Foreign Language

The Foreign 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 foreign languages.

Accordingly, foreign language students at Bishop Kelly will be guided toward mastery of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing of the studied languages. They will be taught to use foreign 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, foreign language students at Bishop Kelly will be taught that there are moral responsibilities that extend beyond individual communities.

Courses and Prerequisites:


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Course ID# 1500 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course will provide an introduction to the basic structures of the French language with an emphasis on initial vocabulary and verbs. The goals of understanding and speaking the language will be emphasized, with stress also given to putting the learned language structures together in the form of simple compositions and oral presentations. During the main part of the class period the target language will itself be used as the medium of instruction; with summaries given and questions answered in English at the beginning and the end of each class. The basic geography of France will be studied to initiate the student into a cultural awareness of daily life in France and other French-speaking areas of the world.


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 1 or Counselor Approval

Course ID# 1510 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue the introductory structures presented in the first level and build on them to increase fluency in speaking and writing French. More detailed grammar structure will be presented as students are encouraged to express themselves in the target language while they are in the classroom. An emphasis will be placed on refinement of pronunciation skills as students ask questions and do oral presentations in French. The target language will be used for all classroom activities and instruction, with English explanations given at the end. Studies of the various regions of France will be done to increase the students’ knowledge of the French culture.


Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 2 or Counselor Approval

Course ID# 1520 – Two Semesters (FY)

Students at this level will use their increased skills to listen to and relate stories, explanations of language structure, and descriptions of lives and activities of their classmates and react in French. As a continuation of the classroom procedures of the previous years, instruction will be done in the target language. Beyond the study of culture in daily life a certain amount of literature, philosophy and history will be studied, in addition to an introduction into the work of well-known French artists.


Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: French 3 or Counselor Approval

Course ID# 1530 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course will have the student read a wide-range of material in French, including articles, journals, poems and novels and interpret them in short papers written in the target language. Instructional materials will change on alternate years in order to allow students at level 5 to take the class a second year. Further study will be done of French language and structure as a continuation of that learned in the prior years. French will continue to be the language of instruction and discussion, and students will express themselves with a growing fluency to keep the flow of instruction in the target language.


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Course ID# 1540 – 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

Course ID# 1550 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue to build on the foundation developed during the first year of study of the Spanish language. 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. They 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

Corse ID# 1560 – 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

Course ID# 1570 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course will continue the work of Spanish 3 and fine-tune a student’s oral proficiency. They 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 also cultivate reading skills through the use of short stories, comics, and articles. Students will also 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

Course ID# 1580 – Two Semesters (FY)

The AP Spanish Language course is designed to be comparable to an advanced level (fifth and sixth semester) college/university Spanish language course.  Students will continue to master the grammatical structures of Spanish, and will be called upon to perfect their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  They will be exposed to a wide range of literature representative of the Hispanic world and will be called upon to display a high level of proficiency in its interpretation. The course will contain authentic material which will be selected to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in the spring of the year – should they choose to do so.  Students should expect an average of four hours of homework every week.


Grade Levels: 9,10, 11, 12 (Seniors and Juniors will have priority)

Course ID# 1590 – Two Semesters (FY)

American Sign Language 1 is a year-long manual communication course.  It includes concepts of American Sign Language with an emphasis on receptive and expressive skills, as well as an introduction to the Deaf Community and the Culture of the Deaf.  Students will gain a large sign vocabulary and use the unique basic grammatical structure of the language.  ASL does not count as foreign language credit.  (Most colleges accept the credits towards admission, but it is necessary to check for those colleges or universities that do not, in case you will be using these for admission.)


Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: ASL 1

Course ID# 1595 – Two Semesters (FY)

The manual communication course continues teaching concepts of American Sign Language with emphasis on receptive and expressive skills to achieve fluency on a grammatically appropriate level.  Students use class participation, evaluated performance, and video recording as learning tools.  Much of the course is taught without using voice to implement a whole language, or naturally acquired language method.