WORLD Language 

The globalization of our modern world has made the study of languages and cultures an even more important part of a college preparatory education. The Language Department believes that all students can benefit from and learn a foreign language. The department recognizes that programs designed to motivate students and require critical thinking will lead to the best outcomes for language acquisition, and that a strong knowledge of grammar structures and vocabulary will help performance in English as well. A variety of instructional methods are used to help students develop proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The department is also dedicated to helping students become aware of how past civilizations influence modern culture and of other cultures in general. Students feel connected to the classroom, even during periods of high athletic travel, due to the vast array of technological resources available to them and thoughtfully designed travel assignments. Students who complete the language program at CVA will develop the ability to communicate in the target language, direct their own learning, and will be well prepared to function in a college language classroom or to travel abroad.

Middle School French or Spanish

The goal of either the French or Spanish Middle School course is to introduce students to the basics of the language and culture in a fun and interactive setting. Students will focus on the four key areas of language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each class will incorporate a variety of dynamic approaches, including diverse projects and multimedia activities.  Both courses are intended to introduce the French or Spanish language and culture to Middle School students to help prepare them for a High School level one language course.

French I

This course presents the fundamentals of the French language and equips students with a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary. This course begins work in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students learn basic vocabulary, verb conjugations, pronunciation rules, grammatical structures, and cultural highlights.

French II

This course reviews and builds upon the fundamental skills acquired in French I. Students learn new verb tenses (such as the imparfait and passé composé) while continuing to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and respond, with increasing proficiency, to spoken and written French, as well as demonstrate cultural awareness. French is used whenever possible for explanation and application.

French III

Expands upon the skills acquired in French I and II. Students gain proficiency by acquiring and employing more complex structures and forms, and building a more extensive vocabulary. Students continue to hone conversational skills and cultural awareness.  French is used increasingly for instruction. The use of technology allows access to authentic information and supplemental materials.

French IV 

Reviews and builds on vocabulary and grammar concepts taught at the lower levels to enhance reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency. Students study compound verb tenses, advanced grammar concepts, and expanded thematic vocabulary. Cultural units on French history, literature, cuisine, art, and music enrich learning at this level. This class is conducted primarily in French.

French V 

An advanced course which requires a strong grasp of the vocabulary and grammar concepts taught at the lower levels. Students hone grammar and communication skills through literature, frequent journal and essay writing, and conversation. This class is conducted in French, with rare exceptions for clarification of complex grammatical structures. The use of technology enriches the exploration of cultural topics.

Spanish I 

A general introduction to the Spanish language: pronunciation, functional vocabulary, cultural information and basic grammar. The students actively work to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students should be able to carry on a simple conversation and communicate an understanding of Spanish/Latino culture, vocabulary, and grammar concepts.

Spanish II 

Builds upon knowledge and skills gained in Spanish I. Emphasis is on improving pronunciation, mastering basic grammatical structures, vocabulary acquisition and increased communicative proficiency. Students will begin to use the past, future,  and conditional tenses. More of the class will be conducted in Spanish, providing more listening and speaking practice.

Spanish III 

Recycles and expands upon skills acquired in Spanish I and Spanish II. Students will be expected to expand their vocabulary to include more sophisticated terms, use advanced language expressions, verb tenses and grammatical concepts. Students will work towards improving the conversational skills and cultural competence needed for success in intermediate college classes.

Spanish IV 

Provides a comprehensive grammatical review and expands thematic vocabulary. The course contents are individualized depending upon student proficiency and experience. This class is conducted in Spanish, with rare exceptions for very complex literary and grammatical concepts, preparing students for language study in the college classroom.

Spanish V 

An individualized program containing a comprehensive grammatical review and expanded thematic vocabulary. This class is conducted in Spanish, with rare exceptions for very complex literary and grammatical concepts, preparing students for language study in the college classroom.


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