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World Languages

Three credits of World Languages/Fine Arts/CTE are required to graduate from CMASAS. These can be combination of any courses from World Language, Fine Arts, or CTE.

For students intending on applying to a public, four-year college or university it is recommended to take two credits of the same language. For students intending on applying to a highly-selective college or university it is recommended to take three to four credits of the same language.

CMASAS currently has two program options for world languages.  Information provided below is intended to help clarify these options.  Each option offers a slightly different approach and the languages available.

Immersion- Based Program
Languages Offered

Chinese 1-5
French 1-5
German 1-3
Italian 1-5
Japanese 1-3
Russian 1-3
Spanish 1-5

Description

Students use images and audio to learn the language.  There are no traditional lessons on grammar or verb conjugations.  Activities include a core lesson, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and others.  Each activity follows the same format with students matching what they hear to images.  Students will also use the voice recognition program to analyze their oral abilities. All Rosetta Stone courses are supplemented through Buzz with culture projects and current events assignments.

Traditional Program
Languages Offered

Chinese 1-3
French 1-2
Latin 1-3
Spanish 1-4

Description

A more traditional format to language learning that includes lessons in verb conjugations, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.  All content is presented through Buzz.  There is a variety of activities that include audio and recording features for oral and listening assessments.  

This is the only program that offers Latin.

Courses

American Sign Language I

Honors

American Sign Language I will introduce students to vocabulary and simple sentences, so that they can start communicating right away. Importantly, students will explore Deaf culture – social beliefs, traditions, history, values and communities influenced by deafness.  Students will also learn grammatical structures and explore interesting topics like Deaf education and Deaf arts and culture.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

American Sign Language II

Honors

Building upon the prior prerequisite course, emphasis in this course is placed upon comprehension and signing. Learners will also continue to establish their communication skills and foster their understanding of deaf culture. In addition to learning classifiers, glossing, and mouth morphemes, students will explore vocabulary for descriptions, directions, shopping, making purchases, and dealing with emergencies, sequencing, transitions, role-shifts, and future tenses.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: American Sign Language I

Chinese I

Honors, Silver

Students learn beginning Chinese; no prior exposure to the Chinese language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken Chinese, and they will also learn how to read and write basic Chinese. They will gain knowledge of the Chinese culture and become aware of both Chinese history and current events. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Chinese II

Honors, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on knowledge from Level 1. They are able to talk about telling time, giving and getting directions, using transportation, social interactions, dining out, enjoying basic and much more. They will continue to explore Chinese culture.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Chinese I

Chinese III

Honors, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on knowledge developed in Levels 1 and 2. They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events, culture and much more. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Chinese II

French I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning French; no prior exposure to the French language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken French, and they will also learn how to read and write basic French. They will gain knowledge of the French culture and history.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

French II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, and much more. They will continue to explore French culture.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: French I

French III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Levels 1 and 2. They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events, culture and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: French II

French IV

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students reach a level of fluency to communicate clearly in the workplace and other settings. Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics, and they also use French to present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: French III

French V

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students refine communication skills and make use of everything learned in French I - IV. Student use the French to learn about and discuss various topics, including entertainment, culture, government, and economics. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: French IV

German I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning German; no prior exposure to the German language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken German, and they will also learn how to read and write basic German. They will gain knowledge of the German culture. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

German II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, and much more. They will continue to explore German culture.  

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: German I

German III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Levels 1 and 2. They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: German II

German IV

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students reach a level of fluency to communicate clearly in the workplace and other settings. Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics, and they also use German to present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: German III

Italian I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning Italian; no prior exposure to the Italian language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken Italian, and they will also learn how to read and write basic Italian. They will gain knowledge of the Italian culture.  

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Italian II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, and much more. They will continue to explore Italian culture.  

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Italian I

Italian III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Levels 1 and 2. They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events, culture and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Italian II

Italian IV

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students reach a level of fluency to communicate clearly in the workplace and other settings. Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics, and they also use Italian to present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Italian III

Japanese I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning Japanese; no prior exposure to the Japanese language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken Japanese, and they will also learn how to read and write basic Japanese. They will gain knowledge of the Japanese culture.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Japanese II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, culture and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Japanese I

Japanese III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Levels 1 and 2. They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Japanese II

Latin I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students take Latin to gain a strong linguistic foundation for learning several other languages as well as for building modern vocabulary, especially in the fields of science and medicine. Students interested in language and linguistics, sciences, and medicine are encouraged to take this course. Latin currently influences culture and language throughout the modern world. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Latin II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1.  They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, and much more.  They become aware of both Latin history and its current influence in the world.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Latin I

Russian I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning Russian; no prior exposure to the Russian language is required. Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken Russian, and they will also learn how to read and write basic Russian. They will gain knowledge of the Russian culture and become aware of both Russian history and current events.  

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Russian II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions. They will continue to explore Russian culture.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Russian I

Russian III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Level 1 and 2.  They share ideas and options, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events culture and much more. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Russian II

Spanish I

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn beginning Spanish; no prior exposure to the Spanish language is required.  Students will primarily learn to speak and understand spoken Spanish, and they will also learn to read and write basic Spanish.  They will gain knowledge of the Spanish culture and become aware of both Spanish history and current events. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

Spanish II

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students learn how to navigate their surroundings and build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1. They are able to talk about giving and getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, enjoying basic social interactions, culture and much more.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Spanish I

Spanish III

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Students connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills developed in Levels 1 and 2.  They share ideas and opinions, expressing feelings, and talking about everyday life, interests, work, current events and much more.  They will continue to explore Spanish culture. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Spanish II

Spanish IV

Honors, NCAA, Silver

Spanish IV builds upon competencies mastered in Spanish I-III, reaching a level of fluency to communicate clearly in the workplace and other settings.  Students are able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics, and they also use Spanish to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.  Student will continue their cultural studies. 

Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: Spanish III