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COURSE TITLE (411) Spanish 1: Conversations
LEVEL Foundations
GRADE(S) 10
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course utilizes an aural-oral approach to the beginning learning of Spanish with a fundamental level of grammar. The course also focuses on the cultures and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of the School Counselor.



COURSE TITLE (413) Spanish 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers a combination of the aural/oral traditional approach to learning Spanish with emphasis on listening and speaking. Fundamental grammar is an integral part of this course. An introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking people is included.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language need the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (415) Spanish 1H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers a combination of the aural/oral traditional approach to the learning of Spanish with emphasis on the skills of listening, speaking, simple reading comprehension, and written expression. Basic grammar, vocabulary, and an introduction to the Hispanic culture are presented. Students ultimately acquire an extensive and thorough Spanish foundation.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language need approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (423) French 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers the fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture which are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities with an emphasis on technology integration for the world language classroom. Students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. This course provides a strong foundation in the study of the French language and a genuine appreciation of French culture, including the ethnic diversity of the Francophone community.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language must have the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (425) French 1 Honors
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers a comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture which are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities with an emphasis on technology integration for the world language classroom. Students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. A strong foundation in the study of the French language and a genuine appreciation of French culture, including the ethnic diversity of the Francophone community, are presented in this course.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language must have the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (427) Italian 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers a combination of the aural/oral traditional approach to learning Italian with emphasis on listening and speaking. A fundamental grammar study is an integral part of this course. An introduction to the culture of the Italian-speaking people is included.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language must have the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (429) Mandarin Chinese 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed to introduce the language of Mandarin Chinese as well as the cultures of the Mandarin Chinese-speaking world. Students will learn the basics of Chinese grammar and the origins of Chinese characters and their pronunciation. Basic language structure and vocabulary will be introduced and practiced with an emphasis on preparing students to communicate in daily life situations.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services. Upperclassmen who already have a language need the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (431) Spanish 2: Conversations
LEVEL Foundations
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course continues the aural-oral aspects of Spanish 1 Foundations. A review of the present tense of regular and irregular verbs begins the course. The formation of the preterite tense is studied. Vocabulary and sentence structure are emphasized along with listening and reading comprehension. The culture and traditions of the Spanish-speaking people continue to be studied through various forms of technology integration.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Spanish 1 Foundations.



COURSE TITLE (433) Spanish 2
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course continues the aural/oral traditional approach of Spanish 1 with emphasis on listening, speaking and reading. Grammar study and review are integral aspects of this course. All indicative tenses are studied. The culture of the Spanish-speaking world continues to be emphasized.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Spanish 1 Honors or a grade of C or better in Spanish 1 Regular. Freshmen choosing this course must take department placement test.



COURSE TITLE (435) Spanish 2 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course continues the aural/oral traditional approach of Spanish 1 Honors. All the indicative tenses are studied. Added emphasis on conversation and aural comprehension in Spanish, simple exercises in composition and reading passages are part of the course work. Students will analyze and critique various forms of art, music and literature. The culture of the Spanish-speaking world is studied through research and discussion.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Spanish 1 Honors with a grade of B or better or approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews. Freshmen choosing this course must take department placement test.



COURSE TITLE (441) French 2 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this second year course, students continue their study of French by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts through a comprehensive approach. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also start to express themselves more meaningfully in both speaking and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. A genuine appreciation of French culture, including the ethnic diversity of the Francophone community, is continued in this course.
PREREQUISITE Completion of French 1 Honors with a B or better, French 1 Regular with a B+ or better and approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews. Freshmen choosing this course must take department placement test.



COURSE TITLE (443) French 2
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this second year course, students continue their study of French by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also start to express themselves more meaningfully in both speaking and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. A genuine appreciation of French culture, including the ethnic diversity of the Francophone community, is continued in this course.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of French 1 Regular. Freshmen choosing this course must take department placement test.



COURSE TITLE (447) Italian 2
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course continues the aural/oral traditional approach of Italian 1 with emphasis on listening, speaking and reading. Grammar study and review are integral parts of this course. All indicative tenses are included as well as cultural study and exercises in simple conversation.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Italian 1. Freshmen choosing this course must take department placement test.



COURSE TITLE (453) Spanish 3
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course focuses on advanced grammar and vocabulary. The indicative tenses and the subjunctive mood are introduced and studied. Class discussions and creative writing are emphasized. The culture of Spanish-speaking people continues to be researched and studied. Students will continue to critique works of Spanish-speaking writers and analyze current events.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Spanish 2 Honors or a grade of C or better in Spanish 2 Regular.



COURSE TITLE (455) Spanish 3 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The skills of speaking, listening and writing will be emphasized. There will be a review of all major grammar points and all the indicative tenses. The subjunctive mood will be studied in depth. Reading, analyzing and discussing various literary works are a major part of this course. Researching and debating current events in the target language is also a component. Cultures and traditions of Spanish speaking people continue to be studied with technology integration.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Spanish 2 Honors with a grade of B or better.



COURSE TITLE (463) French 3
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Level 3 French language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the cultures of the people who speak the language. Students use basic language structures with accuracy and utilize learned material to express their thoughts. They are exposed to more complex features of the language, moving from concrete to some abstract concepts. More meaningful context will enhance longer conversational exchanges. An important component of language classes is the use of the language beyond the classroom in the real world. All four language skills - reading, speaking, listening, and writing - are incorporated in this language course.
PREREQUISITE Completion of French 2 with a grade of C or better.



COURSE TITLE (465) French 3 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Level 3 French language course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the cultures of the people who speak the language. This course provides a rigorous and in-depth approach at this level. Students use basic language structures with accuracy and utilize learned material to express their thoughts. They are exposed to more complex features of the language, moving from concrete to some abstract concepts. More meaningful context will enhance longer conversational exchanges. An important component of language classes is the use of the language beyond the classroom in the real world. All four language skills - reading, speaking, listening, and writing - are incorporated in this language course.
PREREQUISITE Completion of French 2 R with a grade of B+, French 2 H with a B.



COURSE TITLE (467) Italian 3
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The skills of speaking and listening will be further emphasized. There will be a review of all major grammar points and all the indicative tenses. The course includes the reading of Italian literary selections and composition writing. There is a continued focus on Italian culture.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Italian 2 Regular with a grade of C or better.



COURSE TITLE (469) Italian 3 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This full-immersion course provides students with an opportunity to develop their linguistic as well as communicative competencies in Italian. This course is designed for students who demonstrate a strong academic commitment and interest in Italian. Students will continue to explore the Italian language and culture through thematic units. All indicative tenses and the subjunctive are covered. A strong emphasis is placed on spoken Italian and vocabulary development. Readings are designed to broaden students' knowledge of Italy: includes reading and discussion of modern texts, conversation, composition, grammar instruction and cultural activities.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of Italian 2 R with an average of B+, and approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (470) Spanish 4
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course emphasizes advanced conversation with the focus on listening and speaking. There is an intense review of advanced grammar. Literature is introduced for the purpose of analysis and discussion. The cultures and traditions of Spanish speaking countries are studied through various creative assignments and presentations.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Spanish 3 Regular with a C+ or better.



COURSE TITLE (472) World Language TA Semester 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Students must have completed three years of the language with a grade of B+ or higher. Approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (473) World Language TA Full Year
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Students must have completed three years of the language with a grade of B+ or better. Approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (475) Spanish 4 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course emphasizes advanced conversation with focus on listening and speaking. There is an intensive review of grammar, all the indicative tenses and the subjunctive mood. Different literary genres are introduced for the purpose of analysis and discussion. The study of Spanish speaking countries is studied and explored through creative writing and presentation.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Spanish 3 R with a grade of B or better or Spanish 3 H with a grade of C+ or better; or approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (476) World Language TA Semester 2
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Students must have completed three years of the language with a grade of B+ or better and approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (477) AP Spanish Language and Culture
LEVEL Advanced Placement
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course emphasizes speaking and writing through literary analysis. Various authors and literary genres will be explored through discussion, debate and creative writing. Research of current events will be debated in the target language. Authentic listening materials are introduced to review Spanish idioms and various accents. Students must make connections between literary works and their own lives/communities through the use of advanced vocabulary and grammar. Various forms of technology will be implemented to increase the student’s exposure to culture and social practices. Students are eligible to earn 3 college credits for this course through the Fairleigh Dickinson Middle College Program. Enrollment in the Middle College Program is optional and involves a fee of approximately $220 per course. Registration takes place during the first week of the school year. NOTE: This AP course has a required summer assignment. Students are expected to complete their summer assignment before the course begins and submit their work on the first full day of school in September. All students must take the Advanced Placement Test at the end of the course. A non-refundable fee of approximately $70 will be charged at the book sale for this exam.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Spanish 3 Honors or Spanish 4 H with a grade of at least a B+ or approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Andrews.



COURSE TITLE (483) French 4 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The fourth year of French is a continuation of the first three years. The students will continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through various activities. Through a wide range of topics students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present, past, future, conditional and subjunctive-tense verbs, articles, adjectives and increasingly complex grammatical structures. Students will study literature, film, art, poetry, history, current events, résumé writing, and other topics in this engaging fourth year using the latest available technology for the world language classroom.
PREREQUISITE Completion of French 3 R with a grade of B+, French 3 H with a B.



COURSE TITLE (486) Italian 4 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the next sequential course after Italian 3. It will emphasize advanced conversation with stress on the skills of listening and speaking. An intensive review of grammar and all indicative tenses and subjunctive mood will be done. Various Italian idioms will be studied. Short stories will be read. Exercises in writing will be emphasized. An in-depth study of the culture of Italy will be included.
PREREQUISITE Completion of Italian 3 H with a grade of B or better, or Italian 3 R with a grade of B+.



COURSE TITLE (540) Virtual High School (Year)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



COURSE TITLE (541) Virtual High School (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



COURSE TITLE (542) Virtual High School (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



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