WRHS Foreign Languages Department
Classes and Faculty

Department Head: Lori Montiverdi 508-829-6771 ext. 1665

 

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Foreign Language Faculty

Department Head: Lori Montiverdi
508-829-6771 ext. 1665

Kristen Cross (Spanish)
Erin DeStratis (Spanish)
Erin Dubzinski (Spanish)
Valeria Elissetche (Spanish)

 



Margaret Hayes
(Latin, ELL)
Charlene Merithew (Spanish)
Danielle Marginson (French) on leave
Richard Monahan (French)



Erika Reichert
 (German
)
Mary Sanfaçon (French)
Robyn Spain (Spanish)
Michael Taylor (Spanish)

 

 

Foreign Language Course Offerings

To graduate from WRHS, students must complete at least 10 credits in foreign languages. Students must successfully complete two consecutive years in the same language. The Foreign Language Program Guide lists and describes all courses, sequences and prerequisites.

French Program
French I Honors
French 1 CPA/CP
French 2 Honors
French 2 CPA/CP
French 3 Honors
French 3 CPA/CP
French 4 CPA/CP
French 4 Honors
French 5 CPA/CP
AP French Language & Culture

 
German Program
German 1 CPA/CP
German 2 Honors
German 2 CPA/CP
German 3 Honors
German 3 CPA/CP
German 4 CPA/CP
German 4 Honors
German 5 CPA/Honors
Latin Program
Latin 1 Honors
L
atin 1 CPA/CP
Latin 2 CPA/CP

Latin 2 Honors
Latin 3 CPA/CP
Latin 3 Honors
Latin 4 CPA
Latin 4 Honors
Spanish Program
Spanish 1 Honors
Spanish 1 CPA

Spanish 1 Basic
Spanish 2 CPA/CP
Spanish 2 Honors
Spanish 2 Practical
Spanish 3 Honors
Spanish 3 CPA/CP
Spanish 4 CPA/CP
Spanish 4 Honors
Spanish 5 CPA/CP
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture

For Spanish 3 CP/CPA students: Online Activities and Textbook - Descubre 3.


French Program

French I CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will learn to communicate using the basic structures and vocabulary necessary in everyday situations. Although students will practice reading and writing skills, the focus of the course is on listening and speaking.

French I (H) 5 credits
In this accelerated course, students will learn to communicate using the basic structures and vocabulary necessary in everyday situations. Although students will practice reading and writing skills, the focus on the course is on listening and speaking.

French II (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will learn to use complex structures and extensive vocabulary in more varied situations. Although the focus on listening and speaking skills will continue, there will be more emphasis reading and writing in the target language. Students will develop an awareness of Francophone cultures.

French II (H) 5 credits
In this accelerated course, students will learn will to use more complex structures and more extensive vocabulary in a wider variety of situations. There will be a greater emphasis on the skills of reading and writing. Students will develop an awareness of Francophone cultures.

French III (CPA/CP) 5 credits      
At this intermediate level, students will read authentic texts and refine their listening skills. They will develop their grammatical skills and writing abilities, while continuing to increase their vocabulary. Selected audio and authentic web-based materials will be used.

French III (H) 5 credits
In this advanced intermediate level course, students will read authentic texts and refine their listening skills.  Students will further develop their writing skills and focus on the interpretation of texts with attention to the use of complex tenses.

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French IV  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will continue to refine their communicative skills with audiotapes, realia and a review of French grammatical structure. Authentic texts and media/technology resources will be used to further the study of contemporary French culture.

French IV  (H) 5 credits
This course is for students who will enroll in the AP program during their senior year, or who wish to complete a level four course. Students will continue to refine their communicative skills with audiotapes, realia and a review of French grammatical structure. Authentic texts and media/technology resources will be used to further the study of contemporary French culture.

French V  (CPA) 5 credits
This course will focus on Francophone culture and language through the study of current events, literature, film, music and art. Students will have the opportunity to explore the historic and cultural influence of the French in North America, in particular Quebec, New Brunswick and Louisiana. Readings: local legends and magazine articles. Audio: interviews with local writers, artists and activists.

AP French Language and Culture 5 credits
This class is designed to prepare students for the French Language Advanced Placement Exam. The course will focus on extemporaneous speech, listening comprehension of extended discourse, essay writing using complex linguistic structures and reading of contemporary authentic texts of different genres. Students who take Advanced French are expected to sit for the AP French Language exam in May. Audiotape: AP French audio exercises. Selected literary and audio materials.

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German Program

German I (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will learn to communicate using basic structures and vocabulary of German in everyday situations. Although students will practice reading and writing skills, the focus of the course is on listening and speaking.

German II  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will learn to use more complex structures and extensive vocabulary in more varied situations. Although the focus on listening and speaking skills will continue, there will now be more emphasis on reading and writing than in German I.

German II  (H) 5 credits
Students will learn to use complex structures and broaden their vocabulary in German to fit more varied situations. Students will be reading authentic German texts and will further develop their writing skills.

German III  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
At this intermediate level, students will develop their reading and writing skills in German while continuing to improve their listening and speaking. Authentic German texts will include topics of most recent historical and cultural interest. This course places a greater emphasis on developing students’ writing skills.

German III (H) 5 credits
In this accelerated intermediate level course, students will continue to read authentic texts to further develop their reading skills, as well as their writing skills, refine their listening skills with the audio tapes and their speaking skills in class discussions. Authentic German texts will include topics of most recent historical and cultural relevance. This course places a greater emphasis on developing students’ writing skills. It also refines students’ listening skills with authentic audio materials.

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German IV (CPA/H) 5 credits
This course is designed to further improve students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while increasing their awareness of aspects of contemporary culture, language and literature. This course also has a strong focus on developing subject-related vocabulary and language skills
which will prepare students to continue their studies in German.

German V (CPA/H) 5 credits
In this class students will advance their study of the German language. They will develop their communicative skills through the study of the history and culture of Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries. A thematic approach will be taken as students study modern German culture.

Latin Program

Latin I  (CPA/CP) 5 credits  

Students are introduced to the Latin language through the reading of Latin passages. Students will learn the basic elements of Latin grammar and syntax. Students are introduced to Roman history, culture, geography, and daily life by following the story of a typical Roman family living in 80 A.D. Vocabulary is enhanced through an introduction to Latin roots and word derivatives.

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Latin II  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students continue to develop their translation skills as they are introduced to more advanced grammatical constructions. Students further their study of Roman history, culture, geography, and daily life with the story about a typical Roman family. Vocabulary is enhanced as students broaden their knowledge of Latin roots and word derivatives.

Latin II  (H) 5 credits
In this accelerated course, students will continue to develop their translation skills as they are introduced to more advanced grammatical constructions. Students further their study of Roman history, culture, geography, and daily life, with the story of a typical Roman family. Vocabulary is developed as students broaden their knowledge of Latin roots and word derivatives. A greater emphasis is placed on sight translations.

Latin III (H, CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will further improve their reading and translation skills. While they continue their study of advanced grammar and syntax, they will further their exploration of Roman history, culture and daily life. Students will read authentic texts.

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Latin IV  (H, CPA) 5 credits
In this course students will further develop their vocabulary skills, grammatical understanding, and their cultural literacy through reading selections of Latin literature. They will explore the history and culture associated with these selections. They will study literary devices favored by certain authors and how they affect the interpretation of the passage.

Spanish Program

Spanish I: Basic Vocabulary and Culture  (CP) 5 credits
This course is designed for students with a documented language-based or other disability, a significant reading deficit, and/or low scores on standardized tests Students will learn basic vocabulary and structures within the context of a variety of topics as well as the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Each topic will be presented in several modalities.

Spanish I  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn to communicate using basic grammatical structures and vocabulary in the context of everyday situations. They will engage in a variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities to support the development of their communicative skills, with the focus being on listening and speaking.

Spanish I (H) 5 credits
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and culture at an accelerated pace. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish using grammatical structures and vocabulary in the context of everyday situations. They will also engage in a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities to support the development of their communicative skills, with the focus being on listening and speaking.

Spanish II:  Practical Vocabulary and Culture  (CP)  5 credits
This course is designed for students with a documented language-based learning disability. Students will learn practical vocabulary and related customs for a variety of situations most commonly found in daily interactions.

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Spanish II  (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will continue to learn to communicate in Spanish using more complex structures and extensive vocabulary in the context of a wider variety of situations. Although the focus on listening and speaking will continue, a greater emphasis will be placed on the development of reading comprehension and writing skills.

Spanish II  (H) 5 credits
In this accelerated course, students will learn to use complex structures and extensive vocabulary in more varied situations. Although the focus on listening and speaking will continue, a greater emphasis will be placed on the development of reading comprehension and writing skills.

Spanish III (CPA/CP) 5 credits
This intermediate level course is designed to meet the requirements of the five framework standards: communication, connections, cultures, comparisons, and communities. Using a variety of materials, including legends, children's stories, and selected authentic short prose, students will refine their speaking and writing skills, their reading comprehension skills, and their listening comprehension skills.

Spanish III (H) 5 credits
At this intermediate level, students will read authentic texts and refine their listening skills. Students will further develop their speaking skills while increasing their writing skills with attention to the use of complex tenses and the interpretation of texts.

Spanish IV (CPA/CP) 5 credits
Students will continue to polish their communicative skills as they explore the origins of Hispanic cultures, and Hispanic literature and art.

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Spanish IV (H) 5 credits
This fast-paced course is designed for students who are planning to continue their studies of Spanish at the AP level. Students will continue to polish their communicative skills as they explore the origins of Hispanic cultures, and Hispanic literature and art.

Spanish V (CPA) 5 credits
This course will focus on culture and language as represented in contemporary Latin American and Spanish film and literature. It will discuss the history of the Southwest and explore current events in the Hispanic world. Latino life in the United States, Hispanic influences in American music and art, and Hispanic culture are highlighted. Discussions will center on immigration and assimilation issues, as Hispanic culture becomes more and more integrated into mainstream American culture.

AP Spanish Language and Culture 5 credits
This class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam. Students who take this class are expected to take the AP exam in the spring. It will focus on extemporaneous speaking, listening comprehension of extended discourse, writing using complex linguistic structures, and reading contemporary authentic texts of different genres.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture 5 credits
This class is offered to those students who have successfully completed the AP Spanish Language course. In this course, students will study the literature of Spain and Latin America. They will learn how to compare and contrast the themes in the literature. Students will be assigned analytical writing assignments and oral presentations on the readings, authors, and historical/literary periods.

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