World Languages Overview

As our nation increasingly defines its educational goals in terms of empowering students to reason and think, language becomes a crucial link in attaining these goals. Our students must be able to examine and reflect about the multiple uses of languages in order to participate fully in the diverse discourses, which mark contemporary society. Various iPad and computer applications facilitate interactive teaching and learning at all levels. The acquisition of eBooks and iBooks open the doors for cultural enrichment far beyond the limits of printed texts.

Students begin the study of World Languages in seventh grade by taking courses in French, Latin, or Spanish. Students entering Sacred Heart High School from our Intermediate School have had two years of a second language. They may continue to level two with advanced standing when entering the ninth grade. This gives them the advantage of four more years to acquire increased proficiency. Sacred Heart School strongly recommends the full sequential program of four or five years of language study.


List of 23 items.

  • French 1 (511)

    Students are introduced to the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as to French Culture and Geography. They will be exposed to vocabulary and grammar skills relative to the elementary level. Basic class conversations are used to practice newly acquired vocabulary. Upon completion of the class, students should be able to carry on and to understand conversations as well as read and write short passages.
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  • French 1A (517)

    This course constitutes the first half of French 1, and is intended for the student who plans to complete the first year of the language by the end of grade 8.
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  • French 1B (518)

    This course constitutes the second half of French 1.  Students who successfully complete both years of the language are prepared to begin the second level of grade nine.
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  • French 2 (521)

    The students in French 2 will study more intricate grammatical structures, increase and expand their vocabulary, and will develop their comprehension of spoken French and French Culture. Intermediate level reading selections will be introduced and students will be expected to incorporate new verb tenses and grammatical structures into their increasingly complex use of spoken and written French.
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  • French 3 (531)

    This course continues to improve listening comprehension and speaking skills and offers authentic classical and current literary excerpts which are discussed orally and analyzed in essays. Students start writing creatively in personal journals, poems, and short stories while continuing to learn Francophone culture. (Pre-requisite: successful completion of French 2 and/or Department approval). (1credit)
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  • French 4 Honors (540) and French 5 Honors (550)

    Students read and critically analyze French literary texts from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. The course emphasizes the refinement of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Grammatical structures are reviewed. Instructional materials include iPads, the language laboratory, French magazines and newspapers, realia and films.
     
    (Pre-requisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in French 3 and 4. Department approval required) (1 credit)
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  • German I (513) German II (523)

    Enrollment in the German program, Levels 1 and 2 is offered to Juniors and Seniors. Department approval is required. German I is a pre-requisite for German II. (1 credit per course)
     
    The World Languages Department faculty offers tutorial assistance at scheduled times during the school day. Individuals can further their understanding of the intricacies of second language studies and build more confide nce in their ability when they take advantage of this opportunity.
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  • German Culture (535)

    This survey course examines the culture of the German People. Students learn basic conversation and get acquainted with the lands great poets, thinkers, and scientists. Study will include Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, with virtual reality visits to the museums of Berlin and Munich. The course encompasses the lifestyle, foods, and fashions, of the German people. Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12. Department approval is required.
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  • Latin 1 (514)

    This course is an introduction to the rudiments of the Latin language and to the culture of early imperial Rome, using the acclaimed textbook series Ecce Romani. A series of carefully graded readings tells the story of the Cornelli, a typical Roman family of the Senatorial class, as a means of plunging students directly into the use of the language. The grammar syllabus, reinforced by drills and exercises, includes all of what has traditionally been taught in first-year Latin: the complete declension of nouns and modifiers and all the active indicative tenses of the verb. (No pre-requisite). (1 credit)
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  • Latin 1A (547)

    This course constitutes the first half of Latin 1, and is intended for the student who plans to complete the first year of the language by the end of grade 8.
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  • Latin 1B (548)

    This course constitutes the second half of Latin 1.  Students who successfully complete both years of the language are prepared to begin the second level of grade nine.
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  • Latin 2 (524)

    This course is a thorough review of basic grammar and vocabulary followed by the study of more complexgrammatical elements (e.g. subjunctives, participles) essential to the development of reading comprehension. Readings about the Cornelii family continue and broaden out providing students a larger glimpse into the life and times of imperial Rome. (Pre-requisite: successful completion of Latin 1). (1credit)
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  • Latin 3 (534)

    This course introduces students to excerpts from classical authors (some adapted at first, many later untouched) and deepens their knowledge of Roman history and culture. More difficult and specialized topics in grammar and syntax are covered, and the basics are reviewed. (Pre-requisite: successful completion of Latin 2 and/or Department approval). (1credit)
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  • Latin Literature Honors (500)

    This course follows the syllabus for the Advanced Placement Latin Literature exam and studies the selection of poems by Catullus, Ovid, and Horace. (Pre-requisite: Latin 3 with minimum grade of 2.3 and Department approval.  Offered every other year). (1credit.)
     
    Note: In order for students to take a second year of Latin at the honors level, either Virgil or Latin Literature, they must maintain a minimum grade of 2.7 in the first Latin honors course.
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  • Latin: Vergil Honors (530)

    This course follows the syllabus for the Advanced Placement Virgil examination and studies excerpts from the Aenied and some of Virgil’s other works. Offered every other year. (Pre-requisite: Latin 3 with minimum grade of 2.7 and Department approval). (1credit.)
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  • Spanish 1 (512)

    Students are introduced to the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as to Spanish Culture and Geography. They will be exposed to vocabulary and grammar skills relative to the elementary level.

    Basic class conversations are used to practice newly acquired vocabulary. Upon completion of the class, students should be able to carry on and to understand conversations as well as read and write short passages.
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  • Spanish 1A (527)

    This course constitutes the first half of Spanish 1, and is intended for the student who plans to complete the first year of the language by the end of grade 8.
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  • Spanish 1B (528)

    This course constitutes the second half of Spanish 1. Students who successfully complete both years of the language are prepared to begin the second level of grade nine.
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  • Spanish 2 (522)

    The students in Spanish 2 will study more intricate grammatical structures, increase and expand their vocabulary, and will develop their comprehension of spoken Spanish and Spanish Culture. Intermediate level reading selections will be introduced and students will be expected to incorporate new verb tenses and grammatical structures into their increasingly complex use of spoken and written Spanish.
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  • Spanish 3 (532)

    This course promotes fluency in the active skills of speaking and writing. The field of grammar is reviewed and completed. Reading short stories and practice in conversations and written compositions are provided. (Pre-requisite: successful completion of Spanish 2 and/or Department approval). (1credit)
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  • Spanish 4 Honors (560)

    This course provides a review of all grammatical concepts learned the prior three years as well as a development of aural/oral skills through frequent class discussion. Films, handouts, and field trips, where appropriate, supplement the language study and readings. Study of the Hispanic world and culture is offered through selected readings. An intermediate level college text is used. (Pre-requisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in Spanish 3 and/or Department approval). (1credit)
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  • AP Spanish Language (565)

    This course is the equivalent to a third year college course in advanced language and composition. The primary goal is to acquire an advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This course culminates with the AP College Boards Spanish Language exam administered each May. (Pre-requisite: minimum grade of 3.0 in Spanish 4 Honors and Department approval.) (1 credit)
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  • Travel Abroad - Extension of World Languages Curriculum

    Extending our curriculum to on-site locations, Sacred Heart offers exchange trips, and tours to other areas of the world during the academic year vacation weeks and/or summer vacation. Total immersion in the countries where the target languages are spoken actualizes the class instruction and the text book study in an exciting and unforgettable way. It is definitely a positive event to plan for, and actualize, during secondary school years. Sacred Heart graduates live in many countries; as college/university students, for international work, or have established permanent residences.
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World Language Faculty

List of 5 members.

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