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Developing the leaders of the future.

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

 

The Foreign Language program offers the study of five languages: Greek, French, Latin, Spanish and Swahili. Students develop the skills necessary to study, in the original languages, some of the greatest literature ever written, by authors ranging from Plato and Virgil to Cervantes and Moliere. Some extra activities include trips abroad, student exchanges, visits to ethnic restaurants, foreign language club and nation competitions.

 

Foreign Language (Spanish/French) I

This course presents in one year the basic work necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing. The student may expect to spend 60% of his or her time on developing the oral skill. City examination is taken in June.

 

Foreign Language (Spanish/French) II

This course is a continuation of Language I. There is a continued emphasis on oral competency, but also increased study of more sophisticated structural forms and written expressions. City examination is taken in June.

 

Foreign Language III (Spanish/French) (Regents)

The student will use the language almost exclusively in this course. The curriculum involves a thorough structural

review and a high concentration on vocabulary building. The Regents Comprehensive Examination may be taken at the end of this level. A passing grade on this exam is required for an Advanced Regents Diploma.

 

Foreign Language IV (Regents, Honors)

The student will use the language exclusively. Literature will be read and discussed. Student creativity will be challenged. A variety of projects will be completed. This is a stepping-stone to advanced placement.

 

French, Spanish Advanced Placement Language (College Level)

This course stresses oral skills, composition and grammar with an emphasis on the language for active communication, which is accurate and fluent. Students take the advanced Placement Exam of the CEEB.

 

Latin I – Regents

This course presents in one year the basic ideas for understanding, reading, writing and speaking elementary Latin. Students learn the basics of grammar and syntax. The daily life and culture of the ancient Romans is also studied. This includes mythology and history. City examination is taken in June.

 

Latin II – Regents

This course is a continuation of Latin I. Students increase their knowledge of grammar and syntax and develop translating skills. Students expand their awareness of the many contributions of Roman life and language to Western civilization. More mythology and history are also included. City examination is taken in June.

 

Latin III – Regents

This course completes the rules of grammar and syntax. Students translate the works of Roman authors such as Livy and Caesar. The Regents Comprehensive Exam is taken at the end of this course. A passing grade on the exam is mandatory for an advanced Regents Diploma.

 

Advanced Placement Latin (Virgil)

Offered to students who have successfully completed at least three years of Latin. Students are introduced to Latin meter in general and, in particular, the dactylic hexameter of Virgil’s Aeneid. Students gain skill not only in translation, but also in the interpretation of great literature, through a careful reading of the assigned passages in the Aeneid. This course prepares students to take the AP Latin (Virgil) Exam in May.

 

Advanced Placement Latin (Latin Literature)

Offered to students who have successfully completed at least three years of Latin. In addition to refining their Latin translational skills, students engage in serious discussion of the literature read, and where appropriate, its intellectual and historical background. Students gain skill in the interpretation of Latin literature through a careful reading of the assigned texts. This course prepares students to take the AP Latin (Latin Literature) Exam in May.

 

Spanish Advanced Placement Literature (College Level)

Prepares students to participate actively in discussions on literature topics in Spanish, following close readings and critical analysis, orally and in writing, of Hispanic literature in all genres. This course leads to the AP test in Spanish literature offered by the CEEB.

 

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Last modified: October 26, 2003