GHS World Language Courses

  • French

    French I

    French I is the foundation language for students who have not received one foreign language credit and have not passed the French Language Proficiency Examination or who whish to begin their foreign language in high school. In French I, students will learn basic skills of pronunciation and recitation.  Students are introduced to vocabulary and grammar; discuss home life, friends, families, food, likes, dislikes, and much more related to French speaking countries.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12 

    French II

    French II is for students who have successfully passed the French Language Proficiency Examination and have completed a French I course in the Middle School or passed Level 1 in High School. Students practice speaking, reading, asking and answering questions, and being able to say many things about others and ourselves. The majority of grammar is learned this year. The focus will be on the present, past, and subjunctive verb tenses, the progressive, commands along with object pronouns, and new vocabulary.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12
    • Prerequisite: French I

    French III

    The basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing will continue to be stressed. The objective is to attain greater proficiency and ease in handling all of them. Students are expected to perfect their speaking and listening skills while learning writing and reading strategies for displaying mastery of the language. This course ends with the Comprehensive French Exam for Checkpoint B Proficiency.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: French II

    French IV

    Gemini Course

    After successfully completing the three year Regents sequence, students at level IV will pursue a more flexible, independent, and individualized program with greater options in the study of the language, the literature, and the culture of the French people. The course is designed to enhance use of the language in the classroom and perfect all language and grammar skills while exploring the French culture.

    (3 FLCC credits)

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11–12
    • Prerequisite: French III

    Spanish

    Spanish I

    Spanish I is the foundation language for students who have not received one foreign language credit and have not passed the Spanish Language Proficiency Examination, or who wish to begin their foreign language in high school. In Spanish I, students will learn basic skills of pronunciation and recitation. Students are introduced to vocabulary and grammar; discuss home life, friends, families, food, likes, dislikes, and much more related to Hispanic countries.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12

    Spanish  II

    Spanish II is for students who have successfully passed the Spanish Language Proficiency Examination and have completed a Spanish I course in the Middle School or passed Level 1 in High School. Students will practice speaking, reading, asking and answering questions, and being able to say many things about others and ourselves. The majority of grammar is learned this year. The focus will be on the present and past, verb tenses, and also the progressive, along with commands, object pronouns, and new vocabulary.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I

    Spanish III

    Language study continues with the concentration on the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All grammar points, verb tenses, and vocabulary are reviewed. New concepts are introduced and integrated into previous learning experiences. The focus of this class is to bring all language skills to a higher level of learning. Students are expected to perfect their speaking and listening skills while learning writing and reading strategies for displaying mastery of the language.  Spanish III students will take the Comprehensive Spanish Exam for Checkpoint B Proficiency at the end of the school year.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish II

    Spanish IV

    Gemini Course

     

    First Half of the Year:

    This course further develops Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the advanced intermediate level.  The course includes an introduction to representative literary works of the Spanish-speaking world and a review of key and complex grammatical structures to support increased focus on reading and composition.  Increasing awareness of cultural themes will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate speaking skills.

    Second Half of the Year: 

    This course includes continuing study of representative literary works of the Spanish-speaking world and a review of key and complex grammatical structures to support increased focus on reading and composition.  Deepening awareness of cultural themes will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate speaking skills.

    • 6 FLCC credits
    • 1 credit/full year
    • Grades 11-12
    • Prerequisite:  Spanish IV

    Spanish V

    Gemini Course

    First Half of the Year:

    This course further develops Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the advanced intermediate level.  The course includes an introduction to representative literary works of the Spanish-speaking world and a review of key and complex grammatical structures to support increased focus on reading and composition.  Increasing awareness of cultural themes will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate speaking skills.

    Second Half of the Year: 

    This course includes continuing study of representative literary works of the Spanish-speaking world and a review of key and complex grammatical structures to support increased focus on reading and composition.  Deepening awareness of cultural themes will be reinforced by a variety of activities designed to enhance and stimulate speaking skills.

     

    This is a course designed for those students who wish to continue their study of the Spanish language and culture and also to continue their Gemini coursework in Spanish.  Students must have already taken Spanish IV/SPN 201 prior to taking this course.  This course will expand upon the vocabulary and grammar learned in SPN 201, and also offer a more independent and flexible study of the Spanish language, the people and the culture.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • 6 FLCC credits
    • Grades 11-12
    • Prerequisite:  Spanish IV

    ¡Baila Conmigo!  Dance With Me!

    Join in the fun and get an excellent workout with a Latin dance class! We will learn dances such as the salsa, merengue, bachata, rumba, samba and paso doble while incorporating all of the highly charged music of Latin America, including Reggateon, as well as music from other languages and cultures. We will discuss the song lyrics and learn how to combine these different dance styles to create a workout that will burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!  If you want to stay fit, learn about other cultures and have a great time, join the party! ¡Baila Conmigo!

    • ¼ unit/1 semester/every other day
    • Grades 9–12

    Latin

    Latin II

    In Latin II, the Roman Britain storyline continues, following the saga of Salvius, King Cogidubnus, and of course, Quintus. Through these readings, grammar is learned. Vocabulary and derivatives study remains ongoing. Cultural units include the army, roads, food, comedy and theatre, and architecture. The National Latin Exam, Medusa Mythology Exam, and National Mythology Exam are optional for students. 

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I

    Latin III

    Latin III culminates in a final exam for Regents credit in June. Topics covered include completing Latin grammar, Caesar, Cicero, and rhetoric/public speaking. Students continue their study of Roman History—the monarchy, republic, and empire. Topic readings, both adapted and original, are pulled from many ancient sources to supplement the study of history. Vocabulary and derivatives are emphasized as students prepare for SATs and ACTs. Some students may choose to prepare (outside of class) for the National Latin Exam, the Medusa Mythology Exam, and the National Mythology Exam.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Latin II

    Latin IV/V

    The Latin IV/V curriculum is driven by student interest. Students will chose an epic (Aeneid, Odyssey, Iliad) to study in detail. Topics previously studied include world mythology, Attic Greek, Hero’s Journey, and ancient culture and customs. Students have historically prepared for and taken the Medusa Mythology Exam and the National Mythology Exam.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11–12
    • Prerequisite: Latin III

    AP Latin

    AP Latin is equivalent to an upper-intermediate level college course in Latin focusing on the in-depth study of selections from two of the greatest works in Latin literature:  Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Students cultivate their understanding of classics through preparing and translating readings and considering themes in the context of ancient literature as they explore concepts like literary techniques, Roman values, war and empire, leadership, views of non-Romans, history and memory, and human beings and the gods.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11-12
    • Prerequisite: Latin 4/5

    Mandarin Chinese

    Mandarin Chinese Level 2A

    This course is offered to students who have taken and passed Chinese 1C course in middle school.  It’s also available to students who have had at least two-years of Chinese language and culture study or who have the degree of proficiency equals to Checkpoint A of New York State standards.  The Chinese Level 2A course is the first of a two-year sequence.  This is a sequential course that is based on Checkpoint B of the New York State standards designed to make students develop four language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Prerequisite:  Mandarin Chinese Level 1C

    Mandarin Chinese Level 2B

    This is the second of a two-year sequence of the second level of Chinese language and culture study.  It is only available to students who have successfully completed the Chinese Level 2A course.  In the sequential course Mandurian Chinese 2B, the student will continue to build vocabulary, grammar, and character writing to demonstrate extended knowledge of the language and culture.  The course is based on Checkpoint B of the New York State standards and is targeted on all four areas of language learning:  speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Prerequisite:  Mandarin Chinese Level 2A

    Mandarin Chinese Level 3

    This course is only available to students who have successfully completed Chinese Level 2B.  This course focuses on the advanced level of learning of Mandarin Chinese language and culture.  It is designed to increase proficiency so that students are capable of communicating in authentic settings.  Increased emphasis will be placed on the learning and writing of Chinese characters to develop the student’s reading and writing skills.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Prerequisite:  Mandarin Chinese Level 2B

    AP Chinese Language and Culture                                                                                   

    This course is equivalent to an intermediate-level college course in Chinese.  Students cultivate their understanding of Chinese language and culture by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11-12
    • Prerequisite:  Mandarin Chinese Level 3

    Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

    This course is available to any student who has already successfully completed his/her high school language requirements.  It is offered to students who have little or no background of Mandarin Chinese.  By successfully completing this course, students will be able to maintain basic conversations in Mandarin Chinese regarding daily topics.  This course is also designed to develop students’ understanding towards key traits of Chinese culture.  The selective Chinese course is based on Checkpoint A of New York State standards and includes the learning of the four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

    • 1/2 unit/semester