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French I (4120)
This is an introductory course that provides students with practical materials designed to develop elementary listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in the target language. These skills are integrated so that students learn about the French people and their culture. 

French I Honors (4130)

Students in this course are afforded the opportunity to study the French language at a more challenging level. The curriculum is broadened to include a more detailed study of vocabulary, expressions, and grammar of francophone countries, as well as geographic and cultural information. 

French II (4220)

This course continues the development of the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing from French I. Students are encouraged to apply these skills in more communication activities. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

French II Honors (4230)

This course expands the development of written and oral communication skills. Increased emphasis is placed on more spontaneous conversation and the refinement of reading and writing skills. Integrated into these objectives is a continuation of French grammar and more cultural studies. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. 

French III (4320)

French III builds on the curriculum of levels French I and II. Students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to a more advanced level. Students review everyday life situations and study the geography and history of France. 

French III Honors (4330)

This course in the French Honors sequence focuses on more advanced conversational and writing skills. Students perfect their grammar and expand vocabulary through classroom activities dealing with topics based on chapter themes that highlight a variety of francophone countries around the world. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

French IV Honors (4420)

Students continue to work on the development of their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills through a survey of French history, film, and literature. Students review all grammatical concepts introduced at the prior levels and develop more advanced usage. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

AP French IV (4440)
This course is offered for those students who wish to develop language proficiency. A variety of authentic articles, literary works, and podcasts are used as a vehicle to further knowledge of the spoken and written language and culture. Students can also opt for six college credits under Project Acceleration at Seton Hall University. All students are encouraged to take the AP exam given in May. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.
 

French V Honors (4530)
Students will further develop their ability to communicate orally and verbally in French. Through the study of various cultural themes and literary works, students will gain a deeper understanding of French culture and civilization while enhancing their level of language proficiency. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Spanish I (4150)
This is an introductory course in Spanish that provides the students with a solid foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Students then build on that foundation in order to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. In addition, students study the cultures of Spain and Latin America.

Spanish I Honors (4160)
Students placed in the honors section are afforded the opportunity to study the language at a more challenging level. The curriculum in this course is broadened to include an in-depth study of vocabulary, grammar, and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Spanish II (4250)

This course continues the development of the major communicative skills of speaking, listening, reading, and cultural studies. Students expand their writing skills to reinforce the spoken word. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Spanish II Honors (4260)

This course continues to expand the development of written and oral communication skills introduced in Spanish I Honors. In addition to a more extended and accelerated coverage of the Spanish II curriculum, an increased emphasis is placed upon the refinement of conversation, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Spanish III (4350)

This course builds on the language experiences developed previously in Spanish I and II and it continues to stress good oral, reading, and writing skills. There is emphasis on the development of the student’s awareness of the life and customs of Spanish-speaking peoples through literature, art, geography, and history. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. 

Spanish III Honors (4360)

This third-year course in the honors sequence continues to develop oral and written skills in order to achieve a level of proficiency. There is greater emphasis on conversation, literature, art history, and geography. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Spanish IV (4450)

This fourth-year course in Spanish continues to develop all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students are expected to refine their skills through class participation, contemporary readings, and written assignments. Unit content allows the students to establish a comparison between cultures in the United States and the Spanish-speaking world, and to relate the study of Spanish to other disciplines. The class is conducted 90% in Spanish. Students are expected to participate fully in all activities to improve their Spanish. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. This course requires a minimum enrollment.

Spanish IV Honors (4460)

This is an art history course taught in the Spanish language. Students study art masters of Spain from Baroque to the 20th Century. Students are introduced to 20th Century Mexican Art centered on Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and 20th Century Latin American Art. Class participation in discussion is essential, and critical thinking skills are stressed. Further development of the Spanish language through the internet for research and exploration is emphasized, and a senior project is required. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. This course requires a minimum enrollment.

AP Spanish IV (4470)

This course is offered for those students who wish to develop language proficiency. Reading and verbal skills are stressed through the use of reading selections of well-known Spanish and Latin American authors. More study of advanced grammar and vocabulary is included in the course. It is offered for 5 college credits under Project Acceleration, Seton Hall University. The AP exam is offered in May each year. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. 

Spanish V Honors (4560)
This course is designed for the high-intermediate/advanced Spanish speaker and focuses on refining fluency in both informal and formal discourse through group discussions, class work, and individual and group presentations. The content of this course is divided into thematic sections that include readings and films from authors and directors of the Spanish-speaking world. Students are required to read the assigned texts and watch the assigned movies outside of class and come to class prepared to discuss these in a critical way. Prerequisite – Teacher approval. This course requires a minimum enrollment.

Mandarin IV Honors (4480)
Mandarin IV Honors continues to emphasize the student development of the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Students are expected to be able to complete assignments using more complex diction. Students participate in oral presentations, class discussions, project, and forums. In addition, character writing is further developed through increased practice and drills. Explored topics are relevant to aspects of student lives. A more critical comparison of American and Chinese cultures is emphasized. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Italian I (4180)
This is an introductory course in Italian that provides students with a solid foundation in the Italian language – its vocabulary and grammar. Practical materials guide students to develop elementary listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. These skills are integrated so that students learn about the Italian people and their culture as they learn to speak and write Italian at a basic level.

Italian I Honors (4190)
Students in this course are afforded the opportunity to study the Italian language at a more challenging level. The curriculum is broadened to include a more detailed study of vocabulary, expressions, and grammar. Students also learn about the geography, people, and culture of Italy. Prerequisite: Teacher approval.

Italian II (4280)
This course continues the development of the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing from Italian I. Students are encouraged to apply these skills to increase fluidity in their oral communication, and to increasingly focus on word structure skills in order to expand their writing ability. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.

Italian II Honors (4290)
This course expands the development of written and oral communication skills as it builds vocabulary and Italian syntax, putting increasing emphasis on more spontaneous conversation and more precise written communication. Objectives are reached through expanded reading opportunities and the study of Italian culture as well. Prerequisite – Teacher approval.