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World Languages Courses

French I

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

Study of the French language provides a passport to the world. It is spoken in fifty countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. French I introduces students to the language and culture of these French-speaking countries. Students learn to read, write, speak and comprehend French in the present, past and future tenses. They communicate about themselves, their family, friends, and communities. Upon completion of this year, students are able to introduce themselves, greet people, tell time, ask directions, order food and drink, talk about the weather, make plans for the future, shop for clothes, make comparisons and describe past activities. Learn structure, vocabulary and cultural information through the use of stories, role-playing, games, exercises, drills questions, dictation, songs, films, and videos. The goal is to have students use all their senses to learn the language and facts about the culture.

 

French II

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

Expands students' foundation in grammar, vocabulary and communication skills. An

introductory cultural unit reviews previously learned material and permits students an in-depth look at a French-speaking country of their choice. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are regularly practiced and tested. Upon completion of this year, students are able to use the subway; talk about events in the past, present and future; write expanded narratives; comprehend texts in a variety of formats; make purchases in stores; compare items; and discuss clothing, leisure time activities, food, and nature.

 

Honors French III

Full Year • 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Clackamas Community College

This is a college-level class. Therefore, expectations for student production are higher than for previous years. Students become completely immersed in the French language. Communication, except for occasional grammar explanations, is in French. Previous material is reviewed and new vocabulary and grammar topics are learned. Students use these structures to write letters and compositions, express opinions and create presentations. Upon completion, students are able to describe orally and in writing activities in the past, present, future, conditional and subjective tenses, order food in a restaurant, discuss entertainment, health, daily routine, lodging, fashion, and travel, appropriately use a French & English dictionary, present extended monologues, comprehend chapter-length readings, and understand the geography, culture and social issues of the French-speaking parts of the Americas and Africa.
Highly recommended to complete preparations for college admission. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in French 101, 102 and 103 through Clackamas Community College as part of La Salle’s agreement with CCC. There is a separate enrollment and fee for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities.
 

 

Honors French IV

Full Year • 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Clackamas Community College

In this class, students are completely immersed in the French language. Communication, except for occasional grammar explanations, is in French. Students expand their knowledge base and increase their ability and confidence to use French for communication and self-expression. Grammar is reviewed and new vocabulary is introduced. Grammar focuses on the study of the subjunctive, conditional, past conditional, pluperfect and the passé simple-a literary tense. Students use the basic elements of the language in a variety of situations concerning everyday life such as traveling and running errands. The cultural emphasis this year focuses on Francophone countries around the world as well as France's history and art. Students virtually travel in the Caribbean, Africa, Canada and Louisiana. Also they delve back to prehistoric times to explore the development of France up to current events. Finally the class studies art from Impressionist paintings to Surrealistic creations. In addition to expanding speaking, listening and writing skills students read a variety of French literature found in fables, letters, short stories and poems. Three films, Cyrano de Bergerac, Sugar Cane Alley and Au Revoir, les Enfants bridge oral communication and literature. By the end of the year students are able to communicate events in a variety of tenses, analyze literary texts and films and present a researched project about an artist. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in French 201, 202 and 203 through Clackamas Community College as part of La Salle's agreement with CCC. There is a separate enrollment and fee for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities. These credits may fulfill the language requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

German I

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Students are introduced to the language, culture and customs of German-speaking countries. They learn to listen, speak, read and write in German. Topics include themselves, their friends, family, daily activities, shopping, parties and school. Instruction includes storytelling, acting, games, drills, songs, films and videos. Students produce a small collage "Germany" during the second semester. In addition, they celebrate religious and cultural feasts through music and food.

 

German II

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

This course offers a continued presentation of the fundamentals of German grammar, vocabulary and communication skills. Videos continue to play an important role in presenting German life and customs. Students research a particular city and will produce a pictorial travel folder (tri-fold, discussed and prepared in the computer lab) of that city. They will give oral presentations and participate in cultural events. Students with a final course grade of C or better will be promoted to German III.

 

Honors German III

Full Year • 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Klamath Community College

Students listen, speak, read and write in German. This course offers a continued presentation and perfection of German grammar and culture. Topics include shopping, traveling, eating in a restaurant and pursuing hobbies.
Students research a German state and write a fictitious travel diary. The film study of “Der Tunnel” discusses the history and impact of the Berlin Wall. Ancillary materials present current events and free discussion is encouraged a s much as possible. Students may earn college credit for this class and, with a grade of C or better will be promoted to Honors German IV. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in German 101, 102 and 103 through Klamath Community College as part of La Salle’s agreement with KCC.
There is a separate enrollment and fee for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities.

 

Honors German IV

Full Year • 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Klamath Community College

The content of this course includes an introduction to major aspects of German history and to important German-speaking authors. A review of German grammar, along with the introduction of German complex syntax, will help students perfect their skills. Students are encouraged to use more complex syntax in their classroom discussions. Instruction is geared toward maximizing speaking and writing skills. Students research a German-speaking artist and give oral presentations. The film study of "Die Weisse Rose" focuses on the German resistance movement against the Nazi regime. Ancillary materials discuss culture and current events. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in German 201, 202 and 203 through Klamath Community College as part of La Salle's agreement with KCC. There is a separate enrollment and fee to CCC for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities.

 

Spanish I

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

Students learn to communicate about basic personal information and several other simple, high-frequency topics through speaking, writing, listening and reading. Many varied activities build a foundation of grammatical knowledge and skills that allow students to succeed in higher levels of language study. Students explore geography and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world in order to develop an understanding of the concept of culture through comparison to their own. Passing a proficiency test at the end of the year is required for promotion to Spanish II.

 

Spanish II

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

Students learn to communicate on a widening variety of familiar topics through written and spoken language. They build skills and vocabulary that allow them to tell about past events as well as describe how things used to be. More advanced grammatical knowledge and skills support and broaden students' ability to communicate while preparing them for higher levels of language study. Students will explore cultural themes of the Spanish-speaking world through a wide range of practices and perspectives. The cultural themes will be explored through the lens of the Lasallian core values. Placement into this course requires successful completion of the Spanish I Proficiency. Advancement into Honors Spanish III is based upon performance on the final exams, department recommendation, and requires a grade of "C" or better in Spanish II.

 

Honors Spanish III

Full Year, 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Clackamas Community College

Higher-level communication skills are emphasized. More advanced grammar study coupled with vocabulary emphasizes real-life applications and gives students more tools with which to express their ideas. Knowledge of present and past tenses are reviewed and expanded, while structures facilitating conversation about future and hypothetical events as well as the present subjunctive are introduced.

Through the use of readings, films, and music, students will explore social issues that provide a forum for discussion of themes that are relevant in today's global society and further expand the students’ understanding of the vastness and richness of the Spanish-speaking world, its geography, and its culture. Placement in Honors Spanish III is determined by demonstrating proficiency on the final exam from Spanish II, department recommendation, and earning a “C” or better in Spanish II. It is an elective course unless students have entered La Salle at an advanced level of Spanish, in which case this class is required to fulfill the two-year graduation requirement. This course is highly recommended to complete preparations for college admission. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in Spanish 101, 102 and 103 through Clackamas Community College as part of La Salle's dual credit agreement with CCC. There is a separate enrollment process and fee for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities. Advancement into Honors Spanish IV is based upon department recommendation and usually requires a grade of "C" or better in Spanish III.

 

Honors Spanish IV

Full Year, 1.0 Credit for La Salle, 12 Credits available through Clackamas Community College

Students learn to communicate on a widening variety of advanced topics through written and spoken language. They develop a rich vocabulary that allows them to express ideas and concepts with precision. More advanced grammatical knowledge, including verb mood and tense, broadens students' ability to communicate appropriately and correctly in a variety of settings. Expanding upon the topics covered in the previous years of study in Spanish students will continue to explore culture through the use of readings, films, music, art, and geography and will further investigate social issues that are relevant today. Students are also able to earn 12 credits by enrolling in Spanish 201, 202 and 203 through Clackamas Community College as part of La Salle's dual credit agreement with CCC. There is a separate enrollment and fee for these credits which transfer to many colleges and universities. These credits combined with those earned in Honors Spanish III (for Spanish 101, 102 and 103 at CCC) may fulfill the language requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

Honors AP Spanish V (Spanish Language and Culture)

Full Year • 1.0 Credit

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course takes a holistic approach to language proficiency and recognizes the complex interrelatedness of comprehension and comprehensibility, vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century are the foundation of the curriculum. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of products, both tangible (e.g., tools, books) and intangible (e.g., laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions that underlie both practices and products). The class atmosphere is relaxed and students are expected to participate freely and creatively. Grammar is reviewed in order to aid communication. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language exam in the spring. There is a separate enrollment and fee for the exam. Depending on the AP exam score, some colleges will transfer in college credits or count it as completion of a pre-requisite.