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World Language


King Philip High School World Language

WELCOME to the King Philip Regional High School Foreign Language Department. In this page you will find useful information. The King Philip High School Foreign Language Department offers courses in French, Latin and Spanish. The department recommends that students pursue the study of at least one world language throughout their high school experience. Mastering a language is a difficult task: the longer one works at it, the more competent one will become.

In nearly all cases, it is extremely important that students follow the recommendations of their teachers when selecting courses and levels. Once a year has begun, it is often very difficult to move students from one level of instruction to another without a major schedule disruption. The study of a language is sequential and requires continuity. 

Spanish courses comprise the study of language and culture, as well as the incorporation of the students’ experience into the reading and analysis of representative literature of the Spanish-speaking world. French courses cover two levels of language and also include the study of Francophone literature and cultures. 
 

Foreign Language Department

FL Department -Curriculum Team Leader

Name

Contact

Mrs. Sonja Metcalf

metcalfs@kingphilip.org

Phone:  508-384-1000 

Fax:  508-384-1006

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE STAFF

Name

Language

Contact

Website

Mrs. Abeille

Spanish

abeillem@kingphilip.org

 

Mr. Childs

French,  Latin

childsa@kingphilip.org

 

Ms. Coscia

Latin, Spanish

cosciam@kingphilip.org

 

Mrs. Costello

Spanish,  ESL

costellor@kingphilip.org

 

Mrs. D’Annunzio

Spanish

dannunziov@kingphilip.org

 

Ms. Dill

French, Spanish

dille@kingphilip.org

 

Ms. Figuereido

French

figueiredoC@kingphilip.org

 

Mrs. Metcalf

Spanish

metcalfs@kingphilip.org

 

Ms. Levesque

Spanish

levesquev@kingphilip.org

 



Criteria for Levels

HONORS: Students are highly motivated to learn and think in another language. They are eager to participate in the four major areas of learning in foreign language classes: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They are able learners who connect previous learning with new experiences. They can understand, communicate, read, and write effectively in the target language and in English. Honors students appreciate a rigorous course and are willing to work harder to master new skills.

COLLEGE PREPARATORYStudents possess the ability and the interest to learn a foreign language. They are able to apply concepts taught and to build upon prior knowledge. They are attentive, cooperative, and diligent. 
College preparatory students can speak with moderate skill in the foreign language. These students benefit greatly from the opportunity to practice concepts taught.
 
 
C O U R S E S
  FRENCH

FRENCH 1  - College Preparatory

Course #:  L5120

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with a major emphasis on the first two skills. Through daily oral participation, students will work to improve pronunciation and develop listening comprehension. Students will learn vocabulary words, expressions, and grammatical forms that are used by French-speaking people in everyday situations. This course will emphasize vocabulary development and grammar skills. The course utilizes the text D’Accord 1 and other ancillary materials. The assessments include a variety of tests, quizzes, and projects.

FRENCH 2 - Honors

Course #:  L5111

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is a continuation of French 1 Honors and is recommended for students who may continue through French 4. This course is conducted in French and students are required to  communicate in the target language. The pace of instruction is accelerated, and students are expected to participate actively in class discussions. French 2 is filled with vocabulary, grammar, an introduction to compound tenses, and cultural information. Required readings include dialogues and short stories from the text D’Accord 2. Students must write in French while demonstrating accuracy and clarity. This collaboration of speaking, listening, writing, and reading allows students to build a strong foundation for further study of French. Materials include D’Accord 2, workbooks and the video L’Histoire de Pierre et Ses Amis. Assessments include quizzes, chapter tests, projects, skits, and compositions. Two cultural projects based on French life and Parisian monuments will be assigned. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in French 1 Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in French 1 College Preparatory.

FRENCH 2 – College Preparatory

Course #:  L5121

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description:  This course, a continuation of French 1 College Preparatory, is conducted in French, and students are encouraged to communicate in the target language. French 2 is filled with vocabulary, grammar, an introduction to compound tenses, and cultural information. Students will demonstrate their ability to listen, speak, read, and write in the target language. This course stresses communicative skills, and students are encouraged to participate actively in the target language. Required readings include dialogues and short stories from the text D’Accord 2.

Students must write in French while demonstrating accuracy and clarity. This collaboration of speaking, listening, writing, and reading allows students to build a strong foundation so that they may continue in their study of French. Materials include the D’Accord 2, workbooks, and the video L’Histoire de Pierre et Ses Amis. Assessments include quizzes, chapter tests, projects, skits, and compositions. Two cultural projects on French life and Parisian monuments will be assigned. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in French 1 College Preparatory.

FRENCH 3 - Honors

Course #:  L5211

Grades:  10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description:  This course is a continuation of French 2 Honors. Students will continue to acquire fluency in speaking and writing French through activities sequenced from guided vocabulary and structured exercises to more open-ended questions, which lead to opportunities for creative self-expression. The course uses D’Accord 3 as its primary text as well as audio, visual, and workbook materials. Students will read and analyze excerpts from French history and literature, such as Jeanne d’Arc, Les Miserables, Cyrano de Bergerac, and La Chanson de Roland. Students will have announced tests and quizzes and will write guided compositions on topics related to the textbook chapters. Two independent projects on French regions and culture will be assigned for class presentation. The course will be conducted in French, and the students are expected to communicate in French and to participate actively in class discussions. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in French 2 Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in French 2 College Preparatory.

FRENCH 3 – College Preparatory

Course #:  L5221

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: Students will continue to acquire fluency in speaking and writing French through activities  sequenced from guided vocabulary and structured exercises to more open-ended questions, which lead to opportunities for creative self-expression. The course uses D’Accord 3 as its primary text as well as audio, visual, and workbook materials. Students will read excerpts from French history and literature, such as Jeanne d’Arc, Cyrano de Bergerac, and La Chanson de Roland. Students will have announced tests and quizzes and will write guided compositions on topics related to the textbook chapters. Two independent projects on French regions and culture will be assigned for class presentation. Students are expected to communicate in French and to participate actively in class. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in French 2 College Preparatory.

FRENCH 4  - Honors

Course #: L5311

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is offered to those students who have completed French 3 Honors with a grade of B or better. Students will continue to develop the four essential language skills, as well as review grammar designed to improve their proficiency in oral and written expression. All communication is in French. Course curriculum consists of these textbooks: Une Fois Pour Toutes, French Four Years, and the novels Le Petit Prince and L’Étranger. Oral and written work will complement the readings and will include in-depth analysis of the texts. In addition to tests and quizzes, assessments will also include essays, projects, and active participation in class discussions. Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in French 3 Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in French 3 College Preparatory. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in French 3 Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in French 3 College Preparatory

FRENCH 4  - College Preparatory

Course #: L5321

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: Students will continue to develop the four language skills, as well as review basic grammar designed to improve their ability in oral and written expression. Course curriculum consists of announced quizzes and tests, the reading and analysis of the novel Le Petit Prince, a unit on French Impressionism, and a brief survey of French poetry from several centuries. Oral and written work will complement the readings. Students will be expected to communicate in French and also participate in class discussions. They will do two video projects, an independent research project on Le Petit Prince, and write monthly essays in French. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in French 3 College Preparatory.

FRENCH 5 – Honors   NOT OFFERED FOR 2013-2014

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FRENCH 5  - College Preparatory

Course #:  L5421

Grades:  12

Credit:  5

Description: This full-year course is offered to those who wish to continue their study of French but not at the Advanced Placement or Honors level. Students will have the opportunity to expand and refine their various communicative skills in the target language by engaging in group discussions and presentations based on course materials. Students will read authentic texts from various sources and will create journals as well as compose compositions on a variety of topics. This course will include a review of grammatical concepts. Language skills and cultural knowledge will be enhanced by the use of various media. Course assessment will be based on class participation, homework and performance on oral/written tasks and projects.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH   - Honors

Course #:  L5401

Grades:  12

Credit:  5

Description: This full-year course is offered to those who have completed French 4 Honors and wish to continue their study of French but are not recommended for AP French. Students will have the opportunity to expand and refine their various communicative skills in the target language by engaging in group discussions and presentations based on course materials. Students will read authentic texts from various sources and will create journals as well as compose essays on a variety of topics. To do this, students will need to review fundamental structures and demonstrate proficiency in more sophisticated ones. Language skills and cultural knowledge will be enhanced by the use of various media. Course assessments will be based on class participation, homework, and performance on oral and written tasks and projects.

 

 LATIN 

LATIN  - FOR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS 1 – NOT OFFERED FOR 2013-2014

Course #: 

Grades:  9

Credit:  5

 

LATIN  - FOR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS 2 – NOT OFFERED FOR 2013-2014

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Grades:  10-11-12

Credit:  5

 

LATIN 1 - Honors

Course #:  L5113

Grades:  9-10-11

Credit:  5

Description: Students will study the cultural and historical background of Pompeii and Roman Britain during the first century A.D. Students will gain insight into the structure of an ancient language and its many contributions to English. This course begins with the Unit 1 text and ends with Chapter 15 in Unit 2.

LATIN 2 - Honors

Course #:  L5213

Grades:  10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course begins with Chapter 16 in the Unit 2 text and ends with Chapter 28 in Unit 3. Students will study the Roman provinces of Egypt and Britain during the first century A.D. The textbook stories provide material for consolidation and practice of language features. The level of difficulty increases as the course proceeds.
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C+ in Latin 1 Honors.

LATIN 3 - Honors

Course #:  L5313

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course will cover the final chapters in Unit 3 of the Cambridge Latin Course. The stories take place in Rome and include material relating to the conquest of Masada, the philosophy of Stoicism, and the stratification of Roman society. Additional reading selections are drawn from the histories of Tacitus and Suetonius and focus on the Julio-Claudian Emperors. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in Latin 2 Honors.

LATIN 4 - Honors

Course #:  L5413

Grades:  12

Credit:  5

Description: This course will include selected chapters from Unit 4 of the Cambridge Latin Course and the literature of various Latin authors. Selections may include Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Petronius’ Satyricon. The intent of the course is to prepare students for college courses in Latin. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in Latin 3 Honors.

 SPANISH
 

SPANISH  1  - College Preparatory

Course #:  L5124

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with a major emphasis on the first two skills. Students will begin to develop competency in Spanish by using vocabulary and grammar that are used by Spanish-speaking people in everyday situations. This course will emphasize vocabulary development and grammar. Assessments include a variety of tests, quizzes, and projects. This course uses the text Descubre 1 and various ancillary materials.

SPANISH  1 – Essential College Preparatory

Course #:  L5132

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is open to students beginning the study of Spanish at the high school level. This introductory Spanish course will focus on conversational Spanish that is useful in daily situations. This course represents a beginning level for students new to the study of Spanish with no prior elementary or middle school Spanish experience. The course will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Course content will include the introduction of the basic categories of everyday vocabulary and of the most frequently used verbs in a variety of simple tense. Frequent quizzes, tests, and/or rubric-based assessments will allow students to monitor their own progress. Homework will include the writing of short sentences, skits, and paragraphs in Spanish. Current event topics such as Immigration and Latin American and Spanish cultures will be included. Students selecting this course must have the language teacher’s approval.

SPANISH 2 – Honors

Course #:  L5112

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 Honors and is recommended for students who may continue through Spanish 4. This course is conducted in Spanish and students are required to communicate in the target language. Students will demonstrate their ability to listen, speak, read, and write in the target language. The pace of instruction is accelerated, and students are expected to participate actively in the target language. Spanish 2 is filled with vocabulary, grammar, an introduction to compound tenses, and cultural information. Required readings include dialogues and short stories, interviews, and poetry from the text Descubre 2. Students must write in Spanish while demonstrating accuracy and clarity. This collaboration of speaking, listening, writing, and reading allows students to build a strong foundation for further study of Spanish. Materials include Descubre 2, workbooks and a variety of videos. Assessments include quizzes, chapter tests, projects, and oral presentations. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in Spanish I Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in Spanish 1 College Preparatory.

SPANISH 2 – College Preparatory

Course #:  L5122

Grades:  9-10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 College Preparatory and is recommended for students who may continue through Spanish 3. This course is conducted in Spanish and students are encouraged to communicate in the target language. Spanish 2 is filled with vocabulary, grammar, an introduction to compound tenses, and cultural information. Students will demonstrate their ability to listen, speak, read, and write in the target language. This course stresses communicative skills, and students are encouraged to participate actively in the target language. Required readings include dialogues and short stories, interviews, and poetry from the text Descubre 2. Students must write in Spanish while demonstrating accuracy and clarity. This collaboration of speaking, listening, writing, and reading allows students to build a strong foundation so that they may continue in their study of Spanish. Assessments include quizzes, chapter tests, projects, and oral presentations. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in Spanish 1 College Preparatory

SPANISH 3 – Honors

Course #:  L5212

Grades:  10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 2 Honors. Students will continue to acquire fluency in speaking and writing Spanish through activities sequenced from guided vocabulary and structured exercises to more open-ended questions, which will lead to opportunities for creative self-expression. Readings from Spanish literature will be included as well as the Spanish novel Amalia. Students will have announced tests and quizzes and will write guided compositions on topics related to the textbook chapters. One independent project and one video project on the novel Amalia will be assigned for class presentation. The course will be conducted in Spanish, and the students are expected to communicate in Spanish and to participate actively in class discussions. The entire textbook, Descubre 3, is written in Spanish. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of B in Spanish 2 Honors or achieved a minimum grade of A in Spanish 2 College Preparatory.

SPANISH 3 – College Preparatory

Course #: L5222

Grades:  10-11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 2 College Preparatory and is designed primarily for the students who plan to terminate their study of foreign language at this level. This course places more emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Students will continue to acquire fluency in Spanish through activities sequenced from guided vocabulary and structured exercises to more open-ended questions that lead to opportunities for creative expression. Students will have announced tests, quizzes, and will write short guided compositions. They will make oral presentations in Spanish and participate in class discussions. This course uses an edition of Descubre 3 with grammatical concepts described in English. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in Spanish 2 College Preparatory.

SPANISH 4  - Honors

Course #: L5312

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: Students will further develop the four language skills along with a review of basic grammar designed to improve the student’s ability in oral and written expression. The curriculum will include completion of Descubre 3, readings of short stories, compositions on assigned topics and various projects. The course will be conducted in Spanish and students are expected to communicate in Spanish and to participate actively in class discussions. 
Guideline: This course is open to students who have completed Spanish 3 Honors with a grade of B or better or achieved a minimum grade of A in Spanish 3 College Preparatory.

SPANISH 4 – College Preparatory

Course #:  L5322

Grades:  11-12

Credit:  5

Description: This course places more emphasis on grammar and vocabulary, which is designed to improve students’ ability in oral and written expression. Course curriculum will include completion of Descubre 3 with audio and video components including the Spanish novel La Catrina El Ultimo Secreto. Students will have announced tests and quizzes, and write guided compositions. The class will be conducted in Spanish, and students are expected to communicate in Spanish. 
Guideline: Students selecting this course should have achieved a minimum grade of C in Spanish 3 College Preparatory.

SPANISH 5  - Honors

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SPANISH 5  - College Preparatory

Course #:  L5422

Grades:  12

Credit:  5

Description: This full-year course is offered to those who wish to continue their study of Spanish but not at the Advanced Placement or Honors level. Students will have the opportunity to expand and refine their various communicative skills in the target language by engaging in group discussions and presentations based on course materials. Students will read authentic texts from various sources and will create journals as well as compose compositions on a variety of topics. This course will include a review of grammatical concepts. Language skills and cultural knowledge will be enhanced by the use of various media. Course assessment will be based on class participation, homework and performance on oral/written tasks and projects.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH LANGUAGE  - Honors

Course #:  L5402

Grades:  12

Credit:  5

Description: Students will continue to develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills with the goal of preparation for the AP Spanish Language test. Some activities include watching foreign films, reading literature, listening to Spanish language media, and writing compositions. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish, and students will be expected to take the AP exam. 
Guideline: This college-level course is open to students who have completed Spanish IV Honors with at least a grade of B and with a teacher’s recommendation.

 
 


 
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