Two consecutive years of one language are required at Duchesne. French and Spanish are the two languages offered. During ninth grade, students choose which language they would like to pursue. Students may opt to take four years of either language at Duchesne. In-depth study of one or more languages brings the rewards of mastering a language and culture different from one’s own.
French I is a beginning course designed for students with little to no French. Students develop fluency by focusing on form and meaning. Students work on the four basic language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Students cover the first half of D’accord 1, as well as reading two beginning readers in the second semester. Comprehensible Input methods are used to facilitate communication in French and comprehension of the vocabulary and structures introduced in D’accord 1. Students begin to identify patterns in the language and hone their pronunciation skills. Unit videos focus on cultural aspects of French-speaking cultures, in addition to building listening comprehension skills.
(Prerequisite: a “C-” in French I and recommendation.)
This course continues to build on the skills in French I using a communicative approach to language learning. Students cover the second half of D’accord 1, as well as reading two TPRS readers. Comprehensible Input methods are used to increase communication and comprehension of the vocabulary and structures learned in D’accord 1. Students continue to hone their pronunciation in French II through listening, class participation in French, and homework assessments. Unit videos focus on cultural aspects of French-speaking cultures, in addition to building listening comprehension skills.
(Prerequisite: a “B-” in French II and recommendation.)
This course expands on the student’s foundation in French by substantially enlarging vocabulary and by acquiring additional verb tenses and knowledge of French grammar. Students cover the first half of D’accord 2, as well as reading short stories from different francophone countries. French III emphasizes reading comprehension, translation of short passages, and class discussion. Oral presentations and assessments on various topics offer the opportunity to gain fluency. A variety of videos focus on cultural aspects of French-speaking cultures, in addition to building listening comprehension skills.
(Prerequisite: a “B-” in French III and recommendation.)
French IV-V is a combined class with a two-year, alternating curriculum. The course requires a total commitment for speaking the language during class, and students are expected to interact and discuss in French. To expand their knowledge of language registers, literature, and contemporary culture, students read and listen to a variety of selections. Films and other media form the basis for part of the curriculum. Grammar and composition are increasingly important. Although this is not an AP course, Level V students, in particular, are encouraged to consider taking the AP French Language Exam, and the structure and focus of that exam will inform the curriculum.
Spanish I, a beginning course for students who have had little or no Spanish, develops fluency by focusing on form and meaning. Students work on the four basic language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) and on learning strategies to facilitate the acquisition of a second language. Students will develop skills that allow them to understand and produce basic structures in oral and written activities while being introduced to cultural aspects of everyday life in Spanish speaking countries. Students are expected to participate orally in class and complete all homework assignments.
(Prerequisite: a "C" average or better for semester II of Spanish I and teacher recommendation; for students new to Duchesne, a 75 percent on the placement test.)
Spanish II continues the focus on form and meaning. Students improve communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing; materials continue to be presented in context. Cultural and social aspects will be expanded. Students are expected to participate orally in class and complete all homework assignments.
SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS: LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2
(Placement to be determined by principal and department chair.)
This course is designed for students whose family speaks Spanish at home. The focus will be on developing written and reading proficiency, formal vs. informal registers and academically accepted grammatical patterns. Successful completion of two years of this course would prepare a student to enter into Spanish 4. Minimum of 10 students enrolled for class to be offered.
(Prerequisite of “C-” average or better in Spanish II and recommendation.)
This course combines the grammar and vocabulary from Spanish I and II and strengthens students’ abilities in Spanish. This course prepares the student to successfully enter and complete Spanish 3 at Duchesne. Students are expected to participate in all reading, writing, listening and speaking activities and to complete all homework. Minimum of 10 students enrolled for the class to be offered.
(Prerequisite: a "B" average or better in Spanish II and recommendation.)
Students will continue to develop oral and written skills. The course includes a comprehensive review of pedagogical grammar, intensive work on vocabulary building through the reading of authentic materials, listening comprehension through videos, writing and speaking. The course also fosters the appreciation and understanding of cultural differences through analysis of a variety of authentic materials.
SPANISH IV D.E. – (DUAL ENROLLMENT)
(Prerequisite: a “B” average or better in Spanish III and recommendation.)
This course is a continuation of Spanish III and expands the students’ understanding and expression in the language. As students progress through this course they will refine and grow their speaking, writing, reading and listening skills through the use of a variety of texts, audio/video resources, and class discussions. The class will be conducted almost entirely in Spanish and students will be expected to communicate in the target language. More complex grammar structures will be introduced at this level and students will be asked to reflect upon, interpret and react to social and economic issues and current events in Spanish. Dual Enrollment Credit available through Nebraska Wesleyan University.
(Prerequisite: a "B+" average or better in Spanish IV and recommendation.)
This is an AP course that explores the culture, history, and current events of Spanish-speaking countries. A variety of authentic sources and media such as articles, movies, and a novel are used in this class. The focus is on extensive reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students must have a total commitment to the target language for success at this advanced level. The students are expected to interact, read, write, and discuss everything in Spanish.
This full year, 5 day/week, elective class will introduce students to the language and culture of China. Students will develop skills in speaking, reading, listening, and written Mandarin with some exposure to Chinese characters (alphabet).