Language Department


The Language Department motivates students to discover, appreciate, and understand languages different than their own. From the very beginning, students discover language in its cultural context through units based on universal as well as local themes. As they develop their own skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students are challenged to produce original language in written and spoken form with increasing sophistication and depth. The ultimate goal is to foster a life-long intercultural curiosity and appreciation for other people and their way of life.

Course Offerings
MANDARIN I
Students in Mandarin I, an introductory language acquisition course that is co-seated with IB Mandarin Language B ab initio, focus on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of Mandarin, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Mandarin I is a Novice level language course. Freshman – PG course
MANDARIN II
Students in Mandarin II, an introductory language acquisition course that is co-seated with IB Mandarin Language B ab initio, focus on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of Mandarin, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. By the end of the course students are able to recognize 300 new characters and write 150 characters. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Mandarin II is a Novice Mid level language course. Freshman – PG course
MANDARIN III
This intermediate-level language acquisition course is co-seated with IB Mandarin SL. There is a continued focus on oral communication and more advanced writing and reading than at the introductory levels. Students enrolled in this course must have previously completed two years of Chinese instruction or the equivalent. Students first begin by reviewing key points of pronunciation, writing, and grammar. Students learn to recognize 500 new characters and write 200 characters. In addition to textbooks, a variety of authentic resources is utilized to engage the students to interact, receive, and produce original language in culturally meaningful ways. In conjunction with weekly quizzes on each lesson, students complete a range of assessments that include projects, presentations, tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Mandarin III is a Novice High-Intermediate Low level language course. Junior-PG course
MANDARIN IV
This advanced-level language acquisition course is co-seated with IB Mandarin SL. There is a continued focus on oral communication and advanced writing and reading. Students enrolled in this course must have previously completed three years of Chinese instruction or the equivalent. Students continue to learn a significant number of new characters. In addition to textbooks and some literary texts, a variety of authentic resources is utilized to engage the students to interact, receive, and produce original language in culturally meaningful ways. In conjunction with weekly quizzes on each lesson, students complete a range of assessments that include projects, presentations, tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Mandarin IV is an Intermediate Low – Intermediate Mid level language course. Junior-PG course
IB Mandarin ab Initio I/ab<br /> Initio 2
International Baccalaureate Mandarin Language ab initio is a two-year introductory language acquisition course that is co-seated with Mandarin I and II. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of Mandarin, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Mandarin ab initio is a Novice -Novice Mid level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course
IB MANDARIN SL1/SL2
International Baccalaureate Mandarin Language Standard Level (SL) is a two-year intermediateto-advanced language acquisition course that is co-seated with Mandarin III and IV. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in Mandarin Chinese. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal 20 and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB French Standard Level is a Novice High – Intermediate Low/Mid Level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course
FRENCH I
French I is an introductory language acquisition course that focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of French, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, French I is a Novice level language course. Freshman – PG course
FRENCH II

French II is an introductory language acquisition course that focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of French, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, French II is a Novice-Novice Mid level language course. Freshman – PG course

FRENCH III

French III is an intermediate language acquisition course that may be co-seated with IB French SL 1 depending upon enrollment. Students continue to focus on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, French III is a Novice High – Intermediate Low level language course. Sophomore – PG course

FRENCH IV / FRENCH IV HONORS

French IV / French IV Honors is co-seated with the IB French HL 1 course. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Literary works may include works by St-Exupéry, Camus, Sartre, Schmidt, and Maupassant. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB French High Level is an Intermediate Low level language course. Junior -PG course

FRENCH V / FRENCH V HONORS

French V / French V Honors is co-seated with the IB French HL 2 course. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Literary works may include works by St-Exupéry, Camus, Sartre, Schmidt, and Maupassant. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB French High Level is an Intermediate Mid/High level language course. Junior-PG course

IB French ab Initio 1/ab Initio 2
International Baccalaureate French Language ab initio is a two-year introductory language acquisition course that may be co-seated with French I and II depending upon enrollment. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of French, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative 21 story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Ab initio students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, French ab initio is a Novice -Novice Mid level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course
IB French SL1/SL2
International Baccalaureate French Language Standard Level (SL) is a two-year intermediate-to-advanced language acquisition course that may be co-seated with French III and IV depending upon enrollment. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB French Standard Level is a Novice High – Intermediate Low/Mid level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course
IB French HL1/HL2
International Baccalaureate Spanish Language High Level (HL) is a two-year advanced language acquisition course that is co-seated with French IV and V. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Literary works may include works by St-Exupéry, Camus, Sartre, Schmidt, and Maupassant. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB French High Level is an Intermediate Low-High level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course
SPANISH I
Spanish I is an introductory language acquisition course that focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of Spanish, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Spanish I is a Novice level language course. Freshman – PG course
SPANISH II & SPANISH II HONORS
Honors Spanish II and Spanish II Honors are introductory language acquisition courses that focus on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the fundamental lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Assessment objectives for this course include the following: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the topics studied, communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, understand and use accurately the basic structures of French, understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Placement in Spanish II Honors is based on departmental approval. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Spanish II is a Novice-Novice Mid level language course. Freshman – PG course
SPANISH III & SPANISH III HONORS
Spanish III / Spanish III Honors is an intermediate language acquisition course. Spanish III Honors may be co-seated with IB French SL 1 depending upon enrollment. Students continue to focus on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in French. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Spanish III/III Honors is a Novice High – Intermediate Low level language course. Sophomore – PG course
SPANISH IV & SPANISH IV HONORS
Spanish IV / Spanish IV Honors is co-seated with IB Spanish HL 1. The course focuses on 22 five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in Spanish. Literary works may include works by Garcia Lorca, Matute, Unamuno, Quiroga, Cortázar, and García Márquez. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Spanish IV / Spanish IV Honors is an Intermediate Low-Mid level language course. Junior-PG course
SPANISH V
Spanish V is co-seated with IB Spanish HL 2. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in Spanish. Literary works may include works by Garcia Lorca, Matute, Unamuno, Quiroga, Cortázar, and García Márquez. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Spanish V is an Intermediate Mid/ High level language course. Junior-PG course
IB SPANISH SL1/SL2
International Baccalaureate Spanish Language Standard Level (SL) is a two-year intermediate-to-advanced language acquisition course that is co-seated with Spanish IV during the second year. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in Spanish. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB Spanish Standard Level is a Novice High – Intermediate Low/Mid level lang
IB SPANISH HL1/HL2
International Baccalaureate Spanish Language High Level (HL) is a two-year advanced language acquisition course that is co-seated with Spanish IV and V. The course focuses on five themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. Students learn the advanced lexicon and grammar necessary to communicate through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Objectives for this course challenge the students to communicate clearly and effective in a range of situations, demonstrate linguistic competence and intercultural understanding, use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts, understand and use language to express and to respond to a range of ideas in a clear, coherent and convincing manner, understand, analyze and respond to a range of written and spoken sources, and understand and use written texts and works of literature written in Spanish. Literary works may include works by Garcia Lorca, Matute, Unamuno, Quiroga, Cortázar, and García Márquez. Sample assessment activities include oral response to visual stimuli, oral presentations, role playing, writing tasks (e-mail, blog, article, letter, creative story, advertisement), reading comprehension, quizzes, unit tests, and a final exam. Students complete the IB Internal and External Assessments during the second year of the course. Following the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, IB Spanish High Level is an Intermediate Low-High level language course. Junior and Senior two-year course

Language Department Faculty

Jesús Amador Hernández-Cobo

Jesús Amador Hernández-Cobo

Languages Department Chair

Nicole Burnett

Nicole Burnett

Languages Teacher

Yvonne Hewu

Yvonne Hewu

Languages Teacher

Sally Pollard

Sally Pollard

Languages Teacher

Carmen Santiago-Albelda

Carmen Santiago-Albelda

Languages Teacher

Kaitlin "Kaity" Mehleisen

Kaitlin "Kaity" Mehleisen

Languages Teacher

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