Our Department

World Language Department Staff

World Languages Department

The World Languages Department, often referred to as the Foreign Language department, is committed to creating lifelong learners who are globally strong and culturally sensitive. Also, one of our primary goals is to develop our students as effective communicators. As such, we offer classes in two different languages: French, and Spanish (as a Foreign Language and for Native Speakers.)

All of these languages offer a three-year sequence. Because students enter high school with a variety of previous experiences in multiple language usage, they may begin at a level appropriate to their current knowledge of speaking, understanding spoken language, reading, and writing. Multiple language abilities are essential for academic growth and enhance learning in other subjects as well as provide specialized skills for the professional world of the student’s future.

Each language’s offerings include courses designed for all students the basics as well as for students who wish to continue their studies at the university level. Students who choose to participate in the International Baccalaureate program register in the ICAP (“International College Advancement Program”) courses as freshmen or may test into a higher level. ICAP courses are available in Spanish, and French. Native speakers of Spanish are provided with classes that focus on similar standards to English Literature classes, where they will develop skills in vocabulary, grammar, literary analysis, and formal speaking and writing. To meet the needs of the advanced students, the World Languages Department offers courses that prepare students for both the Advanced Placement exams in language and the exams for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or certificate. IB courses are currently available in French, and Spanish two levels: standard and high level.

Included in the coursework of the language classes are projects in using technology as well as cultural projects as a means of growing globally.

Course Sequences

Course Description
 

WORLD LANGUAGE I (French/Spanish and Spanish for Native Speakers)
This is a beginning course that emphasizes the development of communication skills. Awareness and appreciation of the target language and culture are achieved through various activities and materials designed to develop language skills. Students will work towards practical mastery of the skills necessary for understanding, speaking, and writing in the target language. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to use the language naturally and spontaneously in real life situations.
Grade 9-12
Meets UC/CSU requirements
Prerequisites:None

WORLD LANGUAGE II (Second year French/Spanish) Grade 9-12

This course is a continuation and expansion of skills mastered in the first year with continued emphasis on all language skills. Additional readings of literature from the target language are provided. It increases the use of the target language for active communication. Students will read short stories and longer dialogues which employ learned grammatical concepts and vocabulary; and study target language geography and culture through lectures, readings, and films. Students who take this course will be prepared for daily interactions in the target language.
Grade level: 9-12
Meets UC/CSU requirements



Prerequisites: World Language 1 with grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

 

SPANISH III

This course will review and further develop skills acquired in Spanish I and II. A wider range of vocabulary and complex grammatical structures will be covered. Reading is further developed through short cultural passages and writing is used to produce paragraphs, essays, friendly letters, business letters, text to a speech, etc. Students are given various opportunities to verbally express their opinions on each chapter theme while in class and expected to participate in communicative activities in the target language beyond the classroom.

Grade level: 9-12

Meets UC/CSU requirements
Prerequisites: World Language II with grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

SPANISH IV

This course will refine and further develop the skills learned in Spanish I, II, and III. Vocabulary development will resemble a college level course, and the most useful and complex grammatical structures will be reviewed and mastered. Reading consists of current events from newspapers and magazines, collections of short stories, and other forms of literature. Writing is used to produce comparative and persuasive essays, formal and informal letters, narratives, stories, etc. Students are constantly speaking Spanish to compare ideas, react to readings or video content, debate topics, converse, and present current events. All students are expected to push themselves to participate at the highest level possible, using the target language always, and taking opportunities to speak, hear, read, and write in the target language outside of the classroom.

Grade level: 10-12

Meets UC/CSU requirements
Prerequisites: World Language III with grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
SPANISH I-NS: This course is conducted through lectures and conversations. The goal of the instruction is to improve the speaking, reading, and writing skills of Spanish-native-speaking-students. Students will learn to understand Spanish language with an emphasis on grammar, reading, and bilingual communication skills, including listening and speaking. This course studies the fundamental structure of language patterns and vocabulary relevant to the student's immediate environment; career search.
Grade level: 9-12
Meets UC/CSU requirements

Prerequisites: None.

SPANISH II-NS:
This course covers literature and composition, understanding and appreciation of Hispanic literature and culture, reading of short stories, writing composition, vocabulary study and sentence structure, introduction to major literary works and career search.
Grade level: 9-12
Meets UC/CSU requirements

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

SPANISH III NS:
This course is a continuation of Spanish II NS; refinement of literature and composition, understanding and appreciation of Hispanic literature and culture, reading of short stories, writing composition, vocabulary study and sentence structure, introduction to major literary works.
Grade level: 10-12
Meets UC/CSU requirements

Prerequisites: Spanish II NS with a minimum grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

IB PROGRAM

ICAP: INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (in pursuit of an IB Diploma or Certificate)

Spanish III ICAP: This course is a continuation of Spanish 2 for sophomore students who plan to pursue the International Baccalaureate Spanish program. The ability to understand and speak the foreign language is further developed through the introduction of additional vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on refining and establishing control of the language. Writing for expression and reinforcement is continued. This couse emphasizes the refinement of the four basic skills; oral and written composition; additional reading of Spanish literature.

Prerequites: Minimum grade of C or higher, recommendation by teacher or passing placement test.

Grade level:10

Meets UC/CSU requirements

ICAP French

French 2/3 ICAP is an accelerated class designed to cover two years of language curriculum in one year for students who plan to pursue a certificate with the International Baccalaureate program. Students must show high motivation, dedication, and success in the first year of French in order to continue on to ICAP.
This course includes practical mastery of skills necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing the language; appreciation of the culture and heritage of the target language.
In this fast paced course, students continue the sequential development of the skills needed to understand and speak the foreign language and refine and establish control of the language. Reading and writing are also developed. Students are also introduced to the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Both written and oral assessments are required.

Language B is a foreign language learning course designed for students with some previous experience of the language. It may be studied at higher level or standard level. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development in the primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. These language skills are developed through the study and use of a range of written material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts, and are related to the culture(s) concerned. The material is selected to enable students to develop mastery of language skills.

IB language B Spanish & French (SL & HL) First examination 2013

The language B course SL and HL achieves this reflection on cultural values and behaviors in different ways. The course is organized through a core and options, all of which are well suited to fostering an international perspective. The language B course seeks to develop international understanding and foster a concern for global issues, as well as to raise students' awareness of their own responsibility at a local level. It also seeks to develop students' intercultural awareness, which contributes to the relationship between language B and the international dimension. Most language B subjects are available at SL and HL. The courses give students the possibility of reaching a high degree of competence in an additional language while exploring the culture(s) where that language is spoken. The courses aim to develop the students' linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.

There is a common syllabus at SL and HL (with literature as an additional component of the HL course). The differences between levels are determined by the assessment objectives, the depth and breadth of syllabus coverage, the assessment details, the assessment criteria, literature coverage and suggested teaching hours (IBO)

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Staff

Click the name to send an email message:
 
Alvarez-Iglesias, Belen
(DC) IB Spanish HL Y4,Spanish for Native Speakers III
Ext. 69607

Arfi-Tocatlian, Laurence
French II/III, ICAP French II/III
Ext. 69679

Calles, Julio
Spanish for Native Speakers III, AVID
Ext. 69662

Chin, Karina
French I, IB French Y 5 & AVID
Ext. 69665

Guillen, Cristelda
Spanish for Native Speakers II, Spanish III & AVID
Ext. 69619

Garcia Huitron, Carlos
Spanish for Native Speakers II & Sp I
Ext. 69615

Kuttan, Laetitia
French IV, II/III ICAP & IB Y 4
Ext. 69676

Nadeau, Evelyn
Spanish for Native Speakers II & Sp II/III ICAP
Ext. 69642

Salvatore, Edith
Spanish II, SDTA
Ext. 69634

Sigala, Martha
Spanish I & IB SL Y4
Ext. 69685

Stalder-Skarmoutsos, Scott
Spanish II, Spanish IV, AVID
Ext. 69705

Valencia, Evelyn
Spanish I,District Freshmen Support & AVID
Ext. 60063

Verdeses, Roberto
IB Language B HL, SL Y5 & Spanish for Native Speakers II
Ext. 69703

World Languages: Clubs and Camps

Trip to France 2011

Trip to France 2013

Spanish Club: Summer Trip to Spain 2013

World Language Links

Spanish and French Grammar and Vocabulary Tutorial