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Spanish 1AB

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS:

This basic course is structured for the student with little or no background in Spanish. The primary objective of Spanish IA/B is to offer students an opportunity to acquire communicative skills in Spanish while developing an awareness and appreciation of Latin-American and Iberian cultures. Students will learn and practice writing, reading, listening, and speaking in Spanish on a daily basis in the classroom. In addition, students are encouraged to continue practicing on their own in order to strengthen their academic goals and personal enrichment.

 

Spanish 2AB

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS:

This intermediate course is structured for the student, who has completed Spanish IA & 1B. The primary objective of Spanish 2A/B is to offer

students an opportunity to further their communicative skills in Spanish while continuing to develop awareness and appreciation of Latin-American

and Iberian cultures. Students  will learn and practice intermediate writing, reading, listening, and speaking in Spanish on a daily basis in the      

classroom. In addition, students are encouraged to continue practicing on their own in order to strengthen their academic goals and personal enrichment. 

 

Pre-requisite: successful passing of Spanish 1AB

Spanish 3AB

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS:

This advanced course is structured for the student, who has completed Span. 1AB and Span. 2AB. The primary objective of Spanish 3A/B is to offer

students an opportunity to enhance their communicative skills in Spanish while continuing to develop awareness and appreciation of Latin-American

and Iberian cultures. Students will learn and practice advanced writing, reading, listening, and speaking in Spanish on a daily basis in the classroom. In addition, students are encouraged to continue practicing on their own in order to strengthen their academic goals and personal enrichment. 

 

Pre-requisite: successful passing of Spanish 1AB, Spanish 2AB

French 1AB

This course provides practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French within scope; includes brief dialogues, and narratives related to activities in school, home and community. Stresses in correct pronunciation and intonation; correct use of elementary language structures. Introduces concepts related to geography of the French-speaking world and the culture of the French speaking countries. 

French 2AB

The objective of French 2AB is to continue to develop an intermediate level of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students at this level will learn to communicate with ease in French in a variety of everyday topics such as family, daily activities, personal interests, sports, french cuisine, shopping, travel, and school activities. 

 

Pre-requisite: successful completion of French 1AB  

French 3AB / French 4AB

The purpose of these intermediate and advanced levels is to continue to increase proficiency in communicating in the French language according to the cultural practices of France. Emphasis is also placed in the awareness of the history, geography, and cultures of the countries and regions where French is the main language. 

 

Pre-requisite: successful passing of French 1AB, French 2AB. 

 

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Arabic 1AB

The goal of Arabic 1AB is to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It also includes mastering phonics and the writing system is Arabic. By the end of Arabic 1AB, students will be able to: carry on a simple conversation about: personal interests, biographical information, express feelings, different topics related to school and social activities, family, read and understand age appropriate authentic materials, sports, etc. 

 

Pre-requisites: no previous experience necessary. Heritage speakers will be evaluated prior to enrollment in the course for proper placement. 

Arabic 2AB

The objective of Arabic 2AB is to continue to develop writing, speaking, reading, and listening. It also includes mastering pronunciation of phrases and developing an intermediate level of writing. Students at this level will be able to communicate in a variety of topics including: social settings, family, daily activities, school, personal interests, Arabic cuisine, travel, sports, and shopping. 

 

Pre-requisites: successful completion of Arabic 1AB. 

World Languages

World Languages and Cultures

We, the Department of World languages and Cultures at Hamilton High School Complex, strive to promote cultural awareness among our students through the learning of languages and cultural traditions. The teachers of the Department expect students to fully participate and engage in the learning process while acquiring new communication skills in a World Language. Spanish, French, and Arabic are among the most spoken languages in the world and they are a necessity to compete in a global economy. Finally, two years of the same language is required to graduate high school. 

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From the Desk of the Department Chair

Dear Parents and Students,

Please Read the following excerpts from the District regarding homework policy:

The purpose of homework is fourfold:

It is meant to be an opportunity for independent practice, to reinforce learning and to help students master specific skills.

It can be used as a preparation for introducing material to be presented in future lessons.

It is an opportunity for students to extend their current skills into new situations.

It is a means by which students may integrate many different skills to a larger task, such as book reports, projects, or other creative      avenues (Vatterott, 2009) (page 1).

 

Grade Level

Maximum Homework Time Allocation

 

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9 - 10

Average of 25 minutes for each academic class daily

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11 - 12

Average of 30 minutes for each academic class daily

(page 5)

BUL-3491.1
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and School Support, May 9, 2012

It is important for students to adhere to these guidelines to ensure success in the study of world languages. 

 

 

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Why Should I take AP Courses?

Taking AP courses is a challenging task. It requires more dedication than a regular course. Research findings show a connection with benefits, such as a stronger college application, higher GPA, better prepared to take undergraduate college courses in the same field as the AP course. I have selected a few documents about the benefits of AP courses for your reading pleasure. BE INFORMED. In addition, TALK to your COUNSELOR. He or she can better advise you. For more information about World Language AP courses, please talk to Mr. Feldman, Mr. Ovalle, Mr. Leon, or Mrs. Salazar.

 

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2014/08/25/5-keys-to-success-in-advanced-placement-courses

 

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/april/advanced-placement-courses-032213.html

 

http://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/ap-scores

 

http://collegeready.rice.edu/ap-and-college-readiness

 

Best,

World Language and Cultures Department

Native Speakers I & II

These courses are developed to increase proficiency in communicating orally and in writing in Spanish according to the cultural practices of the countries and regions where Spanish is the official language: Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, The United States, the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Republica Dominicana and Puerto Rico. Native Speakers 1 is the equivalent of regular Spanish 1 and 2. Native Speakers 2 is the equivalent of Spanish 2 and 3. Students who successfully complete these courses are encouraged to advance to AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature.

 

 file:///C:/Users/Maria.Salazar/Downloads/Spanish_for_Span_Speakers_1AB_Course_Outline_11-07.pdf

 

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A.P. Spanish Language and Culture

To read more about AP Spanish Language and Culture, please click on the link below. For additional information see Mr. Feldman or Mrs. Salazar. 

 

https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-spanish-language-and-culture-course-overview.pdf

A.P. Spanish Literature

To read more about AP Spanish Literature, please click on the link below. For additional information, please see Mr. Ovalle or Mrs. Salazar.

 

https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-spanish-literature-culture.pdf

LASO

Latin America Student Organization is a student club which promotes cultural awareness of Latin American traditioat Hamilton. L.A.S.O. sponsors an annual cultural assembly. For more information see Mr. Ramos, Ms. Martinez or Ms. Rodriguez. 

Bi-Literacy Awards Program

The Bi-Literacy Awards is a program that celebrates fluency in two or more languages. Students, who meet the requirements, receive a special seal on their diplomas and an honor cord  to wear in graduation. See Mrs. Salazar in Rm. 806 for more information.

The Spanish National Honor Society

The Spanish National Honor Society, also known as La Sociedad, emphasizes academic excellence and global community service. For membership requirements, please see Mrs. Salazar in Rm. 806.