World Languages

COVID-19 and Remote Learning Information

Due to Covid-19 circumstances, most of a student’s course loads are divided between two semesters. During one semester, a course covers the equivalent of curriculum from a full fall term and a full spring term for a total of one year of instruction. 

A student receives 2.0 credits per course (equivalent to 1 year of instruction.)

 

By offering our courses on a semester basis, we are supporting deeper and more focused learning. We offer more personalized support, without sacrificing time allotted to the course. AP courses have the equivalent of twice the amount of time to engage in the content and skills compared to years past. 

 

When college admission representatives review a student’s transcript, they review it holistically and with attention to student progress from year to year. Colleges review the courses a student takes in the fall as well as the spring semester of their senior year. 

 

Matteo Mannino​​​​​​​
Assistant Principal
 
TheWorld Languages Department is dedicated to motivating and expanding students’ ability to speak a language in addition to English. To achieve this, the department offers a complete language immersion experience. In order to build fluency, audio-lingual, student-oriented activities are used in every course. The department aims to prepare qualified students for the Advanced Placement class, which is offered in every language. Teacher and peer tutoring are available in all languages. Regents examinations are given after Level 6 classes (third year). All students must complete one year of a World Languages to graduate. Additional levels are offered for advanced students who demonstrate proficiency in the language.
 

Course Offerings

Please note: In each department, not all courses are offered each year.

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese 1 and 2 - In this course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin through communicative tasks. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the topics on self-introduction, family, Lunar New Year Celebration, Dates and Time, Hobbies and etc. Students will develop their language proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication.

Chinese 3 and 4 - Students will continue developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and cultural competence in Mandarin through communicative tasks. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the topics on Making Appointments, School life, Shopping, Traveling, Weather and etc. Students will develop their language proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication.

Chinese 5 and 6 - Students will deepen their cultural knowledge through more authentic materials in Mandarin. Students will discuss, read and write about topics in broader contexts, such as culture comparison and contrast. Students will be prepared to take Regent Exams by the end of the year.

Chinese 7 and 8, Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture
(expected for the 2021-22 school year)
This rigorous course will follow the College Board’s syllabus to prepare students for AP Mandarin Language and Culture Exam through inquiry-based learning.

Japanese

Japanese 1 and 2 – In this course, students will acquire basic skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Japanese with an emphasis on reading and writing the characters (Hiragana and Katakana). Students will be able to converse about themselves, their daily life, family, likes and dislikes, etc. in both present and past tenses. In addition, some Kanji will be introduced in Japanese 2, both for recognition and production. Cultural topics will also be introduced and discussed.

Japanese 3 and 4 – Students will be able not only to express themselves in more sophisticated ways both in terms of vocabulary and different modes of verbs (progressive, etc.), but also to interact with people in more intricate ways (requests, prohibition, permission, etc.). An emphasis will be placed on writing in paragraphs. More Kanji will be introduced. Cultural information will be key to using the language appropriately.

Japanese 5 and 6 – Students will be able to talk about their opinions, obligations, and ability to do things, not only in personal context but also in broader contexts such as national and global levels. Students will read, discuss and write about cultural topics by comparing and contrasting Japanese culture and other cultures. Learning Kanji will be key to success in this course. Students will be prepared to take the City Examination by the end of the year.

Japanese 7 and 8, Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture – This course prepares students for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Examination. All instruction will be project-based. Students will be able to have discussions and debates with clear statements backed by opinions and reasons. Frequent writing assignments will be paired with oral presentations. Completing regular Kanji, vocabulary and grammar assignments will be key to success in this course.

Romance Languages (French, Italian, and Spanish)

French 1 and 2 / Italian 1 and 2 / Spanish 1 and 2 – In the first year of Romance Languages, students will be introduced to French, Italian, or Spanish culture and language. Students will be expected to speak in the target language, and almost all instruction will take place in the target language, at a very basic level. Students will learn fundamental grammar items such as the present tense of regular and irregular verbs, basic adjectives, indefinite and definite articles, and basic vocabulary including colors, numbers, weather, and the family.

French 3 and 4 / Italian 3 and 4 / Spanish 3 and 4 – The second year of Romance Language study will deepen grammatical and cultural knowledge of French, Italian, or Spanish. Students will learn how to discuss past and future events. More speaking is expected in this second, intermediate year of language study.

French 5 and 6 / Italian 5 and 6 / Spanish 5 and 6 – Much of third year is a review of first and second year grammatical items. In addition to past grammar and vocabulary, the subjunctive and conditional tenses are studied. As of September 2012, the City Exams offered in LOTE have been omitted. Students will now sit for the LOTE exams prepared by the New York City Department of Education. The exams will evaluate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

French 7 and 8, Advanced Placement French Language and Culture / Italian 7 and 8, Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture / Spanish 7 and 8, Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture – The fourth year of Romance Language study is the Advanced Placement course. This course follows the College Board’s syllabus and is a rigorous, college-level course. Students in this class should be prepared for a challenging work load and a great amount of outside study time. This course is also excellent preparation for the SAT II examinations in French, Italian, or Spanish.