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World Language Department

In World Language classes at Washburn you will acquire French and Spanish language and learn about cultures around the world.  Since language is one of the most obvious and defining features of a culture, understanding language is key to understanding culture. We will work on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French and Spanish through a variety of activities. With these new language skills, we will work together toward understanding and respecting cultural differences.

Language is acquired through comprehensible input; in other words, you acquire language when you understand it.  It is an unconscious process; it happens when the learner is focused on the meaning of the message rather than the language.

You will receive comprehensible input through a variety of activities: reading, listening, asking and answering questions, stories, songs, skits, videos, TPR (Total Physical Response), dance, games and more. In this class, we teach to your long-term memory. You will be speaking French or Spanish forever!

T.P.R.S.= Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling

All courses are offered for elective credit and all courses are a year in length
FRENCH 1                                03301   
Grade N/A 
Prerequisite: None 
Students are introduced to the basic structure and cultures of the French language as they:
·         Begin to understand and speak French through creative stories.
·         begin to read and write in French (simple short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts)
·         Discover connections with other subjects (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science).
·         survey French-speaking cultures and their social practices (holidays, music, food, popular media)
·         Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture.
·         Develop language learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world.

FRENCH 2                                03302   
Grade N/A 
Prerequisite: French 1 or equivalent, i.e. two years of middle school French
Students broaden their foundation of the French language within cultural contexts as they:
·         Improve understanding and speaking of French through storytelling.
·         Continue to read and write in French (simple short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts) by expanding knowledge of French vocabulary and structures.
·         Discover connections with other subjects (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science ).
·         examine French-speaking cultures and their social practices (music, food, popular media) and connections between language and French-speaking cultures
·         Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture and develop awareness of different worldviews.
·         Expand language-learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world.
 
FRENCH 3                                03303   
Grade N/A 
Prerequisite: French 2 or permission of the instructon

Students continue to develop proficiency in French language and deepen their understanding of French-speaking cultures as they:
·         Advance listening and speaking skills through conversations on familiar, real-world topics
·         Use knowledge of the language to make connections with other subjects (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science).
·         Continue to read and write in French (short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts) by expanding knowledge of French vocabulary and structures.
·         Examine French-speaking cultures and their social practices (music, food, popular media) and connections between language and French-speaking cultures.
·         Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture and develop awareness of different worldviews.
·         Establish connections with French-speaking cultures through the use of technology, media, and native-language sources
·         Expand language learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world
 
IB SL FRENCH                                    03344
Elective credit/2 year course
Grades 10, 11 & 12

Prerequisite:  French 3 or permission of instructor
Students will continue to develop and begin to refine proficiency in French language and deepen their understanding of French-speaking cultures as they:
  • communicate in French in a variety of contexts and express ideas with clarity and fluency
  • expand upon their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections, comparisons and become involved in French-speaking communities
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a variety of aspects of the many cultures of the French-speaking world
  • read authentic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • discuss and write about topics pertinent to the French-speaking world
  • prepare for the SL IB exam


IB HL FRENCH                                     03345
Elective credit/2 year course
Grades 11 & 12

Prerequisite: IB SL Year 1 or permission of instructor
Students will continue to develop and refine proficiency in French language and deepen their understanding of French-speaking cultures as they:
  • communicate in French in a variety of contexts and express ideas with refined clarity and fluency
  • perfect their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of in-depth written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections, comparisons and become involved in French-speaking communities
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a variety of aspects of the cultures of the French-speaking world
  • read authentic and classic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • discuss and write in depth about topics pertinent to the French-speaking world
  • prepare for the HL IB exams
 
SPANISH 1                               03601
Grade N/A 
Prerequisite: None 
Students are introduced to the basic structure of the Spanish language within cultural contexts as they:
  • Begin to understand and speak Spanish through storytelling and real-world situations.
  • Begin to read and write in Spanish (simple short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts).
  • Discover connections with other subjects (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science).
  • Survey Spanish-speaking cultures and their social practices (holidays, music, food, popular media).
  • Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture.
  • Develop language learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world. 
SPANISH 2                               03602
Grade N/A 
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent, i.e. 1 or 2 years of middle school Spanish or teacher permission
Students broaden their foundation of the Spanish language within cultural contexts as they:
  • Improve understanding and speaking of Spanish through storytelling and real-world situations.
  • Continue to read and write in Spanish (simple short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts) by expanding knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and structures.
  • Discover connections with other subjects (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science).
  • Examine Spanish-speaking cultures and their social practices (music, food, popular media) and connections between language and Spanish-speaking cultures.
  • Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture and develop awareness of different worldviews.
  • Expand language learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world.
 SPANISH 3                               03603
Grades N/A 
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 ore equivalent, i.e. 2 years of middle or high school Spanish or teacher permission
Spanish 3 is a bridge to IB classes. Students continue to develop proficiency in Spanish language and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures as they:
  • Advance listening and speaking skills through conversations on familiar, real-world topics
  • Use knowledge of the language to make connections with other subjects  (geography/politics, fine arts, and math/science ).
  • Continue to read and write in Spanish (short stories, letters, magazines, or other real-life texts) by expanding knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and structures.
  • Examine Spanish-speaking cultures and their social practices (music, food, popular media) and connections between language and Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Explore the unique and interesting perspectives, practices, and products of the culture and develop awareness of different worldviews.
  • Establish connections with Spanish-speaking cultures through the use of technology, media, and native-language sources
  • Expand language learning strategies to maintain a life-long interest in world languages and multiple cultures at home and around the world.
 SL IB SPANISH 4               03644
Grades N/A
Prerequisite:  Spanish 3 or teacher permission
Students will continue to develop and begin to refine proficiency in Spanish language and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures as they:
  • communicate in Spanish in a variety of contexts and express ideas with clarity and fluency
  • expand upon their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections, comparisons and become involved in Spanish-speaking communities
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a variety of aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • read authentic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • discuss and write about topics pertinent to the Spanish-speaking world
  • prepare for the SL IB exam
 SL/HL IB SL SPANISH 5                     03645
Grades N/A
Prerequisite:  Spanish 4 or teacher permission
Students will continue to develop and refine proficiency in Spanish language and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures as they:
  • communicate in Spanish in a variety of contexts and express ideas with clarity and fluency
  • expand and refine their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections, comparisons and become involved in Spanish-speaking communities
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a variety of aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • read authentic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • discuss and write about topics pertinent to the Spanish-speaking world
  • prepare for the SL and HL IB exams
SL/HL IB HL SPANISH 6           03646
Grades N/A
Prerequisite: Spanish 5 or teacher permission
Students will continue to develop and refine proficiency in Spanish language and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures as they:
  • communicate in Spanish in a variety of contexts and express ideas with refined clarity and fluency
  • perfect their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of in-depth written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections, comparisons and become involved in Spanish-speaking communities
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a variety of aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • read authentic and classic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • discuss and write in depth about topics pertinent to the Spanish-speaking world
  • prepare for the SL and HL IB exams
 SL/HL IB HERITAGE SPANISH                03611
Grade N/A
Prerequisite: Native or near-native oral fluency in Spanish, continuous Spanish immersion education or teacher permission
Spanish for Spanish Speakers, also known as “Heritage Spanish”, is a year-long course designed for students that have grown up exposed to Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures but that desire to become more proficient in their language and cultural understandings:
  • communicate in Spanish in a variety of contexts and express ideas with refined clarity and fluency
  • perfect their use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions
  • practice a variety of in-depth written and oral forms appropriate for different situations
  • make connections and comparisons between communities in the U.S. and communities of the Spanish-speaking world
  • deepen awareness and understanding of a the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • connect your abilities in Spanish to other classes and to the world
  • read authentic and classic Hispanic literature: novel excerpts, short stories, poems, autobiographies, legends, song lyrics
  • become familiar with authentic Spanish and Latin American figures through literature, art and drama, music and dance
  • discuss and write in depth about topics pertinent to the Spanish-speaking world
  • prepare for the SL and HL IB exams

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1

Grade N/A

Prerequisite: None 

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2

Grade N/A

Prerequisite: ASL 1 

 

ARABIC 1

Grade N/A

Prerequisite: None 

 

ARABIC 2

Grade N/A

Prerequisite: ARABIC 1