begins with a thorough review of material from Spanish 1 and the integration of this vocabulary and grammar within more involved speaking, reading, writing and listening activities. New vocabulary is combined with an in-depth look at both past tenses as well as commands and the present subjunctive. Vocabulary includes health and medical conditions, technology, cars and driving, the house, household chores, nature, the environment, recycling, conservation. Emphasis is placed on oral and written production and comprehension, with students producing written dialogues, paragraphs and projects.

HONORS SPANISH 2 [323]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in Spanish 1 plus teacher recommendation or qualifying grade on placement exam

Description: The curriculum of Honors Spanish 2 covers much the same vocabulary and grammar as Spanish 2, but at a deeper level. Projects may include skits, student-made videos and creative stories over a variety of topics. Cultural studies include investigation into realms within the Hispanic culture and that of Spanish speaking countries. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated. Students who aspire to take AP Spanish later in their Jesuit career should enroll in this class if they meet the grade requirements.

SPANISH 3 [326]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Description: The Spanish 3 student is on the threshold of holding spontaneous conversations using everyday vocabulary. The year begins with a thorough review of previously learned grammar. Students talk about real, hypothetical and future actions with globally-themed vocabulary as they encounter new grammar structures. Historical and cultural topics are also integrated into the course.

HONORS SPANISH 3 [325]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 88 or higher in Honors Spanish 2 or an average of 93 or higher in Spanish 2 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: In Honors Spanish 3 much of the class is conducted in Spanish. As this is a preparatory course for AP Spanish, students should be prepared to study challenging grammar points in detail, as well as discuss more global themes. The approach will be quantitatively more intense in terms of grammar skills, speaking, reading, and listening skills. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated.

HONORS SPANISH 3 HERITAGE LEARNER [331]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Recommended for Spanish heritage/bilingual students who would benefit from additional instruction of grammar and writing skills. Such Spanish heritage-leaner students have taken one of the Spanish 2 courses or are incoming students with intermediate to high Spanish listening and speaking skills and knowledge of Spanish vocabulary.

Description: This class is offered for students who are heritage or native speakers. A heritage student comes from a home where Spanish is predominantly used and has therefore learned language skills at home or outside of school. This curriculum of this course closely mirrors that of Honors Spanish 3, but this class dedicates extra attention to writing skills, spelling, and how to handle conversations outside of classroom. Course content includes: essential reading, everyday conversations, pronunciation/dictation skills, analysis of grammar, writing skills, ability to express opinions and hold advanced conversations in Spanish. Culture and traditions will be studied through film, media, projects, dialogues.

SPANISH 4 [328]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Spanish 3

Description: Format progresses toward an immersion Spanish class; open to students who have completed Spanish 3 and who wish to further develop their listening and speaking skills. This class includes an overview of grammar necessary to converse in good form on various topics such as travel, the anticipation of college, relationships with family and friends, cars, health, cooking, city life, culture and computers. Vocabulary building and situational conversation will be emphasized. This class is not for Heritage learners.

This class meets four days a week.

HONORS SPANISH 4 [329]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 88 or higher in Spanish 3 Honors and recommendation from Spanish 3 teacher.

Description: Conducted primarily in Spanish. Review of grammar with emphasis on complex structures, exceptions and idioms. While vocabulary topics will include many of the same areas as Spanish 4, the class will also include discussion of current events, spontaneous conversations and development of advanced speech patterns. Students will read short stories and utilize Spanish sites on the Internet in preparation for discussion. Many of the activities mirror the format of the AP Spanish Language and Culture class, thus it is good preparation for AP Spanish the following year. This class is not for Heritage speakers of Spanish.

This class meets four days a week.

HONORS SPANISH 4 HERITAGE LEARNER [342]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Recommended for Spanish heritage/bilingual students who would benefit from additional instruction of grammar and writing skills. Such Spanish heritage-leaner students have taken one of the Honors Spanish 3 or Heritage Learner Honors Spanish 3 courses.

Description: This class is offered for students who are heritage or native speakers. A heritage student comes from a home where Spanish is predominantly used and has therefore learned language skills at home or outside of school. This curriculum of this course closely mirrors that of Honors Spanish 4, but this class dedicates extra attention to writing skills, spelling, and reading and reflection on various topics that are included on the AP Spanish exam. Course content includes: essential reading, everyday conversations, pronunciation/dictation skills, analysis of grammar, writing skills, ability to express opinions and hold advanced conversations in Spanish. Cultural traditions will be studied through film, media, projects, dialogues.

This class meets four days a week.

AP SPANISH-LANGUAGE [327]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 93 or higher in one of the Honors Spanish 3 or an average of 85 or higher in Honors Spanish 4. A recommendation by the student's current instructor and an interview with the AP instructor may also be required.

Description: The Advanced Placement Spanish Language course emphasizes the use of language for active communication. As such, the class will be conducted exclusively in Spanish as students and instructor communicate with one another. The course objectives are: 1) the ability to understand spoken Spanish in various contexts, 2) the continued development of an ample Spanish vocabulary, especially as it relates to the six themes of the course, and 3) the ability to express oneself in Spanish both in speech and in writing, coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy. Many class activities will be designed to practice the AP Spanish test format, with additional lessons and units involving poetry and Spanish short stories.

This class meets four days a week.

FRENCH 1 [332]

Credit: 1.00

Description: This course is for students who have had little or no formal instruction in French. Emphasis is on building everyday vocabulary through significant reading and oral production, as well as formation of correct pronunciation habits and phonetics. In addition to grammar and vocabulary concepts, students are introduced to the culture of the francophone community. As the year progresses, students expand their knowledge through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities.

FRENCH 2 [334]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: French 1

Description: During the French 2 year, there is significant vocabulary expansion, as well as presentation of major grammatical concepts (past, future, conditional tenses). Students build their knowledge through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Emphasis continues to be placed on oral production and comprehension with students producing written dialogues and projects.

HONORS FRENCH 2 [333]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in French 1 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: The curriculum of Honors French 2 will be essentially identical with that of French 2. There will be additional projects, presentations, and in-class discussions that will further develop the students’ language skills. The approach will be qualitatively more intense in terms of grammar skills, speaking, reading and listening skills. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated.

FRENCH 3 [336]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: French 2

Description: The French 3 student is on the threshold of holding spontaneous conversations using everyday vocabulary. The review of previously-learned grammar concepts is combined with exceptions, details and new vocabulary to produce longer oral and written discourses. Students learn to talk about real life situations in present, past and future actions, as well as the history, art, current events and geography of France and French speaking countries. Students build their knowledge through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Emphasis continues to be placed on oral production and comprehension, with students producing written dialogues and projects.

HONORS FRENCH 3 [335]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: An average of 88 or higher in Honors French 2 or an average of 93 or higher in French 2 plus teacher recommendation in both.

Description: The curriculum of Honors French 3 will be similar to that of French 3, but with additional projects presentations, and in-class discussions to develop the students’ language ability. The approach will be qualitatively more intense, in terms of grammar skills, speaking, reading and listening skills. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated.

HONORS ADV FRENCH [337]

Credit: 1.00
Prerequisite: An “A” average in Honors French 2 and an interview and recommendation by the AP instructor.
Description: See AP French [338]

This class meets four days a week.

AP FRENCH [338]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Pre AP French or teacher recommendation.

Description: AP French Language and Culture is designed to train students in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational aspects of communication. The six themes of the AP French Language and Culture course are: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. This course is designed to increase the fluency and level of sophistication with which students express themselves in French, and develops their ability to understand the language and the cultures of the French-speaking world. The class is conducted in French and students must express themselves in French. This course includes advanced grammar topics, practice in narrative and expository writing, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and extemporaneous speaking. Students analyze, reflect on, and discuss contemporary issues. They read Francophone literature through the centuries, and write essays and reviews. They study Francophone culture and history. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture examination, which they take at the end of the year.

This class meets four days a week.

MANDARIN 1 [361]

Credit: 1.00

Description: This course is for students who have had little to no prior experience studying Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn the pinyin Romanization system and may elect to read and write either traditional or simplified characters. Emphasis is on building everyday vocabulary while students are introduced to basic grammar and sentence structures. Cultural topics include family, food, history, current affairs, and film.

MANDARIN 2 [363]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisite: Mandarin 1

Description: Mandarin 2 begins with a thorough review of material from Mandarin 1 and the integration of this vocabulary and grammar within more involved speaking, reading, writing and listening activities. Students will continue to build their knowledge of Chinese culture and history through a variety of projects and activities. Emphasis continues to be placed on written and oral production with students producing dialogues and projects.

HONORS MANDARIN 2 [362]

Credit: 1.00
Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in Mandarin 1 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: The curriculum of Honors Mandarin 2 will be essentially identical with that of Mandarin 2, but with additional projects, presentations, and assignments to develop the students’ language ability. The approach will be qualitatively more intense, in terms of grammar skills, speaking, reading and listening skills. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated.

MANDARIN 3 [365]

Credit: 1.00
Prerequisite: Mandarin 2

Description: The curriculum of Mandarin 3 will continue to develop students grammar skills, listening, reading, and speaking abilities through projects, presentations, and assignments. Students will continue to develop their ability to use the internet to navigate the Mandarin-speaking internet, and will be expected to spend more time engaging with authentic materials independently outside of class. Culture will continue to be an integral part of the course, with increasing opportunities for students to tailor activities and presentations to their own interests.

HONORS MANDARIN 3 [364]

Credit: 1.00
Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in Honors Mandarin 2 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: The curriculum of Honors Mandarin 3 will be essentially identical with that of Mandarin 3, but with additional projects, presentations, and assignments to develop the students’ language ability. The approach will be qualitatively more intense, in terms of grammar skills, speaking, reading and listening skills. The expectations of the teacher will be heightened and the progress accelerated.

HONORS MANDARIN 4 [366]

Credit: 1.00
Prerequisite: An average of 90 or higher in Honors Mandarin 3 plus teacher recommendation.

Description: The curriculum of Mandarin 4 will continue to develop students’ grammar skills, listening, reading, and speaking abilities through projects, presentations, and assignments. Extra emphasis will be placed on clearly communicating in the target language while navigating real-life tasks that arise when studying or travelling in a Mandarin-speaking country. Studying authentic materials and requiring the usage of the target language to navigate the Mandarin-speaking internet will compose a large component of the course.