World Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This semester-long course is designed for self-motivated students who want to start or continue on the road to foreign language proficiency--in a language other than Spanish. Students will be responsible for planning and maintaining their own course of study, and reflecting on their progress each week. They will use all the modern language learning tools at their disposal in order to attain proficiency in the language of their choice. The teacher’s role will be that of a coach or facilitator, providing resources and guiding students in their study while at the same time helping them to take ownership of the process.

Two semesters of this course will be required for English Learners to support the practice of English pronunciation, listening, reading, and/or writing skills.

This is an introductory level course in Mandarin Chinese. No prior experience in Mandarin is required.

These year-long courses provide students with an opportunity to develop their Spanish language skills in classes that group students of similar proficiency levels. Instruction in these courses will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Students will be expected to contribute, to the best of their ability, to the maintenance of the classroom immersion environment. Proficiency in all major areas (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) will be developed through a variety of activities. Both individual and group work will be included. The teacher will provide classroom instruction, assign homework and administer assessments.

Students of this literature class will study literary periods and the lives of authors, explore poetry, short stories and essays, critically analyze literary devices used by authors, compare and contrast different works, and compose their own works based on different themes in the readings. The first course of the literature sequence will focus on themes of early Hispanic literature before the introduction of contemporary 20th century literature. Assessment in this course will be composed mainly of essays in which the students use critical analysis to explain literary devices found in a reading, research the life of an artist in relation to a piece of work, or to compare and contrast reading within a similar theme. Students will also be asked to write original works utilizing a similar theme or literary device present in past readings.

Students of this literature class will study literary periods and the lives of authors, explore poetry, short stories and essays, critically analyze literary devices used by authors, compare and contrast different works, and compose their own works based on different themes in the readings. The second course of the literature sequence will focus on themes of contemporary Hispanic-American literature of the 20th century. Assessment in this course will be composed mainly of essays in which the students use critical analysis to explain literary devices found in a reading, research the life of an artist in relation to a piece of work, or to compare and contrast reading within a similar theme. Students will also be asked to write original works utilizing a similar theme or literary device present in past readings.

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