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Course description


The World Language program intends to develop not only a facility in the target language, but also an increased student awareness of and respect for the diversity of cultures. Students will develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as they learn to communicate in the target language.

All New Jersey high school students are now required to take at least one semester of a world language. Students requiring remedial assistance in Language Arts may experience difficulty, and should consider beginning World Language studies in their sophomore year. It is recommended that students follow the natural sequence. In order to be placed in Level 2 World Language without taking Level 1 (i.e. Skip French 1 and take French 2) a student must receive a recommendation from their World Language teacher and earn a 90% or better on a placement exam. World Language teachers are asked to provide a list of students to the CRHSD Guidance department by April 30th. The Supervisor of Humanities will administer the placement exam prior to the end of the school year. Students will be notified of placement by their guidance counselor prior to the start of the school year.


The beginning courses offer students the opportunity to grasp pronunciation and structure of a particular modern or classical language. Communication skills are emphasized through dialogues and practice of language patterns. Elementary reading texts with controlled vocabulary are introduced. Students will gain a familiarity with the cultures where the target language is spoken. Extensive use will be made of age appropriate authentic material.


The second year language courses reinforce the command of communication skills as students expand the insights attained through an awareness of cultural diversity. Students are expected to continue to develop effective strategies for reading and listening, for speaking and writing, and for observing and analyzing culture. Grammatical concepts are addressed as they arise. Extensive use of age appropriate authentic material will continue.


The third year language courses continue to emphasize the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing the target language. Short works of literature are read and analyzed for the insights they may provide into the culture of different peoples. Opportunities for oral presentations and free composition based on age appropriate authentic materials may also be provided. Subjunctive mood may be introduced.


Communication skills continue to be developed and refined. Students are presented with a wide variety of cultural components. Age appropriate reading texts are varied and expose students to several genres, including poetry. A grammatical review may include the subjunctive mood. Opportunities for oral presentations and free composition are plentiful. Independent research projects may also be assigned, and students may explore career opportunities available for language specialists.


An Independent Study program may be provided for students who have successfully completed the equivalent of the four-year program. Students may read the selected literary works required for the Advanced Placement syllabus in literature or prepare for the Advanced Placement Language Exam. Students in Latin 5 may also pick a research option where they research one or more topics of Roman culture. Students who wish to pursue this option should not approach individual faculty. An interest should be discussed with the guidance counselor. The student’s transcript will reflect the PASS/FAIL option. The grade will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average.