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World Languages

We believe all students benefit from learning a second language. Learning a foreign language demands flexibility in thinking and fosters an ability to think cross-culturally. These skills are in high demand, especially in the world beyond Concordia. Students are required to complete two credits of Mandarin, Spanish or Latin.

Culture in the kitchen

World language teachers take full advantage of the school's culinary arts space, sharing with students the alimentary delights of the countries whose languages they teach.

Ideal language leveling

A student's language ability is assessed at the beginning and end of each school year, allowing teachers to make the best decisions regarding their placement level.

Incorporating customs

Mandarin students use China as their classroom, sharing experiencing firsthand the country's unique beliefs and customs.

Mandarin

Mandarin as a Foreign Language 1-3

Chinese as a Foreign Language level 1 to level 3 targets those students with little to no background in the Chinese language. This course lays the foundation across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) through basic thematic topics. Each course introduces Basic Chinese culture while fostering Listening, Speaking, Recognizing Chinese Characters, Reading and Writing skills.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Mandarin as a Foreign Language—Advanced

Chinese as a Foreign Language Advance level targets those students with some background and skills in the Chinese Language. Students study in this level for a maximum of three years in order to progress to the next level, which is Near Native Mandarin. This course focuses on enhancing linguistic and culture competence across the three, communicative modes.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Near Native Mandarin

Near Native Mandarin is designed to serve those students who complete Chinese as Foreign
Language but need to focus more on improving language fluency skills and correct usage of
expressions. In this course, students also will explore Chinese society and traditional culture in more depth. Students may remain in this level for up to three years while the theme of the course rotates through the following topics: Social Studies, Global Challenges, and Introduction to Literature. Students may be recommended to the Native Mandarin level course when their literacy skills are ready.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Native Mandarin

Native Mandarin serves those students who have successfully completed Near Native Mandarin or
those with a background in native Mandarin but need to have their literacy skills enhanced. Both
spoken and written Mandarin are emphasized. The goal is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There are three themes of study offered in this course: Business, Literature and Mass Media. The theme is rotated each year in a three-year cycle.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Latin

Latin 1

Latin I is for students with no previous background in the language. In this course, students will learn the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary to support their reading comprehension of Latin. Students will also learn a wide variety of English words and phrases that derive from Latin and they will strengthen their understanding of English grammar through the study of Latin syntax. This course will also expose students to the history and culture of ancient Roman civilization. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of Latin vocabulary and syntax for the purpose of reading the language.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Latin 2

Latin II is a continuation of the work begun in Latin I. This course will cover most of the remaining syntax required to read Latin proficiently, and there will be a continued emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Students will continue to expand their knowledge of English words and phrases derived from Latin, as well as their understanding of English grammar based on Latin syntax. This course will continue the students’ exploration of Greco-Roman civilization and its influence on modern societies, especially in Europe and the United States.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Latin 3

Latin III is a continuation of the work begun in Latin I and Latin II. The focus of Latin III will be strengthening the students’ understanding of the language by reading Latin literature. The Latin III curriculum will focus on prose, specifically authors such as Caesar, Cicero and Livy, in order to expose the students to works of history and philosophy. Students will also continue their study of the history and culture that underpins the Latin language and the Roman Empire. In addition to the Latin texts, students will read Classical literature in translation in order to increase their understanding of the Greco-Roman tradition and its influence on Western Civilization.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Latin IV/AP Latin

This course will cover the AP Latin syllabus as prescribed by the College Board: the required syllabus includes readings in Latin and English from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Reading in English helps students identify signi cant themes, central characters, and key ideas in the Latin passages.
To develop students’ ability to read Latin at sight, the course will also cover prose authors such as: Nepos, Cicero (but not his letters), Livy, Pliny the Younger, and Seneca the Younger, and verse (poetry) authors including Ovid, Martial, Tibullus, Catullus, and Horace. This course is an upper level literature course that examines the themes, motifs, rhetorical devices, literary styles and historical context of two canonical works of Latin Literature. In addition to translating Latin, students will write essays in English analyzing the literature.

Prerequisites – successful completion of Latin III or with instructor’s permission

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is a full-year course that introduces students to the Spanish language
and culture. Spanish 1 is a high school level course regardless of whether it is taught in middle school or high school. It is built to provide the students with various opportunities to work in their Spanish proficiency level in the three communicational modes Interpretative (Listen and writing), Interpersonal (person
to person) and Presentational (Speaking writing) supported by the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). Students may enter this course with no previous background in Spanish or with a background that is not sufficient to constitute a high school level course in Spanish.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 is a High school level course that builds on Spanish 1. Designed to give opportunities to students to improve their Spanish proficiency level in the three communicational modes (Interpretative (Listen and writing), Interpersonal (person to person) and Presentational (Speaking writing) supported by the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities).

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Spanish 3

Spanish 3 is a High school level course that builds on Spanish 2. Designed to give opportunities to students to acquire a higher level of proficiency in the three communicational modes (Interpretative (Listen and writing), Interpersonal (person to person) and Presentational (Speaking writing) supported by the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities).

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Spanish 4

Spanish 4 is a High school level course that builds on Spanish 3. Designed to give opportunities to students to prepare for the higher level of proficiency in the three communicational modes (Interpretative (Listen and writing), Interpersonal (person to person) and Presentational (Speaking writing) supported by the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities).

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Each course must be completed or tested ‘out of’

Advanced Placement Courses

AP Spanish Language & Composition

This AP Spanish Language and Culture course is built to provide the students with various opportunities to further their Spanish proficiency level in the three communicational modes supported by the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) in order to prepare them for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination.It will be enhanced through developing their skills of identifying and summarizing main points and details as well as predicting the outcomes from various authentic articles from the Hispanic world. The AP Spanish Language and Culture class will be taught exclusively in Spanish. Students are also required to speak Spanish as much as possible in the classroom and in settings outside the classroom like Skype session, cooking class, etc.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: completed the Spanish 4 class