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World Languages

The mission of the World Languages Department is to educate students to become proficient in communication and informed global citizens by promoting linguistic competence and providing critical insights into world cultures.
  • WL- Spanish V**


    Course Description: 
    This course provides students with opportunities to further develop language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Students learn about language and culture through the use of authentic materials that are representative of the Spanish speaking world. Materials include a variety of literary selections and different media outlets. The themes focus on the six AP Topics: Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, and Beauty and Aesthetics. The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate successfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken and as such, is an immersion experience requiring almost exclusive use of Spanish, a requirement which class grades reflect. By the end of the course, students will be able to engage in conversation to analyze information, exchange and support their opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics, write a cohesive and coherent analytical or persuasive essay in reaction to a text or on a personal, academic, cultural, or social issue, with appropriate control of grammar and syntax, and describe, narrate, and present information or persuasive arguments on general topics with grammatical control and good pronunciation in a five to ten minutes oral presentation. The AP Language and Culture exam will be an option for students who have chosen this class. Students seeking the AP Option will have to agree to an extensive time commitment. Significant independent work outside of the classroom should be expected and might also be required over breaks in order to cover the content required by the College Board.

    Prerequisites: This course is open to students that have successfully completed Spanish IV and have received departmental approval.
  • WL-AP Spanish Lang**

    This course provides students with opportunities to further develop language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Students learn about language and culture through the use of authentic materials that are representative of the Spanish speaking world. Materials include a variety of literary selections and different media outlets. The themes focus on the six AP Topics: Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, and Beauty and Aesthetics. The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate successfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken and as such, is an immersion experience requiring almost exclusive use of Spanish, a requirement which class grades reflect. By the end of the course, students will be able to engage in conversation to analyze information, exchange and support their opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics, write a cohesive and coherent analytical or persuasive essay in reaction to a text or on a personal, academic, cultural, or social issue, with appropriate control of grammar and syntax, and describe, narrate, and present information or persuasive arguments on general topics with grammatical control and good pronunciation in a five to ten minutes oral presentation. Significant independent work outside of the classroom should be expected and might also be required over breaks in order to cover the content required by the College Board. Estimated AP Exam Cost: $95.
  • WL-Chinese I

    This course of Mandarin Chinese is an introduction to basic communication skills, grammar, and culture, and is open to any non-native speaking students. Chinese characters are used extensively and are accompanied by Pinyin, which acts as a guide to pronunciation. Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with characters and vocabulary. Class work involves communicative activities, dialogues, music, and paired/group practice. A variety of materials is used to reinforce language skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to conduct short conversations with another speaker on a general subject (name, age, place of residence, likes and dislikes, sports, food, and family members). The students who have successfully completed Chinese I course are expected to reach the Novice Mid to Novice High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Chinese II

    This course of Mandarin Chinese is open to non-native speaking students who have completed Chinese I or to students who pass a competency test. This course is a continuation of Chinese 1 with the same techniques and goals to increase oral proficiency in situational conversations. Students learn more complex sentence structures, read simple articles, and write short compositions.  Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with characters and vocabulary. Cultural aspects of the language are emphasized through video programs and projects. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to speak on topics within the range of their experiences, including their daily routine, clothing, shopping, eating at a restaurant, and the weather. The students who have successfully completed Chinese II course are expected to reach the Novice High to Intermediate Low level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Chinese III

    This course of Mandarin Chinese is open to non-native speaking students who have completed Chinese II or to students who pass a competency test. This intensive course builds on Chinese II, while allowing students an opportunity to review the basic skills to improve both oral and written proficiency. Students learn more complex sentence structures and expressions.  In addition, to the basic textbook, students start to read more extensively on various topics. After eight lessons, students should be able to talk and write about their school lives, leisure lives, health conditions and traveling.  The students who have successfully completed Chinese III course are expected to reach the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Chinese IV

    This course of Mandarin Chinese is open to non-native speaking students who have completed Chinese III or to students who pass a competency test. The course includes frequent oral presentations and daily spontaneous conversation about various aspects of modern Chinese culture and life.  Reading and discussion of Chinese articles and news and practice speaking Chinese in a variety of functional, everyday situations allow students to expand their vocabulary and to solidify previously learned grammatical structures. Selections of Chinese videos and movies are used to reinforce the knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture the students have learned in class. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to talk and write about holiday activities, personalities, computers, internet, email, environmental issues, part time jobs and social issues.  The students who have successfully completed Chinese IV are expected to reach the Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Ecuador

    This course allows students the opportunity to attend Maumee Valley’s sister school, Comunidad Educativa Internacional Steiner in Guayaquil, Ecuador for a period of three weeks. Students will live with host families and engage in community service and social events. The goal of the program is to improve students’ conversational skills. The program incorporates a range of assignments to improve language competency, not limited to essays, blogs, and vocabulary quizzes. Students will have the opportunity to travel with teachers to another part of the country to learn more about the history, geography and culture of Ecuador. Past excursions have included visits to the Galápagos Islands and Cuenca, a World Heritage Site.
  • WL-ESOL 11/12

    This course will focus on various aspects of English language acquisition to help our English Language Learners (ELLs) be successful in their content area classes and beyond. Students will continue to develop strategies and techniques for their writing, reading, vocabulary, grammar skills in order to be full participants in multicultural and multilingual society. This class is open to our non-native English speakers by placement.
  • WL-ESOL 9/10

    This course will focus on various aspects of English language acquisition to help our English Language Learners (ELLs) be successful in their content area classes and beyond. Students will continue to develop strategies and techniques for their writing, reading, vocabulary, grammar skills in order to be full participants in multicultural and multilingual society. This class is open to our non-native English speakers by placement.
  • WL-Hispanic Culture

    Prerequisites:  None
    Students will be presented with a variety of cultural themes for the first half of the intensive and investigate them through the lens of a specific country or region of the Hispanic world as a focus for their studies. Students will be documenting their findings in a blog, considering cultural comparisons, and recording themselves trying out some traditional practices like dancing, cooking, and trying out artistic techniques. They will set up and conduct an interview as a part of this discovery phase as well. We'll have some class visits (zoom sessions or in person depending on circumstances) with Hispanic Maumee Valley community members and make connections with Spanish-speaking organizations and professionals both domestically and abroad. For the second half of the intensive, students will be doing some project-based learning (like a mini guided independent study) revolving around a topic of their choosing in their country or region of focus. While this intensive is for world language credit, students will be engaged in the target language at a level appropriate for the ability and level of proficiency (use of English will be allowed with teacher approval).
  • WL-Latin Dance

     Prerequisites:  None
    Using films, short documentaries, and other online resources, students will learn about different Latin American dances and the countries where they originated in. We will discuss the elements of dance, learn about different genres associated with Latin dances, analyze dance as a way of creating meaning, and incorporate cultural and historical aspects into each dance variety. Assessments will include presentations, short papers, tests, and a final performance of a choreographed dance under the guidance of dance teacher, Mr. Michael Lang. Students will  heightened their understanding of movement elements and skills in performing dance, demonstrate self-direction and technical growth when bringing a work of dance to a point of completion, understand the ways in which dance is a meaningful expression of culture in past and present societies, examine the traditions, techniques and cultural contexts of various dance styles, and create and perform a dance that demonstrates a variety of complex movement sequences and the ability to collaborate with an ensemble. Students can pursue general credit, Spanish credit (contingent to Department Approval) or Fine Arts credit  (contingent to Department Approval).
  • WL-Mayan Immersion


    Grades 10-12 Credit: Social Science or World Language
    This Intensive will provide a cultural and linguistic immersion into the ancient and modern Mayan world. Students will choose the Spanish language credit or Social Studies credit as their area of focus for a research project. We will study the history of indigenous groups in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico prior to departing on our trip to this area. The intensive will include as much of the following as possible: visits to various Mayan ruins sites including Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Tulum, short stays with host families, interaction with local anthropologists/archaeologists, a cooking workshop, museum visits, and opportunities to present your findings to the rest of the group. Students embarking on this intensive should be adventurous, curious, and willing to expand their comfort zones.   Approximately $2500
     
  • WL-Spain Trip

    This course allows students the opportunity to travel mainly throughout the Andalusian region of Spain and to immerse themselves in the culture of the country by visiting historical and cultural sites and staying with host families. The length of the trip is approximately 14 days. Students will visit various cities and cultural centers, including Madrid, Toledo, Granada, and Sevilla among others. The course is recommended, but not limited to Spanish students. The goal of the intensive is twofold; improve students’ conversational skills by immersing them in the Spanish language and broaden student’s awareness of different cultural influences in Spain. Each day of the itinerary will be highlighted by people, places, and themes.  Students will learn of unique stories about important ecological, social, cultural, and economic issues, all told in context, allowing students to make meaningful connections to reach deeper levels of understanding. WL or Elective Credit.  Estimated cost: $4,200
  • WL-Spanish I

    This introductory course is designed to expose students to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop basic proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. In structured and contextualized situations, students will ask and answer simple questions as they learn to communicate about themselves, their families, their friends, and the world around them. Students will respond to written prompts about their daily lives and responsibilities. They will be exposed to authentic material and various media sources in the target language. Spanish will be used as much as possible during classroom instruction. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to communicate orally and in written form on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that have been practiced and memorized, present information about themselves, others, and various familiar topics, write short messages on familiar topics, and infer the main idea after reading authentic texts. At the end of Spanish I, students are expected to reach the Novice-Mid to Novice-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Spanish II

    Spanish II completes the students’ study of essential grammar and vocabulary. While the aim of this course is to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students will continue to participate in extensive oral grammar and pronunciation activities, and participate in simple conversations to improve oral proficiency. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to ask and answer questions, and write about topics within the range of their experiences, including the expression of personal opinions or ideas; and talk about basic cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Spanish­-speaking countries. Readings, movies, conversations, and music will facilitate our understanding of the language. The class will also incorporate group activities and assignments requiring technology. At the end of the year, students will have a deeper understanding of the language and and culture of Spanish-speaking countries and students are expected to reach the Novice-High to Intermediate-Low level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. This course is open to students who have completed Spanish I or to students who pass a competency test.
  • WL-Spanish III

    This course provides students with opportunities to further develop language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Students learn about culture through the use of authentic materials that are representative of the Spanish speaking world. Materials include a variety of different media, e.g., journalistic and literary works, interviews, movies, short films, and infographics. Thematically, the focus is on Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Contemporary Life. The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate successfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken and as such, is an immersion experience requiring almost exclusive use of Spanish, a requirement which class grades reflect. By the end of the course, students should be able to participate in oral and written exchanges on a variety of familiar topics using familiar vocabulary and learned grammatical structures, present, in written and oral form, on a variety of familiar topics using both high frequency vocabulary, new vocabulary, and learned grammatical structures, relate information acquired from authentic resources to their own perspectives and experiences, and infer the main idea and some supporting details after reading authentic text. At the end of Spanish III, students are expected to reach the Intermediate-Mid level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Spanish IV

    In Spanish IV, students will engage in increasingly complex oral grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation activities, and participate in conversations to improve oral proficiency. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: speak Spanish with the facility necessary to participate in conversations about themselves, their immediate surroundings, and their community; support opinions; write organized compositions on chosen topics, and demonstrate some knowledge of geographical, political, religious, artistic, and economic aspects of Hispanic culture, based upon class materials. Spanish IV readings will be selected by the instructor and may vary from year to year. Past selections include Como agua para chocolate by Laura Esquivel and El beso by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, as well as a wide variety of newspaper articles & current event publications. Other audiovisual sources will also be included. At the end of Spanish IV, students are expected to reach the Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
  • WL-Spanish V

    The course provides students with opportunities to further develop language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Students learn about language and culture through the use of authentic materials that are representative of the Spanish speaking world. The themes focus on the following topics: Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology, Global Challenges, and Beauty and Aesthetics. The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate successfully in an environment where Spanish is spoken and as such, is an immersion experience requiring almost exclusive use of Spanish, a requirement which class grades reflect. By the end of the course, students will be able to engage with the language, through different modes of communication, to analyze information, exchange and support their opinions and perspectives, and present information on a variety of topics.
  • WL-Spanish VI

    This course provides students with opportunities to further develop language proficiency across the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The goal of this course is to enhance communicative abilities through the examination of cultural topics of interest in the Hispanic world. Student projects may include presentations, in-class debates, journals, and a cultural portfolio among others. A big emphasis will be placed in the in-depth development of speaking and writing skills through cultural readings, group discussions, essays, and oral presentations on selected topics concerning the Spanish-speaking world. The study of cultural and literary texts (short stories, poetry and novels) and audiovisual material (music, fine arts and films)  will help us explore many Hispanic historical periods and also discuss the Hispanic presence in the United State
  • WL-World Cultures

    A broad interdisciplinary introduction to the issues underlying the study of global cultures, this course will address some of the forces that contribute to the shaping of different cultures by analyzing a variety of topics including migration patterns, food, politics, religion, economy, human rights, the environment, literature, art, and music, among others. This class will foster students’ cross-cultural awareness and intercultural competencies. It will strengthen their understanding of diversity and help develop an awareness of other people’s world views, of their unique way of life, as well as learn about contributions of other cultures to the world at large. Research, readings, films, and discussions will constitute integral components of the course. This class gives World Language credit but it is conducted in English.
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