World Languages

  • Classes Offered

    FRENCH 1,2

    Course Code: QWL902, QWL90
    This first-year course is an introduction to French language and culture, conversation, grammar, reading, and writing. Much of the daily period is spent on oral work, for a quick buildup of vocabulary, proper pronunciation, and intonation. Students learn basic vocabulary, sentence structure, and communication skills in French.

    FRENCH 3,4

    Course Code: QWL002, Q WL003
    Prerequisite: French 1,2 or equivalent
    This is a year-long, more advanced course in French language and culture, conversation, reading, writing, and grammar. It emphasizes communication skills integrating more complex verb tenses and grammatical concepts.

    FRENCH 5,6

    Course Code: QWL102, QWL103
    Prerequisite: French 3,4 or equivalent
    Students will use the French language to create projects on various cultural aspects of the francophone world. Students will study the regions of France, Africa, Asia, Canada and their cuisine. We will also study French art and music and read literature such as Les Misérables, and Le Petit Prince. There is an opportunity to attend a French immersion camp. Culture is emphasized with some grammar review and lots of speaking opportunities.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH 7,8

    Course Code: QWL202, QWL203
    Prerequisite: French 5,6 or equivalent
    This year-long course aims for improvement of accent and a higher level of written and oral ability than previously reached. The literary and cultural facets of France are further explored. Supplementary texts, magazines, newspapers, pocket books, etc. contribute to the student’s further learning and appreciation of French language and culture. University or AP credit may be available.

    FRENCH UW EXTENSION 1,2 College Credit

    Course Code: QWL210, QWL211
    Yearlong course (1.0 credit at LHS and 5 UW credits)
    Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities.
    Course Description: Earn 5 credits through the UW and satisfy entrance and exit requirements to most universities for world languages. This is a highly interactive college level course with a task-based approach. Students learn to use the language creatively using the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will be proficient at the end of the course. Tuition is about 1/3 the cost of what you would pay for the same credits at the UW. There is also an opportunity to attend the French immersion camp.

    GERMAN 1,2

    Course Code: QWL904, QWL905
    This first-year German course offers an enjoyable and stimulating language-learning experience. Using the communication based approach of the text "Deutsch Aktuell" and other materials; this class develops the ability to use German language while exploring the culture of German speakers throughout the world.

    GERMAN 3,4

    Course Code: QWL004, QWL005
    Prerequisite: German 1,2 or equivalent
    In the second year of German, students continue developing their oral, listening, and writing and reading skills using the “Deutsch Aktuell” text and supplementary materials. More advanced videos and texts offer the opportunity to vicariously experience typical life situations of German speaking teens.

    GERMAN 5,6

    Course Code: QWL104, QWL105
    Prerequisite: German 3,4 or equivalent
    The third-year German class requires more sophisticated application of oral and written communication proficiency attained in the first two years of study. Through authentic German materials such as magazines, novels, short stories, poems, music and films, students continue to improve their vocabulary and grammatical competence.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT GERMAN 7,8

    Course Code: QWL204, QWL205
    Prerequisite: German 5,6 or equivalent
    Students in fourth year German continue learning about language and culture in a more personalized approach. This class uses higher-level materials, in German, to enhance language skill improvement and appreciation for German culture. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

    JAPANESE 1,2

    Course Code: QWL906, QWL907
    This course introduces the Japanese language and culture. Students will learn basic grammatical patterns and conversations at the polite level of speech suitable for young adults. By the end of Japanese 2, students will have mastered the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems and will be able to recognize about 45 Kanji. talk about their life, describe objects and their functions, describe personalities, organize debates, and tell stories.

    JAPANESE 3,4

    Course Code: QWL006, QWL007
    Prerequisite: Japanese 1,2 or equivalent
    In this class, conversational and situational Japanese language skills are further developed. Students learn to identify, comprehend, and speak in a wider range of situations. Aspects of Japanese culture will be more thoroughly explored in this course, and students will learn approximately 120 additional Kanji.

    JAPANESE 5,6

    Course Code: QWL106, QWL107
    Prerequisite: Japanese 3,4 or equivalent
    Students will continue to learn to speak, read, listen and write in Japanese. Students will focus on use of plain versus polite speaking patterns and using kanji whenever possible. They will learn the basics of getting along as a foreigner in Japan. Students will continue to gain an understanding of and appreciation for cultural differences by comparing the social behaviors and values of Japanese people with their own. Students will also write a brief compositions.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT JAPANESE 7,8

    Course Code: QWL206, QWL207
    Prerequisite: Japanese 5,6 or equivalent
    This independent study or seminar aims for perfecting the language. Through various texts and supplementary materials, students continue to explore Japanese literature, culture, history and grammar. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

    JAPANESE UW EXTENSION 1,2 College Credit

    Course Code: QWL214, QWL215
    Prerequisite: Japanese 1,2 and 3,4 or equivalent, or teacher permission
    Japanese U.W. Extension is the last class in a sequence of three for beginning students. The goal of this course is to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing to a basic level of proficiency so that the students can communicate in Japanese and understand the cultural context of the language. In Japanese U.W. Extension, students learn to narrate past events, talk about their life, describe objects and their functions, describe personalities, organize debates, and tell stories.

    SPANISH 1,2

    Course Code: QWL908, QWL 909
    Emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing the language. The vocabulary is situational and intends to develop communicative competence in the learner. Some history, culture and geography of Spain and Latin America are presented. Students are introduced to the culture of Spanish-speaking counties through visitors, lectures and magazines.

    SPANISH 3,4

    Course Code: QWL008, QWL009
    Prerequisite: Spanish 1,2 or equivalent
    This year-long course places more emphasis on grammar and the development of vocabulary in order to permit the student to express her/his original thoughts. More extensive writing is learned. The history and geography of Spain and Latin America are featured through stories read in each lesson.

    SPANISH 5,6

    Course Code: QWL108, QWL109
    Prerequisite: Spanish 3,4 or equivalent
    This course intensifies the proficiency of the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding. Pupils learn to write original themes. Native speakers are invited to speak and to conduct question-answer sessions when possible. Through modern Spanish and Latin American literature pupils obtain knowledge of the historical and cultural backgrounds of these areas. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH 7,8

    Course Code: QWL208, QWL209
    Prerequisite: Spanish 5,6 or equivalent
    This course concentrates on an historical and literary investigation of 20th Century Spain and Hispanic America. Students may be asked to investigate an area of their choice as a term project. Advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary are presented. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

    SPANISH UW EXTENSION 1,2 College Credit

    Course Code: QWL212, QWL 213
    Prerequisite: Spanish 1,2 and 3,4 or equivalent, or teacher permission
    Spanish U.W. Extension is the last class in a sequence of three classes for beginning students. The goal of this course is to develop the skills of speaking; listening, reading and writing to a basic level of proficiency so that the students can communicate in Japanese and understand the cultural context of the language. In Spanish U.W. Extension, students learn to narrate past events, talk about their life, describe objects and their functions describe personalities, organize debates and tell stories.