World Languages

All World Language courses are aligned with the New Jersey Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages. Graduation requirements mandate at least 10 credits (2 years) in World Languages.

 

Appropriate Placement

  • Levels: Students should carefully consider their appropriate placement before starting any language program. Most students headed for academic four-year    colleges will take Accelerated. Students headed for two-year colleges might consider taking College-Prep. Modified level instruction is for students who need    Modified English, or who have found College-Prep Spanish too difficult. Because of the design of the leveled curricula, students who have completed a year of study at one level (e.g. College-Prep) may not be able to move up a level (e.g. Accelerated) for the next year. One exception is that students in Accelerated who move into the third year of a language may be invited into the Honors course if they earned an A in the Accelerated class. Students who earn an “A” in Italian I Accelerated may be invited to take Italian II/III Honors.
  • Sequence: It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in a second-, third-, fourth-, or fifth-year language course have completed or demonstrated proficiency (e.g. Proof of Proficiency) in the preceding language course in the sequence.

  • Honors Courses are challenging.   I/II courses and II/III courses are very challenging because they combine two years of language study into one. These courses are offered for highly motivated students willing to undertake extremely rigorous study. This option allows students to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of a language. A freshman wishing to take a I/II class must have earned an "A" in English for eighth-grade English; an upperclassman must have an “A” in a previous World Languages course. 

  • Heritage Speakers (students who speak in their homes a language we offer) should contact the World Languages Department over the summer to take a proficiency test for placement purposes. After evaluation, the student will be placed into the course that will allow him or her to be properly challenged. 

 

*French I/II                                                      HON

This rigorous course combines the first two years of study into one.  It focuses on correct pronunciation, basic grammar, and cultures of the French-speaking world and emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  This course prepares students for French III and enables them to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of the language. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

French I                                                            ACC, CP

This course introduces the sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical constructions of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. French culture, geography, and social customs are interwoven throughout the course. 

*French II                                                         ACC, CP

This course builds upon the skills learned in French I (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will continue developing proficiency in these fours skills while enhancing their knowledge of French-speaking cultures. *ACC offered as a RCBC CAP Course. 

*French III                                                       HON

This course builds upon the speaking and listening skills acquired in the French I and II ACC courses. It helps students expand their vocabulary and understand intricacies of grammar. Detailed instruction about the France-speaking world, customs, and institutions is given. Students are introduced to readings in French. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.

*French IV                                                        HON

This course builds upon previous study of language skills and Francophone culture. Fluency in spoken French is emphasized through thematic conversations. Students read and discuss literature in French. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

*AP French Language and Culture                     HON

This course prepares students to take the AP French Language and Culture examination.  Students further their understanding of the French-speaking cultures, read excerpts of literature, acquire in-depth comprehension of formal and informal French, and express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and proficiency.  This course is offered by invitation only. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.  

*German I /II                                                    HON

This rigorous course combines the first two years of study into one. It focuses on correct pronunciation, basic grammar, and cultures of the German-speaking world.  It emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  This course prepares students for German III and enables them to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of German. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

German I                                                          ACC

This course introduces the sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical constructions of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. German culture, geography, and social customs are interwoven throughout the course.

*German II                                                       ACC

This course builds upon the grammar and vocabulary of German I and expands students’ speaking, listening. reading and writing abilities. The culture, geography, and social customs of German-speaking countries continue to be examined. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. 

*German III                                                      HON

This course continues the sequential study of grammar and vocabulary begun in German I and II. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are further developed through the study of culture and social customs of the German-speaking world. Special emphasis is placed on traveling to a German-speaking country and being able to function there both with language proficiency and proper etiquette.*Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

*German IV                                                      HON

This course builds on the previous study of oral and written language skills and German culture. Fluency in spoken German is developed through conversation and reading. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.

*Italian I/II                                                       HON

This course, only intended for highly motivated students, combines the first two years of study into one. It orients students to correct pronunciation of the Italian language, and basic grammar components, and introduces them to the Italian culture. Listening, speaking. reading and writing skills are emphasized. The course prepares students for Italian III Honors and enables students to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of Italian. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

Italian I                                                            ACC

This course introduces the sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical constructions of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Italian culture, geography, and social customs are interwoven throughout the course.

*Italian II /III                                                   HON

This course combines the second and third year of study into one.  This rigorous course is only for the highly motivated language student.  Prerequisite:  a grade of ‘A’ in Italian I.  *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

*Italian II                                                         ACC

This course builds upon the grammar and vocabulary of Italian I. It expands students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing abili­ties and continues the study of Italian culture. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

*Italian III                                                        HON

This course furthers the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of Italian culture, social customs, and short stories. The course continues the sequential study of vocabulary and advanced grammar. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. 

*Italian IV                                                        HON

This course builds upon the previous study of language skills and Italian culture. Fluency in spoken Italian is developed through extensive conversation and reading. Students are introduced to Italian literature through the study of short stories and excerpts from the works of various classic authors. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

AP Italian Language and Culture                     HON

This course prepares students to take the AP Italian Language and Culture examination. It is designed for students displaying special abilities in Italian and prepares them for further college study. Students gain an understanding of Italian culture, read literary texts, acquire an in-depth comprehension of formal and informal written Italian, compose expository passages, and express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency.

 

Latin I                                                              HON

This course introduces students to Latin grammatical forms and vocabulary. Students translate from Latin to English and write in Latin. Roman history, culture, and mythology are strongly emphasized.

 

Latin II                                                           HON

This course reviews Latin I and introduces the students to grammar concepts and vocabulary applicable to Latin II. Students read Roman authors such as Livy, Julius Caesar, and Plautus and study the culture and history of the Romans. *Offered as Rowan University CAP Course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.

Latin III                                                         HON

This course continues the study of Latin vocabulary and reviews Latin grammar. Students focus on reading the prose of Latin authors. The course offers a more in-depth study of the culture, government, and history of the Romans. *Offered as Rowan University CAP Course.

AP Latin                                                         HON

This course prepares students to take the AP Latin examination. It comprises a detailed study of selections from Vergil's Aeneid and selections from Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico. Students translate literally and develop the ability to comprehend and to critically analyze Vergil's epic narrative poem and Caesar's prose history of the war in Gaul. Focus is also given to the socio-political context of these works which were written during a crucial period in Roman history. 

 

Russian I                                                          HON

Students who complete Russian 1 will be well on their way toward achieving the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Communication, with emphasis on the use of Russian for “real-life” situations; Cultures, by which students will understand the essentials necessary to function in Russia; Connections, meaning aspects of Russian society will be taught through authentic readings, audio, and video activities; Comparisons, encompassing how, through examination of basic aspects of Russian language and culture, students will make conclusions about language and culture at home; and Communities, describing how course materials will allow students to gain a sense of how Russia may look, sound, and feel, and will prepare students to engage in active communication with friends and colleagues in the Russian-speaking world. Students will learn the 33-letter Cyrillic alphabet the first week. All students are welcome.

 

 

Russian II                                                       HON

This course builds upon the grammar and vocabulary of Russian I and helps students expand their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It continues the study of Russian culture. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.

 

 

Russian III                                                     HON

This course furthers the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the study of Russian culture.  It introduces students to Russian literature, cuisine, and traditional arts and crafts. Also emphasized are the acquisition of additional vocabulary and a stronger command of more advanced grammar. 

 

AP Russian Language                                      HON

AP Russian Language will prepare students to take the Prototype AP Russian Examination.  The standards-based curriculum stresses proficiency in the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The language is taught through the use of authentic materials such as current audio and video news clips, articles, and advertisements.  There is an emphasis on advanced vocabulary and role-playing to prepare students to communicate in a variety of contemporary settings.

 

*Spanish I/II                                                    HON

This rigorous course combines the first two years of study into one.  It focuses on correct pronunciation, basic grammar, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are emphasized.  This course prepares students for Spanish III Honors and enables students to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of Spanish. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

 

Spanish I                                                         ACC, CP

This course introduces the sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical constructions of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Spanish culture, geography, and social customs are interwoven throughout the course.

 

Spanish Communication I                                  MOD

This course introduces basic vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills centering on common subjects such as greetings, likes and dislikes, personal descriptions, time and schedules, and school life. Students are also introduced to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world through geography and fine arts.

 

*Spanish II                                                       HON, ACC, CP

This course continues to orient students to the sounds of the Spanish language and basic grammar. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and the study of Spanish-speaking cultures are emphasized. Topics and concepts introduced in Spanish I are addressed on a more sophisticated level befitting the students' growing command of vocabulary and grammatical structure. *HON and ACC offered as RCBC CAP Courses. 

Spanish Communication II                                MOD

This course expands essential vocabulary, conversational topics, and concepts introduced in Spanish Communication I. Topics are addressed on a higher level befitting the students’ growing command of vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of culture. 

*Spanish III                                                     HON, ACC, CP

This course continues the sequential study begun in Spanish I and II. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, advanced grammar, speaking, and listening. Further understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture is stressed. *HON and ACC offered as a RCBC CAP Courses. 

*Spanish IV                                                      HON, ACC

This course is designed for students interested in continuing their study of Spanish in college. It furthers students’ skills in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish while enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Hispanic literature, art and culture.  *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

*AP Spanish Language and Culture                   HON

This course prepares students to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture examination. Students will enhance their understanding of Spanish and Hispanic culture, read selected pieces of literature, acquire in-depth comprehension of formal and informal written Spanish, compose expository passages, and express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency.  This course is offered by invitation only.  *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. 

*Spanish V                                                       ACC

This course is designed for students who want a fifth year of Spanish without the rigor of the AP course. It continues the study of language and literature, with many opportunities for speaking, reading, and writing on a variety of topics including contemporary culture and issues. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.

Spanish                                                            PR

This course introduces students to basic Spanish language and culture.  Students will communicate with each other using Spanish phrases.  Emphasis will be on Spanish vocabulary and understanding of regions in the world where Spanish-speaking cultures are important.  Available through Child Study Team. 

Last Modified on January 29, 2016
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