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9th Grade

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a first–hand foreign language experience on a practical level in a wide variety of authentic situations. Each situational topic (12 in total) stresses communication and comprehension skills. Extensive vocabulary and simple grammar structures are introduced and mastered throughout the year. The main focus of this course is to increase students' abilities to speak and comprehend Spanish in every day situations. This course culminates in a school examination.

This course focuses on oral communication and basic grammar, which is mastered through oral communication. The Mastery learning instructional approach is utilized in this course. Basic phrases dealing with topics such as the weather, introductions, family life, geography, feelings, days, months, numbers, colors, and food are learned. Italian culture is also emphasized through project work. Reading comprehension of passages in the target language is introduced. Students are taught the present, past, and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs.The class is conducted in both English and Italian. This course ends in a school examination.

10th Grade

This course continues and further develops the principles established in the Spanish I course. While oral communication and reading comprehension skills are still strongly emphasized, more complex grammar structures and vocabulary are introduced so the students can express their feelings, opinions, concerns, and ideas about everyday situations. Students develop their writing skills through varied activities: composing letters, conducting interviews, writing reports and research papers based on use of the Internet. Students may also communicate with peers in partner classrooms in countries where Spanish is spoken. Appreciation of Hispanic culture and customs is encouraged and facilitated through the reading of short stories, legends, and authentic materials. This course culminates in a school examination.

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have successfully completed Spanish 1.

In this course, students continue with oral communication using the Mastery learning instructional approach. Grammar becomes more advanced as students learn the past, imperfect, and future tenses. Reading comprehension is further emphasized through dialogues and short passages in the target language. Written assignments also increase. The class is conducted primarily in Italian. This course culminates in a school examination. Students who have at least a1000 on the PSAT and 90% or above in Italian 2 may take the FLACS exam and later take Italian IV for 6 college credits their junior year if they score an 85% or above on the FLACS exam.  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian I.

11th Grade

In this class, while developing the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, students will also gain knowledge and appreciation of Hispanic customs and the major contributions of Spain and Latin America to American and world culture. Appropriate grammar usage, as well as authentic materials such as tapes and films will be used to provide the students with practice in discussing the required topics in this communication–based class. This course culminates in a Regents examination.

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, a student must have successfully completed Spanish 1 & Spanish 2.

TAUGHT IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH. Emphasizes the development of all four communicative skills (writing, reading, speaking, and listening), with special attention given to specific areas of language such as vocabulary building, grammar, and orthography. This course is for students who speak Spanish at home, but who have little or no formal training in the language. 

This course emphasizes advanced grammar with a concentration on the conditional and subjunctive tenses. Students expand their vocabulary significantly through advanced reading and additional writing activities in preparation for the FLACS exam. The course is conducted in Italian. Students enrolled in this class must take the Italian FLACS Examination. Students in the Italian Honor Society must register for Italian IV.  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian 1 and 2.  Students may skip from Italian 1 into Italian 3 if they obtain an "A+" average in Italian 1 and their schedule permits.    

A ITA 103 Intermediate Italian I (4)
Modern Italian readings. Review of Italian grammar, composition and conversation. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): Passed FLACS exam in Italian 3 or obtained an 85% and above on the FLACS exam after Italian 2.  Must have a minimum of an 85% cumulative GPA. 

A ITA 104 Intermediate Italian II (4)
Continuation of modern Italian readings, review of Italian grammar, composition and conversation. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 103. 

12th Grade

TAUGHT IN SPANISH. A continuation of the active development of the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within the context of the study of different topics of Hispanic culture. Course includes short compositions and students are expected to participate in all class activities. May not be taken for credit by heritage or native speakers. (Prerequisite - three years of Spanish, passed FLACS exam). 

Primary emphasis on speaking skills. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 104.

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