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World Languages Department

WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT


Note: An asterisk (*) following the course title indicates the course meets the 

entrance requirements for UC/CSU when passed with a grade of C or better. 


SPANISH I *

Prerequisite: None

Grade 9 1 Year

Spanish I introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar, culture, and conversation. Emphasis will be placed on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will acquire the skills necessary to continue their Spanish studies with Spanish II.

LATIN I *

Prerequisite: None

Grade 9 1 Year

Latin I introduces students to the Latin language. The student will learn to read connected Latin passages with emphasis on comprehension, and vocabulary building. The student will also be provided with an understanding of Roman cultural roots.

SPANISH II *

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Spanish I

Grade 10 1 Year

Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I and is designed to help each student attain proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The history and the cultures of the Spanish- speaking world will also be presented throughout the course. Students will review the major concepts covered in Spanish I, be introduced to several new verb tenses, and acquire new vocabulary. Cultural aspects will be presented with the use of videos and supplemental readings.

LATIN II *

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Latin I

Grade 10 1 Year

This course continues and perfects the grammatical and vocabulary skills developed in Latin I. The student will review all Latin I concepts and further develop translation and vocabulary skills.

LATIN III *

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Latin II

Grade 11,12 1 Year

Latin III is designed to help students be more creative with the language and engage literary pieces that assume two years of Latin grammar. All grammar concepts will be reviewed and students will further develop their vocabulary. Students will be introduced to short stories and Livy’s history of Rome to improve reading ability and introduce them to classical authors. Cultural topics will be covered through videos and supplementary materials.

SPANISH III *

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish II

Grade 11,12 1 Year

Spanish III is designed to help students become more creative with the language, participate in more challenging conversations and communicate successfully in basic everyday situations. All grammar concepts will be reviewed and students will further develop their vocabulary. Students will also be introduced to short stories and other literary pieces to help strengthen students’ reading ability and introduce them to Spanish authors. Cultural aspects will also be covered with the use of videos and other reading materials. Several written and oral projects will also be assigned.

SPANISH IV *

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish III

Grade 11, 12 1 Year

In Spanish IV students will participate in interactive communication activities. Through different readings students will be encouraged to express their opinions, interests, ideas and attitudes about the reading and other related topics. Students will also continue to practice and apply their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills while stressing their awareness of the contemporary culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Several written and oral projects will also be assigned.

LATIN IV *

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Latin III

Grade 12 1 Year

In Latin IV students will continue working with literary pieces from classical authors. Grammar concepts will be reviewed and vocabulary further developed. Emphasis will be on reading and analyzing a variety of Latin texts.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH *

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Spanish III or departmental approval

Grade 11, 12 1 Year

Qualified students will undergo a thorough and exacting review of all grammar concepts and vocabulary. Practice Advanced Placement examinations will be taken and reviewed. Emphasis will be on preparation for the AP exam in Spanish Language. All students enrolled in AP Spanish are required to take the AP Spanish Language examination.