2017-18 CVA Course of Study Handbook – Foreign Language Department

Foreign Language Department

Spanish 1—9th Grade (1 credit)

The work done in this course is broadened and intensified with continued emphasis on communicative proficiency. At the conclusion of the course in June, students will take the Proficiency Exam as the final exam.

Spanish 2—10th Grade (1 credit)

The work done in Level 1 is broadened and intensified. Continued emphasis is on culture and communication. Specific attention is given to grammar, verb tenses, and vocabulary. ~ Required for Advanced Regents Diploma

Spanish 3—11th Grade (1 credit)

The students at this level take a Comprehensive Spanish examination at the end of the year. The continuing emphasis is on culture and communication. The passing of the final exam in the second language is required for students wishing to get an Advanced Regents Diploma unless they are enrolled in a 5-unit sequence in occupational education, art or music. If a student does not pass the final, local credit, if appropriate, will be awarded for the sequence completed. ~ Required for Advanced Regents Diploma

Spanish 4 (College Now)—12th Grade (1 credit/3 college credits)

This course provides the student with a reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge of Spanish at a college level. In addition to language skills, the course provides an understanding of the civilization and culture of Spanish-speaking people. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. ~ Prerequisite: Must past Spanish 3 Comprehensive Exam & Teacher Recommendation

E.N.L.—9th-12th Grade No credit

This is an academic support class for students who are ELL (English Language Learners).

Chinese 9 (1C)—9th Grade (1 credit)

This course will complete instruction in Checkpoint A of the NYS standards for the study of a world language. Basic, formative grammatical concepts are practiced, reviewed and refined with the intent for success on the NYS Proficiency level. Vocabulary will continue to be expanded upon. Students will converse in Chinese with each other and one-on-one with the teacher. Students will be expected to write a paragraph of at least 50 Chinese characters without the use of pinyin at the termination of this course. Practice in listening and reading will also be stressed.

Chinese 10 (2A)—10th Grade (1 credit)

This is the first of a two-year sequence that will progress through the second level of traditional language study. This is a sequential course that continues the teaching of Chinese beginning at the Checkpoint B of the NYS standards. The student enters the course with basic concepts of Chinese. Students build upon vocabulary, grammar and character writing. Students will begin to express themselves with some degree of fluency and fluidity in all four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Chinese 11 (2B)—11th Grade (1 credit)

This is the second of a two-year sequence that progresses through the second level of traditional language study. It is available only to students who have successfully completed the Mandarin Chinese sequence of courses through Level 2a. The student enters the course will solid skills and concepts of second language learning. The student also shows advancement progression of skills particularly in the writing and speaking of Chinese. In the sequential course Mandarin Chinese 2b, the student will continue to build vocabulary, grammar and character writing to show extended knowledge of the language to where the student is able to sustain lengthier conversations in the target language and write in Chinese with an element of fluidity and continuity. This is approached through all four areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The student advances in ability of expression with an increased degree of fluency and fluidity from the Mandarin Chinese 2a course.

Chinese 12 (3)—12th Grade (1 credit)

This is the third year of traditional language studies. It is only available to students who have successfully completed Mandarin Chinese sequence of courses through Level 2b. Comprehensive exam in Chinese is given in June.

Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement—11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course is designed to serve those currently in or will be entering the law enforcement professions who seek basic conversational skills in Spanish. This interactive course presents typical everyday situations that pre-professionals and professionals may encounter when dealing with Spanish speakers in the United States at work settings such as: police stations, prisons, and on the street. This course, introduces practical vocabulary, everyday on-the-job situations, and culture notes written from a cross-cultural perspective. It provides students with opportunities to apply, in a wide variety of practical contexts, the grammatical structures presented in the corresponding lessons of the Basic Spanish core text.

Spanish for Medical Careers—11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course is designed for students who plan on or are currently taking medical training such as Health Occupations through BOCES or are working towards a LPN certification. The focus will be on vocabulary related to dealing with patients who speak little or no English who need to be seen by a health care professional.

Culture/Conversational Spanish—11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course will allow students to learn about the culture of Spain and Latin America through readings, movies, art, music and culinary experiences. Students will also further their conversational skills in Spanish through dialogues, group conversations/discussions and debates.

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