World Language Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the world language courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of world language faculty, use this link for quick access:

Learn more about our program by visiting World Language at EPHS.


Courses


SPANISH I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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 both Mexican and Spanish culture are also discussed.


SPANISH II*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Spanish I

During the second year, greater emphasis will be placed on reading and writing skills. Emphasis will also be placed on increasing the pupil's ability to express himself accurately in both the present and past 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.

*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 EPHS.


SPANISH III (HONORS)

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10, 11, 12

Spanish II

At the third-year level, appropriate selections of standard literary works are read. Together with short stories, authentic articles and various culture studies, students will form the basis for improvement in reading, writing, listening and speaking as they expand their knowledge of the Spanish 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 make the students better able to speak and write correctly. Mexican, Peruvian and Dominican cultures will be emphasized via written and audiovisual materials.


HERITAGE SPANISH (HONORS)

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement exam

This course would provide our heritage speaker population the chance to grow their writing and reading skills. It would also help expand their vocabulary. The goal of this class is to help students increase their literacy in Spanish in order to successfully gain the seal of biliteracy.


SPANISH IV (HONORS)

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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.


AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

12

Spanish IV or Heritage Spanish

Students in the Advanced Placement Spanish course will cover material equivalent to a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. This course will emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication. It will encompass 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 course. This class will allow students to continue to build proficiency through a variety of interactive and non-interactive activities such as compositions, essays, oral presentations, skits, and in-depth studies of Spanish and Latin American literature, history and geography. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement Spanish are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


ITALIAN I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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.


ITALIAN II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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.


ITALIAN III HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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/herself in Italian culture, art, opera and cuisine.


ITALIAN IV HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

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.


Faculty


Julissa Adrianzen

Teacher | Spanish | EPHS

Emily Boehm

Teacher | Spanish | EPHS

Rafael Contreras

Teacher | Spanish & Emergent Bilingual | EPHS

Leah Grabowski

Teacher | Spanish | EPHS

Ellen Macoratti

Teacher | Italian | EPHS