Foreign Language

Oral language courses at Leicester High School follow the proficiency model of language instruction reflected in the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks and the National Standards for Education. Students are presented with both grammar and vocabulary in context and are encouraged to express themselves in the target language independent of a text as soon as possible. Awareness of cultural differences and similarities is also essential to a complete language education. Interdisciplinary themes allow students to use the language they acquire to learn about their world in general. They also demonstrate a more authentic use for the language as a means of communicating important information. Teachers use multi -sensory methods such as computers, video, music, drama, food and games to make the material both meaningful and interesting for the students.

The student is offered a four-year sequence in French including an examination of modern French literature. For the student interested in Spanish, a four-year sequence is also available, including an introduction to Spanish literature. Additionally, Latin 1 and 11 is sometimes offered as an elective.

A minimum three-year high school foreign language course sequence is recommended for students seeking admission to competitive colleges. Many juniors and seniors use foreign language as one of the three College Board SAT-II subject tests frequently requested for college admissions. Colleges express no preference among languages.

(309) FRENCH I-Col
Grades: 9 - 11
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full year

The goal of French I is to acquire the structure of the language, the major objective being communicative competency. A wide range of exercises and activities will present vocabulary, grammar, and culture in a logical progression.

(311) FRENCH II-Hon
Grades: 10 - 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: French I
Length: Full year

The second year of French continues the major objective of communicative competency in the language. Students learn more complex language structures and how to respond in a natural communicative or conversational sequence in French. The aim of the second year is towards proficiency and mastery of the language.

(310) FRENCH II-Col
Grades: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: French I
Length: Full year

The second year of French continues the major objective of communicative competency in the language. Students learn more complex language structures and how to respond in a natural communicative or conversational sequence in French. The aim of the second year is towards proficiency and mastery of the language.

(338) FRENCH III-Hon
Grades: 11 - 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: French II
Length: Full year

In French III the emphasis is on student communicative ability and fluency. More advanced vocabulary and grammar structures are introduced. Short stories and excerpts from literature are read. The course also examines cultural and historical aspects of the French-speaking world. Advanced writing projects are given.

(313) FRENCH IV-Hon
Grade: 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: French III
Length: Full year

In French IV the aim is fluency and advanced comprehension. The student begins a complete review of the grammar and more vocabulary is learned. Short stories and the French novel Le Petit Prince are read. Advanced writing is expected. The emphasis is on mastery in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the French language.

(305) SPANISH I-Col
Grades: 9 - 11
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full year

The basic goals of Spanish I are to present: (1) language in an interesting and stimulating context, (2) a realistic view of all aspects of Hispanic cultures, (3) varied exercises that provide both drill and personalized manipulation of the language, (4) a logical learning sequence with smooth progression from spoken to elementary written language.

(307) SPANISH II-Hon
Grades: 9 – 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Spanish I
Length: Full year

The second year provides for increased oral practice for growth of oral proficiency. Also listening skills are developed as needed for communication. Further practice in acquiring reading and writing skills is emphasized.

Through the text, cassette tapes, videotapes and other ancillary material, the student will come to an understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture.

(306) SPANISH II-Col
Grades: 9 – 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Spanish I
Length: Full year

The second year provides for increased oral practice for growth of oral proficiency. Also listening skills are developed as needed for communication. Further practice in acquiring reading and writing skills is emphasized. Through the text, cassette tapes, videotapes and other ancillary material, the student will come to an understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture.

(327) SPANISH III-Hon
Grades: 9 – 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Spanish II
Length: Full year

The third level text continues study of the structures of the language. The goal of the third year is an increase of skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is achieved through conversations, grammar review, and ancillary materials.

(326) SPANISH III-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Spanish II
Length: Full year

The third level text continues study of the structures of the language. The goal of the third year is an increase of skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is achieved through conversations, grammar review, and ancillary materials.

(320) SPANISH IV-Hon
Grades: 9 – 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Spanish III
Length: Full year

Spanish IV emphasizes and reinforces all aspects of Spanish III. This course will include increased conversations, written expression, selected readings and more study of the culture of the language.

(301) LATIN I-Col
Grades: 9 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Elective

Comprehension of Latin will be attained by practice in reading the language. Grammatical rules and vocabulary are mastered through reading passages that interestingly incorporate the daily life and culture of people during the early Roman Empire. Latin I focuses first on the city of Pompeii and then the Roman settlements in Britain. Students will begin to translate Latin texts to English, as their knowledge increases. Mythology and word derivation will be introduced and developed.

(373) LATIN II-Col
Grades: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Latin I
Length: Full Year
Elective

Students in Latin II will continue their study of Latin grammar to include pronouns in all their cases, the passive voice, and the subjunctive form.Students will also engage in greater depth with the use of Latin derivatives. Latin II will review topics from Latin I and expand on them. Students will translate more and more complex Latin texts to English, as their knowledge increases. Roman culture--specifically that of Roman Britain--will continue to be examined, studied, and discussed.

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