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French I is an introduction to contemporary French, aimed at providing the student with an ability to understand the basics of the language, to pronounce it in a manner acceptable to native speakers, and to read, write, and spell the fundamentals. Student activities include projects, cooking, and films which emphasize communication skills and cultural analysis. In addition, students are introduced to France and French speaking countries around the world through the study of geography, cultural centers, history, daily living, and current events.
French II is a continuation and deepening of the four basic skills of the French language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.Student activities in French II emphasize more advanced communication skills and language structures and a continuation of vocabulary acquisition and cultural analysis. Students develop their cultural understanding of France and francophone cultures.
Student activities in French III emphasize more communication and conversation skills and language structures. Vocabulary acquisition is continued as well as cultural analysis. Students are required to develop the four skills of communication with guided practice in conversation, listening comprehension, advanced reading, and writing drills. French Literature is introduced through the study of poetry, short stories, and Le Petit Prince.
This course delves more deeply into French culture and language usage.Students continue to develop the four skills of communication, with an emphasis on writing and speaking while we study the history and culture of France. Literature, art, and an in-depth review of grammar structures are fully integrated into this curriculum, with the goal of preparing the students for university language placement exams.
Spanish II is an intermediate course focused on conversation and a continued concentration on grammar, listening, reading, writing, translating, and speaking skills. A research project on Hispanic culture and civilization is required.
Student activities in Spanish III emphasize advanced communication and conversation skills and language structures. Vocabulary acquisition is continued. Students are required to develop the four skills of communication with guided practice in conversation, listening comprehension, advanced reading and writing drills. Students are exposed to Spanish civilization and culture by way of writers, poets, artists, musicians, composers, singers, and the saints.
Student activities in Spanish IV emphasize much more advanced communication and conversation skills and language structures. Vocabulary acquisition is continued. Students are required to develop the four skills of communication with guided practice in conversation, listening comprehension, advanced reading, and writing drills.
Latin I provides the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary. Mastery of the language includes use of Latin prayers, selections from the Latin Vulgate Bible, and songs in Latin. Information on Greek and Roman mythology, Franciscan writings, and cultural information on Roman life are covered both in the textbook and in other sources. Memorization, drill work, practice in translation, working in small groups or in teams of two are some of the activities that will help the student achieve a familiarity with the basics of vocabulary and grammar.
Latin II begins with a review of fundamentals from Latin I. English derivatives are emphasized through vocabulary development as well as an expanded Latin vocabulary. The course will include Latin translations and new grammar. Projects will be used to help students become more proficient at using the language as well as to increase knowledge of mythology and cultural information. Latin prayers, songs, bible verses and games will be used to increase knowledge of the language.
Latin III emphasizes translation with excerpts from famous authors. Choices include the following: “Cena Trimalchionis” from Petronius’s SatYearicon, Aulularia by Plautus, Cicero’s “First Oration Against Catiline,” Ovid’s “Deucalion et PYearrha” or other choices from Roman authors. Proficiency in the Latin language will also be gained through translation from English to Latin in projects and by translating works from modern Latin stories.Additional grammar will also be included in the course.