World Languages

Spanish 1

This course uses comprehensible input pedagogical methods to promote student acquisition of high-frequency structures. The class will use these structures in discussions, stories, and cultural explorations, and students will be expected to recognize them when read or heard and, in time, be able to produce them in speech and writing. The goal of this course is for students to internalize the language for the long term, rather than memorize for the short term. Because success in the course hinges on comprehensible input, students should expect 90-95% of the class session to be conducted in Spanish and should know this course is highly interactive. Consistent student engagement is critical for success.


Spanish 2

Building on the language acquired in Spanish I, this course uses comprehensible input pedagogical methods to promote student acquisition of high-frequency structures. The class will use these structures in discussions, stories, and cultural explorations, and students will be expected to recognize them when heard or read, and to be able to produce them in speech and writing. The goal of this course is for students to internalize the language for the long-term, rather than memorize for the short-term. Because success in the course hinges on comprehensible input, students should expect 90-95% of the class session to be conducted in Spanish and should know that this course is highly interactive. Consistent student engagement is critical for success. 


Spanish 2 Honors

Building on the language acquired in Spanish I, this course uses comprehensible input pedagogical methods to promote student acquisition of high-frequency structures. The class will use these structures in discussions, stories, and cultural explorations, and students will be expected to recognize them when heard or read, and to be able to produce them in speech and writing. The goal of this course is for students to internalize the language for the long-term, rather than memorize for the short-term. Because success in the course hinges on comprehensible input, students should expect 90-95% of the class session to be conducted in Spanish and should know that this course is highly interactive. Consistent student engagement is critical for success. As this is an Honors course, students are expected to independently and consistently reach for the next level of language acquisition.


Spanish 3 Honors

Building on the Spanish language already acquired in levels 1 and 2 is the main task of this class, with the ultimate goal of further developing Spanish fluency and proficiency. Students will frequently have writing assignments and speaking assignments to practice and demonstrate acquired language. Students will read four novels in Spanish, two each semester. To expose students to as much authentic material as possible, we will utilize movies, television, articles, podcasts, literature, music, and art throughout the year. Spanish will be the language of communication during class except for brief explanations and translations in English when necessary. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success.


College Spanish 113

This course is an introduction to approximately one-fourth of the phonetics, grammar and vocabulary needed to adequately express the Spanish language. There will be a balance between the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


College Spanish 123

This course continues to develop the fluency skills practiced in SPN 113. There will be a balance between the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Building Spanish language acquisition continues to be the main goal of this college course along with the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. All instruction will be done in the target language except for when a translation is required for clarification. Acknowledging that students taking this course already have varying degrees of Spanish language skills from previous work in the language, the course will aim to increase their fluency and proficiency. All four language skills will be targeted for vocabulary acquisition, cultural topics, and grammatical accuracy. Inductive, as well as some deductive sequences for learning grammatical structures will be used. The historical fiction novel El Tiempo Entre Costuras, as presented in the Spanish TV series, will be a focus of instruction this semester for language and historical information. Other Spanish-speaking countries will also be researched for cultural enrichment. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success. 


Latin 1

This course is an introduction to approximately the first fourth of the phonetics, grammar, vocabulary, and texts needed to adequately read, recite, write and translate the Latin language. Some of the benefits of Latin study:  Immediate access to the learned language of Western antiquity, a better understanding of English, improved SAT and ACT scores, and a deeper comprehension of the structure and function of language as a means of cognition and communication. 


College Latin 113/123

These courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of the Latin language in addition to information on Latin culture and literature. They focus on developing reading comprehension with additional practice in writing, listening and speaking.


College Latin 233/243

These courses introduce students to the final part of the fundamental concepts of the Latin language in addition to information on Latin culture and literature. It focuses on developing reading comprehension with additional practice in phonetics, grammar and vocabulary needed to adequately express the Latin language. There will be a balance between the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.