World Languages

The World Language department assists students in becoming fluent in the target languages of Spanish, French, Latin and Chinese. French I, Spanish I, Latin I and Chinese I are the first level of the two-year foreign language requirement for DCPS. While learning the language, students are exposed to different cultures thus broadening their horizons. SWWHS offers French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin at the high school level; however, while using the city as a classroom, our students are also able to take classes at the university level

L11 French I
French I emphasizes functional use of the language through activities that involve meaningful use of the language. Mastery of sounds and intonation patterns is achieved through speaking and intensive conversation practice. Basic grammatical structures are studied and basic functional vocabulary is developed in context. Elementary passages are read for comprehension, and writing is limited basically to the construction of sentences utilizing learned grammar and vocabulary. The history and culture of Francophone countries are studied.   This course covers the second half of level one course work when taken in grade 8 in middle school and all course work for level one in 9th grade in high school. Expected proficiency level: Novice Low to Mid. One Carnegie unit applies.

L12 French II
French II emphasizes functional use of the language through activities that involve meaningful use of the language.  Reinforces skills developed in French I, with emphasis on more intensive oral and listening practice of sounds and intonation. More complicated grammatical constructions are studied and vocabulary expanded through oral discussions of topical subjects. Reading of simple literary and popular texts is introduced. More is learned about the history and customs of contemporary Francophone cultures. Expected proficiency level: Novice Mid to High.

L13 French III
French III emphasizes functional use of the language through activities that involve meaningful use of the language.  Learned grammatical skills and the finer points of structure are reinforced to achieve greater oral and written proficiency. Readings are drawn, primarily, from contemporary sources (novels, short stories, newspapers, magazines) for increased knowledge of Francophone cultures. The study of classics may be introduced. All instruction is in the target language. Expected level of proficiency: Intermediate Low to Mid.

L15 AP French
Advanced Placement French Language covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced French composition and conversation. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines rather than to the mastery of any specific subject matter. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions must be an integral part of the Advanced Placement French Language course. Students who enroll should already have a good command of French grammar and vocabulary and have competency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, and knowledge of the language and culture of French-speaking peoples. Course is conducted in French. Expected level of proficiency: Intermediate high to Advanced.

L41 Latin I
In Latin I students learn to read and translate simple Latin passages and recognize their basic grammatical structures. They read and manipulate passages adapted from authentic Latin literature and use spoken Latin in simple phrases and exchanges in order to practice vocabulary and Latin’s distinctive structures. Finally, in accord with School Without Walls High School’s humanities based design, the course continually connects Latin literature and the Greco-Roman world with Western thought, history and literature up to the present.

L42 Latin II
In Latin II students read and translate adapted and original Latin passages from authentic Latin literature. In addition to expanding their Latin vocabulary, students recognize and translate Latin’s major subordinating grammatical structures. In addition, they use spoken Latin in recitation and classroom exchanges, in order to practice vocabulary and Latin’s distinctive structures. Finally, in accord with School Without Walls High School’s humanities-based design, the course continually connects Latin with the Western thought, history and literature up to the present.

L43 Latin III
In Latin III students read, discuss, translate and analyze a wide range of authentic Latin texts both in prose and poetry in order to consolidate students’ grasp of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary; to increase their reading fluency; and to increase their appreciation of the texts’ literary and historical significance. Finally, in accord with School Without Walls High School’s humanities-based design, the course continually connects work in Latin with current issues, students’ own intellectual interests and the Greco-Roman world’s continuing influence on the present. This course also prepares students to enter the Latin AP course the following year.

L45 AP Latin
This course covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in Latin literature. It encompasses the reading, translation and literary interpretation of large portions of Virgil’s Aeneid and Julius Caesar’s The Gallic Wars. Through the literature students encounter and explore themes of war, political leadership, empire, courage, and encounters with the “other.” With coaching and practice students learn to write essays (in English) in which they analyze and discuss the themes and literary features The Aeneid and The Gallic Wars. Students who enroll must have a good command of Latin grammar and vocabulary and have successfully completed Latin III.

L61 Spanish I
Spanish I emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use. Mastery of Spanish sounds and intonation patterns is achieved through speaking and intensive conversation practice. Basic grammatical structures are studied and a basic functional vocabulary developed. Elementary passages are read for comprehension. Writing is basically limited to the construction of sentences utilizing grammatical structures of vocabulary learned.  The history and cultures of Spain and Latin American countries are studied. Covers the second half of Level One when continued in the 8th or all of the course work for level one in 9th grade in high school. Expected level of proficiency: Novice Low -Mid. Carnegie unit applies.

L62 Spanish II 
Spanish II emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use. Reinforces skills developed in Spanish I with emphasis on more intensive listening and speaking practice for sound and intonation. More complicated grammatical constructions are studied and vocabulary expanded through oral discussion of topical subjects A general introduction of Spanish and Latin American literature is provided, with reading of simple stories and other literary forms in Spanish. Writing is expanded to include the new structures and expanded vocabulary. The history and the contributions of Spanish-speaking peoples throughout the world are studied.  Expected level of proficiency: Intermediate. Expected proficiency level: Novice Mid to High.

L63 Spanish III
Spanish III emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use. Reinforcement of learned grammatical skills and the learning of the finer points of structure to achieve oral and written proficiency are critical in this course. Readings are drawn primarily from contemporary sources (novels, short stories, newspapers, magazines). The study of classics may be introduced. All instruction is in Spanish. Expected level of proficiency: Intermediate Low to Mid.

L65 AP Spanish
This course covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines rather than to the mastery of any specific subject matter. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions must be an integral part of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language course.   Students who enroll should already have a good command of Spanish grammar and vocabulary and have competency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, and knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Course is conducted in Spanish. The expected level of proficiency is intermediate high to advanced.

L73 Mandarin Chinese I
Chinese I emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use. Stresses correct pronunciation and intonation patterns.  This course introduces the reading and writing of basic characters in context and begins the study of the geographic regions, the history, and the cultures of China.

L74 Mandarin Chinese II
This course emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use. All skills acquired in Level One are reinforced. Continued emphasis is placed on the Chinese system of writing. Students continue to study of the history and culture of contemporary China.  Expected level of proficiency: Novice-Low through High.

L78 Chinese III
Chinese III emphasizes functional use through activities that involve meaningful language use.  Chinese III reinforces grammatical skills and the learning of the finer points of structure to achieve oral and written proficiency.  Readings are drawn primarily from contemporary sources (novels, short stories, newspapers, magazines). The study of classics may be introduced.  All instruction is in Chinese. Expected level of proficiency: Intermediate Low to Mid.