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Spanish I
Chinese I
Spanish II
Chinese II

Spanish III Honors

Spanish IV Honors

Spanish II

Spanish III Honors

Spanish IV Honors

Spanish V Honors

French I

French II

French III Honors

French IV Honors

French II

French III Honors

French IV Honors

French V Honors

INTRODUCTION

The benefits of effective foreign language instruction focus on the role of the individual in a multilingual, global society. No longer do Americans live in isolation; instead, there is an ever-changing, interdependent world in which diverse cultural and linguistic groups converge. The learning goals of foreign languages are based on the academic, business, personal, recreational and practical interactions with others whether the person is on another continent, across town, or within the neighborhood.

Students should be aware that, in some cases, courses in foreign language fulfill certain college entrance requirements. A second language can enhance a student’s career in the areas of government, business and commerce, travel, communications, and education. Students taking a foreign language can benefit psychologically, intellectually and aesthetically from the study of other cultures, customs and backgrounds. The study of foreign language is shown to significantly increase English language abilities and standardized test performance.

Freshmen from District 227’s foundation districts are eligible for high school foreign language credit provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of level I at the middle school, they pass the district level I proficiency exam with a score of 70% or better, and they successfully complete the next level of that language in ninth grade.

Sequential study over a period of time is necessary in order to achieve the highest levels of performance for the State foreign language goals. Only students who have studied a foreign language continuously starting in Kindergarten are expected to achieve language proficiency at State Stage Five/Advanced. Successful students in a two year sequence of study at the high school level can expect to achieve minimal proficiency at the Stage One/Beginning Level. Successful students in a three, four or five year sequence can expect to achieve proficiency at the early Stage Two/Beginning Intermediate level.*

* Adapted from Illinois State Foreign Language Performance Standard available on line at www.isbe.net/il/foreign_language/ pdf/explanation.pdf

IMMEDIATE BENEFITS:

  1. Attain greater academic achievement in other areas of study
  2. Expand cognitive development, creativity and divergent thinking
  3. Develop a clearer understanding of the English language
  4. Earn higher ACT and SAT scores in English and Math, regardless of ability level
  5. Develop more positive interactions with persons of other nations and cultures
  6. Develop a global attitude
  7. Improve knowledge of geography
  8. Explore career opportunities
  9. Earn college credits while in high school
  10. Fulfill college entrance requirements

ILLINOIS STATE GOALS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE:

State Goal 28: Students will use the target language to communicate within and beyond the classroom setting.

State Goal 29: Students will use the target language to develop an understanding of the customs, arts, literature, history, and geography, associated with the target language.

State Goal 30: Students will use the target language to make connections and reinforce knowledge and skills across academic, vocational and technical disciplines.

Course Number: E51/52

Course Title: Chinese I

Prerequisite: Staff Placement

Throughout this one year course, students are introduced to important elements of the Chinese language-- its structure, dialects, and writing system-- as well as such topics as language acquisition, language planning, and language use in society, including gender-linked differences in language use. Taught in English, this course is designed to emphasize the importance of tone as students develop oral skills imperative to literacy in the Chinese language.

Course Number: E54/55

Course Title: Chinese II

Prerequisite: Chinese I and Staff Placement

Students become better communicators by expanding their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students continue to explore culture in the Chinese speaking world. Taught in English, this course is designed to emphasize the importance of tone as students develop oral skills imperative to literacy in the Chinese language.

Course Number: E60/61
Course Title: Spanish I
Prerequisite: Staff Placement

Students begin to understand, speak, read and write Spanish. Students are exposed to music, celebrations, food, and other aspects of Spanish speaking cultures. Students explore the importance of Spanish in the United States and in the world. Strategies for successful foreign language study are introduced.

Course Number: E62/63
Course Title: Spanish II
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Spanish I

Students become better communicators by expanding their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Additional cultural strategies help students to understand their own culture and other cultures to broaden their world-view.

Course Number: E64/65
Course Title: Spanish III Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Spanish II

Spanish III carries honors credit. Students develop critical thinking strategies and proficiency as they apply to communication and culture. Written and oral activities increase in complexity. Students explore culture in greater depth through units set in different Spanish speaking areas.

Course Number: E66/67
Course Title: Spanish IV Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Spanish III

Spanish IV carries honors credit. Spanish IV provides students with the solid knowledge needed to increase their confidence in using Spanish to express their own thoughts, to comprehend those of Spanish speakers and to communicate in both speaking and writing in a wide variety of contexts. This course introduces students to the study of history and literature in Spanish. Culture and authentic language use are balanced with proficiency and grammar.

Course Number: E68/69
Course Title: Spanish V Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Spanish IV

Spanish V carries honors credit. At this level, the student will study a variety of advanced materials pertaining to the culture, literature, and language of Spain and Latin America. Through reinforcement of previously learned grammatical and structural rules, the student will further develop language skills, acquiring a better understanding of the Spanish language and its speakers. This course is conducted primarily in Spanish and students are expected to make full use the target language.

Course Number: HZ180/181
Course Title: Spanish I
Prerequisite: Credit Earned in English 9*

In this one-year course students begin to understand, speak, read and write Spanish. Students are exposed to music, celebrations, food, and other aspects of Spanish speaking cultures. Students explore the importance of Spanish in the United States and in the world. Strategies for successful foreign language study are introduced.

Course Number: E70/71
Course Title: French I
Prerequisite: Staff Placement

During this full year course students will begin to understand, speak, read and write basic French. Cultural enhancement activities include music, food and a general study of the Francophone world. Memorization of structures, vocabulary, and basic conversation is emphasized and supplemented with ancillary materials.

Course Number: E72/73
Course Title: French II
Prerequisite: Credit earned in French I

This course builds upon the foundation established in French 1, developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read, and write French. Cultural enhancement activities emphasize the culture and customs of France including food, sports, and the educational system.

Course Number: E74/75
Course Title: French III Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in French II

This class carries honors credit. The third year level continues building the students’ background in the language; introducing, new, advanced concepts while encouraging students to further develop their creativity in French through original oral and written work. A continuation of the second year program, this course includes a review of all grammatical principles previously learned. Students are encouraged to further develop their creativity in French through original readings and French culture is more thoroughly explored.

Course Number: E76/77
Course Title: French IV Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in French III

This course carries honors credit. French IV emphasizes immersion in the French language and culture through the use of recordings, magazines, French civilization units and discussion of current affairs. Students further their ability to converse in French, refine their comprehension of grammatical structures and increase their active vocabulary. A thorough review of grammar, the study of cultural mini-units, the reading of classical plays at the appropriate level and short stories as well as a variety of field trips, when possible, make this course a must for a well-rounded education.

Course Number: E78/79
Course Title: French V Honors
Prerequisite: Credit earned in French IV

This course carries honors credit. French V emphasizes immersion in the French language and culture through the use of recordings, magazines, French civilization units and discussion of current affairs. Students further their ability to converse in French, refine their comprehension of grammatical structures and increase their active vocabulary. A thorough review of grammar, the study of cultural mini-units, the reading of classical plays at the appropriate level and short stories as well as a variety of field trips, when possible, make this course a must for a well-rounded education.

Course Number: E98/99
Course Title: Independent Studies: Foreign Language
Prerequisite: Grade 11 – 12 and administrative approval

Before final registration the student must obtain the approval of an instructor in the foreign language department under whom he/she will study. The instructor will base this approval both on an evaluation of the student’s ability and the program of study proposed by the student. Students are eligible for enrollment in independent study only after they have completed all levels available of their chosen language. The approved program must be submitted to the designated administrator for final approval. Independent Study is done on a Pass/Fail basis.
updated 2014/15
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