Foreign Language

academics-language-kids15The goal of the Ursuline High School modern foreign language program is to expose students to a language and culture in order to make them knowledgeable and active members of a global society. Students will learn to use modern foreign languages for meaningful communication in both spoken and written form. The foreign language program emphasizes language as it is used in various real-life situations that students are most likely to encounter. Through foreign language study, students develop sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic heritage of other groups and their influence on our own, and are prepared to participate in a society characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity.

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Course Descriptions

French

FRENCH I

GRADES 9 -11 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
French I emphasizes pronunciation and vocabulary. It presents the fundamentals of basic French grammar and seeks to lay the foundation for the acquisition of conversational competence. It includes some writing and cultural material. The language lab is used to improve pronunciation and comprehension. PLEASE NOTE: French is an accelerated program. PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE 9TH GRADE PLACEMENT TEST.

 

FRENCH II

GRADES 10 -12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
French II continues the oral-aural approach of French I but places increased emphasis upon reading, writing and grammar. Cultural material is integrated with language study. The language lab is used to improve pronunciation and comprehension. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN FRENCH I

AP FRENCH III

GRADES 11-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
French III is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the elements of the French language, highlights the culture of France, sets a standard for students in the writing of guided compositions, and aids in the acquisition of fluent communication skills. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN FRENCH II

 

AP FRENCH IV

GRADE 12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Students will increase proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing and become familiar with French writers from the 15th century to the present time and artists from the 18th century to the present. This course will also prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Test in French Language. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN FRENCH III

 

ITALIAN

ITALIAN I

GRADES 9 -11 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Basic conversational phrases and vocabulary are used as an introduction to Italian I. The oral-aural and cultural aspects of the language will be emphasized via the study of Italian customs, folklore, and culinary labs. PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE PLACEMENT TEST

 

ITALIAN II

GRADES 10-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Students will become more proficient in the concepts developed in level one. Students will continue to develop language skills via impromptu conversation, translation and grammar. An emphasis will be placed on more in-depth grammatical, oral-aural and cultural aspects of the language. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN I

ITALIAN III

GRADES 11-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Italian III students will continue to develop communication skills via an oral-aural approach.
More emphasis will be placed on translating, writing and reading in the target language. Introduced will be Inferno, the first part of La Divina Commedia by Dante, along with various projects and cultural labs. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN II

 

ITALIAN IV

GRADE 12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
The study of Dante continues with the Purgatorio and Paradiso, the second and third books of La Divina Commedia. Students will teach a segment on various aspects of the Italian culture and language, and will lead daily discussions in Italian, thus enhancing their knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN ITALIAN III

 

SPANISH

SPANISH I

GRADES 9-11 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Spanish I presents the principles of grammar through oral and written exercises and the reading of simple prose. Oral-aural communication facility is also stressed. Cultural elements are discussed and the language lab is used to improve pronunciation.
PREREQUISITE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SCORE IN THE 35TH PERCENTILE OR BETTER ON THE LANGUAGE SECTION OF THE PLACEMENT TEST

 

SPANISH II

GRADES 9-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Spanish II reviews the grammar learned in Spanish I and continues the development of basic grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on the ability to use the language. The ability to read and write in Spanish is emphasized. The study of basic grammar and vocabulary acquisition continues. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH I

 

SPANISH III

GRADES 10-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Spanish III presents more intricate grammar rules, enhanced vocabulary, and Spanish idioms. Students will continue to become more fluent in reading and writing Spanish. Oral communication in Spanish will increase. Students will also read some Spanish works of literature. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH II

AP SPANISH III

GRADES 11-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Advanced Placement Spanish III stresses implementation of reading, writing, speaking and listening of grammar, vocabulary and idioms previously learned while introducing the finer points of grammatical topics. The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish and students will be expected to speak Spanish on a daily basis. Meso-American Indian culture is the emphasis for special projects, and Mexican legends are the focus of cultural reading. PREREQUISITE: “A” IN SPANISH II AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

SPANISH IV

GRADES 11-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Spanish IV places major emphasis on the students’ ability to communicate in Spanish: reading, listening, writing and speaking. The readings consist of short stories, poetry, essays and articles. Written work is in Spanish. Cultural differences are discussed and a variety of projects are required. A one-week Spanish culinary unit is also included. PREREQUISITE: “C” OR BETTER IN SPANISH III

 

AP SPANISH IV

GRADE 12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
Advanced Placement Spanish IV has the following objectives: the ability to comprehend spoken Spanish; the ability to write expository passages; the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency; the acquisition of advanced vocabulary and a grasp of syntactical structure to fully comprehend written Spanish. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to other activities and disciplines. Extensive training in the organizing and writing of compositions in Spanish will be an integral part of the course. This course is dual credit eligible. PREREQUISITE: “B” or BETTER IN AP SPANISH III and TEACHER APPROVAL

 

Rosetta Stone Independent Study

GRADES 9-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1/4 credit
Ursuline High School offers students the opportunity to explore a foreign language through on-line access to the Rosetta Stone application as an independent study program. The foreign languages to be offered for the 2016-17 school year will be:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Filipino
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Urdo
  • Vietnamese

 
Please note that this program should not be considered a replacement for the four year program of study in the three languages offered at ursuline: Spanish, French and Italian. Students will receive 1/4 credit for each level successfully completed at 85% or better mastery. The final exam for each level must be scheduled with and proctored by an administrator. Applications for the Rosetta Stone enrichment program are available through the guidance counselors and should be completed and approved by Sister Regina Rogers by May 1st. Periodic reports and conferences with Sister Regina will be scheduled as the student completes various benchmarks in the program.