• WORLD LANGUAGES
    Elective Credit

    The World Language program has been designed to achieve two major goals:

    1. Offer students the opportunity to develop proficiency in a second language and culture so that they can acquire skills, knowledge, and attitudes important for living and working in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural world.

    2. Develop students’ insight into their own language and culture so that they can increase their knowledge about  the English language and their understanding of their own society.

    To achieve these goals, an articulated sequence of courses from Level 1 to Level 5 is offered in several modern languages and one classical language.  Learning a second language will also serve the purpose of meeting college entry requirements or recommendations in foreign language.

    Other Items to Note:

    • All Level 4 courses are designated Honors courses, with the exception of ASL.  
    • All Level 5 courses are designated AP courses, with the exception of ASL.
    • Levels 3, 4, and 5 Spanish and French students that qualify may have the option of earning dual (college) credit*.

    *Dual (college) credit eligibility is based on teacher qualifications as determined by the university granting credit and standards set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.


    WORLD LANGUAGE COURSE SEQUENCE 

    French 1 

    French 2 ➟

    French 3➟

    Honors French 4 ➟

    AP French 5

    German 1 ➟

    German 2 ➟

    German 3 ➟

    Honors German 4 ➟

    AP German 5

    Latin 1 ➟

    Latin 2 ➟

    Latin 3 ➟

    Honors Latin 4 ➟

    AP Latin 5

    Spanish 1 ➟

    Spanish 2 ➟

    Spanish 3 ➟

    Honors Spanish 4 ➟

    AP Spanish 5

    Am Sign Lang 1 ➟

    ASL 2 ➟

    ASL 3 ➟

    ASL 4

     


     

    067011/067012
    French 1
    Infinite Campus Name: FRENCH 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    French 1 is an introduction to one of the most global languages of the world. Students will study various French-speaking countries and peoples to better understand their diverse cultures. Students will also begin to describe themselves, family and friends, and preferences. They will learn to speak, listen, read, and write French with their classmates through paired practice, small group work, and role plays. By the end of this course, students will have been introduced to skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them live and work in an increasingly global society. This course is intended for students who have never taken French.
    067021/067022
    French 2
    Infinite Campus Name: FRENCH 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  French 1: French A/B
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    French 2 is for students who can speak, read, understand, and write at a basic level, and want to be able to do more with the French language. Students will continue to study the history and culture of the French-speaking world. At the end of French 2, students will be able to use French to communicate for many different purposes such as telling stories, talking about the past, daily life, describing people, things, and places, and making requests. Emphasis will be on learning to communicate in French. This course is for students that have successfully completed French 1 or French A & B.
    067031/067032
    French 3
    Infinite Campus Name: FRENCH 3
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  French  2
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    French 3 students will be able to communicate more freely and creatively in the French language. Students will study the history and culture of various regions to better make connections within the cultures of the French-speaking world and the United States. At the end of French 3, students will be able to use the language to understand and communicate in many different situations. Emphasis will be on learning to elaborate in formal and informal situations in French. Students may earn college credit in levels 3, 4, and 5.
    068041/068042
    Honors French 4
    Infinite Campus Name: +FRENCH 4
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  French  3
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Organized around themes based on contemporary social, political and cultural issues of French-speaking societies, French 4 students will explore topics such as the cultural identity, the changing roles in families and relationships, environmental issues, and the power of the media in today's society. Students will begin to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks and assignments featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. There will be opportunities for student performance events via multimedia presentations. The French 4 course will seek to improve the students' ability to read and appreciate literary and non-literary texts in French. Students in French 4 will have a deeper awareness and understanding of the cultural diversity of the French-speaking world and their role in it. This course is offered for honors credit.  In Levels 3, 4, and 5, students who qualify may have the option of earning college credit.
    069051/069052
    French 5 (AP French Language and Culture)
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP FRENCH 5
    Grade(s): 12 
    Prerequisite:  French 4
    1/2 Electives credit each semester 

    The integrated study of art, history, film, literature, and music in French 5 promotes cultural knowledge and understanding as well as the further development of language skills. Students experience the culture of the French language firsthand by harnessing technology and, at times even interacting with native speakers, and exploring cultural texts. They are challenged to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. Student performance events may take the form of multimedia presentations. Ultimately, students in French 5 will understand clearly that they are members of a diverse and increasingly global society.  When students qualify and depending on teacher qualification, students may earn college credit in Levels 3, 4, and 5.The course is offered for honors credit.. Those wanting to earn AP credit may also choose to take the Advanced Placement Language Examination in the language..
    067111/067112
    German 1
    Infinite Campus Name: GERMAN 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    German 1 is an introduction to the language spoken by the people of Europe's economic leader. Students will study various German-speaking countries, peoples and cultures. They will also learn to discuss their feelings, families, friends, and daily life in simple terms. Paired practice, small group work, and role play will help students learn the language. By the end of this course students will have been introduced to skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them live and work in an increasingly global society. This course is intended for students that have never taken German.
    067121/067122
    German 2
    Infinite Campus Name: GERMAN 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  German 1/German A/B
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    German 2 is for students who can speak, read, understand, and write at a very basic level, and want to be able to do more with the German language. Students will study the history and culture of various cities to better understand the variety within the cultures of the German-speaking world. By the end of German 2, students will be able to use German to communicate for many different purposes such as telling stories, talking about the past, giving preference and opinions, describing people, things, and places, and making requests. Emphasis will be on learning to communicate in German. This course is for students who have successfully completed German 1 or German A & B.
    067131/067132
    German 3
    Infinite Campus Name: GERMAN 3
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  German  2
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    German 3 students will learn to communicate more freely and creatively in the language. They will study the history and culture of various regions of the German-speaking world. By the end of German 3, students will be able to use German to understand and communicate in many different situations. Emphasis will be on learning to elaborate in formal and informal situations in German.
    068141/068142
    Honors German 4
    Infinite Campus Name: +GERMAN 4
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  German 3
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Organized around themes based on contemporary social, political and cultural issues of German-speaking societies, German 4 students will explore topics such as the cultural identity, the changing roles in families and relationships, environmental issues, and the power of the media in today's society. Students will begin to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks and assignments featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. There will be opportunities for student performance events via multimedia presentations. The German 4 course will seek to improve the students' ability to read and appreciate literary and non-literary texts in German. Students in German 4 will have a deeper awareness and understanding of the cultural diversity of the German-speaking world and their role in it. This course is honors level.
    069151/069152
    German 5 (AP German Language and Culture)
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP GERMAN 5
    Grade(s): 12 
    Prerequisite:  German 4
    1/2 Electives credit each semester 

    The integrated study of art, history, film, literature, and music in German 5 promotes cultural knowledge and understanding as well as the further development of language skills. Students experience the culture of the German language firsthand by harnessing technology and, at times even interacting with native speakers, and exploring cultural texts. They are challenged to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. Student performance events may take the form of multimedia presentations. Ultimately, students in German 5 will understand clearly that they are members of a diverse and increasingly global society. As an "honors" course, a weighted grade is given for German 5. Those wanting to earn AP credit may also choose to take the Advanced Placement Language Examination in the language.
    067211/067212
    Latin 1
    Infinite Campus Name: LATIN 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    In Latin 1, we dig into the past and explore the world of gladiators, political intrigue, and the ghosts of Pompeii. Students who take Latin will see the impact of the Roman world everywhere! One important aspect of learning Latin is to understand how languages work. With this understanding, students will gain a deeper knowledge of Latin and other languages, particularly English. In Latin 1, students will learn the basics of Latin in order to build a foundation for reading. Latin class will improve reading abilities through the learning of Latin vocabulary. After completing this course, students will have expanded their English vocabularies and gained skills for improving standardized test scores.
    067221/067222
    Latin 2
    Infinite Campus Name: LATIN 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Latin 1 or A/B
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    This year in Latin, students will travel to the ends of the Roman Empire and meet new characters as they continue to build upon their knowledge of the Roman world and Latin language. As in Latin 1, students will focus upon developing increasingly advanced skills in the areas of vocabulary, reading, and grammar. Through the lens of Roman conquest in Egypt and Britain, students will also explore bigger concepts of religion, imperialism, and race alongside the more amusing everyday aspects of Roman life in a province. After completing this course, students will have a solid foundation and understanding of Latin language and culture to apply to the world around them.
    067231/067232
    Latin 3
    Infinite Campus Name: LATIN 3
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Latin 2
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Within the context of the Eternal City of Rome, we build upon the previous foundations of Latin language study. Students begin to grasp the complexities of the Latin language and continue to develop and improve upon their Latin reading and vocabulary skills. Students will begin to encounter real Roman authors. Through the use of more advanced Latin reading skills, students will find themselves swept up in the intrigues of urban Roman life and will explore the history and monuments of ancient Rome. At the completion of this course, students will have learned the majority of Latin grammatical concepts and will be ready for more advanced literary study.
    068241/068242
    Honors Latin 4
    Infinite Campus Name: +LATIN 4
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Latin 3
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Veni, Vidi, Vici! This course concludes the acquisition of Latin grammar and introduces historical Roman authors. Students will see their hard years of work pay off as they delve into selected readings from Virgil, Cicero, Ovid, Pliny, Horace, Catullus, and/or Caesar. Students will be able to read these challenging texts well by combining their previously acquired knowledge of grammar with new concepts of literary analysis and devices, historical context, and interpretation. This course will help students develop an appreciation for the foundations of Western literature. An honors grade may be earned for this course.
    069251/069252
    Latin 5 (AP Latin)
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP LATIN 5
    Grade(s): 12 
    Prerequisite:  Latin 4
    1/2 Electives credit each semester 

    This course will include readings of extended portions of Latin writers, e.g., Virgil, Cicero, Ovid, Pliny, Horace, Catullus. Readings will be selected to serve the needs and interests in the class. The works will be discussed in detail, using methods of literary analysis and developing historical background. Students wanting to earn AP credit may choose to take the Advanced Placement Exam. A weighted grade is given.
    067311/067312
    Spanish 1
    Infinite Campus Name: SPANISH 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Spanish 1 is an introduction to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Students will study various Spanish-speaking countries and peoples to better understand their diverse cultures. Students will also begin to discuss their feelings, family and friends, and daily life. They will speak and write with their classmates through paired practice, small group work, and role plays. By the end of this course, students will have been introduced to skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them live and work in an increasingly global society. They will be able to communicate at a basic level. This course is intended for students that have never taken Spanish.
    067321/067322
    Spanish 2
    Infinite Campus Name: SPANISH 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Spanish 1/Spanish A/B
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Spanish 2 is for students who can speak, read, understand, and write at a basic level, and want to be able to do more with the Spanish language. Students will continue to study the cultures and histories of various Spanish-speaking countries. By the end of the course, students will be able to use the language to communicate for many different purposes such as telling stories, talking about the past, giving preferences and opinions, describing people, things, and places, and making requests. Emphasis will be on learning to communicate in Spanish. This course is for students that have successfully completed Spanish 1 or Spanish A & B.
    067331/067332
    Spanish 3
    Infinite Campus Name: SPANISH 3
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Spanish 2
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Spanish 3 students will learn to communicate more freely and creatively in the language. They will study the history and culture of various regions to better make connections within the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and the United States. By the end of the course, students will have learned to use Spanish to understand and communicate in many different situations in the present, past and future. Emphasis will be on learning to elaborate in formal and informal situations in Spanish. Students may earn college credit in levels 3, 4, and 5.
    068341/068342
    Honors Spanish 4
    Infinite Campus Name: +SPANISH 4
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Spanish 3
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Organized around themes based on contemporary social, political and cultural issues of Spanish-speaking societies, Spanish 4 students will explore topics such as the cultural identity, the changing roles in families and relationships, environmental issues, and the power of the media in today's society. Students will begin to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks and assignments featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. There will be opportunities for student performance events via multimedia presentations. The Spanish 4 course will seek to improve the students' ability to read and appreciate literary and non-literary texts in Spanish. Students in Spanish 4 will have a deeper awareness and understanding of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world and their role in it. This course is offered for honors credit.  In Levels 3, 4, and 5, students who qualify may have the option of earning college credit.
    069351/069352
    Spanish 5 (AP Spanish Language and Culture)
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP SPANISH 5
    Grade(s): 12 
    Prerequisite:  Spanish 4
    1/2 Electives credit each semester 

    The integrated study of art, history, film, literature, and music in Spanish 5 promotes cultural knowledge and understanding as well as the further development of language skills. Students experience the culture of the Spanish language firsthand by harnessing technology and, at times even interacting with native speakers, and exploring cultural texts. They are challenged to use increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical structures in a variety of contexts as they tackle listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks featuring authentic literature, film, and topics of contemporary interest and concern. Student performance events may take the form of multimedia presentations. Ultimately, students in Spanish 5 will understand clearly that they are members of a diverse and increasingly global society. Students may earn college credit in Levels 3, 4, and 5. As an "honors" course, a weighted grade is given for Spanish 5. Those wanting to earn AP credit may also choose to take the Advanced Placement Language Examination in the language.
    067511/067512
    American Sign Language 1
    Infinite Campus Name: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    American Sign Language (ASL) 1 is an introduction to the most widely used sign language in the United States. Students will study the basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar of ASL. Students will focus on mastering the basics of finger spelling, facial grammar and sentence structure; and will also learn conversational/cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL, with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language. Introductory information about deaf culture will also be presented to provide students with a broad picture of language and culture. This course is intended for students that have little to no experience with ASL. Subsequent levels of this course will be dependent on student enrollment.
    067521/067522
    American Sign Language 2
    Infinite Campus Name: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of American Sign Language 1 or B
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    ASL is for students at a proficiency level that are able to express uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward practical and social situations and want to be able to do more with ASL. Students will continue to compare and contrast spoken English/hearing culture and ASL/Deaf culture in greater depths and more detail. By the end of the course, students will be able to use the language to communicate for many different purposes such as telling stories, talking about the past, giving preferences and opinions, describing people, things, and places, and making requests. Emphasis will be on learning to communicate in ASL. This course is for students that have successfully completed ASL 1 or ASL A and B. This course and subsequent ASL courses will be offered based on student enrollment.
    067531/067532
    American Sign Language 3
    Infinite Campus Name: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  American Sign Language 2
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    ASL 3 students will learn to communicate more freely and creatively in the language. They will study the history and culture to demonstrate greater knowledge and deeper appreciation of the attitudes and practices which comprise Deaf culture including a variety of contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have learned to use ASL to understand and communicate in many different situations in the present, past and future. Emphasis will be on performing and interpreting longer and more complex exchanges in a greater variety of topics to build their confidence and ability in the use of ASL both within and beyond the school setting.
    067541/067542
    American Sign Language 4
    Infinite Campus Name: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 4
    Grade(s): 11 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  American Sign Language 3
    1/2 Electives credit each semester 

    This class is designed to have students expand on the topics covered in ASL Levels 1, 2, and 3. by communicating in American Sign Language. World Language courses are based on the four standards: Communication, Culture, Connections and Comparisons. The Communication emphasis is on expressive skills (the ability to sign ASL to communicate to others including the use of facial expressions, eye contact, clear and precise production of signs and receptive skills (the ability to comprehend signs in ASL when communicated to by another ASL user. This includes the ability to respond to the communication, to understand facial expressions and maintain eye contact. ASL translation is also an indicator of receptive skills. For the Intermediate-Low Range Level, students learn to initiate, sustain and conclude conversations; comprehend signed language; and present on a variety of familiar topics, all using familiar vocabulary and learned grammatical structures in the context of Culture, Connections, and Comparisons.