High School

World Languages

IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE WORLD LANGUAGES PROGRAM OFFERS CHINESE COURSES, SPANISH AND FRENCH COURSES AS ELECTIVES …

The Chinese Department offers two systems of curriculum to tailor the needs of students’ background: For Non-Native Chinese Speakers and for Native Chinese Speakers.

The Spanish and French courses help students explore both the language and the culture using a wide variety of authentic materials related to real life events. The courses are designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish- and French-speaking worlds.

The programs offer a four-year sequence of learning instruction. By the end of the third year, students have the opportunity to demonstrate advanced communication proficiency in their chosen language (Spanish AP Language and Culture or French AP Language and Culture).
Through the study of different languages and cultures, students will be prepared to embrace further academic and non-academic life experiences as Global Citizens and Persons of Character. Furthermore, languages provide unique opportunities, including the ability to experience the world from different perspectives. In the 21st century, knowing a second language is not seen as simply beneficial but also a necessary component of an attractive college applications leading to future success.

SPANISH

THE SPANISH COURSES HELP STUDENTS …

explore both the language and the culture using a wide variety of authentic materials related to real life events. The courses are designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish speaking worlds.

The high school Spanish program offers a 3 year sequence of language instruction. The principal objective of the program is for students to acquire an intermediate level of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The courses are also designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

YEAR 1 TO YEAR 3
Advancemos – This is a three-year sequence of language instruction offered by the Spanish program at the SMIC School. It introduces the basic grammar principles which will be built on in subsequent years, including the present, past and immediate future tenses of regular and certain irregular verbs, including many other grammatical aspects.

This course prepares students to become familiar with Hispanic culture and to demonstrate their basic level of language understanding across a storyline video incorporating new vocabulary and motivating students to keep watching to see what happens next.

In class, students become familiar with Hispanic culture by celebrating some holidays such as “Dia de la Independencia”, “Dia de los muertos”, “Las navidades”, etc.

Students also participate in a singing contest every year. They dance and sing a song in Spanish and perform as part of the Foreign Speech Contest.

YEAR 4 (ONLY OFFERED WHEN ENOUGH STUDENTS ENROLL)

In years when enough students enroll and qualify, AP Spanish Language and Culture is offered for students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materials and sources. Students who take this course should already have a basic knowledge of the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples.

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course will prepare students to demonstrate their level of the language across three foundational modes of communication: Interpersonal (Interactive communication), Interpretive (receptive communication) and presentation (productive communication). This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency through themes that create an interesting, meaningful context in which to explore a variety of language concepts. Themes help teachers integrate language, content, and culture into an interrelated series of lessons and activities that promote the use of the language in a variety of contexts preparing students to use the Spanish language in real life settings. Course emphasis will not be on grammatical accuracy, but instead on communication. In order to facilitate the study of language, the course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. This course engages students in an exploration of Hispanic culture from a contemporary and historical perspective using various materials. It uses literature, music, and language conventions in order to deepen the students’ understanding of Hispanic culture. Students also gain experience with activities that prepare them for the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam, which they’re expected to take. Students attend local events related to Spanish language culture such as art exhibitions, plays, talks, concerts and our annual field trip.

Chinese

THE CHINESE DEPARTMENT OFFERS …

two systems of curriculum to tailor the needs of students’ background: For Non-Native Chinese Speakers and for Native Chinese Speakers.

For non-native Chinese speakers, we offer 3 level courses –Elementary Chinese, Intermediate Chinese and Upper-Intermediate Chinese in all four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students completing Upper Intermediate level are welcome to take other 3 elective courses—AP Chinese, Chinese Cultural Traditions and Values, and Business Chinese according to the prerequisite. The courses are also designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Chinese-speaking world.

For native Chinese speakers, we offer 5 elective courses—Chinese Performing Arts, Studying Chinese through Multimedia, Chinese Literature, Advanced Business Chinese and Critical Thinking Through Chinese Novel. Those courses are designed for students to get a deeper and broader understanding of the Chinese society, and to explore the foundations of Chinese civilization and the dimensions of Chinese culture and literature.

French

THE FRENCH COURSES HELP STUDENTS…

explore both the language and the culture using a wide variety of authentic materials related to real life events. The courses are designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the French speaking worlds.

The high school French program at SMIC offers a four-year sequence of language instruction. The principal objective of the program is for students to acquire an proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The courses are also designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

YEAR 1 TO YEAR 3
FrenchBien dit! Series – This is a sequence of language instruction for the first three years of instruction in the SMIC French program. It introduces the basic grammar principles and builds on in subsequent years, including the present, past and immediate future tenses of regular and certain irregular verbs, as well as building many other grammatical aspects. Chapter units focus on thematic vocabulary in conjunction with instruction in grammar, oral skills and written proficiency. Each unit includes a cultural component emphasizing the grammar and vocabulary of the unit: “Géoculture” includes such topics as French customs, history, art, and literature.
YEAR 4

French Club

AP French Language and Culture – this course will provide students with three foundational modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentation). This college level equivalent course will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in each of these three modes. However, emphasis will not be set on grammatical accuracy but on communication. In order to facilitate the study of language, the course is conducted exclusively in French. This course engages students in an exploration of the French culture on both contemporary and historical sides using materials ranging from books, songs, and films, to laws, conventions, and institutions. In order to deepen the students’ understanding of Francophone cultures and to gain experience with activities that prepare them for the AP French Language & Culture Exam, the class will experience appropriate local events such as art exhibitions, plays, concerts and our annual French gastronomic field trip.

Stella Han

CIC Vice Principal

Amy Chen

AA Director of Chinese Program

Sunny Engle

AA Director of ELA & HS Humalities Program
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