Foreign Language Classes

American Sign Language 1 & 2

Class Description:

This American Sign Language course is designed to introduce students to the basics of this beautiful language and the culture that created it. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus mainly on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, and verbs.

Throughout the entire class, students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned.

The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters. Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students. This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

Tutor:  Kelsey Bjorkman

Class Length: Full Year Course

Grade Level: Grades 7-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum,15 student maximum

Tuition: $165 per semester (this does NOT include the textbook)

Textbook: A Basic Course in American Sign Language by Humphries, Padden, and O’Rourke

Access to internet is helpful but not required for students.

 


 

Middle School Spanish

Class Description:

Students will learn basic conversation skills, pronunciation, greetings, introductions, classroom directions, numbers, alphabet, telling time, days of the week, months, weather and seasons through being immersed in a Spanish environment and engaging in fun, 5th – 7th grade activities (songs, dance, cooking, arts and various activities) that are designed to help students develop a knowledge and appreciation of Latino/Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: Mari Rodriguez

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 6–7

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 12 student maximum

Tuition: $185/semester

Homework: Approximately 1 hour per week

Textbook Requirements: Spanish for Elementary ISBN-10: 0887247571  

Supplies:  3 ring binder


 

High School Spanish I

Class Description:

Students will learn Spanish through connections with other subjects such as music, literature, math, history, health, art, social sciences, geography, and technology. Students will examine Latino/Hispanic culture and explore perspectives of Spanish speakers in regards to family, friends/friendship, sports/athletics, community service, food, social events and festivities, traveling and computer technology.

This class involves learning Spanish grammar such as definite and indefinite articles, word order and placement, plurals of adjectives, subject pronouns and conjugation of present tense verbs. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts, and other activities appropriate for 7th -12th students are incorporated into the class.

Each year the class goes to a special field trip “Mercado central”.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: Mari Rodriguez

Class Length: Full year

Grade Level: Grades 8–12

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 12 student maximum

Tuition: $185/semester

Homework: Approximately 1-2 hours per week, may vary

Textbook Requirements

Textbook: Realidades I   ISBN0-13-101687-3

Workbook: ISBN 0-13-036001-5  

NOTE:  some used text books are for sale and available at open house

Supplies:  3 ring binder

 


 

High School Spanish II

Class Description:

A continuation of Spanish I, this involves a further study of Spanish grammar such as using comparisons, demonstrative adjectives, direct and indirect object pronouns, commands, present progressive and past tense verb conjugations. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts and other activities appropriate for 8th -12th students are incorporated into the class. The last Wednesday of each month we have a cultural day where the students experience culture by trying and cooking Latino food.

Each year the class goes to a special field trip “Mercado central”.

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent or tutor approval

Tutor: Mari Rodriguez

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 9– 12

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 12 student maximum

Tuition: $185/semester

Homework: Approximately 1-2 hours per week, may vary

Textbook Requirements:  

Textbook: Realidades I   ISBN0-13-101687-3

Workbook: ISBN 0-13-036001-5  

NOTE:  some used textbooks are for sale and available at open house

Supplies:  3 ring binder


 

High School Spanish III

Class Description:

As the world moves toward a global community, it is increasingly important for foreign language study to result in proficiencies that enable students to engage in conversation, interpret authentic  materials, and present concepts in a language other than their own. The sharing and learning about customs and products increase students’ understanding of the cultural perspectives that generate patterns of behavior, ways of life, world views, and contributions in the multiple countries and regions where the language is spoken.
As students increase their proficiency in another language, they acquire skills which empower them to gain knowledge in other disciplines and sensitivities to a variety of viewpoints in target cultures. Students develop their critical thinking abilities as they become aware of the similarities and differences between their first and second languages. In so doing, they gain new perspectives on their own language and culture.
Learning a foreign language opens doors to a greater variety of career options, increased life-long learning opportunities, and enhanced leisure activities. 
This course provides opportunities for each student to understand the culture, customs, and traditions of the countries in which the language is native, recognizing the similarities and differences with the student’s own culture; to develop a greater sensitivity toward other peoples and cultures; to develop the knowledge, skills, processes, values, and attitudes for continued language
learning.
This course is designed to further the fundamental skills language use. A comprehensive grammar review will be followed by opportunities for self-expression in speaking and writing. Reading skills will be further developed by reading representative authors of Spain and Latin America. In addition, enrichment will be provided through such current materials as music, print, etc.  The course will be taught primarily in Spanish.
This course will talk about present and past activities, describe people, talk about experiences,list  accomplishments, describe fashions, talk about pastimes, talk about the future, predict actions, talk about household chores, say what friends do, express feelings, say what you want to do, make suggestion, requests, and wishes, say what should be done, react to the ecology, react to others actions, nature, express doubt and disagree, relate events in time, describe personal celebrations, say what people want, link events and ideas, talk about holidays,describe ideals and historic events, express emotions, state cause and effect, describe your studies, ask questions, say what you are now doing, talk about careers, confirm and deny, hypothesize, learn about Spain and Latin America, clarify and express possession, express past probability.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: TBD

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 8-12th 

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180

Homework: Approximately 1-2 hours per week

Textbook Requirements: TBD

Supplies:  3 ring binder