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World Languages Department

Patricia Gonzalez, Department Head
gonzap@danbury.k12.ct.us
(203) 797-4732

 

Courses

All students enroll for a full year of a world languages course.  Credits are earned at the end of each semester.  Work failed in the first semester may not be made up in the second semester.  Students must earn a grade of at least 70 in a world languages course in order to continue to the next level.

Students entering world language courses with a native background in the registered course will take a placement test to determine appropriate level. Students will be placed directly into a Level I course, in which the teacher will administer and grade the language placement test. If the student receives a score indicative of a higher-level placement, the student will be rescheduled appropriately.

 

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FRENCH I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

French I is an introductory course in language and culture. Basic French sounds are introduced followed by pronunciation and articulation drills. Basic vocabulary and grammar necessary for everyday dialogue and conversation are studied. Some fundamental differences between American and French culture are noted. Gradual use of French in class by both teacher and students is begun in an effort to develop understanding of and the ability to speak in French.


FRENCH I (HONORS) 9-12

This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of French. It will provide the basic skills necessary to travel to a French-speaking country. Students will be able to communicate about basic topics in French. This course is conducted mainly in French with occasional explanations in English when necessary.



FRENCH II (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

French II is a continuation beyond the introductory course with an emphasis on aural/oral skills with the continued stress on vocabulary and grammar study. French and American cultural differences provide a basis for conversation and elementary composition in French.
PREREQUISITE: French I


FRENCH II (HONORS) 9-12

French II Honors is a challenging continuation beyond the introductory French courses. The emphasis is on proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing within cultural contexts. Students will be assigned in-depth tasks in order to acquire language fluency more quickly. There is an increase of use of French in class.
PREREQUISITE: French 1 OR successful completion of BOTH French 1A and 1B.



FRENCH III (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

French III is an intermediate course stressing development of skills for reading and writing. There is review and reinforcement of grammar studies followed by an introduction of more advanced structures. Use of French in class by teachers and students is more intensive. Short cultural readings are assigned for class discussion and composition.
PREREQUISITE: French II


FRENCH IV (HONORS) 10-12

This is an intensive and challenging course for students who have excelled in French III. More difficult readings are assigned, and greater stress is placed on the ability to express oneself more accurately in written composition and in conversation.
PREREQUISITE: French III


A.P. FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (11-12)

The course will emphasize the use of language for active communication and help students develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts; a French vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary; and the ability to express themselves coherently, resourcefully, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: French IV



ITALIAN I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Italian I is an introductory course in language and culture. Basic Italian sounds are introduced followed by pronunciation and articulation drills. Basic vocabulary and elementary grammar necessary for everyday dialogue and conversation are studied. Some fundamental differences between American and Italian culture are noted. Gradual use of Italian in class by both teacher and students is begun in an effort to develop understanding of and the ability to speak in Italian.



ITALIAN II (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Italian II is a continuation beyond the introductory course emphasizing on aural/oral skills with continued stress on vocabulary and grammar study. Italian and American cultural differences provide a basis for conversation and elementary composition in Italian.
PREREQUISITE: Italian I



ITALIAN III (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Italian III is an intermediate course stressing development of skills for reading and writing. There is review and reinforcement of grammar studies thus far followed by an introduction of more advanced structure. Use of Italian in class by teachers and students is more intensive. Short cultural readings are assigned for class discussion and composition.
PREREQUISITE: Italian II



ITALIAN IV (HONORS) 12

Italian IV continues the work done in the intermediate course. Students continue developing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Review of grammar studies thus far is followed by more advanced grammar. Italian is used as the medium of instructions to the extent possible.
PREREQUISITE: Italian III


SPANISH I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Spanish I is an introductory course in language and culture. Basic Spanish sounds are introduced followed by pronunciation and articulation drills. Basic vocabulary and elementary grammar necessary for everyday dialogue and conversation are studied. Some fundamental differences between American and Spanish culture are noted. Gradual use of Spanish in class by both teacher and students is begun in an effort to develop understanding and the ability to speak in Spanish.

SPANISH I (HONORS) 9-12

This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of Spanish. It will provide the basic skills necessary to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. Students will be able to communicate about basic topics in Spanish. This course is conducted mainly in Spanish with occasional explanations in English when necessary.



SPANISH II (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Spanish II is a continuation beyond the introductory course.There is an increased use of Spanish in class. Speaking and listening skills will be emphasized, with continued instruction in vocabulary acquisition and grammar study. Spanish-speaking and American cultural differences provide a basis for conversation and composition in Spanish.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish I OR successful completion of BOTH Spanish 1A and 1B



SPANISH II (HONORS) 9-12

Spanish II H is a challenging continuation beyond the introductory Spanish courses. The emphasis is proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing within cultural contexts. Students will be assigned indepth tasks in order to acquire language fluency more quickly. There is an increase of use of Spanish in class.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 1 OR successful completion of BOTH Spanish 1A and 1B



SPANISH III (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Spanish III is an intermediate course stressing development of skills for reading and writing. There is review and reinforcement of grammar studies thus far, followed by introduction of more advanced structure. Use of Spanish in class by teacher and students is more intensive. Short cultural readings are assigned for discussion and for composition.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish II


SPANISH IV (HONORS) 10-12

This is an intensive and challenging course for students who have excelled in Spanish III. More difficult readings are assigned, and greater stress will be placed on the ability to express oneself more accurately in written composition and in conversation.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish III



A.P. SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 11-12

An A.P. Spanish Language course is comparable to an advanced level (5th- and 6th-semester or equivalent) college Spanish language course. Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication, it encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. The course objectives include learning to understand Spanish spoken by native speakers at a natural pace, with a variety of regional pronunciations, in both informal (interpersonal) and formal (presentational) contexts; develop an active vocabulary sufficient for reading newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary literature, and other non-technical writings (websites, letters and emails, advertisements, signs and instructions) in Spanish without dependence on a dictionary; and express yourself by describing, narrating, inquiring, and developing arguments in Spanish, both orally and in writing, with reasonable fluency, using different strategies for different audiences and communicative contexts. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish IV

 

SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS I (9-12)

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I is a beginning Spanish language-arts course for students from homes where Spanish is spoken. This course offers students who understand Spanish, and can communicate with family members in Spanish, an opportunity to study the language formally. The course will help students grow in their communicative ability level beyond basic language development. The goal is to build upon the language base students already possess. This course is appropriate for any student who is interested in studying Spanish and already knows some, and comes from a bilingual home.

 

SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS II (10-12)

Spanish for Heritage Speakers II is a Spanish language arts course for either:
1. Students who have successfully completed Spanish for Heritage Speakers I, and wish to build on the Spanish literacy skills and cultural knowledge acquired the previous year, or
2. Students who can already read and write in Spanish and want to increase these skills and expand their bilingual range. Students will improve in speaking, reading, writing and listening. The curriculum focus is, Language and Grammar, Literature, Composition and Connection to English. This course will also prepare interested students for AP Spanish Language and Culture.
PREREQUISITE: None


CHINESE I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Chinese I is an introductory course in language and culture. Basic Chinese sounds are introduced followed by pronunciation and articulation drills. Basic written characters will also be taught. Additionally, basic vocabulary for everyday dialogue and conversation are studied. Some fundamental differences between American and Chinese cultures are noted. Gradual use of spoken Chinese in class by both teacher and students is begun in an effort to develop understanding of and the ability to converse in Chinese.



CHINESE II (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Chinese II is a continuation beyond the introductory course emphasizing aural/oral skills with continued stress on vocabulary and grammar study. Students will continue to work with Chinese written characters. Chinese and American cultural differences provide a basis for conversation and elementary composition in Chinese.
PREREQUISITE: Chinese I


CHINESE III (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

Chinese III is an intermediate course stressing development of skills for reading and writing. There is a review and reinforcement of grammar studied thus far, followed by introduction of more advanced structure. Use of Chinese in class by teacher and students is more intensive. Short cultural readings are assigned for discussion and for composition.
PREREQUISITE: Chinese II

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

American Sign Language is an introductory course in language and culture. Finger spelling is introduced, followed by visual-gestured activities. Basic vocabulary and elementary grammar necessary for everyday dialogue and conversation are studied. Some fundamental characteristics of the deaf culture are noted. Gradual use of American Sign Language in class by both teacher and students is begun in an effort to develop an understanding and the ability to use American Sign Language.