World Language

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This is the first course of a sequence in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture. We will learn the basics for communication with Deaf individuals. This includes receptive and expressive readiness activities, sign vocabulary, basic rules of grammar, sentence structure, fingerspelling, conversational behaviors and various aspects of Deaf Culture. We’ll feature receptive and expressive sign vocabulary building and conversation.

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

An emphasis will be on increasing student’s communication skills in American Sign Language (ASL). Receptive and expressive readiness activities, sign vocabulary, grammatical structure, receptive and expressive fingerspelling, and various aspects of the Deaf community are included. Students will also explore career options related to American Sign Language.

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This Advanced American Sign language course emphasizes communication in American Sign Language (ASL). Class is conducted in ASL (no voicing) and students are expected to use only ASL in class. This course increases the emphasis on more challenging and abstract conversational behaviors, narrative skills, and storytelling skills. Receptive and expressive readiness skills, sign vocabulary, grammatical structure, non-manual signs, receptive and expressive fingerspelling, and various aspects of Deaf culture and cultural behavior rules will be included in this course.

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This Advanced American Sign language course emphasizes communication in American Sign Language (ASL). Class is conducted in ASL (no voicing) and students are expected to use only ASL in class. Our fourth level of ASL is the last stage in the intermediate sequence that began with the ASL 3. This course moves you towards the more advanced, conversational ASL level.

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This Advanced American Sign language course emphasizes communication in American Sign Language (ASL). Class is conducted in ASL (no voicing) and students are expected to use only ASL in class. Students will continue to learn to develop ASL skills by learning vocabulary and grammar from the assigned book and expanding their ASL and cultural knowledge through various projects. Additional information about Deaf culture and the Deaf community will be given in class and experienced through projects. Minnesota State University, Mankato provides the syllabus and exam.
**This is a Minnesota State University, Mankato 3 credit course.

Available At: Woodbury High School

This Advanced American Sign Language course emphasizes communication in American Sign Language (ASL). The class is conducted in ASL (no voicing) and students are expected to use only ASL in class. The forth level of ASL is the last stage in the intermediate sequence that began with the ASL 3. This course moves you towards the more advanced, conversational ASL level with emphasis on conversational skills and storytelling as well as a continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf Culture and Deaf Community.
**This is a Minnesota State University, Mankato 3 Credit course.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the French-speaking world. Learn to ask for and give information, and to describe situations in French. You will communicate in the following situations: meeting others, being at school, ordering in a restaurant, describing family and discussing pastimes. Develop French listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and learn about French culture. We use songs, verb and vocabulary games, DVDs, CDs and computer and Internet activities to build your French skills.

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Continue developing your skills to listen, speak, read and write in French. Increase your ability to communicate by learning to speak about past events. Explore Paris, France, Quebec and French speaking countries in Africa. Communicate about clothing and food shopping, animals and holidays. Learn to speak about daily activities and how to give directions.

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Continue to listen, speak, read and write in French. Become proficient enough to use French in conversations and give original skits. Topics include movies, music, nature, health, fantasy and fairy tales. Communicate about the present, past and future, as well as making polite requests.

Available At: East Ridge High School Woodbury High School

This Intermediate University French course emphasizes communication in French. Class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class. Practice speaking and comprehending French, and develop reading and writing skills based on materials from France and the French-speaking world. Coursework includes grammar review, compositions, and oral presentations. The University of Minnesota provides all materials and exams. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 5 credit course.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

Increase your French communication skills by using more verb tenses, and build upon the vocabulary and structures acquired in previous French courses. Learn about French school subjects, supplies, parks, sports, education, cafés, Carnival, international travel, passports, arts, France’s work force, working conditions and benefits. Expand your French knowledge through selected readings and special projects.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

Develop greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in French. Increase your communication skills using a variety of verb tenses. Review the vocabulary and structures you learned earlier. Explore French hotels and travel, technology, social issues and problems, cultural influences, immigrants in France, French restaurants and history of France. We use selected literary readings and special projects to build your French skills.

Available At: Park High School

In this course students will begin to study grammar more closely within the context of exercises and readings, as well as master advanced grammatical structures. Prominent French literary works will be introduced and students will also examine other authentic texts such as news-print and magazines. Students will have opportunities to explore contemporary culture through film, print, field trips and travel. This course will be taught primarily in French and students will be expected to use the language when communicating. The course prepares students to take the IB Standard Level Exam in French.

Available At: Park High School

Students will complete a review of structures introduced in lower levels. After completing this course, students should be able to listen, speak, read and write on a variety of subjects at a level comprehensible to a native speaker. Study of the foreign culture is continued through the use of authentic materials such as films, magazines, music, TV programs and literature. Assessments include oral presentations, written presentations, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and interpretation. Students will prepare for the Higher Level French IB Exam.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the German-speaking world. Learn how to ask for and give information, and how to describe situations in German. Communicate about school and the classroom, shopping and prices for food and clothing. Learn to greet others, discuss interests and activities, describe a room and people and order at a restaurant. Develop skills to listen, speak, read and write in German, and increase your awareness of their culture.

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Review vocabulary and structures from German 1. Expand your communication skills to interact with native speakers, classmates and your German teacher in more situations. We study and practice the past tense extensively. Topics include the weather, helping at home, shopping, giving directions, going to movies and concerts, birthdays and describing people and places.

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Become proficient enough to use German with others in conversations. Learn new verb tenses. Write original skits and short compositions. Expand your writing and speaking skills. We use authentic German readings and will do some special projects.

Available At: East Ridge High School Woodbury High School

This Intermediate University German course emphasizes communication in German. Class is conducted in German and students are expected to use German only in class. Students practice speaking and comprehending German, and develop reading and writing skills based on materials from Germany and the German-speaking world. The course will include grammar review, compositions, and oral presentations. The University of Minnesota provides all materials and exams. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 5 credit course.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

German 4 emphasizes the use of the language for active communication. Students will use vocabulary, grammar and syntax with a high degree of proficiency, understand spoken German in both formal and informal conversational situations, read articles and nontechnical writings and express ideas orally and in writing accurately and fluently. Course content will reflect intellectual interests shared by the students and teacher.

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This course leads the student to greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in German. The content includes a comprehensive grammar review with emphasis on the subjunctive mood and all tenses. The course is designed around a variety of performance projects which will allow the student to demonstrate increase their fluency in German and to prepare for college placement examinations.

Available At: Park High School

Students are immersed in German - from reading novels and current events, writing journals, through a variety of situations that provoke oral work, students manipulate the spoken and written language independently and in groups. As far as possible, the teaching and review of vocabulary and grammatical structures will take place in the context of other activities, such as oral communication or authentic readings. Study of the foreign culture is continued through the use of authentic materials such as films, magazines, music and literature. Students must be able to manipulate previously learned grammar tenses and points without hesitation. One serious paper is assigned each trimester. Students may test at the IB Standard Level.

Available At: Park High School

Students will complete a review of structure introduced in lower levels. After completing this course, students should be able to listen, speak, read and write on a variety of subjects at a level comprehensible to a native speaker. Study of the foreign culture is continued through the use of authentic materials such as films, magazines, music, TV programs and literature. Assessments include oral presentations, written presentations, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and interpretation. Students will prepare for the Higher Level German IB Exam.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world, stressing the ability to speak and listen to basic daily conversation in Chinese. Learn to read and write basic Chinese characters and develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Chinese culture through situational and daily conversations. Songs, verb and vocabulary activities, videos, CDs, computer and internet lessons may aid skills.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

This course will continue to provide opportunities for learners to gain language skills and knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students will be able to speak and listen to daily conversation, and to read and write basic Chinese characters. Students will also be able to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Chinese culture.

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This course aims to provide opportunities for students to explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture and to learn survival communicative skills to enable oneself to travel successfully in China.

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In this course, students will explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture, learn how to exchange information and knowledge with Chinese-speaking people, and use the information and knowledge accordingly to improve their lives in the future.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School

In this advanced course, students will explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture, increase presentation skills, strengthen abilities in formal writing, deepen research skills and knowledge of cultural topics, be able to read and comprehend longer authentic texts in deeper ways, learn to communicate about more topics with others and express opinions in more nuanced ways and function more effectively in a Chinese cultural context.

Available At: Woodbury High School

This AP Chinese course will prepare students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.) Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills and culture. It will prepare students’ awareness and appreciation of the elements of the culture of Chinese-speaking people. Students will learn about various aspects of contemporary Chinese society, including geography and population, ethnic and regional diversity, travel and transportation, climate and weather, holidays and food, sports and games, and current affairs.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, stressing the ability to ask for and give information and to describe situations in Spanish. You will be able to communicate in the following situations: meeting others, at school, shopping for clothing and food, ordering in a restaurant, describing the family and home, and sporting events. Develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, and increase your awareness of Hispanic culture.

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Review and reinforce vocabulary and structures from Spanish 1. Learn and practice the past tense extensively. Become able to communicate to the doctor, at the beach, about summer and winter sports, at the movies and theater, for plane and train travel, and about daily routines. Explore more cultures from the Spanish-Speaking world.

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Expand what you learned in Spanish 1 and 2. Become acquainted with more types of verb tenses and grammar topics. Learn more vocabulary topics including the environment, professions, technology, transportation, planning for the future, literature. Explore a variety of cultures from the Spanish-speaking world.

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Spanish 4 emphasizes the use of the language for active communication. Use vocabulary, grammar and syntax with increasing proficiency and understand spoken Spanish in both formal and conversational situations. Course content may reflect additional interests and special activities, such as the arts, current events, music, literature and presentations in Spanish.

Available At: East Ridge High School Woodbury High School

This Intermediate University Spanish course emphasizes communication in Spanish. Class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish. Students will develop their speaking and comprehension through class discussions. Students will develop their production, including their writing, through grammar work, compositions and presentations. The University of Minnesota provides materials and exams, including almost all authentic works from around the Spanish-speaking world. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 10 credit course.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

Engage in activities to polish Spanish speaking and writing skills. Speaking activities include prepared and impromptu speeches, role-play situations, group skits and discussions. Writing activities focus on compositions and written reporting of current events in the Spanish-speaking world. Expect to speak Spanish in class almost entirely.

Available At: East Ridge High School Woodbury High School

Obtain greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in Spanish. Get a comprehensive grammar review with emphasis on the subjunctive mood and compound tenses. Use a variety of projects to demonstrate your proficiency in all Spanish skills.

Available At: Park High School

In this course students will begin to study grammar more closely within the context of exercises and readings, as well as master advanced grammatical structures. Prominent Spanish and Hispanic literary works will be introduced and students will also examine other authentic texts such as news-print and magazines. Students will have opportunities to explore contemporary culture through film, print, field trips and travel. This course will be taught primarily in Spanish and students will be expected to use the language when communicating. The course prepares students to take the IB Standard Level Exam in Spanish.

Available At: Park High School

Students will complete a review of structures introduced in lower levels. After completing this course, students should be able to listen, speak, read and write on a variety of subjects at a level comprehensible to a native speaker. Study of the foreign culture is continued through the use of authentic materials such as films, magazines, music, TV programs and literature. Assessments include oral presentations, written presentations, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and interpretation. Students will prepare for the Higher Level Spanish IB Exam.