Department of LOTE

Language is our connection to our community and to the world. Through language, we identify the world around us, express our concerns and dreams, and share our experiences and ideas. The ability to communicate in a second language increases the opportunities to interact with other peoples and to understand other cultures. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, it is important for every person to acquire the skills for communication with others and for cross-cultural understanding.

 

Course Catalogue: Spanish

Spanish I -FS1, FS2

Spanish 1 is a comprehensive standards-based curriculum that balances grammar and communication. The course integrates the learning of the language with an appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures around the world. Students learn simple, relevant vocabulary and grammar, including sentence formation, regular, irregular, stem-changing, and reflexive verbs. Students also learn about the use of direct and indirect objects, and begin to learn about some preterite forms of certain verbs.

Spanish II - FS3, FS4

Spanish II enables students to begin to acquire proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. There is continued emphasis on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and on acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross- cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course

Spanish III - FS5, FS6

The 3rd year course expands vocabulary, accelerates oral comprehension and expression, raises reading proficiency, and hones written communication.  This course terminates in a Regents exam in Spanish.

Course Catalogue: French

French I -FF1, FF2

In French level one, students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French. They will learn to perform certain tasks: introducing someone, telling what they like and don’t like, ordering something to eat and to drink, choosing and purchasing items from the store, asking for and giving information, accepting and refusing invitations, saying what they need and giving directions. They will talk about various topics that interest both themselves and French-speaking teens, such as music, sports, leisure activities, food, shopping, traveling, family and school. They will also describe themselves, their friends, their family and personal experiences, in the past and in the present and close future. Besides learning the French language, they will also develop cultural understandings about how people in French-speaking regions live, act and think, as well as what they value. In addition, they will learn skills that will help them act independently and successfully in novel cultural situations.

French II –FF3, FF4

In level two, they will expand upon the communication tasks and skills they have already practiced. For example, they will be able to ask for what they need at the post office, bank, gas station, reserve a room at a hotel or youth hostel, communicate on the phone and by letter, postcard and fax, describe their daily routines, talk about what careers interest them, and discuss contemporary social and political problems in France. Their ability to read and write French will improve as they learn how to analyze and interpret songs, poems, articles and stories, to take notes and to write outlines, summaries and business letters. They will become acquainted with French people, both past and present, who have become famous for their accomplishments in art, sciences, films, literature, sports, politics, etc. They will learn more about their neighbors in French-speaking Canada as well as about interesting regions and sites in France. They will also heighten their awareness of the other areas in the world where French is spoken: From Morocco to Martinique, from Tahiti to Tunisia.