High School World Language Courses

The goals of our department are to teach effective communication, language proficiency, and cultural understanding. To successfully communicate in a world language, it is important to understand the relevance of diversity and culture, and to have a true appreciation of the global society in which we live. At Saint Thomas Academy, our teachers are dedicated to creating high-quality, student-centered learning environments that prepare our boys to excel in college.

CHINESE
Offered through Visitation

CHINESE I - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

CHINESE II - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

CHINESE III - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite:  Chinese II or instructor approval.
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.

CHINESE IV - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite:  Chinese III and instructor approval.
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.

CHINESE IV HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite:  Chinese III and instructor approval.
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.

AP CHINESE LANGUAGE - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight 1.2
Prerequisites: B or higher in Chinese IV Honors or instructor approval.
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. All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.  Weight changes to 1.1 if student does not take the AP exam.

FRENCH

FRENCH I - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

FRENCH II - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

FRENCH III - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

FRENCH III HONORS - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.1
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. 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.

FRENCH IV - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

FRENCH IV HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
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.

FRENCH CIS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.2
FREN 1003 Intermediate French (3 cr.) through the University of Minnesota.
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. Throughout the year, students should expect to do at least three hours of homework per week.  CIS students purchase their own books.

FRENCH V - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

FRENCH V HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight 1.1
This course is a continuation of Honors French IV and takes into consideration student interests and needs.  Students study current events  in France and the Francophone world along with continuing their studies in grammar.  Students also read works by Victor Hugo and Dumas.

LATIN

LATIN I - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

LATIN II - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

LATIN III - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

LATIN III HONORS - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.1
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.

LATIN IV - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

LATIN IV HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
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. Throughout the year, students should expect to do at least three hours of homework per week.

LATIN CIS - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.2
LAT 3003 Intermediate Latin Prose (4 cr.) through the University of Minnesota. LAT 3004 Intermediate Latin Poetry (4 cr.) through the University of Minnesota.
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. Throughout the year, students should expect to do at least three hours of homework per week. Students take this course for college credit.

LATIN V - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.0
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. Throughout the year, students should expect to do at least two hours of homework per week.

LATIN V HONORS - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.1
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. Students should expect to do at least three hours of homework per week.

SPANISH

SPANISH I - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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. This course is for students who have had little or no previous experience studying Spanish.

SPANISH II - Grade Level: 9-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

SPANISH III - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

SPANISH III HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
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.

SPANISH IV - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

SPANISH IV HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
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.

SPANISH V - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
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.

SPANISH V HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
This 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.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE AP - Grade: 11-12    Weight: 1.2
Prerequisites:  Successful completion of IV Honors, teacher recommendation, and passing the Pre-AP placement proficiency test.
Offered through Visitation.
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 should expect 4-5 hours of homework per week. All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.  Weight changes to 1.1 if student does not take the AP exam.


World Language Elective

SPANISH CONVERSATION - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation or completion of Level IV or IV Honors.
This course is designed for students with intermediate to advanced skills in Spanish who wish to continue their studies of spoken Spanish. This course provides an opportunity for intensive communication in spoken Spanish. Emphasis is on vocabulary acquisition and interactive communication through the discussion of media materials and authentic texts. The course will use literary and cultural readings, short films, and group activities. Students will give oral reports and participate in discussions and group projects. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss selected topics, express ideas and opinions clearly, and engage in formal and informal conversations.


03/14/17