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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Fifth level of foreign language classes will be available based on student demand.  Students are encouraged to enroll in community college or 4 year college at this level.  Students may receive dual credit upon proof of completion.

Concurrent enrollment in Cultural and Linguistic topics is required for all LOTE courses taken on the Ben Barber campus.

Course Descriptions

Listed alphabetically. + Prerequisite required. 

American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language I (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12

This course introduces communication skills in American Sign Language, including both receptive and expressive signing, as well as interactive communication.  This course also explores the history of the language and the culture of deaf people.

+ American Sign Language II (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  American Sign Language I

The communication skills acquired in Level I are extended to include distinguishing between variations in signs and non-manual communication.  A more in-depth study of deaf culture will be explored.  Students will be provided opportunities to express and receive signed information in a variety of situations.

+ American Sign Language III (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 10-12
  • Prerequisite:  American Sign Language II

This course is conducted in ASL and emphasizes sign fluency.  It offers further study of vocabulary, grammar, as well as deaf history and culture.  Expressive and receptive skills will be developed.  Non-manual markers and the use of classifiers will be stressed.

+ American Sign Language IV (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 10-12
  • Prerequisite:  American Sign Language III

This advanced level course, conducted in ASL, furthers study of ASL poetry and literature as well as deaf history, culture and community.  Students will also be afforded opportunities to further their sign fluency and will be encouraged to become involved in the local deaf community.  Students will also explore professions which utilize ASL skills along with laws and rights related to Americans with disabilities.

Chinese

Chinese I (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12

Chinese I is an introduction to the Chinese world, its language and its people.  The main emphasis is on oral skills while developing reading and writing skills.  The student will be guided in recognizing the interrelationships of language and will develop a cultural appreciation of the Chinese world.  The focus on the course is on novice proficiency.

+ Chinese II (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Chinese I

Chinese II continues to develop the oral skills with added emphasis on reading and writing skills.  The focus is on the development of mid-to high-novice proficiency.  Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures continues.  Contrast between English and Chinese will strengthen the language learning process.  Culturally related activities of selected Chinese speaking countries or regions will be explored.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement Chinese II (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Chinese I

Chinese II continues to develop the oral skills with added emphasis on reading and writing skills.  The focus is on the development of mid-to high-novice proficiency.  Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures continues.  Contrast between English and Chinese will strengthen the language learning process.  Culturally related activities of selected Chinese speaking countries or regions will be explored.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement Chinese III (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Chinese II or Pre-AP Chinese II

Chinese III continues to develop the oral and writing skills with added emphasis on reading.  The focus is on the development of novice mid-to intermediate-low proficiency in speaking with increased emphasis on Advanced Placement exam preparation.  Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures continues.  Culturally-related activities of selected Chinese regions will be explored.

+ Advanced Placement Chinese IV (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Pre-AP Chinese III

AP Chinese IV prepares students to demonstrate intermediate proficiency across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference.  The course will develop reading proficiency of authentic texts, fiction and non-fiction, listening proficiency of formal and colloquial authentic language, and writing proficiency in descriptive, expository, and persuasive styles.  This course utilizes critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  The goal of this course is to prepare students to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam.  This course is conducted predominantly in Chinese.

German

German I (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12

This course introduces the basics of conversational German and exposes the student to the culture, heritage, and people of Germany.  Students will learn how to socialize, get and give information, express feelings, and persuade others.

German II (PDF) (18-Weeks) +

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  German I

This course continues the study of the German language and culture with emphasis on speaking and communicating.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement German II (PDF) (18-Weeks) +

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  German I

This course continues the study of basic German, concentrating on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  The focus for this honors class will be on real world projects.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement German III (PDF) (18-Weeks) +

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  German II or Pre-AP German II

This honors course is a continuation of the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills begun in German I and II.  Geography, culture and functioning in everyday situations will be stressed.  Students will begin to prepare for the AP test.

+ Advanced Placement German IV (PDF) (18-Weeks) +

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Pre-AP German III

This course is a continuation of the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills begun in German I and II.  Advanced grammar and literature will be stressed.  Students are expected to take the AP German Language test.

Japanese

Japanese I (PDF)

  • Grade Level 9-12

This course introduces the basics of conversational Japanese and exposes the student to the culture, heritage, and people of Japan.  Students will learn how to socialize, get and give information, express feelings, and persuade others.

+ Japanese II (PDF)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese 1

The course introduces various topics regarding Japanese culture and its language. Students are expected to conduct research on various aspects of Japan and its culture.

PreAP Japanese II (PDF)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese 1

The course introduces various topics regarding Japanese culture and its language. Students are expected to conduct research on various aspects of Japan and its culture.

AP Japanese IV (PDF)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Japanese 1

The course introduces various topics regarding Japanese culture and its language. Students explore Japanese geography and history, traditional and modern culture including art, music, etc. Students will be given opportunities to learn the culture by using "authentic" materials. Students are expected to conduct research on various aspects of Japan and its culture.

 

Latin

Latin I (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level

This course will help students with their comprehension of the Latin language through practice in reading Latin passages.  Students will also develop a better understanding of the social and political history of the ancient Romans.

+ Latin II (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level
  • Prerequisite:  Latin I

This course continues to develop the vocabulary and grammar skills necessary to read and comprehend Latin passages.  Students will continue to develop, through their readings, an understanding of Roman culture.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement Latin II (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level
  • Prerequisite:  Latin I

This pre-advanced placement course requires a deeper study and understanding of the Latin language and Roman culture.  This course continues to develop the vocabulary and grammar skills necessary to read and comprehend Latin passages.  Students will continue to develop, through their readings, an understanding of Roman culture.

+ Pre-Advanced Placement Latin III (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level
  • Prerequisite:  Latin II or Pre-AP Latin II

In the final course of the recommended three-year sequence of language study, the Latin III student continues to develop the skills to read and comprehend slightly adapted and authentic classical passages at an advanced level.  Students will continue to develop, through their readings, an understanding of Roman culture.

+ Advanced Placement Latin IV (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level  9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Pre-AP Latin III

This fourth-year course focuses on reading Latin poetry and prose with special emphasis on Virgil's epic poem "The Aeneid" and the writings of Julius Caesar.  The student will gain insight into the special conventions of poetry, as well as continued knowledge and understanding of the Greco-Roman world and mythology.  Students may prepare for a variation of the College Board (CB) Latin Advanced Placement (AP) Examination, which focuses on poetry and prose in this Level IV course.

Spanish

 Spanish I (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 9-12

This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture.  The students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.  Students will explore various aspects of Hispanic culture, heritage, and peoples.  Major emphasis is on conversational usage of Spanish in real-life situations.

 + Spanish II (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Spanish I

This course further develops the skills introduced in Spanish I.  The students will be involved in an in-depth study of the spoken language, listening, reading, writing, and literature.

+ Pre-Advanced Spanish II (PDF) (18-Weeks) +
  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Spanish I

This course provides for an in-depth development of the skills introduced in Spanish I.  Oral comprehension and reading skills are emphasized.  Grammar, vocabulary, literature, and cultural studies are included.

 + Pre-Advanced Spanish III (PDF) (18-Weeks)
  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Spanish II or Pre-AP Spanish II or Spanish for Native Speakers I

This honors course is a continuation of the study of the Spanish language with special emphasis on reading comprehension, listening, speaking and advanced grammar and composition in preparation for the AP Spanish Language exam.

+ Advanced Placement Spanish IV (PDF) (18-Weeks)

  • Grade Level 9-12
  • Prerequisite:  Pre-Ap Spanish III or Spanish for Native Speakers II

This course is an intensive study of Spanish language in preparation for the AP Spanish Language exam.  Emphasis is on advanced grammar, literature, and composition as well as listening comprehension and speaking.  Students are expected to take the AP test.

Cultural and Linguistic Topics

Cultural and Linguistic Topics

Courses in cultural and linguistic topics introduce students to the study of other cultures.  Students gain the knowledge to understand the historical development, geographical aspects, cultural aspects, and/or linguistic aspects of selected regions or countries by completing one or more of the knowledge and skills for cultural and linguistic topics.  This course is taken concurrently with the LOTE course at BBIA.  (0.5 - 2.0 credits)


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