World Languages Courses

Supervisor: Laura Arredondo, 908-284-7189, laura.arredondo@hcrhs.org

College admissions officers consider the level rigor of a student’s academic program schedule, as well as the grades earned when evaluating students for college acceptance. Successful students will acquire intermediate-mid proficiency and be eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation, and/or will acquire advanced-low proficiency (intermediate-high for Chinese) needed for success on the Advanced Placement Language and Culture exam.

Please note that prerequisite requirements for required and elective courses are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course. While we encourage students to challenge themselves in their course selection, the demands of higher level courses can be significant. If you are considering a change in level, talk to your current teacher and counselor for guidance.

2018-2019 World Languages Course Descriptions

Students should plan for a four year sequence of language study.


Ninth Grade Student Options:

Students coming to Hunterdon Central as ninth graders will have three decisions to make regarding their selection of world language courses.

  • What language should I study at Hunterdon Central?
  • What pathway will allow me to be successful at learning and advancing in that language?
  • If I’m continuing in the language studied in middle school, what level/course should I select?

What language do I want to study at Hunterdon Central?

The short answer is: the one that best fits my interests and goals. There are five languages offered at Hunterdon Central and each language offers a full range of courses to enable students to be successful on Seal of Biliteracy or AP assessments. It is also helpful to think about possible future career choices and consider what language will be most useful. In an increasingly global work force, competition for jobs is no longer limited to candidates from a particular geographic area. Professionals in all fields are frequently involved in multi-national collaborations, and the competencies developed through language study enhance job readiness.

Whichever language you choose, plan to follow the sequence through all four years of high school.That way, you will develop the highest proficiency possible while giving yourself the most competitive edge at college or university and in your future career.

Students may elect to study two different world languages in the same academic year, if their schedule permits.

What pathway will allow me to be successful at learning and advancing in that language?

The Honors/AP pathway leads to an advanced placement course in the language and also the most advanced proficiency. The College Prep pathway will offer all students the opportunity to study world language in non-honors courses each of their four years at Hunterdon Central. STAIRS (Spanish to Apply in Real-life Situations and Heritage Spanish will also be offered to entering ninth grade students.

If I’m continuing in the language I studied in middle school, what level/course should I select?

Students who have successfully completed Level 1 in middle school should continue with Level 2 at the high school, either Honors or CP. Your grades, test scores and teacher recommendation are the best source for helping you determine which placement is more suitable.

COLLEGE AND CAREER PREP COURSES:

#210 - LATIN 1 - 5 CREDITS

The objective of this course is to develop a foundation in the Latin language. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary and understanding of the Latin language through reading and writing simple passages, as well as comprehending and speaking simple Latin. Stress is also placed on the role of Latin in the English language. Through the use of available technology, resources and classroom activities, students will gain an appreciation of everyday life in ancient Rome and Rome's legacy in the modern world.

#211 - FRENCH 1 - 5 CREDITS
#212 - SPANISH 1- 5 CREDITS
#213 - GERMAN 1- 5 CREDITS
#215 - CHINESE 1- 5 CREDITS

The introductory level develops the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language, using basic grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Classroom activities include oral dialogues, script writing, skit presentations, individual and cooperative projects, and use of digital multimedia. The student will have the opportunity to gain a new understanding of the history, geography and culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

#220 - LATIN 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #210, Latin 1

This course builds on the foundations of Latin 1. Greater emphasis is placed on analytical and interpretive reading, interpretive writing and the contextualization of Latin within Roman and Western history. While Latin 1 introduces students to the broad perspective of Roman history, Latin 2 introduces students to a narrower span of Roman history, which pertains to the transformation of Rome from a Republic into an Empire. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to make connections between Roman culture, its legacy and their own experiences as Americans.


#221 - FRENCH 2 - 5 CREDITS
#222 - SPANISH 2 - 5 CREDITS
#223 - GERMAN 2 - 5 CREDITS

#225 - CHINESE 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 1 of the language. Any student who has successfully completed Level 1 of a language in 8th grade is eligible to take Level 2 as a 9th grader.

In the second year of language study, the students continue to expand the four proficiency skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Increased emphasis is placed on language structures. Culture, civilization and history are presented, to expand knowledge and interest in the heritage of the countries and to enhance oral language in classroom discussions. Many of the following topics are included in the Level 2 curriculum: everyday conversations, aspects of contemporary life such as sports, food and fashion, reading selections, geography, and the continued use of digital multimedia.

#230 - LATIN 3 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Levels 1 and 2 of Latin
Recommendation: Students should contemplate the risk involved when choosing courses that build upon previous courses and recognize that prior performance impacts the ability to achieve at the same level in subsequent courses.

Latin 3 builds upon the foundations of vocabulary, grammar and culture established in Latin 2. Greater emphasis is placed upon building the interpretive and analytic reading skills needed to handle more complex sentence structures. Students continue reading texts which better prepare them for understanding the Crisis of the Republic from the time of the Gracchi brothers up through to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Throughout the course, students will continue to make cultural and linguistic connections between the patrimony of Latin and contemporary experiences.
#231 - FRENCH 3 - 5 CREDITS
#232 - SPANISH 3 - 5 CREDITS
#233 - GERMAN 3 - 5 CREDITS
#235 - CHINESE 3 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 1 and 2 of the language

In the first two levels of language study, the student becomes familiar with basic vocabulary, a number of fundamental structures and some cultural concepts. Level 3 provides the opportunity to learn new concepts, as well as reinforce previously learned structures. Further emphasis is placed on the development of the four basic skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Many of the following are included in the Level 3 curriculum: conversation, history, famous people, cultural art and music, grammar review, current events, family life, environmental concerns, professions, careers and planning for the future, geography, famous places, landmarks, monuments, writing skills, reports, vocabulary building, listening comprehension, recreation, leisure time activities, second foreign language games, reading selections and digital multimedia.

#240 - LATIN 4 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 3 of Latin

Latin 4 continues the shift into upper level Latin developed in Latin 3. Its primary intent is to build depth in the understanding of more advanced grammatical constructions, such as those found in the Aeneid of Virgil and in the Commentaries of Julius Caesar. As background to this literature, students will investigate the social, political and cultural aspects of both the Age of Augustus and the subsequent Pax Romana. Students will exit the course with an enduring understanding of the links between Ancient Rome and themselves as modern Americans.

#241 - FRENCH 4 - 5 CREDITS
#242 - SPANISH 4 - 5 CREDITS
#243 - GERMAN 4 – 5 CREDITS
#245 - CHINESE 4 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 3 of the language

Level 4 will continue the student's sequential development in acquiring competence in the four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will engage in expanded study of thematic topics covered in prior years study. Students gain proficiency through increased exposure to authentic materials in such sources as videos, newspapers, magazines and through computer applications.

#251 - FRENCH 5 - 5 CREDITS
#252 – SPANISH 5 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the language

Level 5 builds on the material learned in Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. The primary goal is to expand on the development of fundamental proficiencies in the communication skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening, and to practice and use them in meaningful, realistic situations and interactions. The course will incorporate modern themes from the Hispanic world, including film, music, art and pop culture.

HONORS WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES:

#2120 – HONORS LATIN 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite Latin 1

This course builds on the foundations of Latin 1, for those students who want to continue in Latin within the Honors sequence. It continues to place greater emphasis on analytical and interpretive reading, interpretive writing, and the contextualization of Latin within Roman and Western history. While Latin 1 introduces students to the broad perspective of Roman history, Latin 2 introduces students to a narrower span of Roman history, which pertains to the transformation of Rome from a Republic into an Empire. Throughout the course students are encouraged to make connections between Roman culture, its legacy, and their own experiences as Americans.

#2121 - HONORS FRENCH 2 - 5 CREDITS
#2122 - HONORS SPANISH 2 - 5 CREDITS
#2123 - HONORS GERMAN 2 - 5 CREDITS **
#2125 - HONORS CHINESE 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 1 of the language
**Please note: Honors German 2 is offered as a double block course in semester 1, to be taken in the second year of study. Honors German 3 is offered as a double block course in semester 2. Students completing both Honors German 2 and 3 in their second year will be eligible to take Honors German 4 in their third year of study.

In the second year of language study, students continue to expand the four proficiency skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Culture, civilization and history are presented to the students to expand knowledge and interest in the heritage of the countries, and to increase their aural/oral use of the language in classroom discussions. Many of the following topics are included in the Honors Level 2 curriculum: everyday conversations, aspects of contemporary life such as sports, food and fashion, reading selections, geography, and the continued use of multimedia and computer applications. Reading and writing are developed at this level.

#2130 - HONORS LATIN 3 - 5 CREDITS**
Prerequisite: Level 1 & 2

This course builds on the foundations of Latin 2, for those students who want to continue in Latin within the Honors sequence. Honors Latin 3 builds upon the foundations of vocabulary, grammar and culture established in Honors Latin 2. Emphasis continues to be placed on readings preparatory to AP Latin, especially the Crisis of the Republic from the time of the Gracchi brothers up through to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Throughout the course, students will continue to make cultural and linguistic connections between the patrimony of Latin and contemporary experiences.

#2131 - HONORS FRENCH 3 - 5 CREDITS
#2132 - HONORS SPANISH 3 - 5 CREDITS
#2133 - HONORS GERMAN 3 - 5 CREDITS **
#2135 - HONORS CHINESE 3 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 1 & 2

**Please note: Honors German 3 is offered as a double block course in semester 2, to be taken in the second year of study. Honors German 2 is offered as a double block course in semester 1. Students completing both Honors German 2 and 3 in their second year will be eligible to take AP German in their third year of study.

In the first two levels of language study, the student becomes familiar with basic vocabulary, a number of fundamental grammatical structures, and some cultural concepts. Honors Level 3 Level 3 provides the opportunity to learn new grammatical concepts, as well as reinforce previously learned grammar. Further emphasis is placed on the development of the four basic skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will begin to study current reading selections and literary works. Many of the following are included in the Level 3 curriculum: conversation, history, famous people, cultural art and music, grammar review, current events, family life, environmental concerns, professions, careers and planning for the future, geography, famous places, landmarks, monuments, writing skills, reports, vocabulary building, listening comprehension, recreation, leisure time activities, foreign language games, reading selections and digital multimedia.

#2140 - HONORS LATIN 4 - 5 CREDITS **
Prerequisite: Level 3 Latin
Recommendation: Students should contemplate the risk involved when choosing courses that build upon previous courses and recognize that prior performance impacts the ability to achieve at the same level in subsequent courses.

**Please note: Honors Latin 4 is offered during the fourth year of study. Students may take Honors Latin 4 as a single, five credit course, or elect to take both Honors Latin 4 and AP Latin concurrently to earn Advanced Placement credit and prepare for the Advanced Placement exam.

Honors Latin 4 continues the shift into upper level Latin developed in Honors Latin 3. Its primary intent is to build depth in the understanding of more advanced grammatical constructions, such as those found in the Commentaries of Julius Caesar and in the Aeneid of Virgil. As further preparation for these readings, students will learn about Latin metrics and rhetorical devices. As background to this literature, students will investigate the social, political and cultural aspects of both the Age of Augustus and the subsequent Pax Romana. Students will exit the course with an enduring understanding of the links between Ancient Rome and themselves as modern Americans.

#2141 - HONORS FRENCH 4 - 5 CREDITS
#2142 - HONORS SPANISH 4 - 5 CREDITS
#2143 - HONORS GERMAN 4 – 5 CREDITS**
#2145 - HONORS CHINESE 4 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Level 3 of the language

Level 4 will continue the student's sequential development in acquiring competence in the four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Many of the topics listed under Level 3 will continue and expand. The student has the opportunity to become more proficient in the language through exposure to authentic materials in sources such as newspapers, magazines, and through digital multimedia. Students will continue to expand the study of current reading selections and literary works. #270 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT LATIN LITERATURE & CULTURE- 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: HONORS 4 of the language

**Please note: Advanced Placement Latin is offered during the fourth year of study, to be taken concurrently with Honors Latin 4. Students completing both Honors Latin 4 and AP Latin in their fourth year will earn AP credit and prepare to take the AP Latin exam.

This course is open to those students who are concurrently enrolled in Honors Latin 4. The Advanced Placement Course is an intense study of the Commentaries of Julius Caesar and the Aeneid of Virgil, through analytical and interpretive readings. AP Latin is designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and rigorous Latin course, approximately equivalent to an upper-intermediate college or university Latin course. Students who successfully complete the course are able to read, understand, translate and analyze Latin poetry and prose. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

#275- ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE - 5 CREDITS
#271 -ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE- 5 CREDITS
#272 - ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE - 5 CREDITS
#273 - ADVANCED PLACEMENT GERMAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE - 5 CREDITS*
Prerequisite:Honors 4

These Advanced Placement Courses are intense studies through conversation, listening, comprehension, reading, writing and grammar analysis. They are designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to study a language so thoroughly, they are able to perform successfully on the Advanced Placement Language Tests, enabling them to earn college credit. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

*Advanced Placement German Language & Culture students may elect to participate in the Seton Hall University Project Acceleration. Students who maintain a minimum average of 80 can receive three credits from Seton Hall University*, in addition to the credit they receive from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Hunterdon Central awards five credits towards graduation with a passing grade of 65 or better. The fee for participation in Project Acceleration is $225, paid to Seton Hall University at the start of the semester. A list of other colleges and universities who accept transfer credit from Seton Hall University can be obtained from Mrs. Glowacki or Counseling Services.

#262- ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE -5 CREDITS Prerequisite: Honors 4

The AP Spanish Literature course will include literary selections identified by the College Board as reflective of Peninsular and Latin American literature, which would be part of an introductory college level literature courses. The reading list will include works spanning seven centuries of Spanish literature, including poetry, plays, essays, novels and short stories. The students will be expected to demonstrate skill in reading analysis, poetry analysis, thematic analysis and text analysis at the level of a college course. These Advanced Placement Courses are intense studies through conversation, listening, comprehension, reading, writing and grammar analysis. They are designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to study a language so thoroughly, they are able to perform successfully on the Advanced Placement Language Tests, enabling them to earn college credit.Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

SUPPORTED WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSES:

#202 - Spanish STAIRS - Travel- 5 CREDITS
#203 - Spanish STAIRS - Careers - 5 CREDITS


STAIRS, Spanish to Apply in Real-Life Situations, is for students, grades 9 through 12, who need additional support in world language study. STAIRS-Travel and STAIRS-Careers offer students the opportunity to acquire practical, real-life skills that will promote listening comprehension and speaking. Students are exposed to a wide range of topics relating to career and life circumstances, using the target language to communicate about a variety of authentic topics. Reading and writing is introduced, only as they support the communicative activities within the class. Extensive use is made of audio CDs, digital multimedia and a wide range of realia. These courses may be taken in any sequence.

SPANISH COURSES FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS:

#295 SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS 1 – 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Placement interview

This class is designed for heritage learners who are proficient speakers of Spanish. The objectives of the course are to expand communication skills and cultural knowledge, including study of students' own cultural heritage. Students will learn to use Spanish beyond familiar contexts, by reading authentic literary selections of interest to adolescents, and will develop writing skills for academic purposes

#296 -SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #295 Spanish for Heritage Speakers 1 or recommendation of teacher based on placement interview.

This class is designed for heritage learners who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. The objectives of the course are to refine communication skills and cultural knowledge, and to explore timeless and current topics. Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2 prepares students for advanced honors classes.

WORLD LANGUAGE ELECTIVES 2.5 CREDIT SEMESTER CLASSES:

#206 VOCAB THROUGH LATIN/GREEK ROOTS - 2.5 CREDITS

Students develop a vocabulary competency in the English language by studying the Latin and Greek root systems on which English is heavily based. Students learn how to unlock the meanings of new words through an understanding of the original, basic meanings of Latin and Greek roots. Students learn to recognize patterns of word formation in which Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and roots are combined to form 60% or more of the words in the English language. Once students know the meaning of these roots and can recognize the patterns of word formation, they quickly grasp the meaning of new words they encounter in their readings for school, college and career. The proportion of Latin to Greek in this course is approximately three to one. This course does not satisfy the World Language Graduation Requirement.

#207 - WORD FORMATION OF SCIENTIFIC ROOTS - 2.5 CREDITS

Students learn the skills and knowledge necessary for them to understand scientific words as they encounter them in reading, by examining the constituent elements of scientific terminology, focusing on Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. This course may be of interest to those students with an interest in physics, astronomy, earth sciences, chemistry, biology or medicine. It will also be of interest to college-bound students in general, who wish to expand their knowledge of Greek roots. Since the proportion of Greek to Latin in this course is approximately three to one, it complements the course material in the other ‘Roots’ course. This course does not satisfy the World Language Graduation Requirement.