World Languages Department

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

Dr. Arredondo holds a Doctorate of Education from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts from Montclair State University, a Master of Arts from Kean University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kean University. Dr. Arredondo has worked as a classroom teacher and administrator in several NJ public school districts. She is passionate about advocating for students of all backgrounds. Dr. Arredondo is active on several NJDOE committees as well as on committees of other professional organizations.


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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2023-2024 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 I 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, we encourage you 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 more than one world language 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. Entering ninth grade students who require additional classroom support may pursue studies in STAIRS (Spanish to Apply in Real-life Situations). Students whose home language is Spanish are encouraged to pursue advanced Spanish study in the Heritage Spanish program, in level 1 or honors level 2, according to placement assessment. Candidates for the Heritage Spanish program, as well as heritage speakers of Chinese, French and German, are to contact the world language supervisor for an initial placement assessment.

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, in either the Honors or College Prep pathways. Your grades, test scores and teacher recommendation are the best sources 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

In this introductory level, students begin to develop the three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, focusing on communicative language use and through authentic activities. Thematic units include personal identity, families and communities, lifestyles and vacations.


#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. Latin 2 introduces students 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 this second year students continue to develop the three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, focusing on communicative language use and through authentic activities. Thematic units include contemporary life, consumerism, travel and stories and narratives.


#230 - LATIN 3 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #220 or #2120; Latin 2

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 2 of the language

focusing on communicative language and through authentic activities. At this level, students learn skills and strategies to produce expanded oral and written language, and to interpret complex text. Thematic units include summer, relationships, solidarity and the environment.


#240 - LATIN 4 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #230 or #2130; Latin 3

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 target language skills in the three domains, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational focusing on communicative language and through authentic activities. At this level, students engage in more complex language skills needed for Advanced Placement or Honors 5 levels of study. Thematic units include contemporary families, social institutions, careers and health and well-being.


#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: Level 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. Thematic units include societal issues, science and technology, aesthetics and language and cultural identity.


HONORS WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES


#2120 – HONORS LATIN 2 - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #210, Latin 1 and teacher recommendation

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 and teacher recommendation.

**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 Honors 2, students continue to develop the three domains of language, interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, focusing on communicative language use and through authentic activities. Thematic units include contemporary life, consumerism, travel and stories and narratives. At the honors level, students practice expanded thematic vocabulary and complex structures.


#2130 - HONORS LATIN 3 - 5 CREDITS**
Prerequisite: #220 or #2120, Latin 2 and teacher recommendation

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 2 of the language and teacher recommendation

**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 target language skills in the three domains, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational focusing on communicative language and through authentic activities. At this level, students learn skills and strategies to produce expanded oral and written language, and interpret complex text. Thematic units include summer, relationships, solidarity and the environment. At the honors level, students practice expanded thematic vocabulary and complex structures.


#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 and teacher recommendation

In Honors level 4, students continue to develop target language skills in the three domains, interpersonal, interpretive and presentational focusing on communicative language and through authentic activities. At this level, students engage in more complex language skills needed for Advanced Placement or Honors 5 levels. Thematic units include contemporary families, social institutions, careers and health and well-being. At the honors level, students engage in the study of expanded thematic vocabulary, the practice of complex structures, the interpretation of current and authentic text, as well as the foundations of composition.


#270 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT LATIN LITERATURE & CULTURE- 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #230 or #2130, Latin 3 and teacher recommendation

This course is open to those students who have successfully completed 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: Level 4 of the language and teacher recommendation

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 and culture exams, 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, Advanced 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.


ADDITIONAL WORLD LANGUAGES CLASSES


#255 - CHINESE CONVERSATION - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Chinese 1 or permission of supervisor

This course is for those students who wish to continue to explore topics and practice using Chinese at the novice proficiency level. Students will continue to build vocabulary based on practical language for future travel and/or career studies. Thematic units include travel, hospitality, business and careers. Students may fulfill their second year of the world language graduation requirement with this course.


#262- ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE -5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: #242 or #2142, Spanish 4 and teacher recommendation


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.


#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.


#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 HONORS - 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 Honors prepares students for advanced honors/AP classes.