High School World Language Courses

There are a wide range of courses offered to develop students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in a language other than English. For complete course descriptions, prerequisites, and applicable grade levels, please see the course description handbook.

Chinese

Chinese I

Students learn to understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese. By the end of the year, students will be able to hold brief conversations about their families, friends and daily life activities. Students will also become familiar with Chinese culture and history. This course is intended for students who have had little or no previous exposure to the Chinese language.
Grades 9-12

Chinese II

In Chinese II, students will continue to learn phonetic sounds and phonemic awareness through the use of literature and skill-building activities. Students will expand their vocabulary and understanding of Chinese syntax and participate in activities designed to refine skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Chinese II, students will strengthen their understanding of Chinese culture through authentic Chinese songs, on-line reading materials and projects.
Grades 10-12

Chinese III

This course continues the aims of Chinese I and II in emphasizing vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversation.  Reading, writing, and speaking skills are intensified. Cultural studies include Chinese art, music, and holiday celebrations.  Chinese poems are introduced.
Grades 10-12

Chinese IV

The focus of Chinese IV is on integrating the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will use a rich vocabulary, accurate and more advanced grammar structures, and appropriate cultural understanding to demonstrate proficiency in all manners of communication.
     In this course, students will read from China’s rich collection of folk stories and write compositions on a variety of topics. They will role play, discuss current events in China, and use multi-media to further develop more complex listening comprehension and speaking skills.
Grades 10-12

Honors Chinese IV

This course is considered a Pre-Advanced Placement Language course. In addition to the standard Chinese IV course work, emphasis of this class is Chinese for literature and conversation. The students will read works of Chinese authors, and continue to strengthen their skills in oral presentation and discussion on various topics. Composition and literature assignments will provide the opportunity to review sentence structure and grammar, and strengthen the student’s Chinese writing skills.
Grades 10-12

AP Chinese Language

AP Chinese students will develop and demonstrate proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Since students have a command of the language, they are expected to use the target language as per intermediate to pre-advanced ACTFL standards in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and understanding of Chinese culture. Primary texts, authentic Chinese resources, vocabulary and grammar are studied. Students may take the A.P. exam for possible college credit. 
Grades 11-12

French

French I

 

The study of topics involving weather, time, and seasons; family and friends; the home and neighborhood; and items found in everyday life are the core of this year's curriculum. Through the use of the basic text and oral comprehension program, the student learns to express himself in the present tense and is introduced to the use and practice of progressive future and recent past tense. He also is introduced to the diversity of the French language and culture through units that present the French-speaking countries around the world.
Grades 9-12

French II

The study of topics involving food and eating and nature and the environment are the core of this year's curriculum. Through the use of the basic text and oral comprehension program, the student grows to better express himself in the present, progressive future, recent past, and compound past tenses. A five-part cultural study of France allows the student to compare and contrast this culture with the American culture.
Grades 9-12

French III

The study of topics involving leisure time activities; matters of health and well-being; traveling and everyday problems are the core of this year's curriculum. The student continues to work towards a mastery of all previous tenses studied as well as a beginning knowledge of the reflexive construction and the imperfect, future, conditional and subjunctive tenses. Writing and speaking portfolios are made to help mark progress.
Grades 9-12

Honors French III

The study of topics involving leisure time activities; matters of health and well-being; traveling and everyday problems are the core of this year's curriculum. The student continues to work towards mastery of all previous tenses studied as well as a beginning knowledge of the reflexive construction and the imperfect, future, conditional and subjunctive tenses. Writing and speaking portfolios are made to help mark progress.
     This is done at a more challenging and demanding level than regular French III. Students who choose to enroll in the honors program must be prepared for considerable outside work and a more demanding classroom atmosphere.
Grades 9-12

French IV

The student continues to develop his skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension through a variety of activities that have been chosen to complement the student's level of proficiency and interest. Short stories, movies, plays, and writings help reinforce the studied material.
Grades 9-12

Honors French IV

The student continues to develop his skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension through a variety of activities that have been chosen to complement the student's level of proficiency and interest. Short stories, movies, plays, and writings help reinforce the studied material.
Grades 9-12

CIS French

This course is the first part of the University of Minnesota’s Intermediate sequence of French study, FREN1003.  Through this program students can receive 5 college course credits. Students in College in the Schools (CIS) will develop listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Students will review basic grammar and increase their understanding and use of all core grammatical structures.
Grades 11-12

French V

The student continues to develop his skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension through a variety of activities that have been chosen to complement the student's level of proficiency and interest. Short stories, movies, plays, and writings help reinforce the studied material.
Grades 9-12

Honors French V

This course is a continuation of Honors French IV and takes into consideration student interests and needs. During the first semester of this course, students study the history of France from its formation to the middle ages. Students also read works by Victor Hugo and Ronsard. During the second semester, students continue their study of France’s history and read works by Albert Camus and Eugene Ionesco.
Grades 9-12

* All French students are required to have a French dictionary.

Latin

Latin I

Students comprehend the Latin language through practice in reading Latin, with special emphasis on the legacies of Latin in our own language. They are also introduced to the diverse social and political history of the Romans. Students will discover the wonders of Roman mythology, art, and culture.
Grades 9-12

Latin II

As a continuation of the Latin sequence, students appreciate the intricacies of the Lingua Latina through practice in reading and composition. The readings focus on the culture and history of Ancient Greece and Rome. During the first semester, students begin to read the Metamorphoses of Ovid in translation. Through this work and a series of lectures the students are given a thorough introduction to classical mythology.
Grades 9-12

Latin III

Students undergo a thorough review of classical syntax, grammar, & morphology. Although the main focus is the language of Cicero & Caesar, students read selections from all periods of the Lingua Latina from Plautus to Petrarch.
Grades 9-12

Honors Latin III

Students continue to build their Latin skills through focused practice in reading and composition. Major grammatical topics are reviewed. Along with a continuation of Roman social, political, and military history, the course begins a focus on literary history and the gradual development of the language through the centuries. To this end, students will study the prose of Caesar, the correspondence of Pliny, and the orations of Cicero. Honors students continue their study of classical mythology and its use within the classical milieu. During the 1st semester students read the Iliad and Odyssey in translation.  During the 2nd semester, students read the Aeneid of Vergil in translation.
Grades 9-12

Latin IV

Students continue to build their Latin skills through focused practice in reading and composition. Major grammatical topics are reviewed. Along with a continuation of Roman social, political, and military history, the course begins a focus on literary history and the gradual development of the language through the centuries. To this end, students will study the prose of Caesar, the correspondence of Pliny, and the orations of Cicero.
Grades 9-12

Honors Latin IV 

During the first semester, students read classical Latin prose texts by one or more appropriate authors (e.g., Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, etc.) Students also review classical grammar and morphology. During the second semester, students read classical Latin poetry by one or more authors (e.g., Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, etc.) Students also have an introduction to Latin meter.
Grades 9-12

CIS Latin

During the first semester, students read classical Latin prose texts by one or more appropriate authors (e.g., Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, etc.) Students also review classical grammar and morphology. During the second semester, students read classical Latin poetry by one or more authors (e.g., Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, etc.) Students also have an introduction to Latin meter. Students take this course for college credit.
Grades 11-12

Latin V

During the first semester, students read classical Latin prose texts by one or more appropriate authors (e.g., Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, etc.) Students also review classical grammar and morphology. During the second semester, students read classical Latin poetry by one or more authors (e.g., Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, etc.) Students also have an introduction to Latin meter.
Grades 9-12

Honors Latin V

First semester, students read classical Latin prose texts by one or more appropriate authors (e.g., Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, etc.) Students also review classical grammar and morphology. During the second semester, students read classical Latin poetry by one or more authors (e.g., Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, etc.) Students also have a review of Latin meter.
Grades 9-12

* All Latin students are required to have a Latin dictionary.

Spanish

Spanish I

This course introduces the skills of communication (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in Spanish. It also attempts to instill in students an understanding and appreciation of persons belonging to social, cultural, and ethnic groups different from their own. The acquisition of good study skills is also stressed.
Grades 9-12

Spanish II

This course offers the opportunity to continue developing and deepening the skills of communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Spanish, to investigate and experience the richness of cultures, and to continue forming those study skills which help students become lifelong learners. There is an increased emphasis on grammatical skills at this level.
Grades 9-12

Spanish III

In Spanish III students continue to develop a strong foundation for the study of language and culture.  Students review as well as learn additional vocabulary and grammar. Students read about people, places, and traditions from the Spanish-speaking world and read authentic short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends and song lyrics. Students improve language competence by communicating about friends, relationships and leisure activities. Students also communicate about contemporary topics such as health and nutrition, history, community and the fine arts.
Grades 9-12

Honors Spanish III

Honors Spanish III is similar in scope and sequence to regular Spanish III; however, students should expect a more demanding pace. More challenging readings, including novels, are introduced. A higher level of proficiency and language competence is expected at this level.
Grades 9-12

Spanish IV

This course is designed for students wishing to increase their written and oral proficiency in the language as well as gain cultural insight. Native literature is studied.
Grades 9-12

Honors Spanish IV 

This is a course for those students who wish to continue their mastery of the Spanish language. Grammar is reviewed; however, the majority of the class time is spent building listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills while developing an awareness of Hispanic culture. Students are expected to demonstrate their own proficiency, via impromptu and prepared presentations. Native literature is studied. If the Honors Spanish IV and Spanish V classes are offered jointly, there will be additional work for the students enrolled in the Honors Spanish IV course.
Grades 9-12

Spanish V

This is a course for those students who wish to continue their mastery of the Spanish language. Grammar is reviewed; however, the majority of the class time is spent building listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills while developing an awareness of Hispanic culture. Students are expected to demonstrate their own proficiency, via impromptu and prepared presentations. Native literature is studied.
Grades 9-12

Honors Spanish V

his is a course for those students who wish to continue to master the Spanish language. Native literature as well as Hispanic history and culture are emphasized. The continuing development of oral proficiency via topical discussions and classroom conversation also are central to the course. This course provides preparation for post-secondary study.
Grades 9-12

AP Spanish Language & Culture

The Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture course is a college-level course, emphasizing the use of Spanish in active communication. The course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. With the rich culture of all Spanish-speaking countries woven into the study, the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) are emphasized. The course objectives are: the ability to read authentic materials in Spanish such as, authentic newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, letters, Internet articles, short stories, short plays and other non-technical writings, without dependence on a dictionary; the ability to understand spoken Spanish in various contexts, such as authentic conversations, lectures, oral presentations, radio, and television; the development of a Spanish vocabulary sufficient for reading and writing and the ability to express oneself coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy both in written and spoken Spanish, using strategies for distinct audiences. This is done within the context of six overarching themes. Students who complete this course may take the A.P. exam for possible college credit.
Students may take AP Spanish at Visitation School.

* All Spanish students are required to have a Spanish dictionary.