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Course Offerings World Languages Department Departments
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4
A.P. Spanish 5
French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 2
World Languages Aide

In order to promote communicative competency, the World Languages Department provides opportunities for the student to develop language skills, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. To achieve this competency, the following skills will be taught and assessed in all World Languages classes: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Although not required for graduation from CBC, it is recommended that students complete at least two years of the same world language.  Students should be aware that two (and sometimes more) years of a world language are required for admission to many colleges.

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SPANISH 1
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course introduces students to the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Students will begin to understand and speak Spanish in everyday situations and develop skills in asking and answering questions. Students will learn to read and write basic Spanish.

Students must complete Spanish 1 with a grade of 70% or higher to move on to Spanish 2.
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SPANISH 2
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Spanish 1 grade above 70%
Course Description: This course builds on the skills learned in Spanish 1.  Students will continue to learn, to understand, and to speak Spanish through interactive, communicative activities. There will be opportunities for students to develop active listening skills based on a solid foundation of Spanish grammar.  Reading skills will be emphasized as students learn about Hispanic culture and everyday life. Students will write in Spanish to demonstrate their ability to produce meaningful, integrated communication.

Students must complete Spanish 2 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to Spanish 3.
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SPANISH 3
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Spanish 2 grade above 80%; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course strengthens the study of Hispanic language and culture so that students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. The philosophy is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for many purposes. The course focuses on written and spoken communication. At the end of the course, students will achieve competency in communicative interactions and interpretation, as well as gaining more exposure to the international community.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Students must complete Spanish 3 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to Spanish 4. Students must complete Spanish 3 with a grade of 90% or higher to move on to A.P. Spanish 5.
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SPANISH 4
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors; Spanish 3 grade above 80%; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course further strengthens the study of Hispanic language and culture so that students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. In this course, students will learn to compare and contrast Hispanic and Anglo cultures by focusing on a series of topics important in the modern world. This course is taught in Spanish and its main emphasis is to develop skills for communicating with others through speaking. This course will review grammar and vocabulary related to contemporary topics. Students will be expected to read and write in Spanish about topics such as Hispanic society, environment, politics and technology.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Students must complete Spanish 4 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to A.P. Spanish 5.

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A.P. SPANISH 5
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Spanish 3 grade above 90% and/or Spanish 4 grade of 80%; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course further strengthens the study of Hispanic language and culture so that students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. This course consists of four components: conversation, communicative grammar, composition, and readings from Spanish and Latin American literature. This course will review and refine the student’s knowledge of grammar through writing assignments. It is taught in Spanish and students are expected to speak Spanish. Students will read, discuss, and write on authentic contemporary issues and literary selections. There is a strong emphasis on cultural presentations.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Exam. Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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FRENCH 1
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course introduces students to the French language and the French culture. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Students will begin to understand and speak French in everyday situations and develop skills in asking and answering questions. Students will learn to read and write basic French.

Students must complete French 1 with a grade of 70% or higher to move on to French 2.

 

 

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FRENCH 2
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: French 1 grade above 70%
Course Description: This course builds on the skills learned in French 1.  Students will continue to learn to understand and speak French through interactive, communicative activities. There will be opportunities for students to develop active listening skills, based on a solid foundation of French grammar.  Students will improve their ability to read and write in French to demonstrate their ability to produce meaningful, integrated communication.

Students must complete French 2 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to French 3.
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FRENCH 3
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: French 2 grade above 80%; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course strengthens the study of French language and culture so that students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. The philosophy is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for many purposes. The course focuses on aural comprehension and spoken communication. At the end of the course, students will achieve competency in communicative interactions and interpretation, as well as gaining more exposure to the international community.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Students must complete French 3 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to French 4.
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FRENCH 4
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors; French 3 grade above 80%; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course strengthens the study of French language and culture so that students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. This course is taught in French and its main emphasis is to develop skills for communicating with others through speaking. This course will review grammar and vocabulary related to contemporary topics and introduce students to more advanced grammar and a richer vocabulary.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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MANDARIN CHINESE 1
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Department approval
Course Description: This course introduces students to the study of Chinese language, history, and culture. Students will use the Pinyin phonetic system, based on the Latin alphabet, to help them learn the pronunciations and tones of Chinese characters. Student will study vocabulary and grammar, practice conversational skills, and learn how to write basic Chinese characters.

Students must complete Mandarin Chinese 1 with a grade of 70% or higher to move on to Mandarin Chinese 2.

 

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MANDARIN CHINESE 2
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Mandarin Chinese 1 grade above 70%; Department approval

Course Description: This course serves to reinforce the content learned in Mandarin Chinese 1. There is greater emphasis on oral skills and aural comprehension, and students are encouraged to read and write characters with less dependence on Pinyin. Students will explore aspects of modern Chinese culture.

Students must complete Mandarin Chinese 2 with a grade of 80% or higher to move on to Mandarin Chinese 3.

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WORLD LANGUAGES AIDE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; A.P. Spanish 5 or French 4 grade above 80%
Course Description: This course allows a student to strengthen his speaking skills in the language he has learned (Spanish or French) by working as a teacher’s aide in language classes. The student will assist the teacher in the creation and administration of assessments, the presentation of new material, and in tutoring individual students.
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