Language Department

World Languages

Philosophy

Chinese class at Walker's

The mission of the Language Department is to promote curiosity, communication, cultural competence, and a lifelong love of learning.

The advantages of being able to communicate in another language include increased flexibility, adaptability, and mental acuity; acting with empathy and an open mind; and demonstrating global perspectives. Study in the Walker’s Language Department creates opportunities for living and working in international communities, and it fosters the development of skills necessary for academic and personal growth.

Modern language courses at Walker’s seek to promote student proficiency in the target language in four areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. These skills will be honed so that students will be able to engage in conversation; develop her accent and pronounce the language well enough to be understood by a native speaker; and to comprehend and respond to authentic sources (texts, audiovisuals, and audio) in accurate oral and written language. Students will come to understand that language and culture are intertwined and interdependent, but that a shared language does not necessarily represent a shared culture. Through knowledge and appreciation of the geography, customs, history, and literature of the various countries where the target language is spoken, students gain cultural and linguistic proficiency.

The learning environments in Walker’s Language Department are student-centered and collaborative, as peer/group work and discussion maximize participation, engagement, meaningful communication, and retention. In French, Mandarin, and Spanish classes, students are expected to engage and communicate in the target language, both with peers and the teacher. Latin, naturally, focuses more on reading and writing. Finally, all language instruction is guided by pedagogical standards that enable language learners to set linguistically-appropriate goals, identify areas of growth, and track progress.

Faculty

Chris Semk

Chris Semk

Chair, World Languages Department and French Teacher
B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University
Isabel Ceballos

Isabel Ceballos

Head of the Middle School, Executive Director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School
B.A., Central Connecticut State University
M.A., Central Connecticut State University
Todd D'Alessandro

Todd D'Alessandro

Spanish Teacher, Director of Summer Programs
B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., Mount Holyoke College
Noël Grisanti

Noël Grisanti

Latin Teacher
B.A., Amherst College
Mikee Guzman

Mikee Guzman

Language Teacher
Rebecca Rojano

Rebecca Rojano

Spanish Teacher
B.A., Keene State College
Qi Yang

Qi Yang

Language Teacher
B.A., Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, China
M.A., Central Connecticut State University

Courses

Latin - Middle School

Latin 1A

Required for All 6th Grade Students

This course serves as an introduction to the Latin language. By the end, students will have a good grounding in many of the inflections of Latin verbs, nouns, pronouns and adjectives, and the ability to translate some basic prose passages. The linguistic elements are the most important part of the course, but students also learn about a variety of distinctive institutions and customs of the Romans such as roads/transportation, houses, meals, family, clothing, education, and Roman names. Students will study the geography of the ancient Romans, the foundation of Rome, and the stories of the 12 Olympians. Students will learn about the connections between Latin and English through the study of the etymology of English words and common Latin phrases and abbreviations still used in English.

Latin 1B

Required for All 7th Grade Students
Available to 8th graders having completed Latin 1A in the 2018-2019 school years.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin 1A this academic year.

This is a continuation of Latin 1A, and the two courses combined allow students to begin Latin 2 at the high school level.

Latin 1

Open to Grades 8-12
Credit: 1

This course serves as an introduction to the Latin language. By the end of the course, students will have a grounding in many of the inflections of Latin verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and complex sentences, a vocabulary of some four hundred words and the ability to translate basic prose passages. The linguistic elements are the most important part of the course, but students also learn about a variety of distinctive institutions and customs of the Romans such as religion and funeral customs, roads/transportation, houses, meals, family, clothing, education, names, and the city of Rome. Students will also study the geography of ancient Rome, the foundation myth of Rome, Roman monarchy, the early heroes of Rome, and Greek and Roman mythology. Students will also learn about the connections between Latin and English through the study of the etymology of English words and common Latin phrases and abbreviations still used in English.

Latin - Upper School

Latin 1

Open to Grades 8-12
Credit: 1

This course serves as an introduction to the Latin language. By the end of the course, students will have a grounding in many of the inflections of Latin verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and complex sentences, a vocabulary of some four hundred words and the ability to translate basic prose passages. The linguistic elements are the most important part of the course, but students also learn about a variety of distinctive institutions and customs of the Romans such as religion and funeral customs, roads/transportation, houses, meals, family, clothing, education, names, and the city of Rome. Students will also study the geography of ancient Rome, the foundation myth of Rome, Roman monarchy, the early heroes of Rome, and Greek and Roman mythology. Students will also learn about the connections between Latin and English through the study of the etymology of English words and common Latin phrases and abbreviations still used in English.

Latin 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Latin 1 with a grade of C+ or better or approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course is open to those who have successfully completed Latin 1. Students will reinforce and add to their knowledge of Latin accidence and vocabulary. In particular, there will be an introduction to complex sentence structure, including many uses of the subjunctive. Students will practice grammatical drills, comprehension, and translation, and will begin to read sections from Caesar, Cicero and Catullus. Students will learn about the cultural and political contexts of the prescribed literature. Cultural and historical material will include the Roman Republic, government offices, Punic Wars, chariot races, gladiatorial games, baths, theater, and the calendar.

Honors Latin 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Latin 1 with an A- or better and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content as Latin 2 at a pace and depth that is greater and more challenging for our top Latin students at this level.

Latin 3

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Latin 2 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

Students will continue a review and practice of the grammar and vocabulary covered in Latin 1 and 2. Students will cover material that will make their knowledge of Latin grammar almost complete. At this level, students also begin to translate selections from some Latin authors in the original language. We will read selections from Caesar, Virgil and Cicero. In addition to the translation of the material, we will examine the meter and literary style of the works, and their cultural and historical setting, including a study of the Late Republic and the early Empire.

Honors Latin 3

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Latin 2 with an A- or better and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content as Latin 3 at a pace and depth that is greater and more challenging for our top Latin students at this level.

Advanced Latin: Plautus and Terence: Roman Comedy

Open to Grades 9-12
Semester Course
Recommendation of the department required
Credit: 1

Students will read excerpts from the plays of Plautus and Terence. In addition to analyzing and interpreting these plays, students will also explore the development of Roman comedy and its influences on later writers. Students will be asked to produce a piece of art or literature which reflects the style, subject and influences of the original works.

Advanced Latin: Catullus, Ovid and Virgil: The Lasting Influence of Mythology in Art and Literature

Open to Grades 9-12
Semester Course
Recommendation of the department required
Credit: 1

Students will read myths by Catullus, Ovid, and Virgil. In addition to analyzing and interpreting these works, students will also explore how this relates to contemporary art and literature. Students will be asked to produce a piece of art or literature which reflects the style, subject and influences of the original works.

Advanced Latin: Virgil's Aeneid

Open to Grades 9-12
Recommendation of the department required
Credit: 1

Students will read and interpret Virgil’s Aeneid in this course. This story of Aeneas' wanderings from Troy to Italy contains an exquisite combination of mythology and current events that has thrilled students from the moment it was written. Students will explore themes of leadership, fate and family and will examine the beauty of this epic poem through a study of the meter, word order, poetic device and vocabulary. Students will also delve into the the politics and propaganda of the Age of Augustus and explore our own issues with empire and unwanted war. Students will read selections of the poem in Latin and the entire poem in English.

Advanced Latin: Cicero

Open to Grades 9-12
Credit: 1

Cicero was a great orator, politician, and philosopher during the Roman Republic. This was a time of great social and political upheaval. Cicero’s writings give us insights into this time, his beliefs about politics, education, philosophy and social norms. In this class, we will explore these themes and Cicero’s thoughts on these issues and ideas through a close reading of surviving texts. Selections from Cicero's letters and philosophical works will be read both in Latin and in English.

Spanish - Middle School

Spanish 1

Open to Grades 8-12
Credit: 1

This course introduces and develops the four basic skills of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Cultural topics from around the world are explored, and discussed in relation to students’ cultures. Vocabulary required for mastery includes salutations, family members, the school day, occupations, indicating location, telling the day/date/year/time, the alphabet, numbers, weather, foods, animals, parts of the body, clothing, descriptions of physical characteristics/basic personality traits, sports/pastimes, directions, places around town, the house and question words. Verb conjugation is explored in detail to include all regular and irregular verbs in the present indicative, immediate future, formal commands, stem-changing and reflexive verbs. Other grammatical concepts studied in Spanish 1 include: definite and indefinite articles, gender and number agreement; subject pronouns; direct object pronouns, and indirect object pronouns, affirmative and negative expressions; the differences between ser and estar, idiomatic expressions with tener, hacer, and gustar; the verb ir, demonstrative/possessive adjectives, diminutives, the superlative, and comparisons; the personal “a”; and expressing likes and dislikes.

Spanish - Upper School

Spanish 1

Open to Grades: 8-12
Credit: 1

This course introduces and develops the four basic skills of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Cultural topics from around the world are explored, and discussed in relation to students’ cultures. Vocabulary required for mastery includes salutations, family members, the school day, occupations, indicating location, telling the day/date/year/time, the alphabet, numbers, weather, foods, animals, parts of the body, clothing, descriptions of physical characteristics/basic personality traits, sports/pastimes, directions, places around town, the house and question words. Verb conjugation is explored in detail to include all regular and irregular verbs in the present indicative, immediate future, formal commands, stem-changing and reflexive verbs. Other grammatical concepts studied in Spanish 1 include: definite and indefinite articles, gender and number agreement; subject pronouns; direct object pronouns, and indirect object pronouns, affirmative and negative expressions; the differences between ser and estar, idiomatic expressions with tener, hacer, and gustar; the verb ir, demonstrative/possessive adjectives, diminutives, the superlative, comparisons; the personal “a”; and expressing likes and dislikes.

Spanish 2

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 with a grade of C+ or higher or approval of the department
Credit: 1

In this course, students will improve communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They also will gain additional cultural knowledge and awareness about the areas of the world in which Spanish is spoken. This course begins with the review of basic grammar points along with more complex structures. Grammatical concepts include verb tenses of the present, the preterit, imperfect, present and past progressive, future and conditional, imperative, and a brief introduction to the present subjunctive. Additional grammatical concepts include: tener + que, por and para; saber vs. conocer, comparisons, equality concepts, hacer + time expressions, possessive adjectives; direct and indirect object pronouns; informal and formal commands; personal and reflexive pronouns; demonstrative pronouns; use of prepositions; and adjective and adverbial expressions.

Honors Spanish 2

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 with an average of A- or higher and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content areas as Spanish 2, but with stronger emphasis on effective communication in all areas of the target language. Students read short stories and literary pieces by Spanish and Latin American authors, in addition to readings from the textbook. They also write more compositions.

Spanish 3

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

In this course, students receive a review of grammar with special emphasis on structures that are particularly problematic. There is a more sophisticated approach to writing and self-expression in the target language. The focus of the course continues to be effective communication with more emphasis on developing writing and speaking skills along with reading and listening comprehension. Students investigate current events of the Spanish-speaking world and make cultural connections to authentic material. Grammatical concepts include: A review of the present, preterite, and imperfect tenses, reflective verbs, possessive adjectives, comparisons and superlatives, direct and indirect object pronouns, present progressive and past progressive. New grammar concepts include: All perfect tenses including present and present perfect of subjunctive; subjunctive versus indicative, subjunctive with impersonal expressions, to express wishes and hopes, and with expression of doubt and emotion, future tenses, and por vs. para.

Honors Spanish 3

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2 with a grade of A- or higher and approval of department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content areas as Spanish 3, but with stronger emphasis on effective communication in all areas of the target language. Students read additional short stories and literary pieces by Spanish and Latin American authors. They also write more compositions of a greater length.

Spanish 4

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

In this course students will learn about the history, contemporary life, art, and culture of Spain and Latin America, while reinforcing and building upon communication skills developed in Levels 1-3. This course uses authentic literature and film to expose students to Spanish and Latin American perspectives. Students are expected to make cultural comparisons, participate in individual and group analysis, and draw conclusions about historical and current events. Students will use their advanced language skills to express their ideas through presentational and interpersonal activities that promote effective oral and written communication.

Honors Spanish 4

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 Honors and approval of the department

Through this course, students will learn about the history, contemporary life, art, and culture of Spain and Latin America, while reinforcing and building upon communication skills developed in levels 1-3. This course uses authentic literature and film to expose students to Spanish and Latin American perspectives. Students are expected to make cultural comparisons, participate in individual and group analysis, and draw conclusions about historical and current events. Students will use their advanced language skills to express their ideas through presentational and interpersonal activities that promote effective oral and written communication. This course is more rigorous in pace, content and expectations than 'Hispanic Culture'.

Spanish 5

Open to Grades 9-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 4 or higher and approval of the department

This course is designed for students who want to strengthen their speaking and writing abilities. The focus of this course is on conversation and composition writing with topics pulled from the textbook as well as those suggested by students. Students are given the opportunity to sharpen their conversation skills by presenting arguments in class debates, giving oral presentations and putting together theatrical productions. Students are asked to write journal entries and compositions weekly. Students are expected to watch Spanish television and listen to Spanish music as often as possible. Students are also expected to overcome any barriers created by grammar struggles by reviewing these points for homework.

Advanced Spanish

Open to Grades 9-12
Credit: 1

This course will focus on the literary genre of Magical Realism through the work of various Latin-American writers. Magical Realism engages the usual devises of narrative realism, but with an added element: the supernatural is an ordinary matter, an everyday occurrence, integrated into the rationality of literary realism. This style of writing predominated the literary “boom period” in Latin America, reflecting the political and social climate in the 60s and 70s. Students will read a number of short stories written by “boom writers,” along with the novel Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), written by Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Mandarin - Middle School

Mandarin 1

Open to Grades: 8-12
Credit: 1

This is an introductory course in Mandarin Chinese. Students learn the principles and practices of Pinyin pronunciation system to correctly pronounce the Chinese characters from the very start. Emphasis is placed on conversational skills and correct character writing habits. Reading and listening skills are also introduced so that students can begin to feel comfortable expressing themselves verbally and in writing. By the end of the first year, students will have mastered a working written vocabulary of roughly 200 characters and will have been introduced to roughly 270 characters. Students are expected to be able to introduce themselves, their friends, and family members; discuss their hobbies and school; and to hold simple dialogues, paying particular attention to the tones and proficiency in handling everyday situations in the Chinese language.

Mandarin - Upper School

Mandarin 1

Open to Grade 8-12
Credit: 1

This is a beginning course in Mandarin Chinese. Students learn the principles and practices of Pinyin pronunciation system to correctly pronounce the Chinese characters from the very start. Emphasis is placed on conversational skills and correct character writing habits. Reading and listening skills are also introduced so that students can begin to feel comfortable expressing themselves verbally and in writing. By the end of the first year, students will have mastered a working written vocabulary of roughly 200 characters and will have been introduced to roughly 270 characters. Students are expected to be able to introduce themselves, their friends, and family members; discuss their hobbies and school; and to hold simple dialogues, paying particular attention to the tones and proficiency in handling everyday situations in the Chinese language.

Mandarin 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Mandarin 1 with a grade of C+ or better or approval of the department
Credit: 1

Students will learn additional vocabulary in order to handle increasingly complicated situations in the language. Students will master most of the basic grammatical structures of the Chinese language. Character writing and computer inputting gradually replace the use of Pinyin symbols in writing. Emphasis is also placed on oral proficiency and short written works using the structures learned. Individual and group projects focus on learning the different provinces, ethnic groups and languages in China. Traditions, social customs, holidays, movies, music, and food are also introduced. By the end this course, students can expect to have mastered a total of around 300-350 characters, and to have been introduced to about 450-500 characters.

Honors Mandarin 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Mandarin 1 with an A- or better and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content as Mandarin 2 at a pace and depth that is greater and more challenging for our top students at this level.

Mandarin 3

Open to Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Mandarin 2 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course continues to develop the students’ Chinese language proficiency at more advanced levels. Students will have opportunities to study selections of authentic writing from Chinese publications, and learn some of the most important Chinese proverbs and expressions to deepen their understanding of Chinese culture. The reading and writing of Chinese characters are continued and intensified. Writing skills will be enhanced through reading authentic materials. Original movies and related TV programs will also be introduced as discussion topics.

Mandarin 4

Open to Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Mandarin 3 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

The objective of this course is to provide students with the acquisition of more refined Chinese linguistic skills, exposure to a wider range of Chinese culture, and the experience of some of the most authentic written selections. Taught exclusively in Chinese in small class settings, it enables the students to advance their knowledge and skills to higher linguistic and literary standards, and subsequently, empowers them to communicate more proficiently and professionally in speaking and writing. Through linguistic practice and appreciation for Chinese culture and literature, students will be highly motivated to continue their studies of Chinese at the college level and beyond.

Honors Mandarin 4

Open to Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Mandarin 3 with an A- or better and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content as Mandarin 4 at a pace and depth that is greater and more challenging for our top students at this level.

Advanced Mandarin - Independent Study

Open to Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Mandarin 4 or equivalent
Credit: 1

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Mandarin 4 at Walker's or equivalent with approval by the instructor upon evaluation of prior studies.

The focus of the course is on four different themes: etymological studies of the roots of Hanzi, the Chinese written characters; selected readings and translations of Chinese poems (classical and modern); Chinese philosophy and maxims embodied in traditional proverbs and idioms; and contemporary cultural and social studies of China through film ("If You Are the One-1").

The approach is learning through authentic project-based research and presentations. Throughout the year, students will be in guided independent studies culminating in one in-depth, comprehensive presentation for evaluation at the end of each quarter. This course provides ample opportunities for students to engage in specific research tasks, readings of authentic resources, and larger projects that broaden the students' scopes for further studies beyond language acquisitions.

Recommended study materials include:

  • Magical Chinese Characters, Volumes 1-2
  • One Hundred Pearls of Chinese Wisdom
  • Chinese People Like to Speak the Truth
  • Selected Tang Dynasty classical poems and contemporary poems in Chinese
  • The Way of the Chinese Characters
  • The Analects of Confucius
  • If You Are the One-1 (a movie with English subtitles)
  • The Wisdom of Chinese Characters (book and DVD)
  • Chinese magazines and newspapers online

A total of four projects (one at the end of each quarter) will be submitted for evaluation and presentation. Students meet with the teacher once a week during the long block for discussions and consultations.

French - Middle School

French 1

Open to Grades 8-12
Credit: 1

This course serves as an introduction to the French language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be able to present information about themselves and others, ask and answer familiar questions, express likes and dislikes, give advice, communicate about everyday life including family, hobbies and pastimes, school, community, and health. Vocabulary includes salutations, common interrogatives, telling the date/time, numbers, the alphabet, colors, family members, professions, weather, foods, parts of the body, clothing, physical characteristics and personality traits, sports and hobbies, geography, and classroom objects. Grammar includes the conjugation of regular verbs in -er, -ir, and -re; common irregular verbs; the present, near future, and recent past; definite and indefinite articles; the partitive; gender and number agreement; adjectives and their placement; adverbs and their placement; negation; forming questions with est-ce que; and expressions of necessity. Students will explore relevant topics in French and Francophone culture (e.g. body language, eating habits) and discuss these in relation to their own culture.

French - Upper School

French 1

Open to Grades 8-12
Credit: 1

This course serves as an introduction to the French language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be able to present information about themselves and others, ask and answer familiar questions, express likes and dislikes, give advice, communicate about everyday life including family, hobbies and pastimes, school, community, and health. Vocabulary includes salutations, common interrogatives, telling the date/time, numbers, the alphabet, colors, family members, professions, weather, foods, parts of the body, clothing, physical characteristics and personality traits, sports and hobbies, geography, and classroom objects. Grammar includes the conjugation of regular verbs in -er, -ir, and -re; common irregular verbs; the present, near future, and recent past; definite and indefinite articles; the partitive; gender and number agreement; adjectives and their placement; adverbs and their placement; negation; forming questions with est-ce que; and expressions of necessity. Students will explore relevant topics in French and Francophone culture (e.g. body language, eating habits) and discuss these in relation to their own culture.

French 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 1 with a grade of C+ or higher or approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course is a continuation of French 1. Students will be able to conduct conversations on a variety of familiar topics, meet basic needs such as making a reservation, express preferences, summarize information, talk about the past, and make plans for the future. Vocabulary includes technology, measurements and quantities, money, musical genres and instruments, mode of transportation, daily routines, nature and the environment. Grammar includes a revision of the present tense; the passé composé and the imparfait; être vs. avoir; reflexive verbs; savoir vs. connaître; the futur; tonic pronouns; indirect and direct object pronouns and their order.

Honors French 2

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 1 with a grade of A- or higher and approval
of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content areas as French 2, but with a stronger emphasis on effective communication in all areas (presentational speaking/writing, interpersonal speaking, interpretive listening/reading) of the target language. Students can also expect to engage with more challenging materials in the target language.

French 3

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 2 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course is a continuation of French 2. Students will be able to participate with confidence in conversations on a variety of topics, describe people, places, things, and experiences in various time frames, express opinions, support a point of view with argument and evidence, make suggestions, give and follow detailed instructions, and research and present a topic of interest. Vocabulary includes travel, art and literature, media, extended family, types of housing, education, health care, citizenship.

Grammar includes a revision of present, past, and future tenses; the plus-que-parfait; the conditional; si clauses; que and lequel; the verbs penser, croire, and espérer; and relative pronouns.

Honors French 3

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 2 with an A- or higher and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content areas as French 3, but with a stronger emphasis on effective communication in all areas (presentational speaking/writing, interpersonal speaking, interpretive listening/reading) of the target language. Students can also expect to engage with more challenging materials in the target language.

French 4

Open to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 3 and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course is a continuation of French 3. Students will be able to communicate effectively and at length on a wide range of topics, research, present and exchange detailed information on topics beyond their field of interest, clarify misunderstandings and ask for clarification, understand speech and text on unfamiliar topics, and write detailed compositions in various time frames. Vocabulary includes social media, social challenges, colleges and universities, legal rights, politics, French and Francophone history and culture. Grammar includes a revision of all tenses; passive forms; direct and indirect discourse; the past conditional; the participe présent and the gérondif; faire vs. laisser; and the causative.

Honors French 4

Open to Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of French 2 with an A- or higher and approval of the department
Credit: 1

This course covers the same content areas as French 4, but with a stronger emphasis on effective communication in all areas (presentational speaking/writing, interpersonal speaking, interpretive listening/reading) of the target language. Students can also expect to engage with more challenging materials in the target language.

Advanced French: Francophone Caribbean Literature

Open to Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: French 4/Honors French 4 and department approval
Credit: 1

This course focuses on the literature and culture of the French-speaking Caribbean. Students will continue to hone their linguistic skills by engaging with some of the French-speaking Caribbean’s most important literary figures, including Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Aimé Césaire (Martinique), and René Depestre (Haiti). In addition to literary texts, students will examine the painting, music, history, and politics of the region. Students enrolling in this course must have considerable competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. The linguistic focus of this course is increased fluency, accuracy, and complexity in all modes of communication.

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Spanish Classes Observe Mock Crime Scene

Señora Rojano's Spanish classes observed a mock crime scene this week to practice predictive and uncertain grammar concepts. Students observed, solved puzzles and practiced reading a crime report in Spanish.