World Languages

Department Mission Statement

Over the course of three years our students should become competent speakers, readers, and writers of Spanish, French or Chinese. In a country as diverse as ours, in which one can very easily fall into the habit of focusing on differences that isolate, rather than similarities that unite, it is our hope that the study of a world language will serve as a bridge between people that will help to build community and a stronger nation.

Grading Scale

Grading Scale

100-  90=A

  89 - 80=B

  79 - 70=C

  69 - 60=D

  59 - 0 =F

 

 
Final Course Mark Components for Spanish and French
 
Area of Evaluation
Descriptors of Area
of Grade
Final Exam
Purpose
·Assessment of semester learning. Comparisons to standards and benchmarks.
15%
Assessments
Purpose
·Different forms of assessment are provided so that all learning styles are addressed in speaking, listening, writing, reading, cultural projects, art projects, tech presentation and films.
Frequency
·Tests and quizzes may be given on a weekly basis.
Feedback
·Feedback is provided through review in class, grade and self review.
Learning Domains Emphasized
·Teacher assistance peer tutoring. Students have the chance to compare first work with final results.
50 – 60%
Major Projects (Written/Oral)
Purpose
·Projects are summative assessments of the Five C’s: Communication, Connections, Culture, Community, and Comparison.
·Projects may include dialogues, oral presentations, skits, videos, essays, reports, stories, storyboards, posters, cultural investigations, web pages, portfolios, e-portfolios among others.
Frequency
·Projects may be assigned one project per unit.
·A variety of projects are assigned to allow all learning styles a successful outcome.
Included in Assignment
Homework
Purpose
·Homework is designed to practice and reinforce skills. In Spanish 1, 2, 3, AP and French 1, 2, 3, homework develops skills, organization, time management, and writing skills, while reinforcing lessons. At all course levels, teachers utilize homework as a basic assessment of student grammar skills with an emphasis on syntax. Homework is also designed to enhance vocabulary acquisition. Homework may also include the development of skit performances and oral presentations.
Frequency
·May be given daily
Feedback
·Feedback is provided to students through teacher comments, group correction, and passive correction.
Learning Domains Emphasized
·Knowledge, understanding, and application analysis.
·Core knowledge is attained through lab activities, reading and content-based text.
·Understanding is demonstrated by students’ ability to recall information in a factual manner.
·Application – Students exhibit application skills when working on homework projects such as skits or dialogues.
·Analytical skills are shown by the students’ ability to respond to questions in either a written or oral fashion.
15 – 20%
Participation
Purpose
·To encourage students to use the foreign language they are studying.
·To encourage students to stay on task.
·May serve as a formative assessment.
Frequency
·Daily
Feedback
·Feedback is provided through teacher comments, and collections of points.
Learning Domains Emphasized
·Knowledge, understanding, and application analysis.
·Core knowledge is attained through lab activities, reading and content-based text.
·Understanding is demonstrated by students’ ability to recall information in a factual manner.
·Application – Students exhibit application skills when working on homework projects such as skits or dialogues.
·Analytical skills are shown by the students’ ability to respond to questions in either a written or oral fashion.
 

World Languages

 

Chinese I

 # 500145 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Recommended GPA of 2.5 and above.

Description: This course is designed for students who have little or no previous Mandarin Chinese background.  It is conducted in a conversation-oriented setting.  We will practice, discuss, and exchange information together in a simulated Chinese speaking environment.  Students will acquire the basic communicative skills which are essential in contemporary Chinese speaking communities.  (Course is conducted mainly in English.)

 

Chinese II

 # 500245 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Chinese I, or the first year of high school Chinese, or placement test given by Milpitas High School.

Description: This course is the continuation of Chinese I.  It is designed for students with some previous fundamental knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.  The class is conducted in a conversation-oriented setting.  We will continue to practice, experience, and review the daily dialogues spoken in a Chinese-speaking environment.  Students will also be involved in the design of similar topics and conversation for practice purpose.  They are expected to fully participate in the discussion sessions by using Mandarin Chinese.  (Course is conducted less in English.)

 

 

Chinese III

 # 500345 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Chinese II, or placement test given by teacher.

Description: In this course, students will engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, and exchange opinions on various topics including current events. Students will understand and interpret written and spoken Chinese on a variety of topics including current and historical events. Students will demonstrate an understanding of Chinese culture. They will demonstrate their ability to express themselves in Chinese using much more complex sentence structures and increasing vocabulary appropriate to the third year. Students will work toward fluency through conversation, discussion, and oral presentations.

Required Texts:· Chinese Link, Level 2, Part 1, Textbook (published by Prentice Hall), · Chinese Link, Level 2, Part 1, Workbook, · English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary

 

French I

#501145                {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of 2.5

Description: Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to speak, read, and write using the present tense and the immediate future. Using videos, films, songs, and the internet you will have learned proper word order and other grammatical structures and have a basic vocabulary.  Within the limits of vocabulary and structures studied, the student will comprehend spoken French and have learned proper pronunciation of French sounds.  The student will also learn about France and French-speaking cultures.  Students will be encouraged to participate in both class and extra-curricular activities such as films, field trips, and celebrations of French holidays - especially those activities that are conducted in French.

 

French II

#501245                {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Completion of French I with a grade of "C" or better or Teacher recommendation

Description: This is the second level of college preparatory French.  Through continued experiences in speaking, videos, films, songs and the internet and further study of vocabulary and grammar, students will learn to understand and formulate in spoken and written form increasingly complex sentences.  The study of culture, history, and literature of French speaking peoples continues to be an integral part of the program. Students will be encouraged to participate in both class and extra-curricular activities such as films, field trips, and celebrations of French holidays - especially those activities that are conducted in French.

 

French III

#501345                {UC} (CSU)

Grade level:  10-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Completion of French II with a grade of “C” or better or Teacher recommendation

Description:  This course will include a review and continuation of vocabulary and grammar with emphasis

on contemporary France and literature.  For the first time, students will read original works of literature.  Students

must participate in conversations and other oral presentations.  Students will continue to have opportunities to see films, sing songs, use the internet, and to make videotapes. Students will be encouraged to participate in both class and extra-curricular activities such as films, field trips, and celebrations of French holidays - especially those activities that are conducted in French.

 

Advanced Placement French Language

#501065 $  for Test {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11 – 12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Completion of French III with B or better 

Description: Advanced Placement French Language covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced French composition and conversation.  It stresses communication skills orally and in writing.  This course emphasizes the use of French in a variety of settings ranging from informal conversations to academic or intellectual discussions and has the following objectives:

 

  • the reinforcement of grammatical structures and the acquisition of vocabulary to allow accurate and fluent communication of ideas.
  • the ability to convey a message in French to a variety of audiences.
  • the ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken French.
  • the ability to read and write accurately and fluently in French.
  • The ability to use higher thinking skills such as synthesis and critical analysis in French.

 

Students learn about the French world and its diversity.  History, Geography, Literature, Economics and current events are studied using a variety of supports, which include on-line newspaper articles and video clips.  Extensive training in the preparation of formal essay and oral presentation, which require understanding the differences and similarities of three or more sources, is an integral part of the Advanced Placement French Language course.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in French Language, administered in May.

 

Korean I: {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9 –12 

Length: 1 year

 

Description:  Korean 1 focuses on the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational understanding of the development and structure of Korean language and culture. The course will also focus on the communicative introductions to the Korean language using different approaches outlined by World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools. Each unit includes conversation, reading, grammar, vocabulary study, pronunciation and listening practice with a focus on the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational models of experiential learning. Students will acquire language structures anchored in authentic communication experience while demonstrating an understanding of communication choices in the context of culture. They will also be introduced to the Korean culture to include the importance of social institutions and practices, historical and geographical factors, and literary context aligned to the student's language proficiency.  Culture is emphasized in reading passages, photos, songs, dances, dramas, Webtoons, and through hands-on experiences inside and outside of classroom. Students are not only encouraged to integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts, but also to participate in extracurricular activities, such as Korean clubs, field trips, and excursions. 

 

Spanish I

#502145   {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Recommended GPA of 2.5 or above.  It is imperative that students read at 9th grade level or higher. 

Description: Spanish I is a college preparatory class which will require daily homework, active participation in class and regular attendance.  It is designed to present students with a basic understanding of the Spanish language as well as the varied Hispanic cultures. The course includes an introduction of vocabulary and grammatical concepts as well as cultures of the Spanish Speaking nations of the world.  Therefore, students are encouraged to participate in both class and extra-curricular activities such as films, and celebrations of Hispanic holidays.

 

Spanish II

#502245                {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: completion of Spanish I with a grade of "C" or better.  We also require a “C” or better on the final exam

Description: In this college preparatory class, emphasis is given to the student's ability to speak, read, and write Spanish. The course also includes a study of the cultures of the Spanish speaking nations of the world. Students are encouraged to participate in both class and extra-curricular activities such as films, music, and celebrations of Hispanic holidays. Class participation, quizzes, homework, chapter tests, final exams, and oral presentations will determine students’ grades.  Students are expected to participate orally in class every day.  Daily homework is required.

 

Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

502645      {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Native or heritage fluent Spanish speaker and/or completion of Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Description:  Designed for fluent speakers of Spanish who have not received formal instruction in the language and therefore need to improve their knowledge and command of formal linguistic features. Students will improve literacy and speaking skills.  In this class, the student will further study grammar concepts, and will be exposed to Spanish and Latin American Literature.  Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world will also be explored.  Writing assignments for this course will continue to focus on advanced paragraph structure and the five-paragraph essay.  The differences between informal and academic language, expressed both orally and in written form, will be demonstrated throughout the year.  This course will further prepare students for the Advance Placement course.

 

Spanish III

#502345     {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish II with a grade of "C" or better. We also recommend a “C” or better on the final exam  

Description: By the end of Spanish III, most verb tenses and required grammatical concepts will be studied and reviewed thoroughly.  Writing, listening and speaking skills will be the main focus.  Hispanic literature will be introduced.  Students will be encouraged to participate in cultural activities.  Quizzes, homework, chapter tests, projects, and oral activities will determine students’ grades.  Students are expected to participate in class every day.  Daily homework is required.

 

Advanced Placement Spanish Language

#502065 Test Fee  {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11 – 12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish III or Spanish for Heritage Speakers II with B or better. 

Description: Advanced Placement Spanish Language covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation.  It stresses communication skills orally and in writing.  This course emphasizes the use of Spanish in a variety of settings ranging from informal conversations to academic or intellectual discussions and has the following objectives:

 

  • the reinforcement of grammatical structures and the acquisition of vocabulary to allow accurate and fluent communication of ideas.
  • the ability to convey a message in Spanish to a variety of audiences.
  • the ability to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish.
  • the ability to read and write accurately and fluently in Spanish.
  • The ability to use higher thinking skills such as synthesis and critical analysis in Spanish.

 

Students learn about the Hispanic world and its diversity.  History, Geography, Literature, Economics and current events are studied using a variety of supports, which include on-line newspaper articles and video clips.  Extensive training in the preparation of formal essay and oral presentation, which require understanding the differences and similarities of three or more sources, is an integral part of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language course.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language, administered in May.

 

Honors Heritage Spanish Level 2

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Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish for Heritage level 1 or Completion of regular Spanish level 2 with an A+

Description: Honors Heritage Spanish Level 2 is designed to fine tune student’s Spanish language skills in the following areas:  Speaking to diverse audiences with purpose , Listening conversational and academic level registers

Reading critically fiction and non-fiction texts, Writing to different audiences analytically and with purpose.

Students will be exposed to the literary works of authors recommended by the College Board for the Advanced Placement Language and Literature. In addition, students will analyze themes and features of artistic representations, audiovisual materials and audio sources in Spanish related to course content. At the end of this course, students who need additional work with the mechanics of the language will take the AP Spanish Language and Culture. On the other hand, students that are ready will take the AP language exam. If successful, they could continue and take the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course.

 

Honors Heritage Spanish Level 1

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Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Latino or Heritage fluent Spanish speaker

Description: Designed for fluent speakers of Spanish who have not received formal instructions in the language and therefore need to improve their knowledge and command of formal linguistic features. Students will improve literacy and speaking skills. In this class, the student will further study grammar concepts, and will be exposed to Spanish and Latin American Literature. Cultural aspects of the Spanish Speaking world will also be explored. Writing assignments for this course will continue to focus on advanced paragraph structure and the five-paragraph essay. The differences between informal and academic language, expressed both orally and in written form, will be demonstrated throughout the year. This course will further prepare students for the AP Course.

 

Email your teacher.

Name/Contact:                   Ext. / Room #

Briseño, Karina 4070 H10
Brown, Maura

4155

P19
Chen, Martha 4002 P18
Levine, Carolyne 4069 H05
Marion, Kimberly 4050 H06
Miao, Furong  4030 F9/F11
Mollott, Joanne 4036 J16
Rivero, Monica 4080 F17
Romero, Teresita 3910 H04
Selitser, Natalya 4083 H01
Topping, Lisa 3952 H03
Shin, Iwon 3912 H3
Vargas, Lupe Jeannette  4003 P16
     

Teresita Romero, Dept. Lead

Teresita Romero, Dept. Lead

Karina Briseno

Karina Briseno

Maura Brown

Maura Brown

Martha Kang

Martha Kang

Carolyne Levine

Carolyne Levine

Kimberly Marion

Kimberly Marion

Furong Miao

Furong Miao

Joanne Mollott

Joanne Mollott

Monica Rivero

Natalya Selitser

Lisa Topping

Lisa Topping

Lupe Jeannette Vargas

Lupe Jeannette Vargus