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World Languages Department

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World Language Course Offerings at Prospect
French 1 students are introduced to basic structures and vocabulary dealing with everyday situations that enable them to communicate effectively in French at a basic level. Students start developing all five communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness.

French 2 students continue their study of the five communication skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness of French. Students are able to understand simple questions related to personal interests and to initiate simple conversations. They develop the ability to read short texts and write short paragraphs dealing with everyday life.
Prerequisite: French 1

French 3 students expand upon and enrich the base of knowledge acquired in French 1 and 2. As students enter into the intermediate level of language proficiency, they learn to discuss and write about personal experiences and their lives at home and school. They learn to communicate their needs using more complex verb tenses and grammatical structures. Students are also introduced to short literary texts and other authentic documents.
Prerequisite: French 2

French 4 increases the student‘s proficiency in French. Students review all verb tenses and complex grammatical structures. They study in more depth the geography, history, and literature of France. Continued emphasis on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening enables communication in complex situations.
Prerequisite: French 3
Mandarin/Chinese I is an introductory course to the Mandarin language and the culture of China. Students are introduced to basic structures and vocabulary dealing with everyday situations that enable them to communicate effectively in Mandarin at a basic level. Students start developing all five communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness.

Mandarin/Chinese II: In thiscourse the students will continue to develop a mastery of the four languageskills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to awider range of vocabulary, to conversation, and to more in-depth originalexpression (impromptu and prepared) in both oral and written form. Theycontinue their study of culture reinforced by reading original works, seeingfilms and videos, creating skits, and interacting with native speakers. Theywill demonstrate understanding of the general meaning, key ideas, and somedetails in authentic texts. The prerequisite for this course is the completion of Mandarin/Chinese Iwith the grade of “C-” or better or recommendation by the teachers.

Mandarin/Chinese III is designed to bring the students to a level where they are able to satisfymost survival needs and many social demands. They are able to show increased spontaneityin speaking, listening, listening, reading and writing. The students have fair controlof basic grammar, including the different tense forms when communicating. Theywill create more sophisticated sentence structures in both formal and informalsituations. The students will be able to describe, narrate, explaininformation, exchange personalopinions and state the various topics beyond survival needs. Writing willinclude basic essays, reports, summaries, and translations. They willdemonstrate understanding of the main ideas and more details in authentictexts. The prerequisite for this course is the completionof Mandarin/Chinese II with the gradeof “C-” or better or recommendation by the teachers. Students who enroll thiscourse can prepare to take the SAT Chinese Exam.


AP Chinese Language and Culture: Atthis level, students have a higher degree of competency in all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students engage in an exploration of both contemporaryand historical Chinese culture through a wide array of authentic sources whilethey further refine and expand their knowledge of the Chinese language andculture. Students read in class and independently interpret selectedliterary works; discusscontemporary issues as presented through literature, magazines, newspapers,videos and online resources; have an understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the people using the language; and interact comfortably with native speakers. This course is conducted primarily in Mandarin/Chinese. Students who enroll will also prepare to take the Advanced Placement Chinese Literature Exam.
Spanish 1 students are introduced to basic structures and vocabulary dealing with everyday situations that enable them to communicate effectively in Spanish at a basic level. Students start developing all five communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness.

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Spanish 2 students continue their study of the five communication skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness of Spanish. Students are able to understand simple questions related to personal interests and to initiate simple conversations. They develop the ability to read short texts and write short paragraphs dealing with everyday life.
Prerequisite: Spanish 1

Spanish 3 students expand upon and enrich the base of knowledge acquired in Spanish 1 and 2. As students enter into the intermediate level of language proficiency, they learn to discuss and write about personal experiences and their lives at home and school. They learn to communicate their needs using more complex verb tenses and grammatical structures. Students are also introduced to short literary texts and other authentic documents.
Prerequisite: Spanish 2

Advanced Placement Spanish Language: The AP Spanish Language course should help prepare students to demonstrate their level of Spanish proficiency across three communicative modes (Interpersonal [interactive communication], Interpretive [receptive communication], and Presentational [productive communication]), and the five goal areas outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century1 (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities). The course is meant to be comparable to third year (fifth or sixth semester) college and university courses that focus on speaking and writing in the target language at an advanced level.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1: This course is designed to help native speakers improve their oral, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. Native speakers learn about Latino culture and history through themes including identity, family, and community. They are encouraged to share their own traditions and experience.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2: This course is designed to further reinforce language skills through the reading and discussion of a wide range of literary works, cultural themes, and current events. Students read Spanish novels, poetry, short stories, plays, and essays, and write analytical compositions and essays. Students have the opportunity to prepare for the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Exam.
Prerequisite: Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 or adequate knowledge of the language.