World Languages | Seton Catholic Preparatory

World Languages

  • The world language requirement is fulfilled by earning 2 credits in the same world language at Seton in consecutive years.

Chinese Mandarin 1 
(1 Credit) 
This is the beginning course in Chinese Mandarin. This class offers exciting, practical and hands on experiences with Chinese Mandarin language and culture. The curriculum’s emphasis and focus is on learning fundamental vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, conversation, listening, reading, speaking, writing, calligraphy, written characters, songs, games, culture courses, and arts and crafts, all closely related to the learning goal of the day. Students have the opportunity to practice the target language through prayer, recitation, dialogue, song, presentations, educational games, films, special activities and computer programs, which will be continued at the next level.

Chinese Mandarin 2 
(1 Credit) 
Prerequisite : successful completion of Mandarin 1 or appropriate score on placement test. 
This course builds on the vocabulary, course and concept of Chinese Mandarin 1 and expands and advances to learn more by practicing and utilizing new vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, conversation, listening, reading, speaking, writing, calligraphy, written characters, songs , games, culture courses, and arts and crafts, all closely related to the learning goal of the day. Students will complete the next level textbook and workbook for this course. Students continue to achieve success of studying the target language through prayer, recitation, dialogue, song, presentations, educational games, films, computer programs and special activities and projects.

Chinese Mandarin III
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: successful completion of Chinese Mandarin II or appropriate score on placement test.
This course builds on the vocabulary, course and concept of Mandarin Chinese II and expands and advances to learn more by practicing and utilizing new vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, conversation, listening, reading, speaking, writing, calligraphy, written characters, songs, games, culture courses, and arts and crafts, all closely related to the learning goal of the day. Students continue to the next level textbook and workbook for this course. Students further achieve success of studying the target language through prayer, recitation, SAT preparation, dialogue, song, presentations, power point presentations, educational games, films, computer programs and special activities and
projects.

Chinese Mandarin IV
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: successful completion of Chinese Mandarin III or appropriate score on placement test.
This course builds on the vocabulary, course and concept of Mandarin Chinese III and expands and advances to learn more by practicing and utilizing new vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, conversation, listening, reading, speaking, writing, calligraphy, written characters, songs, games, culture courses, and arts and crafts, all closely related to the learning goal of the day. Students continue to the next level textbook and workbook for this course. Students further achieve success of studying the target language through prayer, recitation, SAT preparation, dialogue, song, presentations, power point presentations, educational games, films, computer programs and special activities and projects.

French 1 
(1 credit) 
This is a beginning course in basic French. Emphasis is on learning fundamental vocabulary, verbs and language patterns through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students have the opportunity to practice the target language through prayer, recitation, dialogue, song, dance, story – telling, games, films, pen pals and computer programs. Students undertake two major projects. The first semester project is related to French culture, famous places, and the geography of France. In the second semester students begin a series of writing assignments about themselves which form a personal album to be continued at the next level. Students participate in Foreign Language Week and all students take the National French Exam: Le Grand Concours .

French 2 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of French 1 or appropriate score on placement test 
This course builds on the vocabulary and concepts of French 1. The emphasis is on putting into practice the vocabulary, grammar, structures and verbs learned through continued listening, speaking, reading and writing. New vocabulary, verb tenses and grammar are introduced in the context of topics interesting to high school students. Students continue to practice the target language through prayer, recitation, dialogue, song, dance, games, films, special projects, composition, and computer programs. Students undertake two major projects. The first semester project is related to cities, important monuments, and places. The second project is a continuation of the personal writings started in French 1, using vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses learned this year. Students participate in Foreign Language Week, the National French exam, and have the opportunity to communicate with other French – speaking students.

Honors French 3 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of French 2 and teacher recommendation 
This is an advanced class that requires college level work and commitment. Language skills from previous levels are reviewed and the finer points of grammar are presented in depth. Students are exposed to specialized vocabulary as well as current idioms and casual language usage in films, magazines and newspapers. Students use all verb tenses, including the literary tenses, and study classical and modern literature. Each year students attend one or two theater productions of the classics. Major projects include research of persons, events and monuments of historical and/or cultural importance. Students prepare oral and written stories in response to a series of pictures and also write compositions on assigned topics. Multimedia computer programs encourage oral expression and self – correction as in the language laboratory. Correspondence with students in French classrooms around the world is encouraged. Students continue their participation in Foreign Language Week and the National French exam.

Advanced Placement French 4 
(1 credit) 
This course enhances the student’s ability to understand spoken French in various contexts; to acquire a French vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other non – technical writings; and the ability to express oneself coherently, resourcefully and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French. The course seeks to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that can be used in various activities and disciplines, and to train in organizing and writing compositions 
(usually one essay every 2 weeks). During the course of the yea r students will take at least two practice AP exams so that they know what is expected from them. This includes timed essay writing, listening to questions and recording their answers on cassettes. Students may take the AP exam in May to obtain college credit.

Latin 1 
(1 credit) 
The Latin course encompasses an introduction to reading skills. It also stresses studying the lives the ancient Romans, which include their history, religion, customs and architectural wonders. The importance of the Latin language in the modern world is emphasized.

Latin 2 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite : successful completion of Latin 1 
In the Latin 2 course students continue to gain familiarity with grammar, syntax, vocabulary and global reading skills. The course also furthers their knowledge of the lives of the ancient Romans. Additionally the students examine in detail how the ancient world has impacted the modern world, including how Latin helps us read.

Honors Latin 2 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite : successful completion of Latin 1 and teacher recommendation. 
In the Latin 2 course students continue to gain familiarity with grammar, syntax, vocabulary and global reading skills. The course also furthers their knowledge of the lives of the ancient Romans. Additionally the students examine in detail how the ancient world has impacted the modern world. Finally, in order to prepare students for advanced study, students will be required to compose short stories or compositions.

Latin 3 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Latin 2 or Honors Latin 2 and teacher recommendation 
This course provides an opportunity for students to read Latin in the original text. Students study the following Latin literature genres: mythology, love poetry, history, oratory, theater and medieval works. They read the works in Latin, analyzing the literature critically and analytically. Different figures of speech and poetic devices are analyzed as they apply to the work. The historical and mythological background under which the works were written is pursued.

Honors Latin 3 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Latin 2 or Honors Latin 2 and teacher recommendation 
This course provides an opportunity for students to read Latin in the original text. Students study the following Latin literature genres: mythology, love poetry, history, oratory, theater and medieval works. They read the works in Latin, analyzing the literature critically and analytically. Different figures of speech and poetic devices are analyzed as they apply to the work. The historical and mythological background under which the works were written is pursued. Since this course will be deemed “pre-AP”, students will be required to write analytical essays about the genres read to prepare them for the AP Latin.

AP Latin 4 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Latin 3 or Honors Latin 3 and teacher recommendation 
The Advanced Placement Vergil course provides an opportunity for students to study the Aeneid by Vergil and De Bello Gallico by Caesar. The aims of the course are in general conformity with college Latin studies in the fourth through sixth semesters . Students read the works in Latin and in English, analyzing the works critically and analytically. Students also learn about different figures of speech and poetic device s as they apply to the work. The historical and mythological background under which the poem was written is pursued. Students who take this course will have the opportunity to take the AP Exam in May

Spanish 1 
(1 credit)
In this course, students are exposed to approximately 1,000 vocabulary words and the basic points of Spanish grammar. They develop skills in reading, writing, listening to and speaking basic Spanish. Students also gain an awareness of Hispanic culture through current articles, videos, internet/CD – Rom sources and parts of the text and workbook.

Spanish 2 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish I or appropriate score on placement test 
This is a continuation of Spanish 1 in which emphasis is placed on putting into practice the vocabulary, grammar, structures, idioms and verbs learned through increased speaking, reading, writing and listening.

Honors Spanish 2 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 1 or appropriate score on the placement test and recommendation of a Spanish teacher 
This is a continuation of Spanish 1 in which emphasis is placed on putting into practice the vocabulary, grammar, structures, idioms and verbs learned through increased speaking, reading, writing and listening. In this accelerated class, the learning proceeds at a faster pace than in a regular class, allowing more time for speaking in the target language and practicing writing skills. The students are also exposed to authentic reading materials.

Spanish 3 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 2 and teacher recommendation 
This course builds on the language skills of Spanish 1 and 2 and introduces new and more complex grammatical structures, and higher level listening and speak ing activities. Cultural and literary appreciation is promoted through the reading of Spanish and Latin American stories. Second semester students take the National Spanish Examination.

Honors Spanish 3 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 2 and teacher recommendation This course builds on the foundation established in Spanish 1 and 2. It includes an important cultural component of Latin music and media. Spanish and Latin American literature is introduced and studied as well. There are regular oral presentations and written compositions. The learning experience at this level is more intense than in regular Spanish 3.

Advanced Placement Spanish Language 4 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation 
This course builds on the foundation established in Spanish 1 – 3. It reviews all language skills and provides multiple levels of authentic comprehensible input through various types of readings. Students are expected to take the AP exam administered in May. From the AP Central course description: “AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materials and sources. Students who enroll should already have a basic knowledge of the language and cultures of Spanish – speaking peoples and should have attained a reasonable proficiency in using the language.”

Advanced Placement Spanish Literature 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of AP Spanish Language 4 and a strong commitment and effort to produce quality, college – level work 
This is a college level survey of Spanish and includes Spanish American literature. Students read and learn to analyze literary texts from throughout the Spanish – speaking world, from the Middle Ages in Spain to the contemporary era of Hispanic literature in the United States. They also learn literary terms and language needed to engage in literary analysis of p rose, poetry and drama. To facilitate their comprehension of the readings, they study the historical and cultural background of the different literary periods they examine. Through guided practice they develop their literary skills and practice writing essays following the format required on the actual advanced placement exam. They write timed essays, and for this purpose, questions that were given on the former AP Spanish literature exams are used for practice. Students are required to take the AP Spanish literature exam in May.

Conversational Spanish 
(1 credit) 
Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish 3 
The class periods are spent in conversation, focused on intensive review and practice of vocabulary and grammar. Instead of a heavy emphasis on written drills, the emphasis is on students’ producing language after reading and viewing short films. Lessons are based on grammatical concepts and include topics of Hispanic culture, current events, television, film, music and the arts. Students complete research on topics and bring back oral presentations to the class. The students are prepared with points for discussions and opinions on a variety of topics and then debated in class. Students also create and present scenes from plays and films as well as original dialogues and improvisation exercises. The Spanish language is used for all presentations, discussions, debates and conversations.


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