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High School Foreign Language

Foreign Language Course Offerings

Advanced French Conversation, 1626

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credit: .5 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Introductory French Conversation, or French III (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This advanced conversation class will build on previously learned grammar and vocabulary. The purpose is to build fluency in the target language. Only the target language will be used in the class and the student is expected and required to speak in class in the target language. Current events, contemporary issues, role play, and interviews will be the focus of this course.

RATIONALE:

The Ohio Foreign language competency–based program emphasizes communication in goal one: “to enable learners to communicate in the foreign language for multiple purposes, in a variety of modes and within a wide range of cultural contexts.” (Ohio's Model Competency-Based Program, Ohio Department of Education, 1996) The foreign language teacher's of Mansfield Senior High feel it's time to meet the Ohio model.

The two levels of conversation courses will help fulfill one aspect of the communication goal. These challenging courses will present opportunities to students for speaking in the target language and for better understanding the spoken word. In the field of international business, a fluent comprehension and speaking ability of the foreign language is mandatory and many universities require a foreign language minor of their students with an international business major. These conversational courses will be beneficial for students the business environment. The conversational courses will focus entirely on conversation and comprehension in the target language.
 
Advanced Spanish Conversation, 1926
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credit: .5 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Introductory Spanish Conversation, or Spanish III (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This advanced conversation class will build on previously learned grammar and vocabulary. The purpose is to build fluency in the target language. Only the target language will be used in the class and the student is expected and required to speak in class in the target language. Current events, contemporary issues, role play, and interviews will be the focus of this course.

RATIONALE:

The Ohio Foreign language competency–based program emphasizes communication in goal one: “to enable learners to communicate in the foreign language for multiple purposes, in a variety of modes and within a wide range of cultural contexts.” (Ohio's Model Competency-Based Program, Ohio Department of Education, 1996) The foreign language teacher's of Mansfield Senior High feel it's time to meet the Ohio model.

 
The two levels of conversation courses will help fulfill one aspect of the communication goal. These challenging courses will present opportunities to students for speaking in the target language and for better understanding the spoken word. In the field of international business, a fluent comprehension and speaking ability of the foreign language is mandatory and many universities require a foreign language minor of their students with an international business major. These conversational courses will be beneficial for students the business environment. The conversational courses will focus entirely on conversation and comprehension in the target language. 

French I, 1610
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: None. However, students should have a clear understanding of the English language; and a recommendation from an English teacher is encouraged.

This course introduces students to the basics of the French language. Skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading are developed. As well, students learn how to greet, ask questions, and develop sentences or paragraphs. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries is also learned.
 
French IA
Grades: 7
Credit: .5 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Students must have a B- average or better in 6thgrade English class, and a recommendation from English teacher. As well, a student who wishes to receive the .5 credit towards earning a high school credit, must take and pass mid-term exam and final exam.

This course introduces student to the basics of the French language. Skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading are developed. As well, students learn how to greet, ask questions,and develop sentences or paragraphs. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries is also learned. 

French IB
Grades: 8
Credit: .5 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Students must have a completed and passed French IA. As well, a student who wishes to receive the .5 credit towards earning a high school credit, must take and pass mid-term exam and final exam.

This course introduces student to the basics of the French language. Skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading are developed. As well, students learn how to greet, ask questions,and develop sentences or paragraphs. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries is also learned.

French II, 1620
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: French I (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This course continues to develop a student's ability to express French through speaking, listening, writing and reading. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries is also learned. More attention is given to the development of verb conjugation and overall grammar concepts.

French III, 1630
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: French II (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).

This course continues to develop a student's ability to express French through speaking, listening, writing and reading. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries continues to be learned. More attention is given to the overall development and mastery of grammar concepts.

French IV, 1640
Grades: 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: French III (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This course continues to develop a student's ability to express French through speaking, listening, writing and reading. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries continues to be learned. Refinement of previously learned French language skills are included; and a mastery of overall grammar concepts are expected. A student's ability to speak fluently is beginning to formulate.

French V, 1650
Grades: 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: French IV (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This course continues to develop a student's ability to express French through speaking, listening, writing and reading. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of French speaking countries continues to be learned. Mastery of overall grammar concepts; and a student's ability to speak fluently is a primary goal and focus. Literary works of great French authors is surveyed and studied.

Introductory Spanish Conversation, 1925
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credit: .5 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish II (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This introductory conversation class will put to use all the grammar forms and vocabulary learned in previous modern foreign language study. The student will be required to use the target language in class in order to build fluency, confidence and comprehension. Current events, contemporary issues, role-play, and interviews will be the focus of this course.

RATIONALE:

The Ohio Foreign language competency–based program emphasizes communication in goal one: “to enable learners to communicate in the foreign language for multiple purposes, in a variety of modes and within a wide range of cultural contexts.” (Ohio's Model Competency-Based Program, Ohio Department of Education, 1996) The foreign language teacher's of Mansfield Senior High feel it's time to meet the Ohio model.

The two levels of conversation courses will help fulfill one aspect of the communication goal. These challenging courses will present opportunities to students for speaking in the target language and for better understanding the spoken word. In the field of international business, a fluent comprehension and speaking ability of the foreign language is mandatory and many universities require a foreign language minor of their students with an international business major. These conversational courses will be beneficial for students the business environment. The conversational courses will focus entirely on conversation and comprehension in the target language.

Spanish I, 1910
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: None. However, students should have good English language skills, and a recommendation from an English teacher is encouraged.
 
This course offers a basic understanding, speaking, reading, and writing knowledge of Spanish and the acquisition of sounds, vocabulary, and basic principles. It presents an introduction to the culture and geography of the Spanish-speaking peoples.
 
Spanish II, 1920
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish I
 
This course provides a review of the essential grammatical points introduced in Spanish I and introduces the materials customarily taught in the second year of Spanish. A brief survey of Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures and an introduction to short reading selections may be included.
 
Spanish III, 1930
Grades:11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish II

This course reviews the grammar and vocabulary introduced in Spanish I and II. New grammatical structures, verb tenses, and vocabulary are introduced to further develop oral and written communication skills in Spanish. Listening and speaking skills are maintained and polished. Skits and speeches offer an opportunity for creativity. There will be opportunities to read excerpts of Hispanic literature (short stories, dramas, novels, and biographies) and increase knowledge of Hispanic culture.

Most universities offer placement tests for the student to have the opportunity to receive college credit for the high school foreign language sequence.

Spanish IV, 1940
Grades: 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish III

This course presents a more critical look at the literary styles and movements and covers some of the high points of Hispanic history, culture, and art. Additional work to refine the previously learned Spanish language skills are included with emphasis on natural speaking in real-life situations in Spanish. By completing four years of the same foreign language in high school, the college requirement for foreign language MAY be met. 
 
Spanish V, 1950
Grades: 12
Credit: 1.0 Weight Factor: 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish IV (or successful passing of a placement test for a Foreign Exchange student).
 
This course continues to develop a student's ability to express Spanish through speaking, listening, writing and reading. Building vocabulary and developing cultural awareness of Spanish speaking countries continues to be learned. Mastery of overall grammar concepts; and a student's ability to speak fluently is a primary goal and focus. Literary works of great Spanish authors is surveyed and studied.