Spanish 1

The primary goal of this class is the development of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn the essential tools to communicate successfully in simple daily-life situations. An exciting element of this course is learning about different Spanish-speaking countries and appreciating the richness of their culture.

Spanish 2

This course provides the students with the necessary skills to communicate in a variety of topics related to their daily life. Students continue to learn about the culture expanding an awareness of the world and its diverse cultural perspectives. At this level, students are able to synthesize learned material in order to express their ideas. They can ask and answer simple questions and can handle short conversations.

Spanish 3 & 4

This two-year transitional course reinforces the skills students bring from middle school in order to be ready for the IB Standard Level, which is an intermediate high language level.

Honors Spanish I

This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and focuses on encouraging students to communicate orally beyond the here and now. Paragraphs become the minimum unit of writing. The material to which students are exposed in class is increasingly more complex and authentic, including news, literature, and current events discussions. An in-depth revision of grammar is completed in levels 3 and 4 with assessment in productive and receptive skills.

Honors Spanish II

Students continue to review thoroughly complex grammatical structures, gaining knowledge about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through readings and discussions of current events and literary texts, including essays, short stories, and poems.

IB Spanish I & II—SL/HL

This two-year course helps students as they prepare for the Spanish IB exam. There is an emphasis on the writing process when communicating and effectively organizing more complex ideas. Likewise, students are requested to orally present in formal and informal settings with prepared scenarios and also more improvised ones. At this point, language is used in the classroom as a means of communication, not as an end in itself. Additionally, HL students engage more in depth in literary texts.

Japanese 1

Students develop conversational skills and gain Japanese vocabulary, kanji, writing skills, and cultural knowledge. Students learn to read and write 46 hiragana characters, 46 katakana characters, and 60 kanji characters. Students make connections between Japanese language and culture, and use Japanese within the context of personal hobbies.

Japanese 2

Students in this course continue their study of Japanese language and culture while also further developing skills to enable them to talk about their own culture, likes, families, and so on. Students can expect to learn to use 180 additional kanji characters.

IB Japanese I & II—SL/HL(with the option for Ab Initio)

IB SL/HL (with the option for Ab Initio): Students in this course continue their study of Japanese language and culture, and prepare for their IB assessments. As they cover a wider variety of topics such as traditional arts, traveling and health, they learn to state and support opinions with increasing persuasiveness, produce more in-depth writing, and read excerpts from newspapers and other sources. Students can expect to review and further solidify their understanding of kanji characters.