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Foreign Language Philosophy:   Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience.  The La Salle community educates students within a sound environment to be linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad.

French Language Courses

French I

This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the French idioms, basic grammatical concepts and a vocabulary of approximately 1000 words. Skills taught are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. An understanding of the French people and their language is emphasized and made interesting through books, videos, and coordinated listening activities. The Honors-level course requires additional work during tests, exams, and research projects. The HP and ACP courses require more student production in the language, including writing and speaking. One Credit

French II

This is a second-level language course designed both to reinforce and to advance beyond the skill learned in French I. Objectives include accurate pronunciation, an enlarged working vocabulary, fluent reading comprehension, and the ability to communicate in both speech and writing. A greater understanding of those people and countries where French is spoken is emphasized. The Honors-level course requires additional work during tests, exams, and research projects. The HP and ACP courses require more student production in the language, including writing and speaking. One Credit

French III

This is a third-level language course designed to prepare the student for an intensive study of French literature and/or French culture. The course is a combination of grammar, vocabulary, lessons in culture, and lessons in French literature. The grammar is taught by reviewing skills learned in French I and French II combined with lessons that teach new grammatical constructions, new verb tenses, and new types of discourse. The cultural lessons and lessons in literature are designed so as to make use of the grammar, vocabulary, and tenses that are learned. The overall goal of the course is to develop within each student a thorough knowledge base of the French language so that the student may go on to further endeavors, be it further study or an actual experience in a French speaking nation, with the necessary skills and experiences to be successful. One Credit

AP French Language and Culture

This course emphasizes the use of the French language for active communication, and has for its objectives the development of: A) the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts; B) a French vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary, and C) the ability to express oneself coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French. The course seeks to develop language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) that can be used in various activities and disciplines. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions is emphasized. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement French Language examination. One Credit Note: This course is offered as college credit through our special Collegium program with Xavier University.

Latin Language Courses

Latin I

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and language structure, including pronunciation of the Latin language. This course will give the foundation for the second year course in Latin. Some consideration is given to the Roman civilization and mythology. The student will also learn a greater appreciation for language itself, especially his own native English. The Honors level course requires additional research and background reading for the project during first and second semesters. One Credit

Latin II

The curriculum of this course is designed to build upon what the student has learned during the first year of high school Latin. After a review of material previously taught, the course will continue to expand upon that base of knowledge as set forth in the Ecce Romani series. New constructions will be studied as they arise in the course of reading and recitation. The general goal of this course is increased fluency in the translation and understanding of Latin on its own terms. One Credit

Latin III

The curriculum of this course is designed to build upon what the student has learned during the first two years of high school Latin and to provide him with teh tools necessary for advanced study in the fourth year. After a review of material previously taught, the course will continue to expand upon that base of knowledge as set forth in the Ecce Romani series. New constructions will be studied as they arise in the course of reading and recitation. Supplementary materials from original sources will be introduced in order to expand the student's understanding of Latin as a living language. One Credit

AP Latin: Vergil

Students will be expected to read the De bello Gallico and the Aeneid in an English translation. These English versions of the texts will be systematically reviewed as context for the Latin readings as students progress through the course. At each class meeting, students are expected to translate literally and demonstrate comprehension of the Latin passages from books 1, 4, 5, and 6 of Caesar's De bello Gallico in the fall semester and passages from books 1, 2, 5, and 6 in Vergil's Aeneid in the spring semester, prior to taking the AP exam. One Credit

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish I

In this course many students have their first contact with the Spanish language. The goal is to build a very strong foundation on the language and an introduction to Spanish-speaking cultures. Students will start working on four different language skills: listening, oral, writing, and reading. A basic introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, geography, and history will also be incorporated into this course. One Credit

Spanish II

This course is the continuation of the introductory Spanish I course. In it, students focus on the development of communication skills in written and spoken Spanish. Students will learn to communicate in real-life contexts about subjects of everyday life. In order to facilitate proper communication, students will be expected to learn the relevant grammatical structures. Students will also continue learning about the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries. One Credit

Spanish III

This is an advanced course in which students should be ready to use their previous knowledge and skills to communicate either in an oral conversation or by writing. Students will work on grammar in depth and improve listening and speaking skills though class dialogue and activities. Students will also work on vocabulary by reading various media materials throughout the academic year and be expected to write essays, summaries and descriptions using their richer new vocabulary. One Credit

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Students participating in this course must have a solid mastery of the Spanish language and be outstanding in the four categories (reading, speaking, listening, and writing) since this class will be in Spanish most of the time. A grammatical review from the previous three years will be executed throughout the year. The aim of this course is to expose our students to the Spanish language by using Spanish in all different contexts so as to obtain a great fluency of the language. Students will learn history, geography, and specific cultural concepts from the 20th and 21st century by reading press articles and books, as well as viewing Spanish movies and documentaries. Making oral and written presentations and completing a final project will also be required. Finally, successful completion of this course will prepare students for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam and various college placement exams. One Credit Note: This course is offered as college credit through our special Collegium program with the College of Mt. St. Joseph.

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