World Language

World Language Department

CUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Fine Arts, Performing Arts or Foreign Language..............10.0 credits

 

Enrollment in a world language is not a CUSD graduation requirement.  Enrollment for two years in the same world language with a "C" or better is required for students applying for admission to a California State University, the University of California, and other four-year colleges/universities.  A grade of "C" or better in English is recommended for enrollment in first year world languages.

 

 World Language Course Descriptions

 

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A-G REQ

CREDITS

FRENCH 1-P

A variety of activities are used in this first year course, such as songs, folk dances, and a study of French impressionists, as well as the exercises Discovering French, to familiarize students with basic vocabulary. Grammatical emphasis is on verbs in the present and past tense.

Year

9-12

‘E”

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

FRENCH 2-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I with a grade of "C" or better and teacher recommendation

French II expands the concepts and vocabulary learned in the first year through exercises in Discovering French. Students write frequent dialogues and short stories to improve speaking and writing skills. Cultural activities include music, videos, poetry, and discussion of current events.

 

Year

10-12

‘E’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

FRENCH 3-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French II with a grade of "C+" or better

A continuation of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. More verb tenses and more sophisticated grammar are studied, using a district-approved text. Students learn more about contemporary French culture and attitudes, and they read both contemporary and classical French literature.

Year

10-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

AP FRENCH LANGUAGE -P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III with a grade of “B” or better

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue with a program of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. A sophisticated, in-depth study of French culture and media will make up the majority of the year of study. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the AP French Language exam.

 

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

FRENCH IB SL –P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue with a program of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. A sophisticated, in-depth study of French culture and media will make up the majority of the year of study. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the IB Standard Level exam.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

 

 

JAPANESE 3-P

Prerequisite: Japanese II with a grade of "C" or better or previous Japanese language experience with teacher approval

This course is a continuation of Japanese 2. This course is designed to help students become good communicators both in written and spoken Japanese by further developing the four language skills. Web-based listening exercises and video clips will introduce the students to natural contemporary Japanese language. This course will provide authentic opportunities for students to use their Japanese. Through focused thematic units, students are exposed to modern and Japanese culture and language. Students develop conversation and expression of ideas; master more advanced grammatical patterns, write compositions, and have an enhanced understanding of Japanese culture.

Year

10-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

JAPANESE 4-P

Prerequisite: Japanese 3 with a grade of "C" or better or previous Japanese language experience with teacher approval

This course is a continuation of Japanese III and is designed for the advanced student who wishes to pursue or use Japanese in college or a career. Fourth-year Japanese students move beyond acquisition of fundamental grammatical forms to reading and discussion of more complex material. Students are introduced to Japanese history, folktales, and travel through essays, poems and stories in the target language. This class is for those who are interested in enhancing their language skills and cultural knowledge, but who do not wish to take the AP or IB exams.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

AP JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Japanese. The primary focus of this course is preparation for the AP examination through a focused and rigorous study of Japanese language and culture. Emphasis is on accurate understanding of Japanese sentence structure in newspaper and readings from other genres (fiction, poetry, and essays). Emphasis is on more sophisticated language usage (keigo, kanji in context, more advanced grammatical structures, and a variety of communication situations.) Additional practice is provided for students through computer usage in preparation for the AP test. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the AP exam.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

JAPANESE IB SL –P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Japanese. The primary focus of this course is preparation for the IB examination through a focused and rigorous study of Japanese language and culture. Emphasis is on accurate understanding of Japanese sentence structure in newspaper and readings from other genres (fiction, poetry, and essays). Emphasis on more sophisticated language usage (keigo, kanji in context, more advanced grammatical structures, and a variety of communication situations.) Students are presented with preparatory materials for the IB Standard Level exam.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

 

 

SPANISH 1-P

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the Spanish language. Oral communicative language is stressed using controlled vocabulary in everyday conversations. The Hispanic culture is studied via slides, movies, and readings. Art, games, and music are used, as are skits, to enhance language usage. Text: Realidades Uno and accompanying workbook are used.

Year

9-12

‘E’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

SPANISH 2-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I with a grade of "C "or better and teacher recommendation

Spanish II is a continuation of the first year with emphasis on broadening of speaking, reading, understanding, and writing skills. Students write and perform dialogues and videos using more complex vocabulary and concepts. Movies and powerpoint presentations are used to study Spanish and Latin American cultures. Text: Realidades Dos and accompanying workbook are used.

Year

9-12

‘E’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

SPANISH 3-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II with a grade of "C+" or better and teacher recommendation

A continuation of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. More verb tenses and more sophisticated grammar are studied. Students learn more about Hispanic culture and attitudes via movies, magazines, and short literary works in Spanish. A district approved text and workbook are used.

 

Year

10-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

SPANISH 4-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is a continuation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. More detailed grammar is studied, but an emphasis will be placed on using the language in context. Students will learn more about Spanish-speaking countries' cultures and attitudes via movies, magazines, literature, and other culturally authentic materials. This class will be for those who are interested in enhancing their language skills and cultural knowledge, but who do not wish to take the AP or IB exams.

Year

10-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. This course has a special emphasis on studying Spanish via thematic units, using classical and contemporary literature, along with authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition are continued. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the AP Spanish Language exam. Texts: Pasajes, Repaso, Nuevas Vistas, Galeria and Álbum.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

SPANISH IB SL –P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. This course has a special emphasis on studying Spanish via thematic units, using classical and contemporary literature, along with authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition are continued. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the IB SL exam. Texts: Pasajes, Repaso, Nuevas Vistas, Galería and Album.

Year

11-12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language

SPANISH IB HL2 -P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish IB HL1 with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of higher level reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. This course has a special emphasis on studying Spanish via thematic units, using classical and contemporary literature, along with authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Intense grammar and vocabulary acquisition are emphasized. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the IB Higher Level Exam taken in the 12th grade.IB HL exams are eligible for college credit at most universities. Texts: Pasajes, Repaso, Nuevas Vistas, Galería and Album.

Year

12

‘E’ or ‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

CTE/Fine Art/Foreign Language