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World Languages Courses
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The Grandview World Language program is standards-based, emphasizing the National Standards for communication, cultural comparisons, and con­nections. According to these standards, students must be able to perform the following: write in the foreign language using effective writing strategies to communicate clearly; read the foreign language to construct meaning from a variety of materials; speak the foreign language to convey meaning through speech in both formal and informal situations; listen to the foreign language and interpret verbal cues to construct meaning; and understand the cultural context of the foreign language.
 
Due to the sequential nature of language development, it is recommended that each student demonstrate proficiency in standards assessments in writing, reading, speaking, listening, and cultural comparisons upon completion of each language level. With this assessment process, each student is prepared for the next level of language development and has the skills to achieve his/her potential. Because technology is an integral aspect of today’s world, the World Language curriculum incorporates the use of the Internet, interacting with CD-DVD Rom programs, and creating multi-media presentations.
 
Although not a graduation requirement of Grandview High School, learning a world language is strongly encouraged. Many colleges have a minimum foreign language entrance requirement (see page 1 for CCHE guidelines). For example, some programs at the University of Colorado require complet­ing level 3 in a single language, and other state schools strongly advocate completing at least level 2 of a foreign language.
CHINESE 1 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
This is a beginning course in Chinese in which students will begin the study of basic Mandarin Chinese and the formation of Chinese characters. The focus on the course will be speaking, reading, writing and listening in Mandarin Chinese while discovering the richness of Chinese culture and history.
CHINESE 2 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Chinese 1 or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Building on the speaking, reading, writing and listening skills acquired in Chinese 1, students will encounter a few of the more complex grammati­cal structures and finish assimilating the first series of Chinese characters. In addition to daily oral practice, students will read and write in Chinese, and interact with authentic Chinese language materials, both aural and written. To deepen understanding of Chinese culture and language, stu­dents are encourage to participate in Chinese club activities.
CHINESE 3 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Chinese 2/Demonstrated proficiency in Chinese 2 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
In Chinese 3, students will continue to develop their abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing modern Mandarin Chinese. This course will particularly emphasize communicative competence and cultural awareness through regular contact with authentic linguistic and cultural materials in the classroom. To deepen understanding of Chinese culture and language, students are encourage to participate in Chinese club activities.
CHINESE 4 HONORS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Chinese 2/Demonstrated proficiency in Chinese 2 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
Fees: None​
In Chinese 4 Honors, students will continue to develop their abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing modern Mandarin Chinese with a strong emphasis on communicative competence and cultural awareness. In addition, students will regularly engage in exercises designed to devel­op the level of literacy in Chinese necessary to carry them through the AP level course. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
AP CHINESE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chinese 3 and 4, equivalent level of Chinese study, or permission of instructor.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: See AP Section
In this course, students will expand their spoken and written vocabulary and develop their language skills to an ACTFL intermediate mid-high level. In addition to the textbook, students will explore authentic language material including films, stories, articles, music and internet sources. This course will prepare students for continued study of the Chinese language at the college level. In addition, students will have the opportunity to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam, administered at end of the sec­ond semester, and may receive college credit for successful completion of that exam.
FRENCH 1 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
In addition to learning basic language skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening, students will discover important cultural information that will aid them in a journey to France, many African countries, Quebec, and Louisiana. Although the primary focus of this course will be on listening comprehension and oral proficiency, students also will study basic gram­matical structures. Vocabulary enrichment will be emphasized. Students will explore French culture on the Internet and interact with authentic materials on CD Rom. French Club is open to interested students.
FRENCH 2 - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in French 1 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Building on French 1 speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, French 2 students will begin to understand a few of the more complicated grammatical constructions. In addition to daily oral practice, students will read and respond in writing to French materials. To gain a personal insight into French culture the students are invited to participate in the French Club activities.
FRENCH 3 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in French 2 or
teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Students will extend their vocabulary development, grammar knowledge, and syntactical structures; and by learning expressions, constructions, and more complicated verb tenses and moods, students will fine tune their French. Frequent oral presentations and compositions will help students to express themselves with accuracy and confidence. Students will improve their reading comprehension through reading a variety of French genre, which may include short stories, newspapers, magazine articles, novels, or dramas.
FRENCH 4 HONORS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in French 3 or
teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
Students will work on mastering their fluency in speaking, reading, writ­ing, and listening. Vocabulary enrichment continues to be of utmost importance as does reviewing and refining grammatical and syntactical structures. Students will read a variety of literary, and contemporary works by native authors and will focus on French contributions to the arts and humanities. To increase oral competence, students frequently will respond to visual or word prompts. Students will also be given the possi­bility to participate in a trip to France in the spring. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in French 4 Honors or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
This course is designed to meet the needs of academically motivated stu­dents who plan to attend college. Students will increase fluency in speak­ing, reading, writing, and listening. The focus will be on developing a strong command of vocabulary and structure; understanding spoken French in various conversational situations; reading newspaper and mag­azine articles, contemporary fiction, and non-technical writings without the use of a dictionary; and fluently and accurately expressing ideas oral­ly and in writing. To prepare students for the AP exam, students also will write time-limited compositions, respond orally to visual or word prompts in class, and regularly practice spontaneous responses and fluency in the language lab. An Advanced Placement French Language exam will be administered at the end of the course. Depending upon the score on the AP exam and the policies of the individual college, the student may receive college credit. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
GERMAN 1 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
In addition to learning basic language skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening, students will discover important cultural information that will aid them in a journey to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Although the primary focus of this course will be on listening comprehension and oral proficiency, students also will study basic grammatical structures. Vocabulary enrichment will be emphasized. Students will explore German culture on the Internet and interact with authentic materials on CD Roms.
GERMAN 2 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in German 1 or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Building on German 1 speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, German 2 students will begin to understand a few of the more complicat­ed grammatical constructions. In addition to daily oral practice, students will read and respond in writing to German materials. Students will corre­spond with German pen pals via the Internet to practice their communica­tion skills and to gain a personal insight into German culture.
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- 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in German 2 or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Students will extend their vocabulary development, grammar knowledge, and syntactical structures; and by learning expressions, constructions, and more complicated verb tenses and moods, students will fine tune their German. Students will improve their reading comprehension through reading a variety of German literaature, which may include short stories, newspapers, magazine articles, novels, or dramas. Students will develop composition skills, creating a quarterly portfolio. Three semester hour credits can be earned through University of Colorado at Denver.
ConcurrentEnrollment.jpgStudents will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn community college credit with the opportunity of trans­ferring credit to a four-year university.
INTERMEDIATE COLLEGE GERMAN 2/GERMAN 4 ConcurrentEnrollment.jpg - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Intermediate College German 1 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
Students will work on mastering their fluency in speaking, reading, writ­ing, and listening. Students will refine grammatical and syntactical struc­tures as they read, write, and speak in German. German contributions to Western culture. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted. Three semester hour credits can be earned through University of Colorado at Denver.
ConcurrentEnrollment.jpgStudents will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn community college credit with the opportunity of trans­ferring credit to a four-year university.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT GERMAN LANGUAGE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in German 4 Honors or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
Students will work on mastering their fluency in speaking, reading, writ­ing, and listening. Vocabulary enrichment continues to be of utmost importance as does reviewing and refining grammatical and syntactical structures. Students will read a variety of literary, historical, and contem­porary works and will focus on German contributions to the arts and humanities. An Advanced Placement German Language exam will be administered at the end of the course. Depending upon the score on the AP exam and the policies of the individual college, the student may receive college credit. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted. This course will be offered in combination with German IV Honors.
SPANISH 1 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
This is a beginning course in Spanish in which students will study basic Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures. The focus on the course will be on the development of the communicative skills of reading, speak­ing, writing and listening in the Spanish language while discovering some of the richness of the Spanish and Latin American cultures. Students will explore the Hispanic cultures and practice their language skills on the Internet and by interacting with authentic material on CD’s and DVD’s. Spanish Club is open to interested students.
SPANISH 2 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish 1 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
By building on Spanish 1 speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, Spanish 2 students will expand and enrich their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures while furthering their knowledge of the Hispanic world. Students will learn strategies to help them under­stand authentic spoken and written Spanish texts and to express them­selves in Spanish about a variety of familiar topics in oral and written form. Students will explore the Hispanic cultures and practice their lan­guage skills on the Internet and by interacting with authentic material on CD’s and DVD’s. Spanish Club and an opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country are open to interested students.​
SPANISH 3 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish 2 and teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
In this course students will build on the Spanish 2 background to extend their vocabulary development and their knowledge or grammar and syntactical structures while furthering their knowledge of the Hispanic world.  A major emphasis is placed on the development of learning strategies that will help students understand authentic spoken and written texts in Spanish and to effectively communicate in written and oral form with accuracy and confidence.  Students will explore Hispanic cultures and practice their language skills on the Internet and by interacting with authentic material on CD's and DVD's.  Spanish club and an opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country are open to interested students.​
SPANISH 4 HONORS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
In this course students will work on developing their fluency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Vocabulary enrichment continues to be of utmost importance as does reviewing and refining grammatical and syn­tactical structures. Students will read a variety of literary, historical, and contemporary works and will continue to refine their oral and written communicative abilities. They will explore the diversity of the Hispanic world as well as the contributions of many Hispanics to modern society. Spanish Club and an opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country are open to interested students.Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish 4 Honors or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
This course is designed to meet the needs of academically motivated stu­dents who plan to attend college. Students will increase fluency in speak­ing, reading, writing, and listening. The focus will be on developing a strong command of vocabulary and structure; understanding spoken Spanish in various conversational situations; reading newspaper and mag­azine articles, contemporary fiction, and non-technical writings; and flu­ently and accurately expressing ideas orally and in writing. To prepare stu­dents for the AP exam, students also will write time-limited compositions, respond orally to visual or word prompts in class, and regularly practice spontaneous responses and fluency in the language lab.  An Advanced Placement Spanish Language exam will be administered at the end of the course.  Depending upon the score on the AP exam and the policies of the individual college, the student may receive college credit.  Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish 4 Honors or higher and teacher recommendation.
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
This course is designed for students who have completed level IV or high­er of their Spanish studies and wish to develop their communication skills further. Using short stories and current events as a springboard, students will use their language skills to write on a variety of topics, discuss every­day as well as controversial topics, and to listen and respond to spoken Spanish on a variety of contemporary issues.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LITERATURE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in AP Spanish Language and/or teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
In this course, advanced, motivated Spanish students will achieve a greater understanding of the Spanish language, Peninsular and Latino American civilizations and cultures through their respective literature. Students will be exposed to the formal study of prose, poetry and drama and will improve upon the following skill areas: listing, reading, writing and speaking. Students will also achieve a greater capacity to analyze and understand authentic texts in their original form with culture and histori­cal contexts. The focus of this class is intellectual commentary regarding theme and other literary devices, which complement the skills developed in Advanced Placement English Literature. Students will develop a panoramic vision of major literary movements and their idiosyncrasies in Spain and Latin America ranging in time from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. The Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Exam will be administered at the end of the course. Contingent upon the score on the AP exam and the policies of the individual college, the student may receive college credit. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Placement test/oral interview
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
This course is intended for students that are native speakers of Spanish and are literate in the Spanish language. Students will focus on reading and writing skills in Spanish, the appropriate use of register, and learn about the history and cultures of the Hispanic world. Students will come to appreciate the rich diversity of the Hispanic community as they are encouraged to share their own culture and traditions with other members of the class. They will read and discuss Hispanic literature, improve oral presentation and demonstration skills and fine-tune their writing skills and grammatical accuracy. The goal of this course is not only to polish each student’s skills in Spanish, but also to reinforce the study skills necessary for success in all courses. It is our hope that these students will leave this course with the skills and confidence necessary to continue on with their language study at the Advanced Placement level at Grandview as well as continuing on into intermediate and advanced university Spanish courses.
                                   
 
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