Foreign Language Department

French, Latin, and Spanish

Students have the opportunity to study French, Latin, and Spanish during their four years at Matignon.  Two years of the same language are required. A third year of the language is highly recommended for all students, with the opportunity to continue to Level V or the AP course. Instruction in sequential levels of the modern languages stresses the development of language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Our goal is to have students use the language accurately and confidently to communicate in real-life situations. Modern language students benefit from interactive textbooks that offer on-line and Smart Board activities to support and enrich language practice. Language competence enables the students to communicate with other cultures and participate more fully in the global community. All languages introduce students to the contributions of other cultures. Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates topics of cultural importance. In all languages the study of word origins, derivatives, cognates, and the history of language facilitates the mastering of English grammar and vocabulary. Instruction is guided by the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

French I

417 – French I, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course offers the beginning student practice in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and an introduction to the cultures of the French language.  Students practice their new French language skills by means of guided writing activities, readings, conversational drills, and audio and Smart Board activities.  Students are encouraged to interact using the French language in pairs and in group settings.  A thematic approach to vocabulary and grammar enables students to relate what they are learning in the language to their own experiences.

 

French II

429 – French II, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
The second level course of French builds and expands the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in the French language.  A communicative approach integrates written and spoken discourse in the class.  There is a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary aspects of the culture such as holidays, customs and traditions, geography, important figures, and the arts.

French III

436 – French III, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
Third year language students increase their communicative proficiency and further their appreciation for the target culture.  Students are encouraged to be more independent in written and oral expression as demonstrated by more sophisticated projects, and Smart Board and power point presentations.  This level is highly recommended for all college bound students.

French IV

464 – French IV, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
The application of grammatical concepts in natural, authentic tasks builds on the linguistic strengths of students and helps reinforce and consolidate previously learned material.  As in prior courses, class / pair / group activities encourage speaking, reading, viewing, writing, and listening.  Students are strongly encouraged to speak French as often as possible.  Recommended for all college bound students.  Department approval is required.

French V

474 – French V, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course reinforces acquired skills by using the French language exclusively.  All students are expected to function at an appropriate level of fluency.  Project-based learning offers wider parameters for assessing student performance.  At times students will be expected to work independently.  Department approval required.

Advanced Placement French

446 – Advanced Placement French, College Prep Advanced Placement – Two Semester Course
AP students are expected to use the French language exclusively.  Projects and composition work reflect a more advanced level of student preparation.  Activities are designed to promote expanded growth in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.  Candidates for this course will be expected to complete summer assignments.  This course follows the program of studies for AP levels as required by the Educational Testing Service.  Students are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam in French Language.  Department approval is required.

Latin IV

461 – Latin IV, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course presents students with an opportunity to read a variety of Roman works including poems of Catullus, Ovid and Horace; prose works by Cicero and Caesar.  English translations of Latin authors are used to enhance students’ understanding of the role of the translator in preserving ancient writings.  In addition, there is continued grammar review and vocabulary building.  Culturally, students focus on the lives and times of Roman authors, government under the emperors, history of the first century BCD, Roman marriage customs and Roman law courts.   A study of Greek and Roman mythology is integrated into the course.  Department approval required.

Latin V

410 – Latin V, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course provides students with the opportunity to read in a more in-depth manner Roman authors.  Included in this course is the study o the historical background of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Greek and Roman mythology as presented in the various works, and how the political climate in Rome influenced these authors.  Department approval required.

Advanced Placement Latin

471 – Advanced Placement Latin, College Prep Advanced Placement – Two Semester Course
In this course, students work on literal translations of the required selections of the Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars, as outlined in the AP Program developed by the Educational Testing Service.  Working with the Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars, students analyze and critically interpret the required lines, scan dactylic hexameter verses (in Vergil), and identify figures of speech.  The mythological and historical references encountered in the Aeneid will be discussed and analyzed.  The historical context and significance of Caesar’s Gallic Wars will be analyzed.  In addition, students will compare Vergilian grammar to Caesar’s grammar.  Students prepare for the AP exam using a variety of materials and, whenever possible, practice taking Latin AP test.  Department approval is required.  All students who select the AP course are required to take the AP exam.  The AP syllabus has been approved by the AP College Board.

Spanish I

419 – Spanish I, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course offers the beginning student practice in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and an introduction to the cultures of the Spanish language.  Students practice their new Spanish language skills by means of guided writing activities, readings, conversational drills, and audio and Smart Board activities.  Students are encouraged to interact using the Spanish language in pairs and in group settings.  A thematic approach to vocabulary and grammar enables students to relate what they are learning in the language to their own experiences.

Spanish II

425 – Spanish II, College Prep Level 1 – Two Semester Course
The second level course of Spanish builds and expands the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in the Spanish language.  A communicative approach integrates written and spoken discourse in the class.  There is a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary aspects of the culture such as holidays, customs and traditions, geography, important figures, and the arts.

426 – Spanish II, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
The second level course of Spanish builds and expands the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in the Spanish language.  A communicative approach integrates written and spoken discourse in the class.  There is a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary aspects of the culture such as holidays, customs and traditions, geography, important figures, and the arts.  Honors level students are challenged by supplementary readings and more advanced interdisciplinary projects.
 

Spanish III

435 – Spanish III, College Prep Level 1 – Two Semester Course
Third year language students increase their communicative proficiency and further their appreciation for the target culture.  Students are encouraged to be more independent in written and oral expression as demonstrated by more sophisticated projects, and Smart Board and power point presentations.  This level is highly recommended for all college bound students.

456 – Spanish III, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
Third year language students increase their communicative proficiency and further their appreciation for the target culture.  Students are encouraged to be more independent in written and oral expression as demonstrated by more sophisticated projects, and Smart Board and power point presentations.  This level is highly recommended for all college bound students.  Honors level students are challenged by research projects and more in-depth analysis and interpretation of articles, journals, etc. in the target language.  Department approval is required.
 

Spanish IV

465 – Spanish IV, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
The application of grammatical concepts in natural, authentic tasks builds on the linguistic strengths of students and helps reinforce and consolidate previously learned material.  As in prior courses, class / pair / group activities encourage speaking, reading, viewing, writing, and listening.  Students are strongly encouraged to speak Spanish as often as possible.  Recommended for all college bound students.  Department approval is required.

Spanish V

473 – Spanish V, College Prep Honors – Two Semester Course
This course reinforces acquired skills by using the Spanish language exclusively.  All students are expected to function at an appropriate level of fluency.  Project-based learning offers wider parameters for assessing student performance.  At times students will be expected to work independently.  Department approval required.

Advanced Placement Spanish

475 – Advanced Placement Spanish, College Prep Advanced Placement – Two Semester Course
AP students are expected to use the Spanish language exclusively.  Projects and composition work reflect a more advanced level of student preparation.  Activities are designed to promote expanded growth in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.  Candidates for this course will be expected to complete summer assignments.  This course follows the program of studies for AP levels as required by the Educational Testing Service.  Students are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam in Spanish Language.  Department approval is required.