Language Other Than English

Spanish I

This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the basic understanding of the Spanish language and culture. Present tense verbs and basic vocabulary will be emphasized based on specific topics, such as time numbers, days, months, weather, classroom, getting acquainted, friends, family, activities, etc. Videos, tapes, music will be used to enhance the curriculum. Students may go on at least one foreign language affiliated trip during the year.

Spanish II

(Prerequisite: Spanish I) 

This course continues to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the Spanish language. A variety of verb tenses are introduced and utilized through various classroom activities, as well as more complex grammar and vocabulary. There is also an emphasis on Hispanic culture.

Spanish III

(Prerequisite: Spanish I & II)

This course enables the student to practice and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the Spanish language. Material learned in the previous year will be reviewed and built upon, including previously learned verb tenses and grammar. There will also be an emphasis on Hispanic culture and extensive vocabulary study.

Spanish IV (College Now)

(Prerequisite: Spanish I, II & III) 

This course is designed to enable the student to better understand Hispanic culture through the use of authentic materials, cultural activities, literature and advanced grammar study. Students have the opportunity to register for College Now through Herkimer College and receive college credit for this course.

Cultural Cooking (1/2 year)

Tour the world without leaving the kitchen! Learn new kitchen techniques, experiment with new ingredients, practice safe food handling, and learn about different cultures as you prepare and sample cuisine from around the globe. We’ll explore regional American cuisine as well as dishes from China, France, Mexico, Italy, Ireland and others. You will also research, prepare, and present a recipe with personal significance.

French I

This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the basic understanding of the French language and culture. Present tense verbs and basic vocabulary will be emphasized based on specific topics, such as time, numbers, days, months, weather, classroom, getting acquainted, friends, family, activities, etc. Videos and music will be used to enhance the curriculum. Students may go on at least one foreign language affiliated trip during the year.

French IV (College Now)

In this fourth year of study, students are encouraged to use French as the language of everyday classroom activities. College level vocabulary and grammar texts are used. Students will augment their vocabulary through the study of French history (prehistory to 1600’s) and various readings. Students will view French films/videos, and listen to French music. Students will prepare and sample French foods. Students will read and respond to French poetry and prose. Students will keep a weekly journal. Current events are discussed and opinions are debated – in French. Major projects include: reading short novels, writing a children’s book, presenting culturally authentic activities and vocabulary to Herkimer Elementary School students focusing on Holidays in France, and a written/oral “how to” project.

French V

The fifth year of French is custom designed to meet students’ interests and needs. College level vocabulary and grammar texts are used. Vocabulary is augmented through the study of history (1600s to present) and various readings. Students will have regular practice in complex grammar, and will keep a weekly journal. Students read and discuss a variety of literature including: poetry, short stories, plays and novels. French film is often a major tool in this course, provided students return their permission slips to view the movies. Current events are explored through reading and responding to French magazine and newspaper articles. Students converse in French with the instructor and other students. The ultimate goal of this course is to become more comfortable with conversation and speaking spontaneously on a variety of topics.