World Languages Courses

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

Please note: Prerequisite requirements are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.

At Hunterdon Central, we encourage all students to pursue the study of the language of their choice. We offer five programs open to students at all levels: Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. We are proud to be a leading district in the number of NJ Seal of Biliteracy recipients, and especially proud that these students have pursued their world language studies following the honors/AP as well as the College Prep pathways. More information is provided below.

Human resource managers and admissions officers of institutions of higher level learning consider the level of a student’s overall academic program, as well as the grades earned, for career opportunities or college acceptance. Our goal is that students will acquire intermediate-mid proficiency and be eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation, and/or will acquire the proficiency level needed for success on the Advanced Placement Language and Culture exam.

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2021-2022 World Languages Course Descriptions

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 the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy and/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 workforce, 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, as well as build your resume of experiences for application to college or university and for 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 the CollegeBoard advanced placement course in the language. The College Prep pathway also offers students the opportunity to study world language in each of their four years at Hunterdon Central. Both pathways are designed to allow entry to students at all grade levels, so that students may change pathways during the four year sequence. Students whose home language is Spanish are encouraged to pursue advanced Spanish study in the Heritage Spanish program. Entering ninth grade students may also pursue studies in STAIRS (Spanish to Apply in Real-life Situations).

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 are encouraged to continue with Level 2 at the high school, either Honors or College Prep. 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 Latin. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary and understanding of Latin through reading and writing simple passages, as well as comprehending and speaking simple Latin. Students will also study the role of Latin in English. 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 three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, focusing on communicative language use. Classroom activities include oral dialogues, script writing, skit presentations, individual and cooperative projects, and use of digital multimedia.

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

This course builds on the foundations of Latin 1. Students engage in analytical and interpretive reading, translation, 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 and develop the three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational, through authentic, communicative activities. Students participate in integrated study of culture, civilization, and history, to expand knowledge of and interest in the target language regions. 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

Latin 3 builds upon the foundations of vocabulary, grammar and culture established in Latin 2. Students focus on 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 level 3, students continue to develop target language skills in the three domains, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. 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 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

In level 4, students continue to develop proficiency in the three domains, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Students 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.

#2151 - FRENCH HONORS 5 - 5 CREDITS
#2152 – SPANISH HONORS 5 - 5 CREDITS
#2153 - GERMAN HONORS 5 - 5 CREDITS* (Eligible for participation in Project Acceleration)

Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the language

Students earn honors credit in Level 5 courses based on the advanced level of study. Level 5 builds on the material learned in Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. The primary goal is to expand on the development of proficiencies in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational domains and to practice and use language in meaningful, realistic situations and interactions. The course will incorporate modern themes from the target language region, 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. Students engage in advanced analytical and interpretive reading, translation, 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 and develop the three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational through authentic, communicative activities. Students participate in integrated study of culture, civilization and history, to expand knowledge of and interest in the target language regions. 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. Students read and interpret texts 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 Honors Level 3, students continue to develop language proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational domains. Students also 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.


#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 of proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational domains. Students will expand their study of many topics listed under Level 3. Students have 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 continue to expand the study of current reading selections and literary works.


#270 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT LATIN LITERATURE & CULTURE- 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: HONORS 3 of the language

This course is open to those students who have successfully completed Honors Latin 3. In the Advanced Placement Course, students engage in advanced 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 comprehensive 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 of the Augustan Age. 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 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.

*Students of Advanced Placement German Language & Culture, German Honors 5, Advance Placement French Language & Culture, and Advanced Placement Latin & Culture may be eligible to earn college credits from Seton Hall University through their Project Acceleration program. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.


#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, similar to an introductory college level literature course. The reading list will include works spanning seven centuries of Spanish literature, including poetry, plays, essays, novels and short stories. The students will demonstrate skill in reading analysis, poetry analysis, thematic analysis and text analysis at the level of a college course.

Students enrolled in this course will prepare to take the AP Spanish Literature and Culture AP exam. 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 students acquire practical, real-life skills that will promote listening comprehension and speaking. Students engage in a wide range of topics relating to career and life circumstances, using the target language to communicate about a variety of authentic topics. Students participate in introductory reading and writing to 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 and literacy 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 Spanish and Latinx authors 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 and literacy skills as well as cultural knowledge, and to explore timeless and current topics. Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2 prepares students for advanced honors/AP classes.