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World Languages (2019-20)

As a doorway to the world, Trinity's World Languages department leads students to a place of global understanding well beyond their everyday experience.  The mission of Trinity’s World Language department is to cultivate inquisitive learners of language and culture in a diverse and changing world. By creating a language learning environment that encourages cultural understanding, the department also aims to allow students to see their place in the world through the eyes of a variety of world cultures.  Over the course of a student’s language education at Trinity, our teachers strive to develop critical thinking skills that aid in proficiency, collaborative learning, and cultural competence. A Trinity World Language student is open-minded, reflective, and empathetic toward other cultures, as well as toward their own. In addition, Trinity works to reinforce skills useful across the curriculum: an understanding of composition, grammar, and an appreciation of the origins of words and language.

All students must complete level three of a language and be engaged in language studies for at least three years. Scroll down for course sequence.

The prerequisite for all honors level and IB SL classes is a minimum grade of A- in a standard level course or a B in an honors level course the previous year. In addition, a teacher recommendation from the previous teacher is required. A recommendation for honors work and IB courses takes into account a student's initiative, enthusiasm, work ethic, and critical thinking ability.

French

List of 8 items.

  • French 1 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit

    In this course, students will gain a basic knowledge of the language and culture of the francophone world. Students will develop beginning communication and comprehension skills in the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Activities and assessments are varied to help students with many different learning styles. Students learn about modern applications of the French language. All language skill levels can take this class as students will learn basic skills of organization, vocabulary memorization, and the parts of speech, which are applicable for all future language learning and learning in other subjects. Regular study habits and note taking skills help students to develop basic conversational skills and a foundational vocabulary by the end of the year.

    Units of Study
    Introductions and Grammar Fundamentals
    La vie courant
    Qu'est-ce qu'on fait?
    Le monde personnel et familier
    En ville
    Le shopping
    Le temps libre
    Les repas
  • French 2 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 1

    In this course, students will expand their vocabulary, grammar, and knowledge of the culture of France and the francophone world. Students improve their communication and comprehension skills in the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in each lesson. Activities and assessments are varied to help students with many different learning styles. In addition to quizzes and tests, students will learn through creating videos, presentations, cooking and eating food, a virtual reality tour of Paris, and listening to music. Students learn about modern applications of the French language in business, politics, and medicine. To succeed in this class, students should demonstrate basic skills of organization, vocabulary memorization, and the parts of speech. Students at the standard level of French 2 will have more review of French level 1 grammar, but should be prepared to know basic conjugations and foundational vocabulary by the second semester.

    Units of Study
    Qui suis je?
    Le weekend enfin!
    Bon Appetit
    Loisirs et spectacles!
    Vive le sport!
    Chez nous
    Soyez à la mode!
    Bonnes vacances!
     
  • French 2 Honors - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 1 (A- or higher average) and teacher recommendation

    In this course, students will expand their vocabulary, grammar, and knowledge of the culture of France and the francophone world. Students improve their communication and comprehension skills in the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in each lesson. Activities and assessments are varied to help students with many different learning styles. In addition to quizzes and tests, students will learn through creating videos, presentations, cooking and eating food, and listening to music. Students learn about modern applications of the French language in business, politics, and medicine. To succeed in this class, students should demonstrate basic skills of organization, vocabulary memorization, and the parts of speech. Since this is an honors level course, students will be expected to know fundamental grammar and basic vocabulary from French 1, and will be challenged appropriately to their skill level in order to prepare them for French 3 Honors and potentially the IB level classes.

    Units of Study
    Qui suis je?
    Le weekend enfin!
    Bon Appetit
    Loisirs et spectacles!
    Vive le sport!
    Chez nous
    Soyez à la mode!
    Bonnes vacances!
  • French 3 - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 2

    As in all language courses, French 3 emphasizes language acquisition and development of receptive, productive and interactive skills. This year we will build on the vocabulary, grammar, topics and culture you have already learned in levels 1 and 2. As ways to expand your written and spoken French, we will read condensed literary and cultural works by well-known authors, explore provinces in France, write compositions and do oral presentations. Many activities will allow you to personalize materials and express your ideas and opinions in an enjoyable and educational way. Students in French 3 will speak in French as much as possible. The class aims to develop awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from the Francophone world and to open students to other ways of seeing and knowing things through the study of another language.

    Units of Study
    Introduction/Review
    Descriptions Physiques
    Tâches Domestiques
    Culture: La France, Géographie, provinces, villes
    Les Vives les Vacances
    Les objets directs, indirects, y et en
    Les Voyages
    Lecture (Reading) Les Miserables
    Lecture (Reading) Cyrano de Bergerac
    Chez le Médecin
  • French 3 Honors - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 2 honors and teacher recommendation

    As in all language courses, French 3 emphasizes language acquisition and development of receptive, productive and interactive skills. This year we will build on the vocabulary, grammar, topics and culture you have already learned in levels 1 and 2. As ways to expand your written and spoken French, we will read condensed literary and cultural works by well-known authors, explore provinces in France, write compositions and do oral presentations. Many activities will allow you to personalize materials and express your ideas and opinions in an enjoyable and educational way. French 3 honors is conducted almost entirely in French. As a precursor to the IB level classes, French 3 H focuses on certain components of the Theory of Knowledge. The class aims to develop awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from the Francophone world and to open students to other ways of seeing and knowing things through the study of another language. Students ideally display natural curiosity, enjoy exploring ideas and concepts that have a local and global significance, exercise critical thinking skills, and international mindedness, and are caring and reflective.

    Units of Study
    Introduction/Review
    Descriptions Physiques
    Tâches Domestiques
    Culture: La France, Géographie, provinces, villes
    Les Vives les Vacances
    Les objets directs, indirects, y et en
    Les Voyages
    Lecture (Reading) Les Miserables
    Lecture (Reading) Cyrano de Bergerac
    Chez le Médecin
  • French 4 - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 3

    As preparation for further study of French in college or high school, this course aims to develop the four skills of communication- reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally, this course is offered to students interested in improving, or maintaining, their French skills, and who are not planning to take the IB test this year. Within the course framework, through the study of authentic texts, students investigate and reflect on cultural values and behaviours. Chapter units, based on a variety of themes, will allow students to develop receptive, productive and interactive skills. Review of essential grammar and introduction of new vocabulary continues through the study of condensed literary and cultural works by well-known authors. Students view films, read articles, watch news broadcasts and hear songs in French. Compositions and oral presentations designed to develop interpersonal written and spoken French are assigned. Activities allow students to personalize materials and express their ideas and opinions in an enjoyable and educational way. Students in French 4 must speak French as much as possible.

    Units of Study
    Le Monde Francophone
    La Préhistoire
    La Periode Gallo-Romaine
    Les Croisades, les cathédrales, Tristan et Yseult
    La Renaissance, les châteaux de la Loire
    Les Français Célèbres, biographie
    La Poesie
    Moliere
    Le Comte de Monte Cristo
  • French 4 Honors - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 3 Honors and teacher recommendation

    As preparation for further study of French in college or high school, this course aims to develop the four skills of communication- reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally, this course is offered to students interested in improving, or maintaining, their French skills, and who are not planning to take the IB test this year. Within the course framework, through the study of authentic texts, students investigate and reflect on cultural values and behaviors. Chapter units, based on a variety of themes, will allow students to develop receptive, productive and interactive skills. Review of essential grammar and introduction of new vocabulary continues through the study of condensed literary and cultural works by well-known authors. Students view films, read articles, watch news broadcasts and hear songs in French. Compositions and oral presentations designed to develop interpersonal written and spoken French are assigned. Activities allow students to personalize materials and express their ideas and opinions in an enjoyable and educational way. Students in French 4 Honors must speak French as much as possible. As a possible precursor to IB level classes, students  ideally display natural curiosity, enjoy exploring ideas and concepts that have a local and global significance, exercise critical thinking skills and international mindedness, and are caring and reflective.

    Units of Study
    Le Monde Francophone
    La Préhistoire
    La Periode Gallo-Romaine
    Les Croisades, les cathédrales, Tristan et Yseult
    La Renaissance, les châteaux de la Loire
    Les Français Célèbres, biographie
    La Poesie
    Moliere
    Le Comte de Monte Cristo
  • French 5 - Grades 11-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 4

    As preparation for further study of French in college or high school, this course aims to further develop the four skills of communication- reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally, this course is offered to students interested in improving, or maintaining, their French skills, and who are not planning to take the IB test this year. Within the course framework, through the study of authentic texts, students investigate and reflect on cultural values and behaviors. Chapter units, based on a variety of themes, will allow students to develop receptive, productive and interactive skills. Review of essential grammar and introduction of new vocabulary continues through the study of condensed literary and cultural works by well-known authors. Students view films, read articles, watch news broadcasts and hear songs in French. Compositions and oral presentations designed to develop interpersonal written and spoken French are assigned. Activities allow students to personalize materials and express their ideas and opinions in an enjoyable and educational way. Students in French 5 must speak French as much as possible.

    Units of Study
    Le 17e siècle: Le Grand Siècle ou L'Age Classique
    L'Education (Entre Les Murs, par François Bégaudeau)
    La revolution Française
    Les Professions,
    La Santé et la Forme
    Les Phases de la Vie
    L'amitié et les relations Personnelles
    Les Gens Celebres dans le monde Francophone
    L'Environnement
    Les Medias et moi.
    "Chez Nous" Monthly magazine

Latin

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  • Latin 1 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit

    Latin 1 introduces students to the basic vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structure of the language. Students will build reading and translating proficiency with vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structures. Students will study geography, history, mythology, daily life, and derivatives. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, grammatical forms, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, grammatical proficiency as indicated by understand various verb, noun, and adjective forms, reading Latin for comprehension, and understanding cultural contexts. This is a year long class for 8th-12th graders. This course will encourage students to think critically about the English language in terms of grammar and vocabulary. To be successful in this class students need a strong foundation of English grammar, to be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Elements of a Sentence
    Noun, Adjective, and Verb Agreement
    Verb Tenses, Neuter Nouns
    Stories from the Road to Rome
  • Latin 2 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 1.  Incoming students will be given a pre-assessment within the first two weeks of school to determine proper Latin level placement.

    Students will continue to build reading and translating proficiency with more complex vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structures. Students will also take time to strengthen foundations of Latin and English grammar Students continue their study of geography, history, mythology, daily life, and derivatives. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, and understanding cultural contexts. This is a year long class for 8th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a foundation from Latin 1, be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Review from Latin I and Grammar
    Verbs- The Complete Picture of Latin Tenses, Digging Deeper into Nouns
    Personal Pronouns, Demonstrative Adjectives
    It's All About Voice
    Perfect Passive
    Other Verbs and Adjectives
  • Latin 2 Honors - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 1 and teacher recommendation

    Latin 2 Honors students will continue to build reading and translating proficiency with more complex vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structures, at an accelerated pace. Students continue their study of geography, history, mythology, daily life, and derivatives. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, and understanding cultural contexts. This is a year long class for 8th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation from Latin 1, be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Active Voice
    Pronouns
    Relative Pronoun
    Passive Voice
    Comparisons and Deponent Verbs
    Assorted Grammar
    Latina Mythica
     
  • Latin 3 - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 2

    Latin 3 students complete the remaining linguistic structures of the language and continue to expand their vocabulary and translation skills. The study of geography, history, mythology, daily life and derivatives is continued. During the second semester, readings from selected authors begin to prepare students for fourth year Latin language study. Students learn through translation practice, practicing grammatical forms, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, and understanding cultural contexts. This is a year long class for 9th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a firm foundation from Latin 1 and 2, a strong foundation of English grammar, organization, diligence, and ability to be analytical.

    Units of Study
    Review
    Perfect Passive
    Other Verbs and Adjectives
    The Subjunctive, More Participles, and Deponents
    Life in Rome
  • Latin 3 Honors - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 2 Honors and teacher recommendation

    Latin 3 Honors students complete the remaining linguistic structures of the language and continue to expand their vocabulary and translation skills through the reading of a variety of texts. The study of geography, history, mythology, daily life and derivatives is continued in an intensive way. During the second semester, readings from selected authors begin to prepare students for fourth year Latin language study. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, and understanding cultural contexts. This is a year long class for 9th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation from Latin 1 and 2 Honors, be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Participles
    Eutropius on the Republic
    Infinitives and Indirect Statement
    Eutropius on the Julio-Claudians
    Independent Uses of the Subjunctive
    Eutropius on the Flavians
    Dependent Uses of the Subjunctive
    Eutropius on the 5 Good Emperors
    Seneca’s Thyestes
    Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Latin 4 - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 3 or Latin 3 Honors and teacher recommendation

    Latin 4 students have completed linguistic structures of the language and continue to expand their vocabulary and translation skills by beginning to read texts of ancient authors. This course is meant to provide students with experience with authentic Latin while providing space to hone linguistic skills. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, understanding cultural contexts, literary analysis, and grammatical proficiency. While this course covers the same readings as Latin 4 Honors, student assessments, quizzes, tests, and projects are meant to continue developing grammatical and linguistic skills without emphasizing textual evaluation.This is a year long class for 10th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation from Latin 1, 2, and 3, be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Caesar- Power and Province
    Catullus- Love and Loathing
    Cicero- Speech and Statecraft
    Vergil- Expedition and Epic
  • Latin 4 Honors - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 3 Honors and teacher recommendation

    Latin 4 Honors students have completed linguistic structures of the language and continue to expand their vocabulary and translation skills by beginning to read texts of ancient authors. This course is meant to provide students with experience with authentic Latin while providing space to hone linguistic skills in preparation for intensive Latin study at the IB level. Students learn through translation practice, vocabulary study, and cultural projects. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text, reading Latin for comprehension, understanding cultural contexts, literary analysis, and grammatical proficiency. This is a year long class for 10th-12th graders. To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation from Latin 1, 2 Honors, and 3 Honors, be organized, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Caesar- Power and Province
    Catullus- Love and Loathing
    Cicero- Speech and Statecraft
    Vergil- Expedition and Epic

Spanish

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  • Spanish 1 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit

    This course lays the foundation for all the subsequent Spanish courses. Spanish 1 teaches the basic grammatical points and extensive vocabulary for students to communicate in Spanish, and includes audiovisual and interactive online exercises. The course also teaches correct pronunciation as well as the grammatical constructions necessary for speaking and writing. As the year progresses, students are challenged to integrate all aspects of their learning through speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Units of Study
    Hola ?Que Tal?
    En la clase
    La Familia
    Los Pasatiempos
    Las Vacaciones
  • Spanish 2 - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Spanish 1

    This course studies Spanish through the competencies of communication, cultures, comparisons, connections, and communities. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish in order to function in a variety of settings and for multiple purposes. Students will interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and develop insight into the nature of language and culture. Students will build on their knowledge from Spanish 1 through verbal interaction in groups, textbook study, teacher instruction, and collaborative assignments. Students will apply knowledge gained in the course in a culminating project that will require mastery of the above competencies. This is a year-long required course for students. Students should expect to challenge their comfort zone in learning and participating in a new language. They should also expect to be engaged in daily practice and review in order to be successful.

    Units of Study
    Amigos, alumnos y parientes
    En casa y en la escuela
    Personalidad y salud
    De compras y de vacaciones
    En avión
    Una rutina diferente
    En tren
    En el restaurante
  • Spanish 2 Honors - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 1 and teacher recommendation

    In Spanish 2 Honors, students continue to improve their communication skills in the target language.  This course is designed to increase familiarity with basic and more complex grammatical structures through literature and role-play, as well as expand vocabulary to communicate about students’ immediate world. Basic strategies to develop more independent writing and reading abilities are explored, as students begin their path in the program’s honors track. Cultural awareness is emphasized throughout the year, and students learn to appreciate cultural differences and similarities, particularly through a number of short novels.  Students are encouraged to speak as much Spanish as possible.

    Students learn through a variety of activities that develop their overall proficiency as well as deepen their connection with the people, places and histories of the Spanish speaking world.  Examples of activities include singing, storytelling and writing, acting, reading, and grammar practice.

    Units of Study
    Pirates of the Caribbean and the Secret Map:  Past Tense (Preterite and Imperfect)
    Mysterious Nights in Granada: Past Tense (Preterite and Imperfect); Perfect Tenses.
    Theft in the Night: Command Form; Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns
    The Tailor's Daughter: Command Form; Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns
    All that Glitters... Conditional and Future Tenses
  • Spanish 3 - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 2

    Spanish 3 emphasizes securing the skills learned in Spanish 1 and 2. Grammar study and vocabulary development continue throughout the year, with emphasis on the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Discussions of Spanish and Latin American culture are also included. Compositions and creative projects are occasionally assigned to allow students to demonstrate synthesis of concepts.

    Units of Study
    Las relaciones personales
    Las diversiones
    La vida diaria
    La salud y el bienestar
    Los viajes
  • Spanish 3 Honors - Grades 9-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 2 Honors or Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation

    Spanish 3 Honors includes a review of all points of grammar and all tenses, indicative through subjunctive. A variety of materials are used to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, including internet sources. Written compositions and cultural readings are regularly assigned.. This course is preparation for Spanish 4 Honors or IB Spanish SL. As a precursor to the IB level classes, Spanish 3H focuses on certain components of the Theory of Knowledge course. The class aims to develop awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from the Spanish-speaking world and to open students to other ways of seeing and knowing things through the study of another language.  Students will need to demonstrate independent learning and utilize critical thinking skills on a daily basis. Daily practice and review are essential to success.

    Units of Study
    Las relaciones personales
    Las diversiones
    La vida diaria
    La salud y el bienestar
    Los viajes
    La naturaleza
  • Spanish 4 - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation

    This course studies Spanish through the competencies of communication, cultures, comparisons, connections, and communities. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish in order to function in a variety of settings and for multiple purposes. Students will interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and develop insight into the nature of language and culture. Students will build on their knowledge from Spanish 3 through verbal interaction in groups, textbook study, teacher instruction, and collaborative assignments. Students will apply knowledge gained in the course in a culminating project that will require mastery of the above competencies. This is a year-long required course for students. Students should expect to challenge their comfort zone in learning and participating in a new language. They should also expect to be engaged in daily practice and review in order to be successful.

    Units of Study
    Sentir y vivir
    Vivir en la ciudad
    Un mundo conectado
    Generaciones en movimiento
    Las Riquezas Naturales
    Escapar y divertirse
  • Spanish 4 Honors - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 3 Honors and teacher recommendation

    This course serves as preparation for IB SL Spanish. This course studies Spanish through the competencies of communication, cultures, comparisons, connections, and communities. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish in order to function in a variety of settings and for multiple purposes. Students will interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and develop insight into the nature of language and culture. Students will build on their knowledge from Spanish 3 honors through verbal interaction in groups, the study of authentic materials, teacher instruction, independent writing, and collaborative assignments. Students will apply knowledge gained in the course in a culminating project that will require mastery of the above competencies. This is a year-long required course for students. Students should expect to challenge their comfort zone in learning and participating in a new language. They should also expect to be engaged in daily practice and review in order to be successful.

    Units of Study
    Sentir y vivir
    Vivir en la ciudad
    Un mundo conectado
    Generaciones en movimiento
    Las Riquezas Naturales
    Escapar y divertirse
  • Spanish 5 - Grades 11-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 4 and teacher recommendation

    This course studies Spanish through the competencies of communication, cultures, comparisons, connections, and communities. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish in order to function in a variety of settings and for multiple purposes. Students will interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and develop insight into the nature of language and culture. Students will build on their knowledge from Spanish 4 through verbal interaction in groups, textbook study, teacher instruction, and collaborative assignments. Students will apply knowledge gained in the course in a culminating project that will require mastery of the above competencies. Students should expect to challenge their comfort zone in learning and participating in a new language. They should also expect to be engaged in daily practice and review in order to be successful.

    Units of Study
    El Valor de las ideas
    Perspectivas laborales
    Ciencia y tecnología
    Escapar y divertirse

IB French

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  • IB French B SL - Grades 11-12

    Grades 11-12
    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: French 3 Honors or French 4 Honors and teacher recommendation
    Additional Fee: $10.00 for French magazine subscription. Students in grade 12 enrolled in this course are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.  Students in grade 11 who do not plan to take IB French HL in their senior year are required to complete a virtual component of the course outside of class that will total 28 hours throughout the year. These students are also expected to take the IB exam.  Please see the information in the Overview section about IB exams.

    This course prepares students for the IB French Language Exams. The IB grade is determined by four factors. One factor is the internal assessment (IA) grade, which is scored by the instructor through various oral activities, the most significant being the 15-minute individual oral presentation/discussion, to take place in the second semester. There will also be a larger written activity which is externally assessed. Two additional factors occur on the scheduled IB exam days, and include a 250-word essay in French, as well as various questions and short answers based on authentic French-language reading materials.

    IB French SL consists of activities to develop skills that will effectively prepare students for these components, including daily speaking practice that targets grammar and vocabulary. Debates, interactive oral activities, and small writing assignments are regular tasks. The IB rubrics, in whole or in part, are used to evaluate most oral and written activities. Students explore IB themes through film, contemporary and classic literature, art, images, video, online audio, and current events from the French-speaking world.

    In concordance with the aims of the IB Organization:  IB French seeks to promote understanding of another culture through the study of a second language. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    Units of Study
    Salutations
    Le Monde Francophone
    Le Media et Moi
    La Technologie et l'education de demain
    La Santé et Bien Etre
    Planete verte et bleue
    Written Assignment
  • IB French B HL - Grade 12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation based on the expectation of B or higher in IB French B SL
    Additional Fee: Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.

    This course prepares students for the IB French Language Exam in the higher level, or HL. The IB grade is determined by four factors. One factor is the internal assessment (IA) grade, which is scored by the instructor through various oral activities, the most significant being the 15-minute individual oral presentation/discussion, to take place in the second semester. There will also be a larger written activity which is externally assessed.  Two additional factors occur on the scheduled IB exam days, and include a 400-word essay in French, as well as various questions and short answers based on authentic French-language reading materials.

    IB French HL consists of activities to develop skills that will effectively prepare students for these components, including daily speaking practice that targets grammar and vocabulary. Debates, interactive oral activities, and writing assignments, readings from classic French literature are regular tasks. The IB rubrics, in whole or in part, are used to evaluate most oral and written activities.  Students explore IB themes through film, contemporary and classic literature, art, images, video, online audio, and current events from the French-speaking world.

    In concordance with the aims of the IB Organization: IB French seeks to promote understanding of another culture through the study of a second language. The aim of al IB programs is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    Units of Study
    L'Amitié
    Technologie
    Immigration
    Global Issues, (Conservation et Ecologie)
    Social relations
    Médias (Publicité, La France Vue par le Monde)

IB Latin

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  • IB Latin SL - Grades 11-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Latin 3 Honors or Latin 4 Honors and teacher recommendation
    Additional Fee:  Students in grade 12 enrolled in this course are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.  Students in grade 11 who do not plan to take IB Latin HL in their senior year are required to complete a virtual component of the course outside of class that will total 28 hours throughout the year. These students are also expected to take the IB exam.  A fee applies to all students taking the exam. Please see the information in the Overview section about IB exams.

    The course involves intensive study of Latin literary works by multiple authors to prepare students for the sight translation, prepared translation, and analysis portions of the IB Latin SL exam. All IB students are required to complete an Internal Assessment research dossier on a classical-themed topic. Students learn through group translations in class, discussion of cultural and historical contexts, and review of grammar and vocabulary. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text and literary analysis. To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation in Latin grammar, be open-minded, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Ovid’s Metamorphoses
    Love Poetry - Catullus and Horace
    Villains - Vergil, Livy, and Sallust
    Internal Assessment
    IB Exam Review
  • IB Latin HL - Grade 12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation based on the expectation of B or higher in IB Latin SL
    Additional Fee: Students enrolled in IB Latin HL are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.

    The course involves advanced, intensive study of Latin literary works by multiple authors to prepare students for the sight translation, prepared translation, and analysis portions of the IB Latin HL exam. All IB students are required to complete an Internal Assessment research dossier on a classical-themed topic. Students learn through group translations in class, discussion of cultural and historical contexts, and review of grammar and vocabulary. Skills emphasized are accurate translations of Latin text and literary analysis. This is a year long class for seniors.  To be successful in this class, students need to have a strong foundation in Latin grammar, be open-minded, diligent, and analytical.

    Units of Study
    Further Exploration of Ovid's Metamorphoses
    Further Exploration of Love Poetry
    Further Exploration of Villains
    Internal Assessment
    IB Exam Review

IB Spanish

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  • IB Spanish B SL - Grades 11-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Spanish 3 Honors or Spanish 4 Honors and teacher recommendation
    Additional Fee:  Students in grade 12 enrolled in this course are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.  Students in grade 11 who do not plan to take IB Spanish HL in their senior year are required to complete a virtual component of the course outside of class that will total 28 hours throughout the year. These students are also expected to take the IB exam.  A fee applies to all students taking the exam. Please see the information in the Overview section about IB exams.

    This course prepares students for the IB Spanish Language Exams. The IB grade is determined by four factors. One factor is the internal assessment (IA) grade, which is scored by the instructor through various oral activities, the most significant being the 15-minute individual oral presentation/discussion, to take place in the second semester. There will also be a larger written assignment (WA) which is externally assessed.  Two additional factors occur on the scheduled IB exam days, and include a 250-word essay in Spanish, as well as various questions and short answers based on authentic Spanish-language reading materials.

    IB Spanish SL consists of activities to develop skills that will effectively prepare students for these components, including daily speaking practice that targets grammar and vocabulary. Debates, interactive oral activities, and small writing assignments are regular tasks. The IB rubrics, in whole or in part, are used to evaluate most oral and written activities. Students taking this course should be open minded and curious about other perspectives. They should be independent learners able to synthesize concepts in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.

    In concordance with the aims of the IB Organization: IB Spanish seeks to promote understanding of another culture through the study of a second language. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    Units of Study
    Vacations and Travel
    Noise
    Hats
    Global Epidemics
    Immigration and Stereotypes
    Ethics in Science and Technology
    The Art of Kahlo, Gaudí, and Botero
    Your Personality
    Food, Dependencies, and Obsessions
    Difficulties in Adolescence
  • IB Spanish B HL - Grade 12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation based on the expectation of B or higher in IB Spanish B SL
    Additional Fee: Students enrolled in IB Spanish HL are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.

    The International Baccalaureate Organization’s expressed mission is to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.  The goals of IB Spanish Higher Level are directly aligned with IB's mission. Over the course of the year students will develop a fluent or near fluent proficiency in the Spanish language while exploring various global themes, issues and Spanish and Latin American literature.

    Students will enhance their skills in communicating clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding; using language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts; understanding and using language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency, organizing ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner; understanding, analyzing and responding to a range of written and spoken texts; and understanding and using works of literature written in the target language of study.

    The course explores content through a variety of sources including music, dance, art, literature, feature films, historical records, documentary films and more. This course is recommended for students with a genuine desire to become fluent in Spanish and a strong interest in global issues with a focus on Latin America.

    Units of Study
    Dominican Republic and Haiti: The Birth of the Americas
    Globalization: A World Adjusting to Constant Change - A Latin American Focus
    Literature of Latin America: Magical Realism and Social Satire
    Cuba: An Endless Revolution
    IB Exam Preparation and skill Building
     

Course Sequence

French, Latin and Spanish

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Language 1 Language 2 Honors Language 3 Honors IB Language SL IB Language HL
Language 4 Honors
Language 2 Language 3 Language 4 Language 5