WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES


The study of a world language helps students to develop an attitude, which will lead to understanding other people and oneself better. People communicate in other ways besides using words, so also covered in the courses are cultural aspects of the target culture and the living patterns of the people who speak the language. The most current and practical use of world language is combining it with another field such as business, engineering, health fields, etc. It is advisable to continue for more than two years in one language. Language study is definitely not restricted to college-bound students. However, a world language requirement for college graduation may be met entirely through high school work, entirely with college work, or through both high school and college work. Many universities are now requiring a minimum of three consecutive years of a world language for admissions.
 

WORLD LANGUAGE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (see below for detailed descriptions of the curriculum for each course):


 


COURSE: 14111 GERMAN I CREDIT VALUE:

 

One credit

*14112 OPEN TO:

All grade levels

PREREQUISITES:

None

What you will learn in this course:

Students learn the basic vocabulary of greetings, introductions, family, animals, hobbies, free time, telling time, sports, food and weather. They will learn to communicate in the present tense through conjugating verbs. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are all enhanced with class work. Study of the geography and culture of the German speaking countries also takes place.

How you will learn in this course:

Individual, partner, and cooperative group work are all used within the instructional hour. Students will also use the textbook, short stories, songs, games, and worksheets to help with learning. Many activities and projects such as family trees, children’s books, menus, and plays are done throughout the school year to help enhance a student’s comprehension of German.

Why this course is important:

This course is the base of all learning in German. This course must be completed to continue with German II. Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often three years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14211 GERMAN II CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14212 OPEN TO:

All grade levels

PREREQUISITES:

Must pass German I

What you will learn in this course:

Students learn the vocabulary of likes/dislikes, clothing, birthday celebrations, activities, sports, travel, and city locations. Past tense is introduced and learned early in the school year. Students learn to communicate in this tense through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Short stories are read to help reinforce grammar, and present tense is reviewed.

How you will learn in this course:

Students will work with partners, groups, and individually to understand material. The textbook, worksheets, songs, roleplays, games and projects such as city planners, journal writing, house plans, video presentations, and short story writing all help with comprehension of the German language. Studies of culture and geography of German speaking countries continue with videos and internet clips from Europe.

Why this course is important:

This course is the foundation for continuing on to German III. Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often three years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14311 GERMAN III CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14312 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Must have passed German II

What you will learn in this course:

Students learn the vocabulary of the airport, likes and dislikes, taking a trip, household chores, ordering meals in a foreign country, and shopping. The Imperfekt tense is introduced and fairy tales from Bruder Grimm are read. Students create and read short stories to help enforce the grammar that is taught. Speaking in the target language is more predominant with students and teacher, and by the end of the year, students are able to speak entirely in the target language.

How you will learn in this course:

Students continue to work individually, with partners, and in cooperative groups to enhance learning. The textbook, short stories, novel, songs, and games are all used to help understand grammar and vocabulary. Students also read fairy tales from Bruder Grimm, and create one of their own. Grammar is continually reviewed with worksheets, flashcards, pod-casts, and videos.

Why this course is important:

This course is the foundation for AP German IV. Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often three years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14611 AP GERMAN LANGUAGE IV CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14612 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Must have passed German III with a grade of “C” or better or teacher consent.

What you will learn in this course:

This course is conducted entirely in the target language. The students are expected to communicate as well in German to one another. The material covered included heavy grammar review, holidays and festivals, occupations, health, environment, and politics/current events. E-mail communication is conducted with the instructor to enhance daily usage of German, and novels are read to introduce more new vocabulary and grammar. Students combine what they have learned in German 1-3 in this class on a more communicative level, and do projects with more intensity.

How you will learn in this course:

Students continually improve their skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the target language with use of the textbook, supportive material including novels and short stories, videos, songs and poetry. The internet is used for current events with a special emphasis placed on the use of technology with online activities and assignments, research, videos, emailing with fellow students and the instructor, a class Wiki (website/blog) and Podcasts.

Why this course is important:

This class enhances the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that students have learned for four years. Students at this level will take the college placement test for German, or the AP test. They can earn retro-active credits for college by placing high on the test. This class is the foundation for further courses at the college level.

COURSE: 14131 OJIBWE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14132 OPEN TO:

All grade levels

PREREQUISITES:

None

What you will learn in this course:

Students enrolled in this course will learn about the large geographic range of Ojibwe Language. You will also learn how Ojibwe language is related to other native languages spoken in North America. Students will learn to identify various dialects of Ojibwe language. You will learn to use the “double-vowel” system of reading and writing Ojibwe. Students will also learn the various basic parts of speech used in Ojibwe. Various grammatical rules, which govern the basic parts of speech, will be delivered to students enrolled in this class. Basic dialects, questions, commands, kinship terms, counting, places, colors, days of the week and cultural topics will be discussed and learned. Seasonal activities of the Ojibwe people will also be discussed and described in Ojibwe language in class.

How will you learn in this course:

Students will learn by the following primary methods: Reading, writing, speaking and listening. Daily lessons will be provided via workbooks developed by the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe people. Each student will learn to speak the language via daily dialogues with the instructor and other students. The instructor will periodically bring in guest speakers, and will also utilize various recordings of Ojibwe speakers to assist students in their learning process. Students will be expected to complete written Ojibwe lessons, read Ojibwe texts, and dialogue with the instructor and peers. Evaluations will assist the student in realizing their growth in comprehension. Evaluations will include written quizzes and exams and speaking evaluations.

Why this course is important:

This course is the foundation for continuing on to Ojibwe Language and Culture II. Knowledge of Ojibwe language will enhance world view, and assist you in gaining confidence in public speaking. Credits earned in this language course will assist you in gaining admission to universities.

COURSE: 14231 OJIBWE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14232 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Ojibwe Language and Culture I

What you will learn in this course:

Students enrolled in this course will review basic Ojibwe language concepts taught in Ojibwe Language and Culture I. Following a brief review, students will receive more advanced instruction in various verb forms. Students will learn the various uses of animate and inanimate verbs, both transitive and intransitive. Affirmative and negative statements, command forms, interrogative questions and answers will also be learned. Continuing on from the previous course, common expressions and phrases will be learned. Ojibwe grammar will be expanded upon from the previous course. Historical events of the Ojibwe people and seasonal activities will also be discussed and described in Ojibwe language in class.

How will you learn in this course:

Students will learn by the following primary methods: Reading, writing, speaking and listening. Daily lessons will be provided via workbooks developed by the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe people. Each student will learn to speak the language via daily dialogues with the instructor and other students. The instructor will periodically bring in guest speakers, and will also utilize various recordings of Ojibwe speakers to assist students in their learning process. Students will be expected to complete written Ojibwe lessons, read Ojibwe texts, and dialogue with the instructor and peers. Evaluations will assist the student in realizing their growth in comprehension. Evaluations will include written quizzes and exams and speaking evaluations.

Why this course is important:

Knowledge of Ojibwe language will enhance your world-view, and assist you in gaining confidence in public speaking. Credits earned in this language course will assist you in gaining admission to universities.

COURSE: 14101 SPANISH I CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14102 OPEN TO:

All grade levels

PREREQUISITES:

None

What you will learn in this course:

In this course the students will learn basic vocabulary to use in greetings, colors, numbers [0-100], months of the year, days of the week, family, clothing, telling time, likes and dislikes animals. In addition, students will learn how to ask and answer basic questions using the most common verbs in present tense.

How you will learn in this course:

In Spanish I, the students will learn in a fun and interactive way using games, skits, puzzles, hands-on activities, and projects. Students will also improve the skills of writing, reading, and listening in the target language using the textbook “En Español One” and worksheets to help with learning.

Why this course is important:

Learning a foreign language like Spanish is an accomplishment to be emphasized on college and job applications. It can also help the students fulfill college language requirements. Spanish can de useful in many careers, from doctor, bank teller, and social worker to teacher, tour guide, and translator.

COURSE: 14201 SPANISH II CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14202 OPEN TO:

All grade levels

PREREQUISITES:

Teacher recommendation and/or successful completion of placement test.

What you will learn in this course:

Students expand their conversational skills by learning the necessary vocabulary and grammar to handle everyday survival skills (shopping, ordering a meal, giving directions) as well as carry on simple conversations about family, friends, interests and daily routines. In addition, greater emphasis is put on the structure of the language and being able to express thoughts through speaking and writing, in more than one tense. Cultural concepts are introduced in relation to how they may be encountered in everyday situations.

How you will learn in this course:

Language is taught through the use of conversation, writing, reading, and listening skills in the target language. Whenever possible, “real-world” situations are set up in the classroom (Class restaurant, Marketplace, etc.) You will learn through a variety of means including textbooks, supplemental materials, online activities, games and quizzes, Podcasts, music, short stories and novelas. You will do this individually, with a partner, in small groups, and one-on-one with the instructor.

Why this course is important:

Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often three years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14301 SPANISH III CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14302 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Must have passed Spanish II

What you will learn in this course:

You will build on experience from prior Spanish classes to increase your competency in written and spoken Spanish. Sentence structure, verb usage and tense become increasingly more complex. You will learn the language, culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries through various forms including Spanish novellas, short stories, online activities and movies. Students show more spontaneity and flexibility in their speaking skills while there is increased emphasis on reading and writing.

How you will learn in this course:

You will learn through a variety of means including textbooks, supplemental materials, online activities, games and quizzes, Podcasts, music, short stories and novels. You will do this individually, with a partner, in small groups, and one-on-one with the instructor.

Why this course is important:

Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often three years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14501 SPANISH IV – HONORS CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14502 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Must have passed Spanish III with a grade of “C” or better or teacher consent

What you will learn in this course:

Students have the opportunity to review basic grammar and vocabulary as well as learn more complex grammar and increase vocabulary. Students will further develop their ability to communicate in a variety of tenses and situations in the following ways: through memorization and dramatization of conversation, through short presentation, and through written assignments. Students will also be introduced to Hispanic literature and short stories in order to improve reading skills. Listening skills will be enhanced because the class is conducted in the target language. Cultural concepts are introduced in relation to how they are encountered in daily life.

How you will learn in this course:

You will learn through a variety of means including textbooks, supplemental materials, online activities, games and quizzes, Podcasts, music, short stories and novels. You will do this individually, with a partner, in small groups, and one-on-one with the instructor.

Why this course is important:

Knowledge of a second language enhances your career options, worldview and personal life. Additionally, many universities have a high school world language requirement of minimum two years, often four years of the same language, for admission to the university. Upon taking a university placement exam in a world language, many students are able to earn retroactive college credits for their work in high school.

COURSE: 14601 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE V CREDIT VALUE:

One credit

*14602 OPEN TO:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

PREREQUISITES:

Must have passed Spanish IV with a grade of “B’ or better or teacherconsent.

What you will learn in this course:

You will build on experience from prior Spanish classes to increase your competency and fluidity in written and spoken Spanish. You will learn more complex grammar including the knowledge of all verb tenses, and increase your vocabulary. Students will further develop their spontaneity and flexibility of speaking the language in complex situations including debate, demonstration, presentation and dialogue. Students will be introduced to more classic and contemporary Hispanic literature to improve their reading skills while enriching their literary, historical and cultural understanding. Preparation for the AP exam will take place through various methods including writing, reading, listening and speaking.

How you will learn in this course:

The course is conducted solely in the target language by the instructor and students. Teaching and learning methodologies will include individual, partner and group work via a textbook, supplemental materials, songs and poetry, literature, with a special emphasis placed on the use of technology, especially online activities and assignments, research, videos, emailing with fellow students and the instructor, a class Wiki (website/blog) and Podcasts.

Why this course is important:

Students at this level will take the college placement test for Spanish, or the AP test. They can earn retro-active credits for college by placing high on the test. This class is the foundation for further courses at the college level. This course fine tunes and enhances upon what was learned at previous levels.