Foreign Languages

  • Spanish 1

    This course introduces students to the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students learn how to introduce themselves and others, describe themselves and others, describe likes and dislikes, compare things, and give and receive directions. Grammar topics covered include the Spanish present tense, irregular verbs (ir, tener, ser, and estar), tú imperatives, personal pronouns, adjective agreement, and reflexive verbs. Students also learn about the history, cultures, art, music, and foods of several Spanish-speaking countries.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • Spanish 2

    In Spanish II, students travel virtually through Central America and the Caribbean, spending time in museums, traffic jams, and even the hospital. In this course, students broaden their Spanish vocabulary and their knowledge of grammar. They meet people from many different countries and cultures. While waiting for the plane ride home, students also meet some Spanish-speaking people from different parts of the United States. The purpose of this course is to strengthen Spanish listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students also experience the beauty and expressiveness of a language that is shared by different people and cultures throughout the world.

    • Prerequisites: Spanish l
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • Spanish 3

    In Spanish III, students will meet and virtually accompany four teens with Hispanic backgrounds as they learn about and travel to several Spanish-speaking countries. Students have many opportunities to use the Spanish they already know as well as to expand their vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, and experiences with Spanish-speaking countries. The purpose of this course is to provide many experiences where students can use Spanish. Completely immersed in Spanish, students speak, listen, read, write, and collaborate with other students in Spanish this course. They also gain knowledge and perspectives about Spanish-speaking countries and from Spanish-speaking people. Spanish III is a rigorous honors course and is not intended for credit recovery. Students will be challenged and need to have 8-10 hours per week designated to be successful.

    • Prerequisites: Spanish lll
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • French 1

    Semester 1 
    French is one of the most-studied languages in the world, with 175 million speakers in more than 50 countries. More than 30% of English words have a basis in French, so learning French will also improve knowledge of English vocabulary. Introductory French prepares the student for basic conversation in such situations as greetings and introductions, describing one's family, expressing opinions, and describing leisure activities. Learning to speak French can help prepare the student for a career in international business in French-speaking Africa, working with international agencies such as the International Olympic Committee or studying in a French-speaking country.With readings and media drawn from authentic sources, students see and hear the cultural context of what they are learning. Although the emphasis is on French spoken in France, students are exposed to the regional differences in French-speaking Canada and Africa, underscoring the global nature of the French-speaking world today.This course will introduce the student to the basics of French pronunciation, as well as common phrases for greetings, introductions, preferences, expressing opinions, and describing leisure activities. French culture will be highlighted as the context for learning new vocabulary and grammar. Students will be encouraged to draw comparisons between French customs and their own.

    Semester 2
    Learning to speak French can help prepare the student for a career in international business in French-speaking Africa, working with international agencies such as the International Olympic Committee or studying in a French-speaking country. With readings and media drawn from authentic sources, students see and hear the cultural context of what they are learning. Although the emphasis is on French spoken in France, students are exposed to the regional differences in French-speaking Canada and Africa, underscoring the global nature of the French-speaking world today.This course will continue with the everyday vocabulary and phrases for ordering food in a restaurant, asking for prices and making purchases, telling about yesterday's activities, and planning a vacation. French culture will be highlighted as the context for learning new vocabulary and grammar; students will be encouraged to draw comparisons between French customs and their own.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • French 2

    Semester 1
    Learning to speak French can help prepare the student for a career in international business in French-speaking Africa, working with international agencies such as the International Olympic Committee or studying in a French-speaking country. With readings and media drawn from authentic sources, students see and hear the cultural context of what they are learning. Although the emphasis is on French spoken in France, students are exposed to the regional differences in French-speaking Canada and Africa, underscoring the global nature of the French-speaking world today.This course will continue with the everyday vocabulary and phrases for ordering food in a restaurant, asking for prices and making purchases, telling about yesterday's activities, and planning a vacation. French culture will be highlighted as the context for learning new vocabulary and grammar; students will be encouraged to draw comparisons between French customs and their own.
    Semester 2 
    French 2B is a continuation of the introduction to the French language and culture students experienced in French 2A. This course is designed to help students develop the vocabulary and grammar needed to express themselves in a variety of settings involving the life and culture of French speaking people. The primary focus of French 2B will be the expansion of verb tenses. Students will increase their vocabulary skills, grammar skills, and master descriptions using interrogative and demonstrative pronouns. Students will be capable of describing a movie, health symptoms, and vacations. They will ask for, and give advice, as well as make recommendations.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.