Second Language

New York State Standards

  • Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication.
  • Students will develop cross-cultural skills and understandings.

Every student must earn one credit in a second language. Students who pursue a five-credit sequence in art, music or occupational education, will not be required to pursue a second language sequence, provided they substitute another three-credit sequence in place of the second language core requirement. Students who successfully complete French I, Spanish I, or Latin I and pass the final exam in Eighth Grade will earn 1 credit of High School credit.

All courses are designated Regents level courses.

The study of a second language prepares you to live with sensitivity in a crowded world, affects your competitiveness in national and world markets, aids you in preparing for lives and careers in a multi-cultural society, and fosters communication, cultural understanding, problem-solving skills, basic skills, and critical and creative thinking skills.

Requirements

For a Regents Diploma: You are required to earn one high school credit in second language. High School credit may be earned in 8th grade by passing the language I course and the final exam.

For an Advanced Designate Regents Diploma: You are required to have 3 credits of high school credit in ONE language and successfully complete the second language comprehensive exam at the end of the third year. Also available in the 4th and 5th year is the opportunity to earn 4 college credits each year by participating in the “University in the High School” Program, sponsored by SUNY Albany. Level 4 and 5 classes include the expanded student use of technology. Most 4 year colleges require two language courses.

Course Offerings

SPANISH 1

1 Unit – Full Year Course

Taken over 7th and 8th grade at GMS OR offered for a full year at GHS, Spanish I is an introduction to Spanish focusing on beginning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with embedded culture included. At the end of this course of study, students will take an exam measuring the 15 topical NYS Checkpoint A levels of proficiency in those areas. This high school credit is required for graduation.

SPANISH 2

1 Unit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite:  Spanish 1

Students will continue to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish on the same topics as in 1st year,  but in more depth, for the purpose of socializing, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and convincing someone to take an action. Students will be able to comprehend short conversations; to understand simple narrative and descriptive authentic materials within a familiar context; to write simple notes, letters and short reports, all within limited vocabulary and structures appropriate to this level; and to develop an understanding of Hispanic culture as a system of values and how these values are related to the student’s culture as well as to the Hispanic culture.

SPANISH 3

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite:   Spanish 2

In Spanish 3 students continue with the development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing as they did in Spanish 2. Additional vocabulary and grammar structures will be studied and used to expand on your proficiencies. At the end of this course students will take the Regents Comprehensive Exam in Spanish. Passing the exam and the course will satisfy the requirement for a Regents diploma.

HONORS SPANISH 4

1 Credit – Full Year Course
College Credit: University in the High School
Prerequisite:  Spanish 3

Students will further develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish to understand the essential points of discussions or presentations on familiar topics; to handle most communicative situations with confidence; to read excerpts from literature for pleasure; to compose unified and organized texts on everyday topics with sufficient vocabulary to express themselves simply; to show understanding of and a general appreciation for the culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples.

Students may choose to participate in the “University in the High School” Program from SUNY, of Albany and receive 4 college credits for this course. A college fee is required. Financial assistance is available to anyone who qualifies.

HONORS SPANISH 5

1 Credit – Full Year Course
College Credit: University in the High School
Prerequisite:  Spanish 4

Honors Spanish 5 is a course that will give students a 5-credit sequence in Spanish. Students will continue the development of proficiently speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish on the same topics studies in Spanish 4. Students will expand on their awareness of the Hispanic culture. Students will be required to write approximately ten, one-page papers based on given cultural topics. Several oral presentations will be required. Grammar topics of particular difficulty to English speakers will be reviewed and perfected. Students may wish to participate in the “University in the High School” Program from SUNY Albany and receive 4 college credits for the course. A college fee is required. Financial assistance is available to anyone who qualifies.

LATIN 1

1 Credit – Full Year Course (offered at GMS only)

In this introductory course to the Latin language, students will be studying an ancient language upon which many modern languages are based.   Included in the course are lessons in the grammar of the language, translation of short passages dealing with the Romans and their history, and mythology. Students will also do a great deal of work in vocabulary and the origins of many English words. They will study about the life and manner of living of the ancient Romans, who surprisingly, were much like modern Americans. Though Latin is no longer spoken, the ideas and contributions of the Romans are very much alive today.

LATIN 2

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite:  Latin 1

In Latin 2, students pick up where they left off in Latin 1. Students will be introduced to more involved grammatical constructions, word study, and reading comprehension. Included in the course is an emphasis on synonyms, antonyms, root word study and derivation work. Students will read in Latin excerpts from such works as the 12 Labors of Hercules. The Odyssey (voyage of the Greek warrior Ulysses), and Jason and the Argonauts (the quest for the golden fleece). In addition, numerous short works of representative Roman authors will be studied.

LATIN 3

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Latin 2

Having completed two years of Latin, students are now prepared to translate the masters of Latin literature. The course will include very few new grammatical constructions, but more advanced vocabulary will be studied, with a continuing emphasis on word study and derivations. Such authors as Julius Caesar, Marcus Cicero and Gaius Pliny will be studied in depth. Basic principles of military strategy, legal procedures, and philosophy of the ancient Romans will be extensively discussed.

At the end of this course, students will take a local final exam in Latin. Passing the exam and the course, will satisfy the language requirement for an Advanced Designation diploma.

HONORS LATIN 4

1 Credit – Full Year Course
College credit: University in the High School
Prerequisite:   Latin 3

The course is based entirely on the Roman poet, Vergil’s epic tale: The Aeneid. Included in the course of study is the background of the epic and its subsequent development after Vergil. Poetic and rhetorical forms are introduced, meter is studied, and dramatic reading aloud is practiced. Students will study the legendary origins of Rome, and mythology and history of Rome from its beginning to the time of the emperor Augustus. Written projects are required throughout the course.

Students may choose to participate in the “University in the High School” Program from SUNY, of Albany and receive 4 college credits for the course. A college fee is required. Financial assistance is available to anyone who qualifies.

HONORS LATIN 5

1 Credit – Full Year Course
College credit: University in the High School
Prerequisite:   Latin 4

Honors Latin 5 is the fifth credit in the Latin sequence. This is a classical literary survey course. Authors to be studied in Latin and English include Ovid, Catullus, Horace, Martial, Pliny, Virgil, Dante, et al. Some Greek Drama and its influence on Latin literature will be studied as well. Written and oral projects are required. A comparison study will be done relating classical authors to authors of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Homer’s Iliad will be assigned as outside reading and monthly seminar discussions will be held.

Students may choose to participate in the “University in the High School” Program from SUNY, of Albany and receive 4 college credits for the course. A college fee is required. Financial assistance is available to anyone who qualifies.

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