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Mission Statement
 
The mission of the World Language Department is continuous communication with students and faculty within and without our department. The department emphasizes the transfer of language and culture through collaboration to find strength and community. Within the context of our classrooms we embrace our similarities and differences to better understand one another.
 
 

Although many of the students attending CHAMPS already speak a foreign language, few are truly literate and can truly communicate in print and verbally in other languages.  CHAMPS believes that it is important for all students to be literate in a foreign language. Presently CHAMPS offers instruction in Italian, French, and Spanish.  All courses incorporate the California World Language Standards and the California Framework for Foreign Language K-12.  Counselors work closely with students who wish to take additional languages offered at neighboring junior colleges or online. Per A-G requirements, students must enroll in a world language course at least three of the 4 years of high school.

 

ITALIAN

 

Italian I A/B – Core/College preparatory

Italian is an introductory course for students who wish to learn a world language. It is intended to develop some facility in each of the major communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Major emphasis is on development of fluent, daily conversations using accurate structures, while fostering an appreciation of culture.

 

Italian II A/B – Core/College preparatory

Italian II is designed to teach students to communicate in Italian. Instruction will build upon the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills introduced in Italian I in preparation for advanced work. Students will be able to express themselves at a basic level in present, past, and future tenses. Additional emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension in the target language.

 

Italian III A/B –Core/College preparatory

In Italian III students will be able to further develop their skills in Italian listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Students will be able to use their language skills for advanced discussion, debates, reading and responding to longer texts and preparing formal writing pieces. Students will be able to understand and narrate events in the present, past, and future. They will also be able to understand and narrate possible events in the present and future using complex structures.

 

AP Italian- Core/College preparatory

In AP Italian, students will use authentic Italian materials and sources to develop his/her language skills in multiple modes of communication, including two-way interactions in both writing and speaking, interpretation of audio, audiovisual, and print materials, and oral and written presentation of information and ideas.

 

FRENCH

 

French I A/B – Core/College preparatory

French I is an introductory course for students who wish to learn a world language. It is intended to develop some facility in each of the major communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Major emphasis is on development of fluent, daily conversations using accurate structures, while fostering an appreciation of the culture.

 

French II A/B – Core/College preparatory

French II is designed to teach students to communicate in French. Instruction will build upon the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills introduced in French 1 in preparation for advanced work. Students will be able to express themselves at a basic level in present, past and future tenses. Additional emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension in the target language.

 

French III A/B – Core/College preparatory

In French III students develop their skills in French listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Students use their language skills for advanced discussion, debates, reading and responding to longer texts and preparing formal writing pieces. Students understand and narrate events in the present, past, and future. They also understand and narrate possible events in the present and future (including conditional, subjunctive and past subjunctive).

 

AP French Language and Culture A/B – Core/College preparatory

This course is designed to enable students to communicate in French by developing proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is given to discussion of materials related to francophone culture and advanced grammatical concepts and composition skills through French literature. Students increase their command of idiomatic French through a variety of reading selections. Students review advanced grammar with extensive reading and writing activities outside the classroom and various authentic listening and oral activities within the classroom. Upon the completion of the course, students take the AP French Exam.

 

SPANISH & SPANISH-SPEAKERS

 

Spanish IA/B – Core/College preparatory

Spanish IA/B emphasizes communication skills in listening and speaking, reading and writing. Students in this course learn a basic vocabulary in contextual units that are reinforced by reading and writing as well as listening and speaking. A strong emphasis is placed on acquiring basic vocabulary, but cultural authenticity is also an integral part of the curriculum. Special cultural units further this understanding as well as the students’ knowledge of the Hispanic world.

 

Spanish II – Core/College preparatory

Spanish II is a continuation of the language skill development initiated in Spanish I with vocabulary and grammatical structure expansion. Oral and written communicative proficiency is emphasized in free-responses, situational activities in order that language usage moves towards real-life, natural production. Short literary reading selections provide cultural enrichment while enhancing basic skill acquisitions. Creative problem solving techniques provide opportunity for higher-level thinking skills. Students engage in cultural activities for proficiency practice and knowledge extension of the Hispanic world.

 

Spanish III – Core/College preparatory

This course provides students with materials and methods to enhance their oral and written fluency and proficiency by enabling them to speak primarily in Spanish. The content of this course includes an extensive study of grammar through opportunities to apply designated vocabulary, syntax, and idiomatic expression in both oral and written situations. Students are introduced to literary works representing a variety of genres. Unique to this course are the opportunities to perfect the language skills through instruction and communication in the class in the target language as well as to develop an understanding of the Spanish culture through activities requiring high levels of cognition.

 

Spanish Speakers I – Core/College preparatory

This course is designed for heritage learners of Spanish who bring strong proficiency and literacy skills in Spanish. This course focuses on the development of communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing, as well as on understanding Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students continue to develop awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, including language variations, customs, geography, history, and current events.

 

Spanish Speakers II – Core/College preparatory

This course is designed for heritage learners of Spanish who bring strong proficiency and literacy skills in Spanish. This course focuses on the development of advanced communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing, as well as on understanding Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students continue to develop awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, including language variations, customs, geography, history, and current events.

  

AP Spanish Language (Spanish IV AP) – Core/College preparatory

This course is designed to enable students to communicate in Spanish by developing proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is given to discussion of materials related to Spanish culture, and advanced grammatical concepts and composition skills through Spanish literature. Students increase their command of idiomatic Spanish through a variety of reading selections. Students review advanced grammar with extensive reading and writing activities outside the classroom and various authentic listening and oral activities within the classroom. Students use a variety of resources, such as magazines, videos, films, and CDs. Upon the completion of the course, students take the AP Spanish Language and Composition Exam.