ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

FRENCH A

This course is designed for students beginning the formal study of French. The student is introduced to the language through a variety of techniques enhancing basic communicative competence: oral drills, conversations, creative dialogues and written exercises. The opportunity to demonstrate the creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through the use of such activities as dialogues, oral presentations, computer projects, games and videos and listening activities. The student is introduced to French culture and life through a situational approach and a range of media presentations. The four skills of the language are all equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The main objective of this communicative course is to develop the student's very basic interaction in French.

Materials and Texts: Bien-Dit and Discovering French

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH B

This course is a continuation of French A for students who have successfully completed level A or the equivalent. The same systematic communicative approach is continued in this language sequence. The use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of French grammar and to expand his/her vocabulary, enriched through multi-media presentations. 

The main objective of French B is to enable the student to converse in basic French at level-appropriate capacity with a sound grammatical foundation.

Materials and Texts: Discovering French Bleu and Bien-Dit

Prerequisites: French A or placement test/teacher recommendation

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in French (French A and French B). In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations, understanding short texts and books. Students develop an awareness of the culture of the French-speaking world through multi-media presentations.

Materials and Texts:  BienDit Level1/ 2, Holt Rinehart Winston, 2008 Reading Books & Authentic Documents

Prerequisites: French B or placement test/teacher recommendation

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH A

This course is designed for students interested in Spanish with NO prior experience. The learner is introduced to the language through a variety of activities that develop basic communicative competence: oral practice, conversations, dialogues, and written activities. The opportunity to demonstrate creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through, songs/game, presentations, and text. The student is introduced to Spanish culture and life through a range of media presentations including DVDs, internet resources and computer technology, as well as bilingual and grade-level appropriate texts. The four language skills are equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The main objective of this proficiency-oriented course is to develop the students' basic communication skills in Spanish.

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!! 

Prerequisite: None. Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH B

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish A. It continues to reinforce the proficiency-oriented approach and focuses on basic communicative competence and performance. The use of the acquired structures and vocabulary is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Spanish grammar to expand his/her vocabulary with one objective in mind: basic communication. The student's vocabulary is enriched through multi-media presentations. Spanish B is the second part of a three-year basic program in Spanish and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School Spanish C.This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student's communicative competence and strengthen creativity in using the four language skills with a sound grammatical foundation and a broadened vocabulary.

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!

Prerequisites: Spanish A or placement test/teacher recommendation

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in Spanish A and Spanish B. In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations and understanding short written passages. 

 

Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School Spanish 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!       

Prerequisites: Spanish B or placement test/teacher recommendation

Length of Course:  One year


Arabic A

This AFL (Arabic as a Foreign Language) course is designed as an introduction for non-native speakers of Arabic. In this course, the student is introduced to Arabic through a variety of activities which develop communicative competence: oral drills, conversations, creative dialogues and written compositions, reading and text handling, visuals and television advertisements, games and class discussions. The student is introduced to Arabic culture and life through a situational approach and a wide range of media presentations. Students will develop their abilities in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Arabic script is introduced at the beginning of the first trimester and will be used exclusively during the rest of the year.

Materials and Texts: World Language Initiative; My Arabic Library

Length of Course: One year


Arabic B

This course is designed for non-native speakers of Arabic. It is designed for students who have successfully completed AFL A (Arabic as a Foreign Language A), or an equivalent level. For this level, the use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is encouraged. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Arabic grammar and to increase his/her vocabulary with one objective in mind: oral and written communication. The student’s vocabulary is enriched through exposure to authentic Arabic situations via multi-media presentations. This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student’s communicative competence and to strengthen his/her creativity in using the four language skills with a special emphasis on reading and writing Arabic script. Arabic script will continue to be used frequently in this course. 

Materials and Texts: World Language Initiative; My Arabic Library

Length of Course: One year.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AFL Arabic A or teacher recommendation.


Arabic C

This intermediate level course is designed for students who have completed the beginning levels of AFL (Arabic as a Foreign Language). This course focuses on communicative skills in Modern Standard Arabic: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Emphasis will be given to reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic and expanding the student’s vocabulary through the use of a variety of texts, authentic materials, a multi-media instructional approach and immersion in the target language and culture. The main objectives of this course are to engage students in conversations dealing with everyday situations, to understand short written passages, to be able to extract specific information from texts such as brochures, guides, letters, to carry out writing tasks which might include messages, simple letters, short compositions and to show an awareness of the culture of the Arab world through multi-media presentations. 

 

Materials and Texts: World Language Initiative; My Arabic Library

Prerequisites: AFL Arabic A & B or teacher recommendation.

Length of Course: One year


ARABIC 6

This course is designed for native speaking students who have successfully completed previous coursework in Modern Standard Arabic in the Elementary school, or equivalent levels. The primary objective of this course is to enable students to correctly use the structures, lexicon, composition found in level appropriate texts. Another equally important objective is to reinforce the linguistic competence of the students through a systematic study of selected, level appropriate, literary and cultural texts: short stories, plays, and newspaper articles. This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the students’ creativity in using the four language skills with a particular emphasis on reading and writing skills through the use of authentic materials.

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

Length of course:One year.


ARABIC 7

This course is designed for native speakers who have successfully completed Arabic 6 or the equivalent. The use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is encouraged. This level develops and refines the student’s skills in structural and lexical competence, compositions and communicative performance. Students will also use correctly the structures, lexicon, poetry and composition in literary and cultural texts. The main objectives of this course are: 

• To refine the student’s proficiency in the manipulation of the more complex skills in language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

• To intensify the creative writing in language connectors and transitions.

• To intensify the creative process in language expression.

• To immerse the student in authentic language and media presentations.

• To prepare the student for the analysis of integral texts and life topics.

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

Prerequisites: Arabic 6 or teacher recommendation.

Length of course: One year


ARABIC 8

In this course students will enrich their ability to use the Standard Arabic language through a variety of work units and media presentations which develop communicative competence: everyday situations, conversations, creative dialogues, oral presentations, debates and discussions, role play, Arabic Media linguistic analysis approach, reading texts and essay writing.

The main objectives of this course are:

• To reinforce the acquired linguistic structures and to expand the students lexical competence.

• To expose the student to authentic samples and documents of Standard Arabic culture and civilization.

• To familiarize the student with the techniques of literary text analysis in both the oral and written forms.

• To promote the student’s critical thinking, reading abilities and creative writing in preparation for the high school Arabic program.

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

Prerequisites: Arabic 7 or the equivalent and teacher approval.

Length of Course: 1 year