The Language Support Program offers the Cathedral English courses through this department to students accepted into the program. These courses parallel the 9th and 10th grade Academic English curricula, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum for 11th and 12th grades. Freshmen and sophomores in the Language Support Program also take two semesters of composition. Here, students practice writing products extensively with an emphasis on expository writing skills. These composition courses also stress organizational and study skills, while guiding students to recognize individual learning style and compensation needs. Testing accommodations, such as extended time testing on Cathedral course tests and high stakes tests including state graduation tests and college entrance tests, are arranged and monitored through this program.
All students accepted to the program have a psycho-educational evaluation within the past three years, diagnosing a language-processing weakness despite strong cognitive ability. A Cathedral Accommodation Plan will be implemented and reviewed throughout the Cathedral career. Students are taught to advocate, study effectively, and grow in understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses. Honing these skills allows students to learn and advance in Cathedral’s challenging college preparatory environment, as students in the program take the Cathedral and state graduation requirements.
Between twenty-four and twenty-eight students are accepted into the program at the beginning of the freshman year, making these English classes between 12-14 students. Four semesters of composition are required during the first two years, rather than the Cathedral one semester course requirement, to more rapidly advance written expression ability.
It is strongly recommended that all students take two or more years of a world language in preparation for college admission and success therein. Most students in the Language Support Program will be encouraged to study Latin I, II, and may continue to III, to assist with vocabulary building and word level comprehension. Other languages can be studied in certain cases.
English 9LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C611AF/C611AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
This course is required for all freshmen in the Language Support Program
This course surveys world literature selections from novels, short stories, mythology, poetry, and drama (Shakespeare selections.) Instruction is designed to match the learning styles and needs of students in the Language Support Program and enhance comprehension of both literature and non-fiction. For word-level comprehension and decoding skills, systematic vocabulary instruction expands word meaning and pronunciation strategies. A project-based approach for supporting reading growth utilizes student collaboration and technology for highly engaged language learning. Another aim of this course is to encourage students to apply comprehension strategies to other reading tasks for improved efficiency beyond the English courses for a variety of reading purposes.
Freshman Language Intensive, LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C634AF/C634AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
This is course is required for all freshmen in the Language Support Program
Freshman Language Intensive is a course specifically designed to instruct students in our Language Support Program in foundational English language, reading, and writing skills. The core curriculum is based on Orton-Gillingham teaching methodologies and philosophies and is adapted for group instruction while still being differentiated to meet individual student needs and abilities. As well as targeted Orton-Gillingham style phonics-based instruction, students will also be taught the basics of etymology, linguistics, grammar and writing.
English 10LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C612AF/C612AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
This course is required of all sophomores in the Language Support Program.
This course expands critical reading skills across selections from Puritan to contemporary American literature. Instructional approaches, content, and assessments are designed for LSP learner needs. Teachers with expertise in exceptional learners provide a variety of research-based comprehension strategies through prose-other-than fiction, poetry, drama, and literature at the Academic level of difficulty. Students continue vocabulary instruction for word-level comprehension by examining syllabication and word analysis techniques which also expand reading decoding skills. Specialized instruction in comprehension strategies for not only literature, but for factual information as well, enhances comprehension abilities for students’ other coursework.
Fundamentals of Writing (Academic) (Language Support)
C637AF/C637AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
This course is required for all sophomores in the Language Support Program.
Course Description:This course expands grammar, mechanics, and usage conventions as a continuation of Freshman Language Intensive. Instruction is designed for LSP students’ written expression needs. Students will learn the components of writing as well as the stages of the writing process. Students will practice a variety of writing purposes including poetry, narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive writing, creative writing, and writing across the curriculum. This course will equip them with the writing skills necessary for high stakes testing. Writing to demonstrate understanding of factual articles, as well as writing about literature is also emphasized. Students write a research paper third quarter. Writing strategies, memory, and organizational strategies are refined for the success in upper class courses.. The Cathedral resume is also created.
English 11 LSP English Literature and Composition, AP (Advanced Placement)
C635AF/C635AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Open to juniors who have Completion of English 9 LS, Intensive Freshman Language, English 10 LS, and Fundamentals of Writing for LS. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.
AP English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of classical literature. The college-level course includes intensive study of both novels, poetry, and plays. Writing is an integral part of the course. Students who enroll in this course should be highly motivated and should work well independently and in small groups. Participation in class discussions is an essential element of this course. There is an additional fee for this course.
English Language & Composition, AP (Language Support)
C636XF/C636XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
AP English Literature and Composition 11 LSP. This course is required for all seniors in the Language Support Program. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.
Analyze nonfiction prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. Examine the way traditional conventions and resources of language contribute to effective writing. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing through the critical analysis and interpretation of these texts. Student writings will encompass the use of argument, synthesis, and rhetorical strategies. There is an additional fee for this course.
Latin I LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C615AF/C15AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
This course is designed as an introduction to the classical Roman language and culture for Language Support students. Multisensory instruction will include the basic language skills of vocabulary, grammar, and reading of the Latin language. Latin derivatives will be emphasized to increase students’ English decoding and encoding skills. Students will complete a multimedia project each quarter on an aspect of Roman culture. The course maximizes Universal Design for Learning principles and affords students multiple avenues to learn, grow, and succeed.
Latin II LS (Academic) (Language Support)
C616AF/C616AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Successful completion of Latin I.
This course continues the multi-sensory study of Latin grammar, covering more complex grammatical structures. Students from LSP continue to increase Latin vocabulary. The study of Latin derivatives advances their English vocabulary. Ancient Roman history and culture are studied through translations, with a year-long focus on the fall of the republic and the foundation of the empire. Students complete a project each quarter on an aspect of Roman culture. The course maximizes Universal Design for Learning principles and affords students multiple avenues to learn, grow, and succeed.