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SLz World Languages

World Languages

In a world that is becoming more international, Languages are a vital part of every educated person. Therefore, the World Language Department at SLz offers three languages to support the diverse needs and interests of our students - American Sign Language, Chinese, and Spanish for native and non-native speakers.  While 1 year (10 credits) of a Fine Art is required, at least 2 years or the same language are required for a-g eligibility, 3 years recommended, and 4 years to be competitively eligible to attend a UC/CSU.  Furthermore, any student completing four years of a language becomes eligible for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

 

A SEAL OF BILITERACY is a statement by the school system that mastery of two or more languages is important. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. A Seal of Biliteracy is granted to all students who meet the criteria for the award. For each level, criteria is set for students whose first language is English, who are learning a second language, and for English Learners who are developing academic proficiency in their home language while mastering English.

 

High School Criteria for the "Seal of Biliteracy" English Component

  • Proficient or Advanced score on ELA CAASPP test
  • 2.0 Grade Point Average in all ELD and/or ELA courses toward graduation

World Language Component

  • Score of 3 or higher on World Language AP Exam OR
  • Score of 4 or higher on IB Exam OR
  • Score of 600 or higher on a World Language SAT II Subject Exam OR
  • Completion of 4 years with a Grade of B or better.  

For more information, please go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp

Why study world language?

  • College preparation – UC schools require two courses of world language.  They recommend more!
  • Cultural awareness – Learning a language helps you better understand and communicate with diverse peoples of the world.
  • Develop marketable skills – Given our global economy, chances are high that being multilingual will help you in your future career.
  • Build academic skills – Research has shown that students who study world languages perform better on standardized tests like the SAT.  Your new vocabulary will help you succeed in school!

World Languages Courses

American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language 1                             Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

The goal of American Sign Language (ASL) 1 is to bring a student who is unable to communicate in ASL to a basic level of communicative competency. The class will cover the five areas of the language: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.  Prerequisite: None  UC/CSU (e)

 

American Sign Language 2                             Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

ASL 2 builds on ASL 1 with a continued emphasis on building expressive (sign) and receptive (listening with the eyes) skills in ASL with an introduction to storytelling using ASL classifiers. This class is conducted primarily in ASL. Continued study of the culture and community of the deaf will be further studied. Prerequisite: “C” or better in American Sign Language 1, and teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

American Sign Language 3                             Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

American Sign Language 3 (ASL 3) is the third year in the American Sign Language course sequence.  The course builds upon the receptive and expressive skills taught in ASL 1 and 2.  This course will develop student's abilities to demonstrate receptive proficiency of ASL conversations, incorporate classifiers into everyday conversations, and allow students to exchange personal information and specific life events.  It will further develop student's abilities to perform short narratives with competence, self-generate short stories, narratives, convey emotions using facial expressions, compare and contrast various aspects of Deaf Culture, and overall increase fluency in Finger spelling as used in ASL.  This course increases fluency and accuracy in finger spelling, and allows for recognition and demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language. Upon completion of this course the students will demonstrate increasing fluency and control of vocabulary in their communication skills. Prerequisite: “C” or better in American Sign Language 2, and teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

 

Chinese

Chinese 1                                                          Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

Chinese 1 is an elementary Chinese language course. It introduces the Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin), radical of Chinese characters, basic grammatical structure, and functional daily language use. It emphasizes the training of all four-language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) as well as understanding of the social-linguistics and social-cultural factors that are important to cross-cultural communication. This course is designed for students who have no formal background in learning Chinese. By the end course, students will be able to comprehend simple listening passages and reading texts that cover various daily topics to express themselves in Chinese language with appropriate social manners, as well as to develop comprehension of everyday topics and simple authentic rituals. Prerequisite: None. UC/CSU (e)

 

Chinese 2                                                        Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

Chinese 2  course is developed to widen the knowledge given in the Chinese 1 course. The students will learn more information about parts of speech and sentence formation. They will continue to learn more about the Chinese culture and gain more vocabulary, which lets them communicate in Chinese more freely. The students will be able to write paragraphs and short compositions using Chinese. They will continue to develop their four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese and use them via Chinese culture in different situations. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Chinese 1, and teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

Chinese 3                                                        Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

The Chinese 3 course is developed to widen the knowledge given in the Chinese 1 and Chinese 2 courses. The students will learn more information about parts

of speech and sentence formation. They will continue to learn more Chinese culture. They will gain more vocabulary and grammar knowledge, which lets them

communicate in Chinese more freely. The students will be able to write paragraphs and short compositions using Chinese. They will continue to develop their

four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese and use them via Chinese culture in different situations.  Prerequisite: “C” or better in Chinese 2, and teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)


Chinese for Chinese Speakers                      Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

This course is designed for students who have grown up speaking Chinese as a home language, who speak fluently, but do not read or write characters. This course will focus on developing reading and writing skills as well as maintaining and strengthening the oral and listening skills already acquired at home. Students will learn approximately 700 simplified characters. This course will also promote cultural awareness through various literary essays and graded readers. Successful completion of this course will enable students to enroll in Chinese 3, Chinese Speakers 2 or, with  the teacher's recommendation, AP Chinese.  Prerequisite: Native speaker or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

AP Chinese                                                       Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

The AP Chinese Language and Culture course in emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Chinese Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Chinese. The AP Chinese Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (i.e., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions), practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture), and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). Prerequisite:   “C” or better in Chinese Speakers or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

Spanish

Spanish 1                                                           Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

Spanish 1 introduces students to the Spanish language by building listening and speaking skills and gradually introducing reading and writing skills. A particular emphasis is placed on listening and speaking using a wide variety of activities. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish. The study of the language is presented in conjunction with the study of the people and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. This is not a course intended for Native Spanish speakers. Prerequisite: None. UC/CSU (e)

 

Spanish 2                                                           Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

Spanish 2 builds on Spanish 1 with a continued emphasis on building listening and speaking skills in the Spanish language with slightly more attention paid to reading and writing than in the previous term. Second year Spanish is designed to continue the study of the Spanish language and the culture of the Spanish speaking people with a stronger emphasis on conversation and composition skills. This class is conducted primarily in Spanish. This is not a course intended for Native Spanish speakers. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 1 or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

Spanish 3                                                           Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

Spanish 3 continues to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. This class is designed to prepare students for an advanced understanding of the Spanish language, both written and conversational, with a continuation in the study of culture as well. Greater emphasis is placed on Spanish literature than in previous terms. This class is conducted primarily in Spanish. This is not a course intended for Native Spanish speakers. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 2 or teacher recommendation or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

 

Spanish 4                                                           Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12

Spanish 4 is designed for students who have achieved a basic level of proficiency in the Spanish language and seek more advanced written and oral Spanish language production. In addition, students will read and respond to modern and classical Spanish literature. Students will further explore Spanish history and Latin-American cultures around the world. This class is conducted uniquely in Spanish. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 3, or teacher recommendation. This course is an appropriate placement for Spanish Native Speakers. UC/CSU (e)

 

 

Spanish for Native Speakers                         Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

Spanish for Native Speakers is designed for native speakers who are fluent Spanish speakers, but need improvement in reading and writing. There is a focus on minimizing frequent Spanish speaker errors, building Spanish vocabulary, and giving the students the opportunity to express themselves in Spanish about different topics. The students will focus on reading Spanish Literature and writing compositions, all in the target language. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. In this course the students will make comparisons with the English language, its differences and similarities, idioms, and expressions for a better understanding of both languages. Prerequisite: Native speaker or teacher recommendation based on placement test results. UC/CSU (e)

 

AP Spanish Language and Culture                Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (i.e., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions), practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture), and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish for Spanish Speakers or Spanish 4, or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)

 

AP Spanish Literature and Culture              Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in literature written in Spanish. The course introduces students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. Students will demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The overarching aims of the course are to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing — and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish. The course is meant to be comparable to third year (fifth or sixth semester) college and university courses that focus on reading and writing in the target language at an advanced level. The overall goal of the class is to have the students take and successfully pass the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 4 and/or AP Spanish Language and Culture, or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (e)