Foreign Language Courses


During the 2018-19 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following foreign language courses.

Click any course title below to see the corresponding description. Each course description includes information about credit, grade level and prerequisites.
 

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

The student is introduced to the basics of listening, understanding, speaking and reading in the Italian language. The student builds vocabulary, practices pronunciation, studies grammar, reads simple passages and writes original sentences. Italian culture is introduced and studied through lecture, readings, film and music.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Italian I

The student continues the study of grammar, understands more complex structures, converses more freely in Italian, using a wider vocabulary, composes short, grammatically correct paragraphs and develops more insights into the Italian culture.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Italian II

The student learns to communicate effectively in Italian. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and complex verbal structures. Through appropriate literary works and films, the student will improve in comprehension and be able to interpret longer narrations. The student will be able to write story summaries, dialogues and compositions on a variety of subjects. The student will immerse himself or herself in Italian culture, art, opera and cuisine.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Italian III

In this fourth level of Italian class, students will continue to build vocabulary, learn new grammatical skills and will take an in-depth look at regions and cultural topics. Some of the vocabulary will focus on giving directions, ecology and the environment, songs and the world of music, television and immigration. Grammatical topics include the imperative and present conditional verb tenses, comparatives and superlatives, relative and indefinite pronouns, the present and past subjunctive tenses and the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive. Students will learn how to incorporate these new skills into their speech and writing in Italian.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

During the first year, emphasis is placed on developing, listening and speaking skills. These skills are developed by conversations and daily oral and written work. In addition to speaking and understanding the language on an elementary level, the students who successfully complete the course will also be able to compose simple paragraphs employing present and preterite tenses and read basic selections with comparative ease. Throughout the year various aspects of the culture are also discussed.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Spanish I

NOTE: Students who have taken Spanish I during grades 7 and 8 may earn one full high school credit in World Language if they earn credit in Spanish II during their first year at Elmwood Park High School.


During the second year, greater emphasis will be placed on reading for comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on increasing the pupil's ability to express himself accurately and idiomatically in all verb tenses. Structure and syntax will be studied in greater depth, so that these aspects of language can be used effectively and correctly in oral and written work.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Spanish II

At the third-year level, appropriate selections of standard literary works are read. Together with short stories, poetry and various culture studies, they will form the basis for improvement in reading, comprehension, fluency and recall, as well as for oral discussion and extension of an active vocabulary. Written composition work will include story summaries, recounting of a personal experience and other suitable topics. A continual study of vocabulary, grammar and syntax will help students improve their speaking and writing abilities. Cultures will be emphasized through written and audiovisual materials.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Spanish III

Students in the fourth year will improve their skills in written and oral Spanish through various projects and presentations during the year. Such projects may include newsletters, relief maps, themes/essays, speeches and research projects. There will be extensive review of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Honors credit may be earned.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

Spanish IV

Students in the Advanced Placement Spanish course will cover material equivalent to a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. This four-quarter course will emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication. It will encompass aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar and composition. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions and the expression of ideas orally will be an integral part of the AP Spanish course. The students will also read abridged versions from well-known authors in Spanish literature. The students will study from practical AP exams in preparation to take the AP exam in May. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement Spanish are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.