Modern Languages

FRENCH

French 1: Introduction & Discovery, Grade 9/Gr 11, IB Ab Initio-1, 1 Credit

French 1 is designed for absolute beginners or those who may have had an introductory French course but do not qualify for advanced standing on the basis of the school’s placement test. As a modern language course, five proficiencies begin development here: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and knowledge of the cultures where the language is spoken. French is the primary language of classroom instruction and of class participation. By the end of French one, students will be able to understand, speak, and write in a number of tenses: present, future and past. Assessments are varied to accommodate various learner strengths and include written and oral exams. The text, Belleville 1, is used with accompanying audio recordings.
Juniors who can and wish to pursue a second modern language at Sturgis and who have not previously studied French in school may begin French as juniors in order to prepare for the IB Ab initio assessments as part of an IB Diploma program. Summer assignments will be required of Ab initio students.

French 2: Intermediate, Grade 10/Gr 12, IB Ab Initio-2, 1 Credit

French 2 systematically continues the development of the student’s ability to understand spoken French as well as use it as a meaningful tool for written and spoken communication. The acquisition of vocabulary is essential along with grammatical knowledge and is largely achieved through substantially increased reading. Students gain additional insights into the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Written and oral expressions are repeatedly assessed throughout the year. By the end of French 2, the student should be able to confidently use all major verb tenses and moods in spoken and written speech in a variety of situations. The textbook, Belleville 2, is used with accompanying audio recordings.
Seniors may take this course following upon French/Ab initio 1 in preparation for IB Ab initio assessments.

IB French SL1: Threshold, Grade 11, 1 Credit

French 3, IB Standard Level 1, prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B requirement. Students continue to develop competency in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through extensive creation and practice. The culture of the countries where the language is spoken continues to be stressed. French is used exclusively as the vehicle for communication. The course will allow students to read and speak French with an increased sense of enjoyment, to write with greater clarity, precision and style accuracy and to understand spoken French with greater facility. The text, Belleville 3 is used with the accompanying audio recordings. More than before, the use of current news articles and other authentic sources serve as a resource for gaining knowledge and language skills. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models.

IB French SL2/HL 1: Independent/Advanced, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

French 4, IB SL2 / HL1, prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B requirement at the Standard Level and serves as year one of Higher Level for students pursuing that option. Students will employ their skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an appropriate variety of culturally and linguistically sophisticated formats. Students will use their acquired skills to analyze the grammar, vocabulary and content of a wide variety of sources of information dealing with French culture and society. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models and assessment criteria. The material resources for this course will come from a variety of original documents thematically organized and as well as live media such as that available on TV5 and DVDs. Juniors and seniors in this course can sit for the Standard Level International Baccalaureate Language B exam in the spring. Juniors who intend to pursue Higher Level French may expect some summer work as well. Juniors may choose to sit for the Standard Level exam.

IB French HL 2: Autonomous, Grade 12, 1 Credit

French HL 2 prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B Higher Level requirements. The course involves intensive study of numerous French original documents. Extensive composition and discussion require students to demonstrate their sensitivity to the language and structure of writing as well as their own power and precision in organizing and expressing thoughts. Students will be able to communicate efficiently and articulately in academic, social, and professional settings. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models and assessment criteria. Seniors in this course will be able to sit for the Higher Level International Baccalaureate Language B exam in the spring.

SPANISH

Spanish 1: Introduction & Discovery, Grade 9/Gr 11, IB Ab Initio-1, 1 Credit

Spanish 1 is designed for absolute beginners or those who may have had an introductory Spanish course but do not qualify for advanced standing on the basis of the school’s placement test. As a modern language course, five proficiencies begin development here: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and knowledge of the cultures where the language is spoken. Spanish is the primary language of classroom instruction and of class participation. By the end of Spanish one, students will be able to understand, speak, and write in a number of tenses: present, future and past. Assessments are varied to accommodate various learner strengths and include written and oral exams. Juniors who can and wish to pursue a second modern language at Sturgis and who have not previously studied Spanish in school may begin Spanish as juniors in order to prepare for the IB Ab initio assessments as part of an IB Diploma program. Summer assignments will be required of Ab initio students.

Spanish 2: Intermediate, Grade 10/Gr 12, IB Ab Initio-2, 1 Credit

Spanish 2 systematically continues the development of the student’s ability to understand spoken Spanish as well as use it as a meaningful tool for written and spoken communication. The acquisition of vocabulary is essential along with grammatical knowledge and is largely achieved through substantially increased reading. Students gain additional insights into the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Written and oral expressions are repeatedly assessed throughout the year. By the end of Spanish 2, the student should be able to confidently use all major verb tenses and moods in spoken and written speech in a variety of situations. Seniors may take this course following upon French/Ab initio 1 in preparation for IB Ab initio assessments.

IB Spanish B SL1: Threshold, Grade 11, 1 Credit

Spanish 3, IB Standard Level 1, prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B requirement. Students continue to develop competency in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through extensive creation and practice. The culture of the countries where the language is spoken continues to be stressed. Spanish is used exclusively as the vehicle for communication. The course will allow students to read and speak Spanish with an increased sense of enjoyment, to write with greater clarity, precision and style accuracy and to understand spoken Spanish with greater facility. More than before, the use of current news articles and other authentic sources serve as a resource for gaining knowledge and language skills. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models.

IB Spanish SL2/HL1: Independent/Advanced, Grade 11 or 12, 1 Credit

Spanish 4 IB SL2 /HL1, prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B requirement at the Standard Level and serves as year one of Higher Level for students pursuing that option. Students will employ their skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an appropriate variety of culturally and linguistically sophisticated formats. Students will use their acquired skills to analyze the grammar, vocabulary and content of a wide variety of sources of information dealing with Spanish culture and society. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models and assessment criteria. The material resources for this course will come from a variety of original documents thematically organized and as well as live media such as that available on Spanish language television and DVDs. Juniors and seniors in this course can sit for the Standard Level International Baccalaureate Language B exam in the spring. Juniors who intend to pursue Higher Level Spanish may expect some summer work as well. Juniors may choose to sit for the Standard Level exam.

IB Spanish HL 2: Autonomous Grade 12 1 Credit

Spanish HL 2 prepares students to fulfill their IB Language B Higher Level requirements. The course involves intensive study of numerous Spanish original documents. Extensive composition and discussion require students to demonstrate their sensitivity to the language and structure of writing as well as their own power and precision in organizing and expressing thoughts. Students will be able to communicate efficiently and articulately in academic, social, and professional settings. All written and oral assessments will be composed and analyzed using IB models and assessment criteria. Seniors in this course will be able to sit for the Higher Level International Baccalaureate Language B exam in the spring.


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