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World Language

The World Language Department believes all students can learn a foreign language with hard work, support and encouragement. We strive to create a sense of curiosity, respect for and understanding of other languages and cultures by exposing the students to the target language and cultural experiences. The department aims to foster and promote lifelong language learners who would be willing to step out of their comfort zones to continue their language and cultural development.  We work to create in our students the sense that making mistakes is important in the process of language acquisition.

A minimum of two years of language is required (of which one full year credit can be earned in a single term abroad), however, many students pursue advanced language mastery on campus.
 
  • AP French (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    GOALS: Students become highly proficient in both interpersonal writing, such as formal and informal e-mails, as well as presentational writing, such as the persuasive essay. The major focus of speaking is success in interpersonal communication (informal and formal conversation) as well as presentational speaking. Advanced listening and reading skills are developed through becoming proficient in interpreting a wide variety of print and audio texts. Preparation for the national Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination is most likely a goal for students in this course. The class is conducted entirely in French.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: Cultural themes include  global challenges, science and technology, contemporary  life, family and community, and aesthetics.  
     
    TEXT: AP French: Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination, Richard Ladd. In addition, depending on the theme decided upon at the start of each term, reading material is chosen from various sources such as newspapers and magazines, literary works, excerpts from movie scripts, comic strips, websites, television and magazine advertisements and/or French school books.
     
    PREREQUISITE: French 4 (or equivalent) and departmental approval.
  • AP Spanish (1)

    DESIGNATION:  Level I elective

    GOALS: The goals of AP Spanish are to prepare students for the AP language examination, polish and enhance their Spanish language skills by becoming more proficient and make them more global students.  In this course, students will be exposed to a higher level of Spanish in all four skills:  reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Frequent practice will be done in and outside of the classroom in order to be ready for the Advanced Placement Spanish exam in May.  Written accuracy and oral fluency become major focus with much time spent reviewing and deepening students’ understanding and awareness of grammatical structures and rules.  All material and exercises used in this course are ‘authentic’ sources, which will challenge students and will help them to develop their oral and comprehension fluency.  This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and students are also expected to use the target language in class.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: Course content varies slightly from year to year, but all the sources used will be authentic and will include podcasts, videos, songs, readings and poems from Latin American and Spaniard authors, commercials, comic strips, amongst others.
    Students will also view Spanish movies and selected programs from Spanish television stations.   
    Students will practice the different exercises of the AP exam throughout the year.  In addition, the curriculum will be divided into the AP thematic units:
    -  Science and Technology
    -  Contemporary Life
    -  Family and Community
    -  Global Changes
    -  Beauty and Aesthetics
    -  Personal and Public Identities
     
    TEXT:  Abriendo Paso:  Gramática and selected readings, articles, and audio.                                               
     
    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish 4 (or equivalent) and instructor’s approval.
  • French 1 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I

    GOALS: The goals of French 1 are to gain confidence in foreign language study, to acquire the skills inherent to learning a foreign language, and to gain a rudimentary knowledge of French. Students are not expected to have any background in the target language nor are they expected to have had any training in learning a foreign language.

    MATERIAL COVERED: French 1 emphasizes oral and aural skills in class, while reading and writing are the objectives of out-of-class assignments. Class material covered includes basic, vocabulary, cultural notes, and introductory grammar. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to use the present tense to describe themselves, tell the time, make suggestions, talk about what they like, give an opinion, relate what they need, make excuses, describe family members, make a short telephone call, and order food in a café. They are also able to use the past tense to inquire about and relate past events and the “futur proche” to make arrangements for the weekend and talk about vacation plans.

    TEXT: Allez Viens! - Level I, Holt, Rinehart & Winston
  • French 2 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I

    GOALS & MATERIAL COVERED:
    Like French 1, this year of language study emphasizes basic oral and aural skills. However, it covers new and more advanced vocabulary and grammar structures with an increased amount of reading and writing added to the mix. Students also learn about French-speaking destinations apart from mainland France (la Martinique, la Cote d’Ivoire, and le Québec).

    TEXT:
    Connexion 1, Didier

    PREREQUISITE:
    French 1 (or equivalent)
     
  • French 3 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I

    GOALS & MATERIAL COVERED: 
    Like French 1, this year of language study emphasizes basic oral and aural skills. However, it covers new and more advanced vocabulary and grammar structures with an increased amount of reading and writing added to the mix. Students also learn about French-speaking destinations apart from mainland France (la Martinique, la Cote d’Ivoire, and le Québec).

    TEXT:
     Connexion 1, Didier

    PREREQUISITE:
     French 1 (or equivalent)
     
     
  • French 4 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    GOALS: French 4 is designed to further students’ understanding and ability to utilize nuanced grammar and vocabulary. Additionally, the study of French literature is introduced as students read and analyze two novels. Sophisticated written expression is practiced through writing of stories, articles, and essays. Students practice speaking through presentations, recorded conversations, and class discussions. The class is taught entirely in French.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: Upon completion of this course, students should have a solid command of the major verb tenses: present, past, future, conditional, and the subjunctive. Additionally, they should be able to use object and relative pronouns, ask precise and varied questions, and incorporate negation into their writing and speech. As a context for class discussion, students study Haïti, Paris, and West Africa. They read Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry, and Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faïza Guène.
     
    TEXT: Une Fois Pour Toutes: Une révision des structures essentielles de la langue française, Hale Sturges II. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry, and Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faïza Guène.
     
    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French 3 or equivalent and departmental approval.
  • Mandarin 1 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
     
    GOALS: The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation in the world’s most widely spoken language: Mandarin Chinese.  Students will develop communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the basic level. Additionally, this course will promote an appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture, and hopefully inspire students to continue their Chinese studies.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: In the beginning of the year, students will develop proficiency in the use of the pinyin Romanization system (Chinese words transcribed using the Latin alphabet).  Students will also gain mastery of the Chinese tonal system.  As the year progresses, students will practice basic Chinese sentence structure, and develop communicative skills through exploration of a variety of basic topics, including personal introductions, family, recreation, and environment.  In conjunction with their language coursework, learners will examine Chinese culture through film, music, food, and a tour of Chinese holidays.
     
    TEXT: HUANYING – Level I, Cheng & Tsui
  • Mandarin 2 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
     
    GOALS:  The primary goal of this course is to continue establishing, and building upon the foundation laid in Mandarin 1.  Students will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Students should expect to hear, and speak, more Mandarin during class than during the first year.
     
    MATERIALS USED:  Students will use Huanying Volume 2 as a primary textbook/workbook.  We will explore various films and songs in our efforts to understand and participate in Chinese culture.
     
    TEXT:  Huanying Volume 2
  • Mandarin 3 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
     
    GOALS:  The primary goal of this course is to build upon the linguistic foundation created in previous years. 
    Students will further develop their development in all four
    communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at a higher level.   However, students will move toward a greater mastery of communicative skills with an increasing emphasis on the productive skills (speaking and writing).  We will accomplish this through a variety of projects and activities, including news reports, essays, and other presentation projects. Additionally, learners will examine Chinese culture and language through film, music, audio, the internet, skits, projects, food, and a variety of other activities.
     
    MATERIALS COVERED:  Students will use Huanying
    Volume 3 as a primary textbook/workbook.  We explore
    four broad topics throughout the book, including
    academic life, travel, and vacation plans.  This course
    places a heavy emphasis on integrating an understanding
    of grammatical patterns with a growing body of
    vocabulary.  Students are expected to speak a great deal
    of Mandarin during class.
     
    TEXT: Huanying Volume 3
  • Mandarin 4 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
     
    GOALS:  The primary goals of this course are to prepare students for the SAT II in Mandarin, as well as investigate advanced topics for discussion in Mandarin.  Students will develop linguistic skills in the target language by participating in debates, giving formal presentations, and writing essays and reports. 
     
    MATERIALS USED:  We will use an SAT II preparation guide, as well as excerpts from the Huanying Volume 4 Textbook/Workbook.
     
    TEXT:  Huanying Volume 4
  • Mandarin 5 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
    GOALS:  The primary goals of this course are to prepare students for college-level study in Mandarin, as well as investigate advanced topics for discussion in Mandarin.  Students will meet twice a week with classmates, and twice a week on an individual basis with the instructor.  Students will develop linguistic skills in the target language by reading selected authentic texts, giving formal presentations, writing research-based essays and reports, and embracing the challenge of speaking only Mandarin during classes.
    MATERIALS USED:  Selected texts TBD.  
  • Spanish 1 (1)

    DESIGNATION:  Level I

    GOALS: The goals of Spanish 1 are to give students a basic foundation in Spanish vocabulary and grammar, to acquire the skills inherent to learning a foreign language, to gain an appreciation for Hispanic cultures, and to gain confidence in foreign language study. Students are not expected to have any background in the target language nor are they expected to have had any training in learning a foreign language.  This course is conducted primarily in Spanish.

    MATERIAL COVERED: Spanish 1 emphasizes vocabulary acquisition as well as grammar knowledge.  Students will put into practice the knowledge acquired by means of the four main skills in language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Class material covered includes basic grammar topics such as verb conjugation in the present tense and past tense.  They will also be able to have a basic conversation where they will greet the other person, introduce themselves and ask for things politely, tell the time, say the date, describe the weather.  In addition, students will describe themselves, someone else, or the weather, expresss their likes and dislikes, talk about their family, their house, their school, hobbies, sports, and foods.  In addition, students will be able to narrate basic actions in the present tense and /or describe actions in the past tense.  Students will also learn some cultural information in order to gain appreciation for other cultures as well as their own.  
     
    TEXT: ¡Asíse dice!, Level 1, Glencoe
  • Spanish 2 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I
     
    GOALS: Like Spanish 1, this year of language study emphasizes basic oral and aural skills. However, it covers new and more advanced vocabulary and grammar structures with an increased amount of reading and writing added to the mix.  Students add to the depth of their cultural understanding about the Spanish-speaking world by exposure to a variety of countries and locations.  This course is conducted primarily in Spanish.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED:  Spanish 1 is reviewed. Vocabulary themes include daily routines, travel, restaurantes, festivals, celebrations, technology, city and countryside, hotels, cooking, food, fitness and health.
    Linguistic content, reflexive verbs, preterite, stem-changing verbs and the passive voice, imperfect, object pronouns, present perfect, future.
     
    TEXT:¡Así se dice!, Level 2, Glencoe

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish 1 (or equivalent)
  • Spanish 3 (1)

    DESIGNATION:  Level I elective

    GOALS: The goal of Spanish 3 is to guide students into an intermediate level of Spanish by drilling speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness. Grammatical structures studied in the first two years are reviewed, and newer, more complex material is introduced, such as the subjunctive mood. This course is conducted primarily in Spanish and students are expected to use the Spanish in class.

    MATERIAL COVERED:  Spanish 2 is reviewed. Vocabulary themes include food and cooking, the body, health, daily routines, celebrations, chores, manners, travel, art, literature, tv and news. Linguistic content includes, comparing verb tense usage, the subjunctive mood, the imperative, double object pronouns, compound tenses, “if” clauses, adverbs, and a variety of other topics.
     
    TEXT: ¡Asi se dice!, Level 3, Glencoe

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish 2 (or equivalent) and departmental approval.
  • Spanish 4 (1)

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    GOALS: To review, enhance, and broaden the grammar and communication skills students have acquired in their previous Spanish courses by stressing reading, writing, and oral communication.  This course is conducted primarily in Spanish and students are expected to use the Spanish in class.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: Topics include slected readings, vocabulary, themes, uses of the indicative mood with all its tenses, uses of the subjunctive mood, and rules and uses of articles, nouns, and prepositions.
     
    TEXT: Abriendo Paso: Temas y Lecturas & Abriendo Paso: Gramática, Pearson
     
    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish 3 (or equivalent) and departmental approval.

Faculty

  • Ross Young

    World Language Department Chair/Strength & Conditioning
    603-735-6637
    Bio
  • Jonathan Beard

    World Language Department Faculty
    603-735-6638
    Bio
  • Mikaela Bolduc-Graumann

    Co-Director of Proctor in Segovia
    001-34-618-052-383
    Bio
  • Erik Cole-Johnson

    World Language Department Faculty
    603-735-6638
    Bio
  • Sarah Daney

    World Language Department/Cross Country
    603-735-6638
    Bio
  • Ryan Graumann

    Co-Director of Proctor in Segovia
    011-34-638-865-646
    Bio
  • Scott King

    World Language Department
    603-735-6638
    Bio
  • María José Ortega Rokiski

    Intermediate Spanish Teacher, Proctor in Spain
    603-735-6637
    Bio
  • Rosa Palomares Gómez

    Advanced Spanish Teacher, Proctor in Spain
    603-735-6637
    Bio
  • Alejandra Young

    World Language Department
    603-735-6638
    Bio
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