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  • World Languages
AP Chinese (5402)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 4 with a grade of B or better or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

AP courses are college-level courses meant to teach advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and cultural proficiency. The courses are primarily designed to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in the target language. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 5 (AP) is Intermediate High. These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature).  AP courses are the most advanced level offered and are considered a 5th year course. 

  • AP
  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
AP French (5435)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 4 with a grade of B or better or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

AP courses are college-level courses meant to teach advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and cultural proficiency. The courses are primarily designed to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in the target language. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 5 (AP) is Intermediate High. These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature).  AP courses are the most advanced level offered and are considered a 5th year course. 

  • AP
  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
AP Spanish (5465)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 4 with a grade of B or better or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

AP courses are college-level courses meant to teach advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and cultural proficiency. The courses are primarily designed to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in the target language. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 5 (AP) is Intermediate High. These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature).  AP courses are the most advanced level offered and are considered a 5th year course. 

  • AP
  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Chinese 1 (5405), Chinese 2 (5406)

Recommendation for Level 1:  Enrollment based on student request
Prerequisite for Level 2:  Completion of Level 1 or BC with a grade of B or higher

(UC approved “e”)

First and second year world language students develop basic skills in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational (reading/listening, speaking/writing) in the target language. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 1 is Novice Mid, and Novice High for Level 2. Through interpretation of authentic resources, storytelling, role-playing, dialogues, simulations, and other communicative activities, students learn to use the language and explore the cultures of the target language countries. Our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. This course is intended for non-native speakers. 

*Contributions for the Chinese workbook may be made during online registration via Infinite Campus in the Fees section.

  • Elective
  • Open to 9th Graders
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Chinese 3 (5408)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Chinese 2 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

Third-year world language students continue developing skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, speaking/writing) in the target language. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 3 is Intermediate Low. As students progress through the succeeding years of foreign language, there is advancement in the study and practice of speaking, reading, listening and writing, with increased emphasis on accuracy and writing.  Deeper exploration of authentic resources, such as newspaper articles, plays, internet resources and poetry that reflect the culture is continued in the third year. Our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers. 

  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Chinese 4 Honors (5402)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 3 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

Level 4 Honors are pre-college level courses meant to develop advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and develop more sophisticated cultural proficiency. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 4 is Intermediate Mid. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature). These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language.  Although there is an increased emphasis on accuracy at this level, our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers.  

  • Elective
  • Honors
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
French 1 (5410), French 2 (5415)

Recommendation for Level 1:  Enrollment based on student request
Prerequisite for Level 2:  Completion of Level 1 or BC with a grade of B or higher

(UC approved “e”)

First and second year world language students develop basic skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in the target language.  Through role-playing, dialogues, simulations, and other communicative activities, students learn to use the language and appreciate the traditions and culture of the target language countries. Students develop skills in grammar and vocabulary in order to understand new concepts and increase communication in the language.  A donation for a class workbook and for our language libraries is requested during online registration and can be made in Infinite Campus in the Fees section.  This course is intended for non-native speakers.

  • Elective
  • Open to 9th Graders
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
French 3 (5420)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”) 

Third-year world language students continue developing skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, speaking/writing) in the target language. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 3 is Intermediate Low. As students progress through the succeeding years of foreign language, there is advancement in the study and practice of speaking, reading, listening and writing, with increased emphasis on accuracy and writing.  Deeper exploration of authentic resources, such as newspaper articles, plays, internet resources and poetry that reflect the culture is continued in the third year. Our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers. 
 

  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
French 4 Honors (5428)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 3 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

Level 4 Honors are pre-college level courses meant to develop advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and develop more sophisticated cultural proficiency. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 4 is Intermediate Mid. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature). These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language.  Although there is an increased emphasis on accuracy at this level, our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers.  

  • Elective
  • Honors
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Spanish 1 (5440), Spanish 2 (5445)

Recommendation for Level 1:  Enrollment based on student request
Prerequisite for Level 2:  Completion of Level 1 or BC with a grade of B or higher

(UC approved “e”)

First and second year world language students develop basic skills in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational (reading/listening, speaking/writing) in the target language. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 1 is Novice Mid, and Novice High for Level 2. Through interpretation of authentic resources, storytelling, role-playing, dialogues, simulations, and other communicative activities, students learn to use the language and explore the cultures of the target language countries. Our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. This course is intended for non-native speakers. 

  • Elective
  • Open to 9th Graders
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Spanish 3 (5450)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 2 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

Third-year world language students continue developing skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, speaking/writing) in the target language. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 3 is Intermediate Low. As students progress through the succeeding years of foreign language, there is advancement in the study and practice of speaking, reading, listening and writing, with increased emphasis on accuracy and writing.  Deeper exploration of authentic resources, such as newspaper articles, plays, internet resources and poetry that reflect the culture is continued in the third year. Our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers. 

  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Spanish 3 In Action (5451)

Recommendation: Completion of Spanish 2 with a grade of C+ or higher
This course does NOT fulfill the prerequisite  for entry to Spanish Level IV Honors

(UC approved “e”)

This alternate Spanish 3 course focuses on real life communicative scenarios, practical vocabulary, essential grammar skills, and cultural exploration. Students with a grade of C- or higher are encouraged to take this course.  This course is not designed to prepare students for further advancement in Spanish at PHS (Level IV Honors and AP).  This course is intended for non-native speakers.

  • Elective
  • Year-long
  • World Languages
Spanish 4 Honors (5465)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Level 3 with a grade of B or higher or instructor’s approval/recommendation

(UC approved “e”)

Level 4 Honors are pre-college level courses meant to develop advanced skills in Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication (reading/listening, writing/speaking) in the target language and develop more sophisticated cultural proficiency. These courses are conducted in the target language, and students are expected to speak using the target language during class. The target proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Level 4 is Intermediate Mid. These courses make extensive use of authentic materials such as online newspaper articles, videos, films, fiction and nonfiction (i.e., biographies and literature). These courses develop critical thinking skills and advanced literacy in the target language.  Although there is an increased emphasis on accuracy at this level, our courses are designed to develop proficiency in communicating through the language, rather than memorization of isolated parts of the language. These courses are intended for non-native speakers.  

  • Elective
  • Honors
  • Year-long

Faculty

Viviana Green
Spanish Teacher

Joanne Guillen
Spanish Teacher

Jessica McMillen
Spanish Teacher, Department Chair

Deysi Sahagon
Spanish Teacher

Bryan Smith
French Teacher

Xinjia Xia
Chinese

PHS WL- Spanish Table