World Language

Department Chair

Julianna Fernandez

Phone

(508) 384-1000 ext. 3229

Our Vision

The King Philip World Language Department is committed to providing a safe, respectful learning environment for all students. Through the process of second language acquisition students will communicate effectively in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) using curriculum aligned with ACTFL standards.

Additionally, students will demonstrate an understanding of cultures and grow in their awareness of both themselves and the world around them. Students will learn to access another culture on its own terms, thus enabling and stimulating students to begin the lifelong process of increasing their critical understanding of that language’s culture, its place in the world at large, and by comparison, their own culture’s place in that 21st century world.

The standards, expectations and enthusiasm of the members of the department will encourage a deep respect for learning in all students.

Graduation Requirement

Students are required to take two consecutive years of the same language.

Criteria for Levels

Honors

In this accelerated, rigorous course, students work toward level appropriate proficiency by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

College Preparatory

In this course, students work toward level appropriate proficiency by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Course Offerings

French 1 is a fundamental course designed to enable students to begin to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

French 2 Honors is an accelerated, introductory course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 90% in French 1 and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 2 is an introductory course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed French 1.

French 3 Honors is a continuation of French 2 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in French 2 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in French 2 and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 3 is a continuation of French 2. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed French 2 or French 2 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 4 Honors is a continuation of French 3 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in French 3 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in French 3 and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 4 is a continuation of French 3. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed French 3 or French 3 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation

The AP course strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use without overemphasis on grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication; students should learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning. The AP French Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts by developing students’ awareness and appreciation of products, both tangible and intangible; practices; and perspectives. This holistic approach to language proficiency recognizes the complex interrelatedness of comprehension and comprehensibility, vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of different situations as they deepen their understanding of the French language and of Francophone cultures.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 90% in French 4 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 5 Honors is a continuation of French 4 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in French 4 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in French 4 and receive a teacher recommendation.

French 5 is a continuation of French 4. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Francophone cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed French 4 or French 4 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 1 is a fundamental course designed at a pace that enables students to begin to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Spanish 2 Honors is an accelerated, introductory course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 90% in Spanish 1 and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 2 is an introductory course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed Spanish 1.

Spanish 3 Honors is a continuation of Spanish 2 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in Spanish 2 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in Spanish 2 and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 3 is a continuation of Spanish 2. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed Spanish 2 or Spanish 2 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 4 Honors is a continuation of Spanish 3 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in Spanish 3 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in Spanish 3 and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 4 is a continuation of Spanish 3. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed Spanish 3 or Spanish 3 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

The AP course strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use without overemphasis on grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication; students should learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts by developing students’ awareness and appreciation of products, both tangible and intangible; practices; and perspectives. This holistic approach to language proficiency recognizes the complex interrelatedness of comprehension and comprehensibility, vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of different situations as they deepen their understanding of the Spanish language and of Spanish speaking cultures. Students are expected to take the AP exam typically administered in May.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 90% in Spanish 4 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 5 Honors is a continuation of Spanish 4 Honors. It is an accelerated course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of 80% in Spanish 4 Honors or a minimum grade of 90% in Spanish 4 and receive a teacher recommendation.

Spanish 5 is a continuation of Spanish 4. It is a course designed to enable students to work toward level appropriate proficiency in the target language by participating in the four major areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course content will include the study of vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as Spanish speaking cultures. The aforementioned skills of language acquisition and course content are assessed on a regular basis.

This course addresses the following expectations for student learning: communication with clarity, focus and consideration of audience and students will use technology to access, evaluate and effectively apply information.

Guidelines: Students selecting this course should have successfully completed Spanish 4 or Spanish 4 Honors and receive a teacher recommendation.