World Languages

  • All World Languages courses are aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for World Languages. Graduation requirements mandate at least 10 credits (2 years) in World Languages (WL).

    • Levels: Students should carefully consider their appropriate placement before starting any language program. Most students headed for academic four-year colleges will take Accelerated (ACC). Students headed for two-year colleges might consider taking College-Prep (CP). Modified (MOD) level instruction is for students who need Modified English, or who have found Spanish too difficult at the CP level. Students who have completed a year of study at one level (e.g. CP) may struggle to move up a level (e.g. ACC) for the next year.

    • Sequence: It is strongly recommended that students new to the school who enroll in a second-, third-, fourth-, or fifth-year language course have completed the preceding language course in the sequence or have demonstrated proficiency (e.g. via Proof of Proficiency) in that course.

    • Honors (HON) Courses are challenging. 1/2 and 2/3 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 1/2 and 2/3 courses are recommended for freshmen who earned an “A” in eighth-grade English and for tenth-, eleventh-, and twelfth-graders who have earned an “A” in a previous WL ACC course or an “A” or  “B” in a previous WL HON course.

    • Heritage Speakers (students who speak in their homes languages our district offers) should contact their school’s World Languages Department over the summer to take a proficiency test for placement purposes. After evaluation, the WL course will be recommended that will enable the student to be properly challenged.

     
    *French 1/2                                                      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 3 and enables them to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of the language. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    French 1                                                            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 2                                                          ACC, CP
    This course builds upon the skills learned in French 1 (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will continue developing proficiency in these four skills while enhancing their knowledge of French-speaking cultures. *ACC offered as a RCBC CAP Course.

    *French 3                                                          HON
    This course builds upon the speaking and listening skills acquired in the French 1 and 2 ACC courses. It helps students expand their vocabulary and understand intricacies of grammar. Detailed instruction about the French-speaking world, customs, and institutions is given. Students are introduced to readings in French. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.  

    *French 4                                                          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 as RCBC CAP Course.

    *German 1/2                                                     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 3 and enables them to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of German. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    German 1                                                          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 2                                                        ACC
    This course builds upon the grammar and vocabulary of German 1 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 3                                                        HON
    This course advances the sequential study of grammar and vocabulary begun in German 1 and 2. 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 travelling to a German-speaking country and being able to function there both with language proficiency and proper etiquette.  *Offered as RCBC CAP Course

    *German 4                                                        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.

    AP German Language and Culture                 HON
    AP German Language and Culture will prepare students to take the AP German Language and Culture Exam.  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.

    *Italian 1/2                                                      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 3 Honors and enables students to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of Italian. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    Italian 1                                                            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 2/3                                                      HON
    This course combines the second and third year of study into one. This rigorous course is for the highly motivated language student. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    *Italian 2                                                          ACC
    This course builds upon the grammar and vocabulary of Italian 1. It expands students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities and continues the study of Italian culture. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    *Italian 3                                                          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 4                                                         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 1                                                              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 2                                                              HON
    This course reviews Latin 1 and introduces the students to grammar concepts and vocabulary applicable to Latin 2. 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.

    Latin 3                                                              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 1                                                          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.

    Russian 2                                                          HON
    This course continues the contemporary approach to language learning by focusing on the development of functional competence in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as the expansion of cultural knowledge. The course also provides comprehensive explanations of Russian grammar along with the structural practice students need to build accuracy. *Offered as Rowan University CAP Course.

    Russian 3                                                          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. *Offered as Rowan University CAP Course.

    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. *Offered as Rowan University CAP Course.

    *Spanish 1/2                                                    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 3 Honors and enables students to prepare for the possibility of the fifth year of Spanish. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    Spanish 1                                                          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 1                               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 2                                                        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 1 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 2                                MOD
    This course expands essential vocabulary, conversational topics, and concepts introduced in Spanish Communication

    1. Topics are addressed on a higher level befitting the students’ growing command of vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of culture. 

    *Spanish 3                                                        HON, ACC, CP
    This course continues the sequential study begun in Spanish 1 and 2. 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 RCBC CAP Courses.

    *Spanish 4                                                        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. *Offered as RCBC CAP Course.

    *Spanish 5                                                        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.

    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 the Child Study Team.