World Language Classes:
Freshmen French 1, 2.5
Spanish 1, 2.5
Sophomores French 1, 2, 3.5
Spanish 1, 2, 3.5
Latin 1, 2
Juniors French 1, 2, 3, Honors 4
Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, Honors 4
Latin 1, 2, 3
Seniors French 1, 2, 3, Honors 4, AP5
Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, Honors 4, AP 5
Latin 1, 2, 3, Honors 4
Notes about which course is right for you:
- French and Spanish 2.5 and 3.5 are for those students who have taken French or Spanish in a K-12 program.
- French and Spanish 1, 2, and 3 are for those students who begin taking French or Spanish at the high school level.
- Spanish 4 is designed for students who complete Spanish 3. Spanish 4 students are not eligible to enroll in AP 5 their senior year.
- Honors Spanish 4 and Honors French 4 are pre-requisites for Advanced Placement (AP)
Spanish 5 and French 5.
- Blue Valley does not offer courses appropriate for native speakers.
- Any student new to Blue Valley should be tested for placement. Please contact the counseling department.
Notes about all World Language instruction at Blue Valley North:
- All courses are designed to prepare students for the next step in becoming proficient in the target language.
- Students should follow the recommended curriculum guide as well as teacher recommendations.
- Students will not be placed in an out of sequence course without completing the level-change request process. At a minimum, the process includes: a teacher recommendation form, a level-change form, and a conference with the teacher and curriculum administrator.
- Learning a second language is a cumulative process that requires dedicated effort in order to master learning targets at each level.
- In order to advance successfully, you should complete daily homework and spend an additional 10-15 minutes/day studying current and past content and skills.
- Be a risk taker. You cannot be afraid to make mistakes when learning a second language.
Notes about Modern World Language instruction at Blue Valley North:
- Expect all levels to be taught in the target language as speaking is an important part of learning a second language.
- You are expected to speak the target language with your teachers and your peers. (Interventions are in place to help students who lack confidence in this area.)
Notes about Classical Latin Language instruction at Blue Valley North:
- Expect all levels to progress toward the goal of reading authentic Latin texts, i.e. poetry and literature written by the Romans themselves.
Although students will learn the Classical pronunciation of Latin, the emphasis of the class is learning to read and write Latin, not speak it.
- Students will enrich their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar through their study of Latin vocabulary and grammar.
- By studying history, civilization, mythology, and religion students will develop an awareness of and appreciation for aspects of our culture that can be traced to Ancient Greece and Rome.
The benefits of learning another language at a younger age:
- It gives you a better understanding of your native language.
- It opens the door to other cultures and appreciation of people from other countries.
- It provides a head start in a language requirement for college which may result in higher academic performance in college.
- Learning another language correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized tests including ACT and SAT tests.
- It helps develop reading abilities.
- Language instruction improves memory, problem solving skills, and the ability to hypothesize in science.
- It helps offset age-related cognitive losses.
- It may increase your future job opportunities.
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