Carondelet High School

Modern Language

Graduation Requirements: 20 Credits

Grade Offerings: Modern Language Courses move from Level 1 to AP classes. Most 9th grade students will take a level 1 course offering from French, Spanish, American Sign Language, Italian, or Latin. Students may be placed in level 2 or level 3 courses based upon teacher recommendations and a placement test. French and Spanish are offered on the Carondelet campus, Italian and Latin are offered on the De La Salle campus. Typically, 9th and 10th graders do not take courses on the De La Salle campus. Please plan your choices accordingly.

French 1

French 1

Course # L101
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Level 1 introduces the beginning student to the basic vocabulary, conversational idioms, grammatical structures, and phonetic characteristics of the language. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are presented through a variety of media, with emphasis on learning to comprehend and communicate in an authentic environment. French 1 will provide a general introduction to French-speaking countries.

French 2

French 2

Course # L102
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 1. Open to incoming freshmen who sit for and pass a placement test.

Students will continue to develop the basic linguistic skills acquired in the first year. Students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be enhanced through a variety of methods. Students will be expected to use the language for communication inside and outside of class. Students will study the regions of France and their cultures. This course will be conducted primarily in French.

French 3

French 3

Course # L103
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of French 2 with a “C” and department approval

In level 3 students will continue to develop and strengthen linguistic skills acquired in the second year. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be emphasized in the context of more advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will continue to explore the culture of France and the French-speaking world. This course will be conducted in French.


French 3 (H)

French 3 (H)

Course # L162
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of French 2 with an “A-“ and department approval

French 3 Honors is an advanced language course designed for students who have demonstrated interest in the language and wish to become fluent in French and prepare themselves for the AP French Language and Culture examination in their fourth year. Students will be required to speak French at all times in a variety of situations ranging from class discussion to oral presentations and debates. Students will focus on enriching vocabulary, increasing and improving speaking and listening skills, developing writing and reading abilities in a variety of authentic formats and broadening their awareness of the Francophone world. Extensive out of class work in French is expected. This class is conducted entirely in French.

French 4

French 4

Course # L104
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of French 3 with a “B” and department approval

French 4 is an advanced course designed to build proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing while expanding students’ knowledge of French culture. Students will develop their knowledge and use of vocabulary and advanced constructions. This level uses only authentic material in all four skills. Communication and grammar skills will also be emphasized. Active participation in French both inside and outside of class is required. This course will be conducted in French.

AP French Language

AP French Language

Course # L160
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of French 3 with an “A“ or Honors French 3 with a “B“ and department approval

This course covers the equivalent of an intermediate college course in French. The course is for a student who has a thorough working knowledge of French language structures and is comfortable with oral activities in French. Active oral participation and extensive out of class preparation are expected of each student. This course is conducted entirely in French with authentic material. Preparation for the AP exam in French language is provided. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

American Sign Language 1

American Sign Language 1

Course # L601
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

The study of American Sign Language (ASL) offers students the chance to communicate in and understand another language while familiarizing themselves with the community and culture of the Deaf. This course develops the ability to communicate accurately and effectively in expressive and receptive signing within a range of real life situations. Students are exposed to a variety of learning situations to increase their understanding of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Audiovisual, Deaf literature, both written and visual, such as poetry and stories, as well as field trips to Deaf culture events help students to develop their ASL skills while growing an appreciation of Deaf culture and language. This course fosters both life-long learning and high levels of language proficiency for students.

American Sign Language 2

American Sign Language 2

Course # L602
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of ASL 1

A continuation of basic aspects of American Sign Language (ASL) taught in ASL 1- its basic vocabulary, structure, syntax, and grammar. Student will continue to focus on fingerspelling, numbers, facial grammar and sentence structure. Students will also further develop the conversational/cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation. More challenging examples of Deaf humor will be presented as will as additional cultural information to aid student development of awareness of and appreciation or the unique linguistic relationship between language and culture among those deaf/hard-of- hearing individuals who use ASL to communicate.

American Sign Language 3

American Sign Language 3

Course # L603
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Successful completion of ASL 2 with a grade of a “C” or higher

American Sign Language III is an advanced level curriculum equivalent to that of a college course. ASL 3 includes storytelling, usage of classifiers, size and movement, as well as offering units in country signs, the use of the tongue to convey varying degrees of effort, and beginning voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpreting. It is an opportunity to explore the usage of a vast vocabulary base which has been established during ASL 1 and ASL 2. Simple sentence structure becomes complex with the use of the advanced grammar skills of multiple facial expressions to represent rhetorical questions and the concept of continuity.

Italian 1

Italian 1

Course # L301
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Italian 1 introduces the beginning student to the basic vocabulary, conversational idioms, grammatical structures and phonetic characteristics of the language. Emphasis will be on oral and written communication of a practical nature. Cultural background relevant to daily life in Italy will be presented.

Italian 2

Italian 2

Course # L302
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Italian 1

Further development of skills fostered in Italian 1, with more extensive training in reading and writing. Review of basic grammar and introduction of additional points, including all major verb tenses and continuation of cultural studies.

Italian 2 (H)

Italian 2 (H)

Course # L351
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved*
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 1 with a “B+” and department approval

Note: Course receives honors credit on the Carondelet Transcript but is not recognized as a UC-CSU honors course.

In Italian 2 Honors, students will further develop the basic competency skills acquired in the first year, including vocabulary, conversational idioms, grammatical structures and phonological characteristics of the Italian language. Emphasis will be in helping the students acquire basic competence in the four language skills; the receptive (listening and reading), and the productive (speaking and writing). From the beginning, the student is encouraged to work on building the four skills by active use of the language. This honors course will be more rigorous in all four areas than the regular level 2 course. Cultural aspects of the target language will be presented. Students will be expected to engage in more elaborate direct use of the language as a means of communication. The course will be taught primarily in Italian.

Italian 3

Italian 3

Course # L303
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 2 with a “C” and department approval

The student will pursue proficiency in basic language skills such as understanding an oral presentation given at moderate speed, comprehending some literature and non-technical prose (e.g., newspaper articles), conversing readily on subjects of personal interest, and writing several coherent paragraphs on familiar topics. There will be comprehensive grammar review, the addition of considerable cultural material, and extended readings.

Italian 3 (H)

Italian 3 (H)

Course # L353
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 2 with an “A-” and department approval

This course incorporates material covered in Italian 3, but it is more rigorous in its demands of language usage in all four modalities. Students will use a text, a grammar workbook, a listening lab workbook and a reader. Students are expected to function in the language in a more spontaneous manner and with great accuracy. The course is taught primarily in Italian.

AP Italian

AP Italian

Course # L354
Status: UC,CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 3 with a “B” and department approval

The Italian AP course is an advanced course in Italian language and culture. This course prepares students to develop proficiency in Italian in all communicative modes; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will study advanced Italian grammar and all discussions will take place entirely in Italian. This course will be conducted entirely in Italian. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Latin 2

Latin 2

Course # L402
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Latin 1

Latin 2 involves the coverage of complex grammar and syntax with increased attention to vocabulary and translation. Specific attention is paid to Caesar's Gallic Wars during the latter part of the course.

Latin 3

Latin 3

Course # L403
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Latin 2 with a “C” and department approval

This course emphasizes translation of Roman and Biblical literature with attention paid to style, figures of syntax, and figures of rhetoric. Students study the works of Cicero, Virgil, and New Testament Latin.

AP Latin

AP Latin

Course # L450
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Latin 3 with an “A-“ and department approval

The Latin AP course is an advanced reading course using Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid as texts. In addition to appropriate translation skills, students are expected to employ literary analysis in order to fully appreciate the Latin work being studied. The aims of this year-long course are: to improve the students’ to read, understand and translate both prose and Latin poetry; to expose students to poetic syntax, figures of speech, and meter; to involve students in literary analysis of Latin prose and poetry; to enhance the students’ understanding of the literary and social contexts of the ancient Roman world; and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in Latin. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Spanish 1

Spanish 1

Course # L501
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

Spanish 1 introduces beginning students to the basic vocabulary, conversational idioms, grammatical structures, and phonetic characteristics of the language. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are presented through a variety of media, with emphasis on learning to communicate in an authentic environment. Level 1 will also give the student a general introduction to Spanish speaking cultures.

Spanish 2

Spanish 2

Course # L502
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1. Open to incoming freshmen who sit for and pass a placement test.

Students will continue to develop the basic linguistic skills acquired in the first year. Students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be enhanced through a variety of methods. Students will be expected to use the language for communication inside and outside of class. The study of Spanish speaking cultures will be expanded. This course is conducted primarily in Spanish.

Spanish 2 (H)

Spanish 2 (H)

Course # L502
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1 with an “A.” Open to incoming freshmen who sit for and pass a placement test.

Note: Course receives honors credit on the Carondelet transcript, but is not recognized as a UC-CSU honors course.

Spanish 2 Honors is a rigorous program of study that enhances language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through a variety of methods. It is for students who have demonstrated interest in the language and wish to become fluent in Spanish. This course begins the student’s preparation for further study in Spanish 3 Honors, Spanish 4, and/or Spanish 4 AP Language. The curriculum reflects a rigorous set of student expectations, is fast paced, includes both independent and group activities, and emphasizes the higher level thinking skills of analysis and synthesis in the target language. Students will be expected to use the target language for communication inside and outside of class. The study of Spanish speaking cultures will be expanded. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Spanish 3

Spanish 3

Course # L503
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 2 with a “C” and department approval

This course is designed to increase the student's skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Upon completion of the third level of language, the student will have been exposed to the fundamental concepts and structures of Spanish. Cultural understanding will be presented through readings, supplementary materials and discussions. This class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

Spanish 3 (H)

Spanish 3 (H)

Course # L556
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 2 with an “A-“ or Spanish 2 (H) with a "B+" and department approval.

Spanish 3 Honors is an advanced language course designed for students identified in their first two years as superior Spanish students who have demonstrated interest in the language and wish to become fluent in Spanish and prepare themselves for the AP Spanish Language Examination in their fourth year. Students will be required to speak Spanish at all times and in a variety of situations ranging from class discussion to oral presentations and debates. Students will focus on enriching vocabulary, increasing and improving speaking and listening skills, developing writing and reading abilities in a variety of formats, and broadening their awareness of the Spanish speaking world. Extensive out of class work in Spanish is expected. This class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

Spanish 4

Spanish 4

Course # L504
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 3 with a “B“ and department approval

At this level this course is considered an elective; therefore it is assumed that the student has a demonstrated record of success in previous years of language study and has the motivation to master the language in its oral and written complexities. This course is the next step toward building fluency in communication and comprehension. The course structured around expanding Grammar and language skills through literature. Active participation in Spanish will be required of each student, as well as weekly reading, writing, and oral assignments. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Language

Course # L554
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 3 with an ”A-“ or Honors Spanish 3 with a “B“ or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2 with a “B” and department approval.

This course covers the equivalent of an intermediate college course in Spanish. The course is for a student who has a thorough working knowledge of Spanish language structures and who is comfortable with oral activities in Spanish. Active oral participation and extensive out of class preparation are expected of each student. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish. Preparation for the AP exam in Spanish Language is provided. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Course # L550
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Recommendation of Department Chair

This course is designed for students who speak Spanish as a first or second language and are considered to be bilingual. It is a comprehensive course which provides students with practice in each of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening with emphasis on developing skills to communicate in standard Spanish. There will be a strong emphasis in dealing with language problems typical of the heritage speaker (orthography, English interference). Students will read a novel. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2

Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2

Course # L551
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Recommendation of Department Chair

Students will continue developing skills acquired in Spanish for Heritage Speakers 1. It is a comprehensive course which provides students with practice in each of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking and listening with emphasis on developing skills to communicate in standard Spanish. The students will improve on their Spanish through the study of history, culture and literature of Spanish speaking countries and the Latino influence in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to develop oratory skills while researching the political and social economic issues. Expository essay writing will be emphasized. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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