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Schalmont Central School District
Imran Abbasi, Principal
 
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2017-18 Course Guide

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Second Languages

The second language program is offered in grades 9-12. We strive toward the following goals:

a. Keep the second language alive by using it in the classroom

b. Teach students to understand, speak, read and write a second language

c. Encourage students to continue the study of a second language long enough to attain proficiency in the four skills.

d. Promote an understanding and appreciation of the value system and behavior patterns of the people whose language students are studying.

Students pursuing an Advanced Regents diploma must take three years of a language and pass the comprehensive department examination for the language.

Second language training is advisable for the student who might want to attend a two- or four-year college, receive vocational or technical training, or develop skills which will enhance his/her life experiences through travel, communications, or knowledge of other cultures.

French Level I

Prerequisite – None
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12

Basic dialogues and patterns of French are drilled to develop a degree of fluency and a mastery of basic grammatical concepts. Elementary reading and writing are introduced. Cultural aspects of the language and French-speaking people are explored. Special emphasis is placed on listening comprehension and conversational skills.

French Level II

Prerequisite – French I 1
Year – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12

In French Level II, the student will acquire skills to speak and to understand simple conversations dealing with general topics. Time will be devoted to dialogues and exercises that will increase the student’s ability to communicate and to understand the spoken and written language. Knowledge of structure will increase as the year progresses. Field trips, cultural events, and audiovisual aids contribute to a better appreciation of the areas studied.

French Level III

Prerequisite – French II
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 10-12

In French Level III, the student is able to speak ideas with minimal help from the teacher as the year progresses. Reading will involve passages in the text and supplementary materials, including a brief review of French culture and history.

French Level IV/V (DL) (CHS) (3 College Credits)

Prerequisite – Comprehensive exam in French (optional), permission of instructor
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 11

In French Level IV/V, the primary emphasis is on grammar review, readings, contemporary French civilizations, writing, and conversation. Readings will include short stories, plays, newspaper and magazine articles, and one full-length work. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to earn college credit in French. Successful completion of the course will render three college credits at SCCC.

Italian (DL)

Prerequisite – Continuing current sequence of upper-level language study
1 Year – 1 Credit 
Grade 12

The purpose of this course is to develop basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Italian, and to provide students with an introduction to the long, rich culture of Italy. Students will be using a variety of media, such as music, videos, magazines, newspapers, games, the Internet and text materials. Class participation is a must. Oral communication in Italian is essential to learning the language. Benvenuti in Italiano.

Spanish Culture

Prerequisite – Teacher/counselor recommendation
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12

This course is open to students who have been selected through the cooperation of their teacher and guidance counselor as either struggling or unable to achieve the minimum requirements for completion of their one credit of high school foreign language, and will not be continuing in a foreign language sequence for an Advanced Regents diploma. This student may not progress to Level II Spanish without taking and passing the traditional Level I Spanish class.

Spanish Level I

Prerequisite – None
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12

In Spanish Level I, basic dialogues and patterns of Spanish are drilled to develop a degree of fluency and a mastery of basic grammatical concepts. Elementary reading and writing are introduced. Cultural aspects of the language and Spanish-speaking peoples are explored. Special emphasis is placed on listening comprehension and conversational skills.

Spanish Level II

Prerequisite – Spanish I
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12

Emphasis is placed on an audio-lingual approach to develop language skills. Longer reading passages are introduced. More writing is emphasized by answering questions related to reading passages and free questions based on vocabulary dealing with school, family, sports etc. There is a review of basic grammar structures and an introduction to more complex grammar patterns with a continued study of cultural concerns via use of slides, Internet, DVDs and videos.

Spanish Level III

Prerequisite – Spanish II
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 10-12

In Spanish Level III, the course consists of mastering all language skills with an emphasis on auditory and reading comprehension. A review of all grammatical structures with liberated writing in guided composition work and visual and auditory dialogue is also included. There will be continued study of cultural material dialogue in the foreign language.

Spanish Level IV (UHS - UAlbany) (4 College Credits)

Prerequisite – Comprehensive department exam in Spanish, permission of instructor
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 11

Students’ ability to communicate in and comprehend Spanish will develop along with their knowledge of the language’s vocabulary and grammatical structures. Mastery of these skills will be enhanced through cultural awareness. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to earn college credit at UAlbany, which can be transferred to other colleges.

Spanish Level V (UHS - UAlbany) (4 College Credits)

Prerequisite – Spanish IV, teacher recommendation
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 12

The primary emphasis of the course is placed on readings, short compositions and class discussions. Students will use the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, and gain knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. They will also develop insight into the nature of language and culture through comparison. Videos will be used as part of instruction. Successful completion of the course will render college credits at UAlbany, which can be transferred to other colleges.


More Information

Counselors

Department Coordinators

  • English, 9-12:
    Kevin Curtin x3510
  • Math, 9-12:
    Natalie Casalinuovo x3504
  • Music, K-12"
    Mike Christy x3021
  • Science, 9-12:
    Becky Remis x3560
  • Social Studies:
    9-12 Adam Dolan x3521
  • Foreign Language 7-12:
    Fred Orlando x3529

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