Foreign Languages Department - 100 Level

140. Introduction to French

This course is designed for a student with little or no experience in French who intends to pursue French at the secondary level. The basic skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking are taught. The students work in the Language Learning Center, a state-of-the-art audio, video, and computer facility.


141. Intermediate French

This course is an intensive review offered to students who have completed one or two years of French, but is flexible in structure and is easily adaptable to the specific needs of those enrolled. The course is designed to improve each student's ability to read, write and converse in French. Depending upon the needs of the student, a first or second year text is used with a variety of supplementary materials.


142. Introduction to Spanish

This course is designed for a student with little or no experience in Spanish who intends to pursue Spanish at the secondary level. The basic skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking are taught. The students work in the Language Learning Center, a state-of-the-art audio, video, and computer facility.


143. Intermediate Spanish

This course is an intensive review of Spanish offered to students who have completed one or two years of the language, but is flexible in structure and is easily adaptable to the specific needs of those enrolled. The course is designed to improve each student's ability to read, write and converse in Spanish. Depending upon the needs of the student, a first or second year text is used with a variety of supplementary materials.


144. English as a Second Language

The ESL Program is divided into different levels. Each student is enrolled in the level most appropriate to his or her abilities. Placement is determined by the SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency) test which is administered the first day of the session. Students determined to need more instruction in ESL are placed in a tutorial in addition to the ESL class.

Writing assignments stress organization and grammar. Students write compositions frequently, and they are expected to develop a clear and organized writing style, free of slang and awkward construction.

During the course, students read from a variety of sources. They are exposed to unedited journalistic prose, and at each level students read short stories and a novel. A grammar and vocabulary book supplement the readings. In class, students are required to speak only English.

All ESL students have the option to take the Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an unofficial test designed to familiarize the students with the TOEFL exam. Prior to the test, students take practice exercises in class.

Enrollment in the ESL Program is limited. Early application and enrollment are advisable.


145. Introduction to Latin

This course is designed for a student with little or no experience in Latin who intends to pursue Latin at the secondary level. This course provides a foundation in the forms, grammar, and vocabulary of the Latin language and it works so that student can read original passages of Latin prose and poetry. Because the class stresses Latin's influence on English, students gain a heightened understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.


146. Intermediate Latin

This course is an intensive review of Latin offered to students who have completed one or two years of the language, but is flexible in structure and is easily adaptable to the specific needs of those enrolled. After a thorough review of grammatical concepts and vocabulary introduced in first year Latin, students transition to studying increasingly difficult grammatical concepts. Memorization of vocabulary, derivatives, and verb synopses are emphasized as students work to expand their grammatical foundations.

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