World Language

Proficiency in a second language is a skill that students will be able to use in various aspects of their professional and personal lives. Being a language student will help students broaden their worldview which is essential for success in our global society. World language classes allow students to practice their communication skills, improve their literacy and develop their critical thinking skills as they make cultural comparisons.

The world language department has adopted the guidelines developed by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to measure proficiency. In order to acquire a functional level of a second language, it is recommended that students complete 4-5 years.

To learn more about the ACTFL guidelines, click here.

At the end of level 4, students will have the option to take a proficiency exam that could qualify them for an official World Language Proficiency Certificate which guarantees college credit at MnSCU schools.

Course #      Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester 
Credits
W510
W512 
American Sign Language I A & B9-12None2
W610
W612 
American Sign Language II A & B9-12ASL I2
W710
W712 
American Sign Language III A & B9-12ASL II2

W715 W716

American Sign Language IV A & B9-12ASL III2
W530
W532 
French I A & B9-12None2
W630
W632
French II A & B9-12French I2
W730
W732 
French III A & B9-12French II2
W830
W832 
French IV A & B9-12French III2
W950
W952 
AP French V A & B9-12French IV2
W560
W562 
Spanish I A & B9-12None2
W660
W662 
Spanish II A & B9-12Spanish I2
W760
W762 
Spanish III A & B9-12Spanish II2
W860
W862 
Spanish IV A & B9-12Spanish III2
W960
W962 
AP Spanish V A & B9-12Spanish IV2

 

American Sign Language I A & B

American Sign Language is the third most used language in the United States. This class introduces the basics of ASL grammar, vocabulary, classifiers and Deaf culture. Topics covered are: introductions, sharing information, commands, basic storytelling and Deaf history. By year’s end, students will be able to have basic conversations in ASL, achieving the ACTFL level of Novice-Mid. 

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American Sign Language II A & B

Students will continue to develop their ASL skills to communicate for extended periods of time. They will expand their ASL vocabulary, non-manual markers/behaviors, grammar, and classifiers. Topics covered are: descriptions and locations, vacations, making suggestions and life events. During the second year students expand their knowledge of Deaf culture and the history of ASL. At the end of the course, the students will achieve the ACTFL level of Novice-High. 

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American Sign Language III  A & B

ASL III is an exciting, intensive course where students will build upon previous ASL experience to present on various topics related to personal experiences, deafness and Deaf culture. Students will be able to spontaneously express themselves with fluency and accuracy. Previous topics such as storytelling and life events are expanded to include more in-depth information. This course is taught predominantly in ASL, with students making the switch to very little use of speech. At the end of the course, the students will achieve the ACTFL level of Intermediate-Low.

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American Sign Language IV A & B

American Sign Language IV A & B is a continuation in the development of expressive and receptive skills in narrative dialogues with increased complexity. This course will encourage vocabulary building, techniques and language used in ASL, continued practice of grammatical structures, spontaneous dialogues, and exposure to various signing styles as well as clear articulation of the techniques used in ASL storytelling as well as expanding their knowledge of Deaf Culture. In addition, students will delve into ASL literature.  Instruction utilizes a natural approach to teaching a second language by engaging students in authentic conversations within the classroom environment. At the end of the course, the students will achieve the ACTFL level of Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid.

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French I A & B

Bonjour! Students begin to communicate in French through a variety of lively class- room activities such as conversations, skits/ role plays in partner and group settings. Students describe their everyday lives, families, likes and dislikes, and they explore diverse cultures. The course is taught in French as much as possible.

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French II A & B

Salut! On y va! Second year French picks up where first year leaves off. Students improve and increase the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural topics are frequently integrated. The course is taught in French as much as possible.

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French III A & B

Allonsy les copains! Emphasis at this level is increasingly on developing students communication skills through writing, reading, listening and speaking. Students will develop more in-depth cultural proficiency through the increased use of authentic texts, videos, songs and more. Students will explore the themes of hospitality in the Magreb cultures, dreams and plans for the future, fashion shows and more. At the end of the course, students will have a working knowldge of the language at the ACTFL Intermediate-Low level.

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French IV A & B

French IV A & B emphasizes real life use of French by building language and cultural proficiency with active and spontaneous conversations and the use of authentic resources to enhance reading, listening and writing skills. Through current relevant topics such as relationships, the influence of technology, as well as short stories, film, and more, students will gain the knowldge and skills that enable them to be better global citizens and interact with native speakers and French speaking cultures. The course will be taught entirely in French and students will be expected to communicate principally in French at all times. At the end of the course, students will have a working knowldge of the language at the ACTFL Intermediate-Mid level.

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Advanced Placement (AP) French V A & B

AP French V A & B takes a thematic approach based on the six themes found in the exam. Those include: Personal and Private Identities, Families and Communities, Science and Technology Global Challenges, Beauty and Esthetics, and Contemporary Life. Students will tackle essential questions in each unit. The course is taught exclusively in French and will continue to expand and refine student's language proficiency through the use of authentic audio and written materials. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination offered by the College Board each May as well as college placement exams and entrance requirements.  At the end of the course, students will have a working knowledge of the language at the ACTFL Intermediate-Mid/High level.

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Spanish I A & B

¡Bienvenido! Students begin to communicate in Spanish through a variety of lively classroom activities such as conversations, skits/role plays in partner and group settings. Students describe their everyday lives, families, likes and dislikes, and explore the Hispanic cultures. The course is taught in Spanish as much as possible.

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Spanish II A & B

¡Andale! In Spanish 2, students will further develop and improve their Spanish proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing.  Emphasis is placed on comprehensible input through reading and listening. In addition, a wide variety of activities including skits, conversations, music, games, dialogs, sitcom are integrated on a daily basis.  Aspects of Hispanic culture are introduced through the use of authentic and adapted readings and videos. This course is predominately taught in Spanish. At the end of the course, students will have working knowledge at the ACTFL Novice-High level or higher.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 1

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Spanish III A & B

In Spanish 3, students will continue to build their speaking proficiency by predominately speaking in Spanish during class. Students will develop more in-depth reading, writing, and listening skills, as well as their cultural proficiency through the use of authentic texts, videos, songs, and more. Students will tackle essential questions in each unit, such as how we can improve our school environment, how we can make healthier choices, and how technology affects us. At the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of the language at the ACTFL Intermediate-Low level.  

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Spanish IV A & B

Spanish 4 emphasizes real-life use of Spanish by building language and cultural proficiency with active and spontaneous conversation and the use of authentic resources to enhance reading, listening and writing skills. Through current, relevant topics such as travel, human rights, pop culture and more, students will gain the knowledge and skills that enable them to be better global citizens and interact with native speakers and Spanish speaking cultures. Students experience complete immersion in Spanish to reach the goal of the ACTFL Intermediate-Mid level. Students will have the option to take a proficiency exam that could qualify them for an official World Language Proficiency Certificate which guarantees college credit at MnSCU schools.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish V A & B

¡Excelente! AP Spanish takes a thematic approach. Six primary themes will provide the context for both developing language skills and exploring culture. Those themes are the following: Personal and Private Identities, Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, Beauty and Esthetics, and Contemporary Life. The course taught exclusively in Spanish, will continue to expand and refine students’ language proficiency through the active use of authentic audio and written materials. Students are encouraged to participate in curriculum-related field trips and enrichment opportunities. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination offered by The College Board each May as well as college placement exams and exit requirements. At the end of the course, students will have a working knowledge of the language at the ACTFL Intermediate-Mid/High level.

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