World Languages Department

Prospect High School offers three different Languages Other Than English (LOTE) as well as pathways for native speakers in Mandarin and Spanish.  Please make sure to read through the descriptions, especially the pre-requisites to advance in the pathway.
 
Course Descriptions
 
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.
 
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e) ; College Prep Elective (g)
 
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
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)

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
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)

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
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
Mandarin Chinese 1
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.
 
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)

Mandarin Chinese 2
Mandarin Chinese 2 is a second year course for students who have finished Mandarin 1 or have prior equivalent Mandarin Chinese experience. In this course, students will continue to develop a mastery of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will further develop their basic oral skills, their knowledge of Chinese culture/history, and the skills needed to communicate effectively. They will become more confident using target language vocabulary and practice conversational use of sentence patterns. Students will develop skills needed to read for content and begin to acquire basic writing skills in composition. They will demonstrate understanding of the general meaning, key ideas, and some details in authentic texts. Students will learn both simplified and traditional Chinese characters. 
 
    • Prerequisite: Mandarin 1 
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e; College Prep Elective (g)
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Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin/Chinese 3 is designed to bring the students to a level where they are able to satisfy many complex social demands. Students are able to gain a more concentrated study of grammar and vocabulary and an in-depth approach to the culture of Chinese society. They will create sophisticated sentence structures in both formal and informal situations. Students will be able to produce, interpret exchange and compose personal opinions, and state the various topics beyond survival needs. They will demonstrate understanding of the main idea and details in authentic texts. They are able to manipulate and articulate while using grammatical structures of the language. This course is conducted primarily in Mandarin.
 
    • Prerequisite: Mandarin 2
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
 
Mandarin Chinese 4 Honors
Mandarin/Chinese 4 Honors is designed to enable the students to participate extensively in the life of the Chinese society. The students should be able to manipulate most social situations and casual conversations regarding current events. They will be able to discuss, compare and contrast, support or persuade an opinion in the various topics. Grammar and writing skills will be reviewed and refined in the context of cultural studies, which will include the study of Chinese literature, art, music and customs. They will demonstrate understanding of the main idea and details of authentic texts. They are able to use extended paragraphs to produce formal communications related to the external environment. This intensive honors course at level 4 is conducted in Mandarin and students are expected to use only Mandarin in class. The course covers approximately 1200 Chinese characters and associated phrases. Students who enroll in this course can prepare to take the SAT Chinese exam.
 
    • Prerequisite: Mandarin 3
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
 
AP Chinese Language and Culture:
At this 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 contemporary and historical Chinese culture through a wide array of authentic sources while they further refine and expand their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. Students read in class and independently interpret selected literary works; discuss contemporary 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.
 
    • Prerequisite: Recommended C+ or better in Mandarin 3 or equivalent. 
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
    • UC/CSU: Weighted
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.
 
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)

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
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
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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
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
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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. Students should have adequate knowledge of the language to complete this course.
 
    • Successful completion of this course equates to two years of LOTE.
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
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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.
 
    • Successful completion of this course equates to three years of LOTE.
    • Prerequisite: Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 or adequate knowledge of the language.
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
 
AP Spanish Language & Culture
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 or Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2
    • Graduation Credit: Language Other than English (LOTE)
    • UC/CSU: Language Other than English (e); College Prep Elective (g)
    • UC/CSU: Weighted
 
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