World Languages

Two years of the same language are required for graduation.

American Sign Language I - Grades 9, 10, 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

American Sign Language 1 introduces students to the language and culture of the Deaf community. This course will provide conversational signing skills and knowledge of ASL grammar. Deaf culture will be taught through textbooks, Deaf visitors, and Deaf community events. Expressive and receptive signing skills are practiced through dialogues, projects, and presentations.

American Sign Language II - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: Successful completion of American Sign Language 1 with a grade of C or better; teacher approval.

American Sign Language 2 expands on students’ expressive and receptive signing skills. This course will provide a more in depth knowledge of ASL grammar. Lessons are primarily taught in ASL and will include a more extensive study of Deaf culture.


American Sign Language III - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of ASL II; teacher approval.  

American Sign Language III focuses on further developing all skills. The primary emphasis is on the student's active communication in ASL. The class includes grammar and culture information.

American Sign Language IV - Grade 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approval Pending

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of ASL III; teacher approval. 

American Sign Language IV continues reviewing, expanding, and perfecting expressive skill, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication.

AP French Language - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approval pending

Prerequisite: A grade of A in both semesters of French III or B in both semesters of French III Honors; teacher approval.

AP French language is a review of grammar as well as idiomatic structures of language that permit greater freedom of expression. French history and civilization continue to be emphasized through reading selections of French literature. Communication skills are stressed through original compositions and discussions based on readings. This class prepares the student for the AP French Language exam in May.

French I - Grades 9, 10, 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This is an introductory course to the French language. Elementary grammar principles and basic vocabulary will be studied. Emphasis will be on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. An introduction to the French culture will be offered.

French II - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I with a grade of C or better; teacher approval.

This course is a continuation of the study of grammar principles and vocabulary. Increased emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative competence in both the spoken and written language with a continued study of the French culture.

French II Honors - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approval pending

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of French I Honors or an A in both semesters of French I. Departmental approval required.

This course is a continuation of the study of grammar principles and vocabulary from French I. French II Honors is for students who have completed French I and have tested at a higher level or recommended by the teacher. Increased emphasis will be placed on the development of communicative competence in both the spoken and written language with a continued study of the French culture.

French III - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of French II; teacher approval.

French III is a review of all basic grammar principles and an introduction to more sophisticated structures. This course continues the development of oral and written communication skills, and students begin the study of short literary selections. French civilization forms the basis of cultural study.

French III Honors - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approval pending

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of French II Honors or an A in both semesters of French II. Departmental approval required.

French III Honors is an intense course that continues the study of advanced French grammar while developing increased student mastery of the spoken language. The class emphasizes reading, discussion and critical analysis of French literary works. Students will write original compositions. French civilization and history form the basis of cultural study.

French IV - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of French III; teacher approval.

This course is a review of all basic principles and an introduction to more advanced grammar structures. There is a strong emphasis on listening and speaking skills and the ability to communicate in everyday situations. The students will continue to increase their vocabulary and develop an awareness of various aspects of the French culture.

AP Latin Language - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Students will improve their fluency in reading Latin through daily vocabulary preparation, in-class sight-reading (Vergil and Caesar as well as other authors), and nightly passage preparation. Regular review of grammatical forms and uses will further assist in increasing reading fluency. Significant sections of both works will be read in English as well, which, when combined with historical lectures and additional assigned essays of literary criticism, will help the student develop a sense of the historical and literary context of the works. During class discussions and in writing essays concerning major themes, historical relevance, and literary technique, students will come to appreciate the authors’ mastery of prose and poetry, as well as to understand the politics and culture of the ancient Roman world. Accuracy and speed in translation will be expected of the AP candidate, as well as the concise communication of ideas in critical analysis.

 

Latin I - Grades 9, 10, 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

The course is designed to help students develop the ability to understand the fundamental principles of English and Latin grammar. It will also aid the student to recognize and understand English words derived from the Latin background of Western Civilization. Additionally, the course will explore the Roman contribution to Western culture and literature.

Latin II - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin I with a grade of C or better; teacher approval.

The course is designed primarily to enable the student to read Latin prose and literary works of the Classical era. There will be a review of first year morphology and syntax. New points of morphology and syntax will be covered so that the student will be ready to read Caesar and Cicero in a students' version. Approximately one quarter will be spent reading Caesar and Cicero. A method of translation will be employed which is based on a syntactical analysis of the Latin sentence. Students will also learn basic vocabulary to enable them to read other authors more easily.

Latin II Honors - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of Latin I Honors or an A in both semesters of Latin I. Departmental approval required.

The course is designed to continue with the study of Classical Latin from the first year but with a quicker pace in mind. There will be a short review of first year morphology and syntax, with new grammatical concepts explained to prepare the student for reading a student’s version of Vergil, Cicero or Caesar in the second semester. Students will learn the subtle differences in translation methods required for different authors using the same syntactical analysis of the Latin sentence introduced in the first year of study. Each student will prepare and present a Power Point project in both semesters on a topic selected in cooperation with the teacher. The topic will focus on a key author or historical figure from Roman history, or on some aspect of the Latin language.

Latin III - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of Latin II; teacher approval

Latin III begins the study of Latin poetry. Since it is a departure from the prose style to which students have become accustomed, all students begin on a level playing ground. However, the building blocks from Latin I & II such as grammar, syntax and a basic working vocabulary are assumed as students master the concept of meter (dactylic hexameter), its purpose in the Latin language, cadence, rhythm, and the history of its origin. Several famous poets are studied, but the primary focus is Vergil’s Aeneid. Students will read selections from a variety of poets including Ovid, Vergil, Martial, Catullus and Horace.

Latin III Honors - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of A or B in both semesters of Latin II Honors or an A in both semesters of Latin II.; Departmental approval required.

Latin III Honors continues the study of Latin poetry and prose which began in Latin II Honors. The building blocks from such as grammar, syntax and an intermediate-level vocabulary are assumed as students master the concepts of meter and literary devices. Vergil’s Aeneid is a primary focus. Students will also read a wide selection of other poets and writers of prose including Cicero, Julius Caesar, Ovid, Martial, Catullus and Horace. Each student will prepare and present a Power Point project in both semesters on a topic selected in cooperation with the teacher. The topic will focus on a key author or historical figure from Roman history, or on some aspect of the Latin language.

Mandarin Chinese I - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Mandarin I is an elementary course which introduces students to the fundamentals of Chinese language and culture. This course uses Pinyin system and simplified Chinese. The goals are to help students develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese and to understand the customs and life of modern China. Area of focus is the pronunciation with accurate tones. After the first year of Mandarin Chinese, students are expected to carry basic conversation, recognize over 150 Chinese characters, read short texts and write sentences. Cultural activities such as songs and festivals provide each student with opportunities to enhance language and cultural learning.

Mandarin Chinese II - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Mandarin I. Incoming 9th grade students must successfully pass placement exam to take this class.

Mandarin II is a continuation of Mandarin I. Students will continues to build knowledge of Chinese language and culture. The objectives are for students to further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese. Students will refine the tones and pronunciation, increase their vocabulary, and produce sentences with various grammatical structures. Students will be more fluent in daily conversation and be able to read short essays. This course will integrate technology to facilitate better learning experiences. Cultural activities including legends and food will be emphasized to enhance students’ understanding.

Mandarin Chinese III - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
(UC Approved)

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of Mandarin II; teacher approval.

Mandarin III is a continuation of Mandarin II with an emphasis on interpersonal and presentational communication. The course will review basic grammar and key sentence patterns taught in previous levels. Areas of focus include the expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and grammatical structure to further develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Upon completion of this level, students will be able to talk about weather, dining, transportation and sports in Chinese. Through a variety of media and hands on activity, students will also explore culture, geography and history of China.

Mandarin Chinese IV - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
(UC Approved)

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of Mandarin III; teacher approval.

Mandarin IV is a continuation of Mandarin III for students who wish to pursue their personal or academic interest in Mandarin Chinese. The goal of this course is to encourage language acquisition through controlled immersion environment. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese will be conducted. Upon completion of this level, students will be able to make travel arrangements, socialize with friends, and discuss school life in Chinese. Further study of Chinese culture will emphasize on bringing students cross-cultural awareness and perspective.

Mandarin Chinese V Honors - Grade 12

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: A grade of A in both semesters of Mandarin IV; teacher approval.

Mandarin V Honors is a fifth-year level course for students who have taken at least four years of Chinese. This course is conducted mainly in Chinese to help students polish their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening so they can express ideas with accuracy and fluency. This course has a high emphasis on cultural topics and current issues in Chinese society. Students in the class will also be prepared for the College Board’s Advanced Placement examination, which they may choose to take as an option at the end of the second semester.

AP Spanish Language - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of A in both semesters of Spanish III or a B in both semesters of Spanish III Honors; Placement test and departmental approval required. A completed summer assignment is due the first day of class.


AP Spanish IV is a review of the Spanish language as well as the idiomatic structures of language that permit greater freedom of expression. This course prepares the student for the AP Spanish Language exam in May. This course is designed to have the student use this second language for active communication. There is a fee of $100 for AP exam.

Spanish I - Grades 9, 10, 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This year-long course is an introductory course to the Spanish language, in order to develop communication through listening, speaking and reading the language. Elementary language principles and basic vocabulary will be studied. An overview of the culture of Spanish speaking countries will be introduced. The course consists of dialogue, reading and written exercises, tests and oral presentations.

Spanish II - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Spanish I or the equivalent or test into the class.

This course is a continuation of the study of basic grammar principles and vocabulary. Increased emphasis will be placed on the communicative competence in both the spoken and written language. The course consists of guided conversations, readings, exercises and tests. The study of the culture of Spanish speaking countries will continue.

Spanish II Honors - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade  A in both semesters of Spanish I. Departmental approval required.

This year long course is a continuation of Spanish I material as stated in the Spanish II course description. However, this honors class moves at an accelerated pace, and the students have higher standards in speaking and writing the language. Students will also be given outside sources for reading and writing.

Spanish III - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of Spanish II; teacher approval.

Spanish III is the review of all basic grammar principles and an introduction to more sophisticated structures. This course continues the development of oral and written communication skills, and the students are introduced to short literary selections. A thematic approach to the Spanish and Latin American cultures is included. This course is designed to allow students to enter into and participate in the Hispanic culture.

Spanish III Honors - Grades 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of Spanish II Honors or an A in both semesters of Spanish II. Departmental approval required.

Spanish III Honors is an intense course which continues the study of advanced Spanish grammar, while developing increased student mastery of the spoken language. The class emphasizes reading, discussion, and critical analysis of Spanish literary works. Students will write original compositions, while exploring the history and civilization of Latin America from the basis of cultural study.

Spanish IV - Grades 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in both semesters of Spanish III; teacher approval.

This course is a review of all the basic principles and an introduction to more advanced grammar structures. There is a strong emphasis on listening and speaking skills and the ability to communicate in everyday situations. The students will continue to increase their vocabulary and develop an awareness of various aspects of Hispanic cultures. The reading selections, which are pieces of Spanish literature, will be the basis of original compositions and analysis. Students will work toward increased fluency and self-confidence in writing and speaking Spanish.

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308
Email: info@jserra.org

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