Modern Language

Modern Language Department Mission Statement:


The Jacksonville High School Modern Language Department will prepare learners for future language endeavors by promoting cultural understanding and by facilitating communication through the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
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Course #

Description

Required or Elective

Other Information


222

German I

Elective


Prerequisite: Entry Level

Year


Recommendation: None


This course is designed for the student who has little or no German experience. By the end of the course, the student will be able to participate in and understand elementary expressions with commonly used German vocabulary. Also, the student will be introduced to basic concepts of grammar. This course focuses on the introduction to reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Classroom presentations and textual materials are used to expose the student to aspects of German culture. Materials include the basic text, workbook, recordings, an interactive CD program, and teacher-prepared handouts and transparencies.

224

German II

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 222

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 222 with a "C" or better average


This course begins to immerse students in the target language that begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary studied in German I. The study of German grammar and vocabulary continues, as does the study of the culture of German-speaking societies. Listening, speaking and writing skills are emphasized with practice in reading as well. Workbooks, recordings, films, a CD program, and videos supplement the basic text. At the end of the first semester of German II, qualified students become eligible for membership in the Delta Epsilon Phi if students have completed three semesters of German at the high school level.

226

Honors German III

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 224

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 224 with a "C" or better average


In this level, the student will review the basic grammar already covered in the first two levels and explore some of the finer points of grammar. Emphasis on listening and speaking skills, with a goal of using no English on the part of the student, allows for a greater degree of self-expression. As a part of the culture, the student will be introduced to various types of literature. In addition to the basic text, course materials include a workbook, audio-visual media, and other readings. Students are required to keep a diary first semester and do a research project in German second semester. Students who did not previously qualify for Delta Epsilon Phi may do so during this course.

228

Honors German IV

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 226

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 226 with a "C" or better average


This course is aimed to be conducted entirely in German. Following suggested AP guidelines, the emphasis is on improvement of reading, listening, advanced writing and oral communication. Germanic culture is explored in detail through exposure to the literature, history and art of German-speaking peoples. Students are required to keep a diary in German. Oral presentations and some independent projects, as well as a student research portfolio, are required. In addition, students write expository, narrative and persuasive paragraphs and compositions, as well as poems. For that reason, this course qualifies as an intensive writing course. Materials include recordings, readers and teacher-prepared handouts. Students who did not previously qualify for Delta Epsilon Phi may do so during this course.

232

Spanish I

Elective


Prerequisite: Entry Level

Year


Recommendation: None


This course is designed for the student who has little or no Spanish experience. By the end of the course, the student will be able to participate in and understand elementary expressions with commonly used Spanish vocabulary. Also, the student will be introduced to basic concepts of grammar. This course focuses on the introduction to reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Classroom presentations and textual materials are used to expose the student to aspects of Hispanic culture. Materials include the basic text, workbook, recordings, an interactive CD program, and teacher-prepared handouts and transparencies.

234

Spanish II

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 232 or Junior High equivalent (Spanish A & B)

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 232 or equivalent with a "C" or better average


This course begins to immerse students in the target language that begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary studied in Spanish I. The study of Spanish grammar and vocabulary continues, as does the study of the culture of Spanish-speaking societies. Listening, speaking and writing skills are emphasized with practice in reading as well. Workbooks, recordings, films, a CD program, and videos supplement the basic text. At the end of the first semester of Spanish II, qualified students become eligible for membership in the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica if students have completed three semesters of Spanish at the high school level.

236

Honors Spanish III

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 234

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 234 with a "C" or better average


In this level, the student will review the basic grammar already covered in the first two levels and explore some of the finer points of grammar. Emphasis on listening and speaking skills, with a goal of using no English on the part of the student, allows for a greater degree of self-expression. As a part of the culture, the student will be introduced to various types of literature. In addition to the basic text, course materials include a workbook, audio-visual media, and other readings. Students are required to keep a diary first semester and do a research project in Spanish second semester. Students who did not previously qualify for Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica may do so during this course.

238

Honors Spanish IV

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 236

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 236 with a "C" or better average


This course is aimed to be conducted entirely in Spanish. Following suggested AP guidelines, the emphasis is on improvement of reading, listening, advanced writing and oral communication. Hispanic culture is explored in detail through exposure to the literature, history and art of Spanish-speaking peoples. Students are required to keep a diary in Spanish. Oral presentations and some independent projects, as well as a student research portfolio, are required. In addition, students write expository, narrative and persuasive paragraphs and compositions, as well as poems. For that reason, this course qualifies as an intensive writing course. Materials include recordings, readers and teacher-prepared handouts. Students who did not previously qualify for Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica may do so during this course.

240

Honors Spanish V

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 238

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 238 with a "C" or better average


Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam in Spanish language. In this course, the student develops language skills that can be useful in a variety of situations. Oral skills, composition and grammar are stressed with culture being presented in such a way as to reinforce those skills. In addition, students write expository, narrative and persuasive paragraphs and compositions, as well as poems. For that reason, this course qualifies as an intensive writing course. Course content can include the arts, history, current events and literature. Materials may include recordings, films, newspapers, and magazines. Students are required to keep a diary in Spanish and prepare a research portfolio. Students who did not qualify for Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica may do so during this course.

296

American Sign Language I

Elective


Prerequisite: Entry Level; available only to sophomores, juniors, seniors

Year


Recommendation: None


By the end of this course, the student will be able to participate in and understand elementary expressions with commonly used ASL vocabulary including finger spelling, signed words, and gestures. The student will also be introduced to Deaf culture and will be expected to participate in various types of activities. Materials include textbook, workbook, tapes, DVDs, videotaping, field trips, and teacher-prepared handouts. This class may not count toward foreign language requirements at some colleges.

298

American Sign Language II

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 296

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 296 with a "C" or better average


This course begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary studied in ASL I, as well as, focusing on increasingly complex concepts of ASL grammar structure and vocabulary. Comprehension goals for students may include attaining more facility and faster understanding when viewing the language signed at normal rates and conversing easily within limited situations. Activities planned involving Deaf people and Deaf culture will continue throughout this course. Classroom participation is required. Materials include workbooks, videotaping, videos, DVDs, guest speakers, and field trips that will be supplemented by the basic text. Various projects and activities out of the classroom will be required.

299

American Sign Language III

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 298

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 298 with a "C" or better average


American Sign Language III focuses on advancing students' skills and abilities to sign and understand the language so that they can maintain simple conversations with sufficient vocabulary within an acceptable pace and have sufficient comprehension skills to understand the language when signed at a normal rate. Students must be able to provide their own transportation on potential scheduled days during the week to go to ISD for immersed communicational experiences. A weekly journal is required for this experience. They will also be engaged in classroom activities revolved around extensive fingerspelling and number practices. Materials include workbooks, videotaping, videos, DVDs, guest speakers, and teacher-prepared materials. A fee may be required for this course.

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