Mount St. Mary Academy
International Language Department

FRENCH

 

FRENCH I
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

 

This course introduces students to the culture and the basic structural elements of the language of the French-speaking world at a novice level.  Special attention is given the French sound system.  Oral and written communications are emphasized. Videos and recordings by native speakers assist the teacher, and opportunities for individual in-school use of software are offered to students. Videos are used to learn vocabulary, grammar, and culture.  Projects are done on French-speaking countries. Projects count as test grades and include an oral presentation and a visual.  All students enrolled in the course must participate in the National French Contest during the spring semester.

 

FRENCH II
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO: GRADES 9-12

PREREQUISITE:  FRENCH 1

 

This course is a continuation of the study of French language and culture at high beginner or low intermediate according to the ACTFL fluency scale.  French II provides a blend of all language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking in French. Resources include recordings of native speakers, the Internet, videos, songs, etc. as real sources to practice all language skills.  Students will complete projects focused on Francophone culture.  These projects count as test grades and include an oral presentation and visual. All French students must participate in the National French Contest during the spring semester.

 

HONORS FRENCH II
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  FRENCH I AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

Honors French II is an advanced and fast-paced continuation of the study of French language and culture at an intermediate level.  Honors French II provides a blend of all language skills: understanding of culture, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Authentic realia is used in class to enhance the students’ contact with French (recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, etc.).  The students will complete projects focused on Francophone culture (holidays, gastronomie, etc.).  These projects count as test grades and include an oral presentation and a visual.  Students in this class must participate in the National French Contest during the spring semester.

 

HONORS FRENCH III
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  HONORS FRENCH II AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

Honors French III is an advanced and fast-paced continuation of the study of French grammar and culture at a high intermediate level.  Honors French III provides a blend of all five language skills:  reading, writing, listening, speaking, and understanding of culture.  Authentic realia is used in class to enhance the students’ contact with French (recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, magazines, newspapers, etc.).  Students read a novel in French, and are expected to participate in elaborate conversations pertinent to this work. Students in this class must participate in the National French Contest during the spring semester. Honors French III students are expected to prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) French class to be taken the following year.

 

AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 – 12

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  HONORS FRENCH III AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

AP French Language and Culture is an advanced and fast-paced continuation of the study of French grammar and culture at a pre-advanced level.  AP French Language and Culture provides a blend of all five language skills:  reading, writing, listening, speaking, and understanding of culture.  Authentic realia is used in class to enhance the student’s contact with French (recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, magazines, newspapers, etc.) Students in this class must participate in the National French Contest. AP  students will prepare for the AP French Language and Culture Exam throughout the course of the year through study of AP topics and practice assessments.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

LATIN

 

LATIN I
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

 

Latin lives! The language of Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, St. Augustine, and countless other great authors is alive and well in the modern world. It lives on in the Romance languages, which are the descendants of Latin. It lives on in English, which draws a major part of its vocabulary from Latin. It thrives in the technical terms of science, law, and proclamations of the Catholic Church. And it is the language of inscriptions, mottoes, and any idea that needs to be stated with permanence and precision.  Latin I provides the key skills for being able to unlock the lives of the ancients by studying their very words.  In addition to a study of forms and grammar, students will learn to read and comprehend texts as well as expand their cultural literacy through the  mythology, history, and culture of the ancients.  All Latin students are inducted into the National Junior Classical League and take the National Latin Exam.

 

HONORS LATIN II
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  LATIN I

 

Latin lives on! Honors Latin II is a continuation of the study of the ancients with emphasis on reading and writing the language.  Students encounter a variety of assessments to appeal to different learning styles. One project, a detailed study of Roman banquets includes reading the “Cena Trimalchionis” from the Satyricon by Petronius and recreating an ancient Roman banquet for their guests.  All Latin students are members of the National Junior Classical League and take the National Latin Exam.  

 

HONORS LATIN III, HONORS LATIN IV OR AP LATIN*
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  HONORS LATIN II AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

This course is an advanced study of Latin poetry and prose.  Students translate selections from Vergil’s Aeneid and Julius Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. In addition students read portions of both works in English.  Students will translate a variety of words from other authors, some at sight.  Students progress in reading and comprehending, translating, contextualizing, and analyzing Latin texts.  Students learn to use the dictionary properly, continue their study of Latin grammar and Roman social and political history.  Students will be able to recognize and apply literary techniques, rhetorical devices, and Latin metrics.  All students are members of the Junior Classical League and take the National Latin Exam.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

SPANISH

 

SPANISH I
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

 

This course is an introduction to the culture and the basic structural elements of the language of the Spanish-speaking world that requires students to attain a level of mid to high novice (according the ACTFL fluency scale).  It emphasizes the skills of understanding culture, reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities in Spanish.  Students work at pronunciation with a goal of attaining proper native sounding speech.  Students complete projects focused on Spanish in the U. S., Latin America and Spain. They use recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc. as real sources to practice all language skills.  Students in this class take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Festival

 

HONORS SPANISH I
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9-12

PREREQUISITE:  SPANISH PLACEMENT EXAM

 

This course is geared toward those students who have mastered the basics of introductory Spanish and are ready for a fast-paced study of Spanish grammar and culture. Students are expected to attain a level of novice high according to the ACTFL fluency scale.  The course emphasizes the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish with a goal of attaining near native speech.  Resources include recordings of native speakers, CDs, the Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc. as real sources to practice all language skills.  Students complete projects focused on Spanish in the U. S., Latin America and Spain. All Spanish students take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Festival.

 

SPANISH II
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  SPANISH I

 

This course is a continuation of study of Spanish grammar and culture on a novice  high level.  Spanish II blends cultural, reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities.  Students will continue where they left off in Spanish I and learn more verb tenses.  Students use authentic materials to enhance contact with Spanish (recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, magazines, newspapers, etc.).  Students complete projects focused on Spanish in the U. S., Latin America and Spain. Students in this class take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Festival.

 

HONORS SPANISH II
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  SPANISH I AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

Honors Spanish II is an advanced and fast-paced continuation of the study of Spanish grammar and culture at a low-intermediate level.  Honors Spanish II emphasizes all skills:  understanding culture, reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Students start where they left off in Honors Spanish I and will learn all verb tenses but the perfect (have/had + participle) tenses.  Students contact real Spanish via recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc.  Students complete projects focused on Spanish in the U. S., Latin America and Spain. Students in this class take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Festival.

 

SPANISH III
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  SPANISH II AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

This course is a continuation of Spanish I and II.  Spanish III is a study of Spanish grammar, culture, and literature on a low intermediate level.  The goal is to increase proficiency in understanding of culture, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Students contact real Spanish via recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc.  Various projects on Spanish or Latin American literature and/or current issues in Spanish-speaking countries may be assigned.  Students in this class take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Festival.

 

HONORS SPANISH III
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  HONORS SPANISH II AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

This course is a continuation of  Honors Spanish I and Honors Spanish II.  Honors Spanish III is a study of Spanish grammar, culture, and literature on a mid to high intermediate level.  The goal is to increase proficiency in reading, understanding of culture, writing, listening, and speaking. Students make contact with real Spanish via recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc.  Various projects on Spanish or Latin American literature and/or current issues in Spanish-speaking countries are assigned.  Students in this class take the National Spanish Exam.  Students may attend the Language Competition and must prepare for AP Spanish Language and Culture.

 

SPANISH IV
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  SPANISH III AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, II, and III.  Spanish IV intensifies study of Spanish grammar, culture, and literature at a mid-intermediate level.  The goal is to increase proficiency in understanding of culture, listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Students contact real Spanish via recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc.  Special individualized projects are assigned.  Spanish IV students must be willing to work independently at times.  Students in this class take the National Spanish exam and may attend the Language Festival.

 

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  HONORS SPANISH III AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, Honors Spanish II and III.  AP Spanish IV blends study of Spanish grammar, understanding of culture, and literature at a high intermediate to pre-advanced level.  The goal is to increase proficiency in understanding of culture, listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Students immerse themselves in real Spanish via recordings of native speakers, CDs, Internet, videos, songs, podcasts, foreign radio stations, etc.   AP Spanish IV students must be willing to work independently at times.  Students take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Competition.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

 

HONORS SPANISH V
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 12

PREREQUISITE:  IB SPANISH IV, RECOMMENDATION OF TEACHER

 

Honors Spanish V is a continuation of Spanish I, II, III, and IV.  Spanish V students must work independently, contracting weekly work as they are often added to another Spanish class and must share the teacher’s time.  The goal is to increase proficiency to a solid pre-advanced level.  Students take the National Spanish Exam and may attend the Language Competition.