World Language

SPECIAL DEPARTMENT POLICIES

Two years of a World Language are required for all Cathedral students. These two years of the same language must be completed at Cathedral High School to meet the school’s graduation requirements. Incoming students who have studied one or more years of a World Language at the junior high or elementary level are strongly encouraged to take the placement test before beginning their study of the respective world language. A student may test out of one, two or three years of the language.

All World Languages taught at Cathedral High School are taught as acquisition courses. Students who are native speakers of a World Language currently offered at Cathedral are strongly encouraged to enroll in a different language. This will afford students the opportunity to become proficient in multiple languages. In doing so, students are further able to realize Cathedral’s “Portrait of a Graduate” by being more culturally competent and engaged in the global society.

If a student fails first semester in any language, he/she will be dropped from the course at the end of the semester and required to repeat the language the following year. The department highly recommends that a student obtaining a D or lower at the end of the second semester in a first-year class audit the class the next year.

If a student receives a grade of C- or below at the end of the second semester of the second year in any language, he/she is strongly encouraged to NOT continue in the advanced levels of that specific language. He/she should consider taking the first year of a different language.

Expectations of the World Language Department for Students Enrolling in a Language Course:

1.   Students are expected to practice vocabulary, conjugation of verbs and other grammar concepts to learn correct spelling and the correct use of accent marks in the target language. Daily study of vocabulary and grammar concepts is also expected.

2.   Students must use the target language as much as possible in and out of the classroom. Oral participation in class activities is expected on a daily basis. The percentages for the amount of language used in each level of language are first year 50-70%; second year 60-80%; third year 80-90% and fourth/fifth year 90-100%.

3.   Students must be patient and diligent in their study. Daily oral and written work is required if one is serious about learning a language well. One cannot cram for a foreign language test or quiz. Daily memorization is needed for long term results.

4.   Students are expected to develop a respect for the diverse culture of the target language.

5.   Students are expected to not use online translators for complete sentences, paragraphs, essays, and/or research papers in the target language..


French I (College Prep)

C211CF/C211CS

Prerequisite:

Open to students enrolled in the College Prep level.

Course Description:

This introductory French course is an introduction to the French language and culture. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Students will learn about the different cultures and peoples of the French speaking world as they prepare to enter our global society. This course is specifically designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are enrolled at the College Prep English level.


French I (Academic)

C211AF/C211AS

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the French language and culture. Students learn basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Students listen, read, write, and speak through various individual, paired and group activities. Students have the opportunity to appreciate different cultures and the value of language learning in an increasingly global society.


French II (College Prep)

C212CF/C212CS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French I CP or equivalent or permission of teacher. Open to students enrolled in the College Prep level.

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of the study of the French language for students who are enrolled at the College Prep English level. The course continues to help the student develop the necessary language skills for proficiency in a second language. Students will continue their study of the French speaking world.


French II (Academic)

C212AF/C212AS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French IA or equivalent or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues in the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students review and expand their knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary. Students become increasingly aware of cultural diversity.


French III (College Prep)

C213CF/C213CS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French II CP or equivalent or permission of teacher. Open to students enrolled in the College Prep level.

Course Description:

This course continues to strengthen the listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills developed during the first two years of studying French. Students will be introduced to various genres of literature and music which will continue to strengthen their reading and listening skills. During the course year there will also be many opportunities to engage in a variety of cultural exchanges.


French III (Honors)

C213XF/C213XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French II A or equivalent or permission of teacher. The goal of the course is to further and strengthen the study of French language and culture, so that the students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. Students will take the course over a period of two academic school years. At the end of the course, the students will be expected to participate in both internal and external assessments, which include both written and oral components. At the end of the process, students will achieve competency in communicative interactions and interpretation, as well as gaining more exposure to the international community.

Course Description:

This course continues to strengthen the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills developed during the first two years of studying French. Linguistic skills are reinforced through grammar review, guided and creative compositions and oral exercises in which students express their feelings and opinions. Students are introduced to a variety of literary selections, such as poetry, short stories and magazines to strengthen reading skills. Offered as Dual Credit through Ivy Tech as French 101 for 4 credits and French 102 for 4 credits.

*Course Fee*


French IV (Honors)

C214XF/C214XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French III, or equivalent or permission of teacher. The goal of the course is to further and strengthen the study of French language and culture, so that the students are able to increase fluency in expression and interpretation of the language within a cultural context. Students will take the course over a period of two academic school years. At the end of the course, the students will be expected to participate in both internal and external assessments, which include both written and oral components. At the end of the process, students will achieve competency in communicative interactions and interpretation, as well as gaining more exposure to the international community.

Course Description:

This advanced course of study in French emphasizes intensive practice in conversational language and increased literary analysis of plays, novels, poetry and films. Students refine their written work as well as their listening comprehension. A continued cultural study, particularly of history, geography, and civilization is an integral part of this course. Extensive grammar review is included in preparation for college placement exams. Offered as Dual Credit through Ivy Tech as French 201 for 3 credits and French 202 for 3 credits.

*Course Fee*


French V, AP (Advanced Placement)

C215XF/C215XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of French IV or equivalent or permission of teacher. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement French exam. The objectives of the course are for students to develop a strong command of vocabulary and structure, an ability to understand the spoken language in various conversational situations, an ability to read newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction, non-technical writings without the use of a dictionary, and the ability to express ideas orally and in writing. This course seeks to develop language skills that are useful and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines. Training in organizing and writing compositions is emphasized.

*Course Fee*


German I (Academic)

C221AF/C221AS

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the German language and the culture. Students learn basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. An emphasis is placed on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through various individual, paired and group activities. Students will learn to appreciate the different cultures and the value of language learning in an increasingly global society.


German II (Academic)

C222AF/C222AS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of German I with a second semester grade of C or higher or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues in the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students review and expand their knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary. Students become increasingly aware of the international community.


German III (Honors)

C223XF/C223XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of German II or equivalent or permission of teacher. 

Course Description:

This course continues to strengthen the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills developed during the first two years of German study. Linguistic skills are reinforced through grammar review, guided and creative writing, and oral exercises in which students express feelings and opinions. Students are introduced to a variety of literary selections to strengthen reading ability, and aural skills are strengthened through the use of current and historical audio and video selections.


German IV (Honors)

C224XF/C224XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of German III or equivalent or permission of teacher. German IV is intended for students who have two to five years of experience in the study of German. 

Course Description:

This advanced course of study in German emphasizes intensive practice in conversational language and increased literary analysis. Students refine their written work as well as their listening comprehension. A continued cultural study, particularly of history, geography, and current civilization is an integral part of this course. Extensive grammar review is included in preparation for college placement exams.


German V, AP (Advanced Placement)

C225XF/C225XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of German IV or equivalent or permission of teacher. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement German exam. The objectives of the course are for students to develop a strong command of vocabulary and structure, an ability to understand the spoken language in various conversational situations, an ability to read newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction, non-technical writings without the use of a dictionary, and the ability to express ideas orally and in writing. This course seeks to develop language skills that are useful and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines. Training in organizing and writing compositions is emphasized.

*Course Fee*


Spanish I (Academic)

C241AF/C241AS

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and the culture. Students learn basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. An emphasis is placed on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through various individual, paired and group activities. Students will learn to appreciate the different cultures and the value of language learning in an increasingly global society.


Spanish I (College Prep)

C240CF/C240CS

Prerequisite:

Open to students enrolled in the College Prep level.

Course Description:

This introductory Spanish course is an introduction to the French language and culture. Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Students will learn about the different cultures and peoples of the Spanish speaking world as they prepare to enter our global society. This course is specifically designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are enrolled at the College Prep English level.


Spanish II (Academic)

C242AF/C242AS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish I or equivalent or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues in the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students review and expand their knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Students become increasingly aware of cultural diversity.


Spanish II (Honors)

C242XF/C242XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish I (Academic) or equivalent, and permission of a teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues in the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Students review and expand their knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Students become increasingly aware of cultural diversity. This course is specifically designed for students who intend to proceed to Spanish III (Honors).


Spanish II (College Prep)

C242CF/C242CS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish I CP or equivalent or permission of teacher. Open to students enrolled in the College Prep level.

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of the study of the Spanish language for students who are enrolled at the College Prep English level. The course continues to help the student develop the necessary language skills for proficiency in a second language. Students will continue their study of the Spanish speaking world.


Spanish III (Honors)

C243XF/C243XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish II or equivalent or permission of teacher. 

Course Description:

This course continues to strengthen the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills developed during the first two years of studying Spanish. Linguistic skills are reinforced through grammar review, guided and creative compositions and oral exercises in which students express their feelings and opinions. Students are introduced to a variety of literary selections, such as poetry, short stories and magazines to strengthen reading skills. Offered as Dual Credit through Ivy Tech for Spanish 101 for 4 credits and Spanish 102 for 4 credits.

*Course Fee*


Spanish III (Academic)

C243AF/C243AS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish II (College Prep or Academic) or equivalent, or permission of a teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues to strengthen listening, reading, writing and speaking skills developed during the first two years of studying Spanish. Linguistic skills are reinforced through grammar review, guided and creative compositions and oral exercises in which students express their feelings and opinions. Students are introduced to a variety of literary selections, such as poetry, short stories and magazines to strengthen reading skills. Spanish III (Academic) is not a dual-credit course, and students who take this course will not be adequately prepared to take Spanish IV.


Heritage Spanish I (Honors)

C256XF/S 2 Semesters 2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Open to those who have shown they are native speakers. Placement Test and teacher approval required.

Course Description:

Spanish heritage learners are those students who communicate in Spanish on a regular basis in their home with family, in their community or have lived in a Spanish speaking country for an extended period of time and wish to further develop their Spanish language proficiency/competence at an academic level. This course is designed to meet the particular needs these heritage learners. The general objectives are to develop competence in the student’s reading and writing (literacy) skills, master certain grammar points particular to heritage speakers, augment their vocabulary, improve their presentational skills while also attending to oral register and language variants, and  explore issues related to identity and culture. The goal is to validate the linguistic and cultural experiences and influences of their bilingual and bicultural upbringing  while also building their academic skills in Spanish in order for them to feel confident in their use of the language for different settings and prepare them for college. 

Heritage Spanish II (Honors)

C257XF/S 2 Semesters 2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Heritage Spanish I and teacher approval required.

Course Description:

Spanish heritage learners are those students who communicate in Spanish on a regular basis in their home with family, in their community or have lived in a Spanish speaking country for an extended period of time and wish to further develop their Spanish language proficiency/competence at an academic level. This course is designed to meet the particular needs these heritage learners, building on the growth and skills mastered in Heritage Spanish I.. The general objectives are to develop competence in the student’s reading and writing (literacy) skills, master certain grammar points particular to heritage speakers, augment their vocabulary, improve their presentational skills while also attending to oral register and language variants, and  explore issues related to identity and culture. The goal is to validate the linguistic and cultural experiences and influences of their bilingual and bicultural upbringing  while also building their academic skills in Spanish in order for them to feel confident in their use of the language for different settings and prepare them for college. At the end of this course, students should be able to be successful in Spanish IIIA, Spanish IIIX, or another Spanish course as indicated by the teacher.


Spanish IV (Honors)

C244XF/C244XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish III or equivalent or permission of teacher. 

Course Description:

This advanced course of study in Spanish emphasizes intensive practice in conversational language and increased literary analysis of plays, novels, poetry and films. Students refine their written work as well as their listening comprehension. A continued cultural study, particularly of the history, geography, and civilization of Spain is an integral part of this course. Extensive grammar review is included in preparation for college placement exams. Offered as Dual Credit through Ivy Tech for Spanish 201 for 3 credits and Spanish 202 for 3 credits.

*Course Fee*


Spanish V, AP (Advanced Placement)

C245XF/C245XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish IV or equivalent or permission of teacher. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture exam. The objectives of the course are for students to develop a strong command of vocabulary and structure, an ability to understand the spoken language in various conversational situations, an ability to read newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary fiction, non-technical writings without the use of a dictionary, and the ability to express ideas orally and in writing. This course seeks to develop language skills that are useful and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines. Training in organizing and writing compositions is emphasized.

*Course Fee*


Spanish VI, AP (Advanced Placement)

C249XF/C249XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Spanish V, AP or equivalent or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare the students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature exam. The objectives of the course are for the students to be able to understand a lecture in Spanish on a literary topic. Furthermore, the student will be able to assess and analyze passages predominantly of prose, poetry and drama. The texts chosen include selections from contemporary writings as well as from works written in the past, chosen from a list of 38 authors/texts. Emphasis is placed on reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. 

*Course Fee*


Latin I (Academic)

C231AF/C231AS

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the language and culture in Roman life. An emphasis is placed on the basic language skills of vocabulary, grammar, syntax. Students will read in both Latin and English about mythology and classical Roman culture. Latin derivatives will be studied to increase English verbal skills. Various projects will be completed on aspects of Roman culture during the year. Students are eligible to join the National Junior Classical League.


Latin II (Academic)

C232AF/C232AS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Latin I with a second semester grade of C or higher or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course continues the study of grammar including participles, infinitives and the subjunctive mood. An emphasis is placed on the grammatical structures and vocabulary needed to read selections from various Latin authors in the original language. Classical Roman history and culture are studied through the translations. Various projects are completed on aspects of Roman culture during the year. Students are eligible to join the National Junior Classical League.


Latin III (Honors)

C233XF/C233XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Latin II or equivalent or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course follows a Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum of Classical Latin during the tumultuous transition from fall of the Republic to the rise of the Imperial Period. Students will read Cicero’s In Catilinam to illustrate this transition. Students will study the poetry of Vergil’s Aeneid while understanding it as a commentary on this political transition. Scansion of the poetry is learned and recited. Students will learn about poetic devices and figures of speech used by ancient poets. All of this will prepare students to move on to AP Latin if they choose. Students are eligible to join the National Junior Classical League. 

*Course Fee


Latin IV (Honors)

C618XF/C618XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Latin III or equivalent or permission of teacher.

Course Description:

This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam. The Course will follow a curriculum of Classical Latin during the Late Republic and Early Imperial Time Period. Students will read Julius Caesar’s memoirs from the Gallic Wars and Vergil’s Aeneid. Students will read Vergil’s Aeneid in both translation and Latin. Poetry and writing from various other Classical Roman writers will be studied. Scansion of the poetry is learned and recited. Poetic devices and figures of speech are taught. Students are eligible to join the National Junior Classical League. 


Latin V, AP (Advanced Placement)

C235XF/C235XS

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Latin IV or equivalent or permission of teacher. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:

This course will prepare the students for the Advanced Placement exam. Students will increase their proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking. This course will prepare the students for the Advanced Placement exam. Students will increase their proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking.