World Language

World Language

World Language Department Philosophy

The World Language Department at Bishop Kelly High School seeks to broaden its student’s perspectives of the world by promoting interest in other people and cultures and teaching skills leading to proficiency in world languages.

Accordingly, world language students at Bishop Kelly will be guided toward mastery of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the studied languages. With access to technology, our students are exposed to authentic resources in the target language. They will be taught to use world languages appropriately in different cultural contexts while being exposed to the history, art, music, literature, and other significant aspects of the target cultures. Students will be provided with opportunities to reflect on their own culture and how it relates to the rest of the world. Additionally, world language students at Bishop Kelly will be taught that there are moral responsibilities that extend beyond individual communities.

If a student wishes to skip a level, a form must be obtained from the World Language department requiring instructor signatures and successful completion of a proficiency exam.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!  Any courses marked with an “*” after the course name require you to complete an Application Form. Please expand courses below to access their specific “Required Application Form” links at the bottom of each course description.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will introduce the student to the French language through the method of TPRS—teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling. The goals of understanding and speaking the language will be emphasized through the comprehensible input of vocabulary words or phrases which allows the student to acquire the language efficiently and naturally. The skills of reading and writing in the French language will also be emphasized as early as the first quarter. During the class period, the target language will itself be used as the medium of instruction with translations given, usually in written form, as needed. To initiate the student into cultural awareness of daily life in France and other French-speaking areas of the world, films in the French language will be viewed, vocabulary acquired, quotes read, questions asked, discussions led, and essays written all with the intention of greater motivating students to acquire the French language. Students can expect to have success learning a second language using this method.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 1 or Counselor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue to introduce the student to the French language through the method of TPRS—teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling. The goals of understanding and speaking the language will be emphasized through the comprehensible input of vocabulary words or phrases which will allow the student to acquire the language efficiently and naturally. The skills of reading and writing in the French language will continue to be emphasized. During the class period, the target language will itself be used as the medium of instruction with translations given, usually in written form, as needed. At this level, the student will begin reading more stories and short novels that will increase their written fluency as they exhibit their growing knowledge of French through essays and/or projects. To initiate the student into cultural awareness of daily life in France and other French-speaking areas of the world, films in the French language will be viewed, vocabulary acquired, quotes read, questions asked, discussions led, and essays written all with the intention of greater motivating students to acquire the French language. Students can expect to have success learning a second language using this method.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 2 or Counselor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue the instruction of the French language through the method of TPRS—teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling. The goals of understanding and speaking the language will be continually emphasized through comprehensible input which allows the student to acquire the language efficiently and naturally. The skills of reading and writing in the French language will be greatly emphasized. During the class period, the target language will itself be used as the medium of instruction with translations given, usually in written form, as needed. At this level, the student will read more stories and short novels or excerpts that will increase their written fluency as they exhibit their growing knowledge of French through essays and/or projects. To initiate the student into cultural awareness of daily life in France and other French-speaking areas of the world French films will be viewed, vocabulary acquired, quotes read, questions asked, discussions led, related projects completed, and essays written all with the intention of greater motivating students to acquire the French language. Students can expect to have success learning a second language using this method.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 3 or Counselor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue the instruction of the French language through the method of TPRS—teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling. The goals of understanding and speaking the language will be continually emphasized through comprehensible input which allows the student to acquire the language efficiently and naturally. The skills of reading and writing in the French language will be greatly emphasized. During the class period, the target language will itself be used as the medium of instruction with translations given, usually in written form, as needed. At this level, students will read a wide-range of material in French, including articles, journals, poems, and novels that will be followed with a related essay or project to synthesize the information as well as perfect the use of the target language. To initiate the student into cultural awareness of daily life in France and other French-speaking areas of the world French films will be viewed, vocabulary acquired, quotes read, questions asked, discussions led, related projects completed, and essays written all with the intention of greater motivating students to acquire the French language.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Two Semesters (FY)

As a student’s first encounter with Spanish, this course will be an exposure to the basics of the structure and pronunciation of the language through a focus on vocabulary development. Listening, comprehension and speaking skills will be highlighted. Geography, history and other cultural topics of the Hispanic world will be introduced as part of language development.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or Instructor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will build on the foundation developed in Spanish 1. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, oral comprehension and speaking. Students will be challenged through additional reading and writing activities and will explore a variety of cultural topics. Students will be expected to use Spanish in the classroom and by the end of the school year they will have been exposed to present, past and simple future constructions.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or Instructor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

Students will be exposed to more sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structure in this course and will use present, past and future tenses with more ease. While continuously reinforcing their oral skills, students will devote more time writing and reading in Spanish. Their readings will include articles, poems, essays and short stories. They will be expected to write dialogues, stories, essays and articles. Students will be exposed to the art, history, geography and culture of Spain and South America.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Spanish 3 or Instructor Approval
Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue the work of Spanish 3in continuing to improve on the student’s written and oral proficiency. During the class period, the target language will be used as a medium of instruction and students will be expected to use Spanish in a variety of new and more complex situations. Time will be devoted to developing writing skills and the course will cultivate reading skills with short stories, comics and articles. Students will continue to pursue greater cultural understanding of the Spanish -speaking world.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: A or B in Spanish 4 or Instructor Approval/Application required.
Two Semesters (FY)
Dual Credit: BSU SPAN 201

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course taught completely and exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication. The course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as printed materials. We encourage students to practice the target language consistently with the people around them so that the usage of the language can be as real and authentic as possible. In this course students develop a solid proficiency in integrating, comparing and contrasting in the target language as well as synthesizing written and aural materials, the formal and informal writing process, the informal and formal speaking proficiency through quality, authentic, and level appropriate audio and video materials. They are also exposed to the real world of the Spanish speaking world by listening and watching authentic and level appropriate videos from various sources from online magazines, newspapers and other related sources. They are also exposed to the Spanish literature including texts, magazines, articles, literary texts and other non technical writing. Several resources are used to facilitate the learning process and to give extra practice of topic already acquired. Technology is a powerful tool used to teach this course. Concurrent Enrollment through Boise State, Spanish 201, Intermediate Spanish I.

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Grade Levels:
Prerequisite: Native Spanish speaker; recommendation from instructor
Two Semesters (FY)

Students will take this class, and then AP Spanish. Heritage language speakers are raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken and possess a level of foreign language competence that far exceeds the level of typical students in foreign language courses. They have already attained some oral proficiency and internalized basic grammatical structures. Although they speak and understand the language, many heritage language learners have difficulty reading and writing Spanish; therefore, their language needs vastly differ from those of their peers learning Spanish for the first time.

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