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    Language proficiency course goals refer to the ACTFL scale. ACTFL is the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a national organization that provides descriptors of language levels. Below are approximate summaries of those levels.

     

    Novice-low: Students at this level generally cannot express anything very meaningful. They may have fewer than 30 words in their vocabulary and cannot comprehend very much in the language.

    Novice-mid: Students at this level communicate minimally, with difficulty, relying primarily on individual words or memorized phrases. They cannot speak consistently in sentences & may resort to repetition or words from native language with lots of long pauses. They can often cite lists but have difficulty constructing sentences and are unable to ask or answer direct questions on a variety of topics.

    Novice-high: Students at this level handle a variety of tasks at the Intermediate level (see below), but are unable to sustain Intermediate performance. They can respond to simple, direct questions and can ask a few formulaic questions, when asked to do so. They express personal meaning by relying heavily on learned expressions, short or incomplete sentences but are unable to consistently maintain sentences.

    Intermediate-low: Students at this level maintain sentences consistently, even though most sentences will be very simplistic; they can create with the language to express personal meaning as well as ask and answer simple questions. They handle simple situations or transactions and converse minimally about topics of a personal nature (family, self, school, work, leisure, activities, daily activities, likes & dislikes)

    Intermediate-mid: Students at this level maintain sentences consistently, and sentences will begin to be more complex; they can create with the language to express personal meaning as well as ask and answer questions. They handle simple situations or transactions and converse well about topics of a personal nature (family, self, school, work, leisure, activities, daily activities, likes & dislikes)

    Intermediate-high: Students at this level maintain sentences consistently, and sometimes construes them into paragraphs but without sustaining it. They can narrate and recount events. They handle situations & transactions that may include a complication and converse about topics beyond a personal nature (the environment, social dilemmas, public life, etc.) They can formulate and respond to most questions. They demonstrate partial or unsustained control of different timeframes.

    Advanced-low: Students at this level maintain speaking and writing at paragraph length while moving beyond topics of personal interest to broad or global interest. They can formulate and respond to questions on demand. They demonstrate adequate control of all timeframes.

     

    Chinese Mandarin 1-2: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. No Prerequisite Grades 9-12 This class is the first level of a four-year sequence designed to develop language skills in Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and writing comprehension. Simple questions, commands and statements will be taught. Students will use the English alphabet to write “Pinyin” which represents Mandarin sounds. They will learn to type “Pinyin” on the keyboard to retrieve the Simplify Chinese Characters from a computer. Students will also experience Chinese Calligraphy and Origami in the class. Successful completion of Chinese Mandarin 1-2 is defined as Novice Mid level in listening and speaking, and Novice Mid level in reading and writing within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Chinese Mandarin 3-4: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Chinese Mandarin 1-2 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 This second level course continues to develop skills acquired in first level course. Students will engage in conversations, reading and writing characters that students have learned, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, likes and dislikes, personal preferences and abilities. They will experience Chinese culture related activities, and will demonstrate an understanding of the practices and perspectives of the second language and the culture studied. Successful completion of Chinese Mandarin 3-4 is defined as Novice High level in listening and speaking, and Novice High level in reading and writing within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Chinese Mandarin 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Chinese Mandarin 3-4 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 This third level course continues to develop skills acquired in first and second level course. This class will provide reading, writing paragraphs and wide range of communication practice that requires high level of recognizing Chinese vocabularies and can demonstrate reading and writing Chinese Characters fluently. Demonstrate comprehension of likes and dislikes, abilities, location, frequency expressions, and simple descriptions and comparisons. Successful completion of Chinese Mandarin 5-6 is defined as Intermediate Low level in listening and speaking, and Intermediate Low level in reading and writing within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Chinese Mandarin 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Chinese Mandarin 5-6 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 This fourth-level course continues to develop skills acquired in third-level courses. This is also a preparation course for the AP Chinese class. Students will be provided authentic and wide range of reading, writing and communication practice. Throughout the course, students will develop their language skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Students will also develop necessary knowledge of the Chinese language, including pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammatical structures. The course engages students in an exploration of both contemporary and historical Chinese Culture. Successful completion of Chinese Mandarin 7-8 is defined as Intermediate Mid level in listening and speaking, and Intermediate Mid level in reading and writing within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    AP Chinese Language and Culture: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Chinese Mandarin 7-8 or teacher approval Grades 10-12 This course is a preparation course for students who want to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam. Students will develop language skills that can be used in real life activities and situations. Extensive training in reading comprehension, organization and writing skills will be emphasized as well as oral skills. This course will help students prepare to the Chinese Flagship Program in the University of Oregon and other programs in universities that require Chinese language proficiency. Grading is aligned with the AP test scoring guide. Successful completion of AP Chinese is defined as Intermediate High/Advanced Low level in listening and speaking, and Intermediate High/Advanced Low level in reading and writing within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    French 1-2: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. No Prerequisite Grades 9-12 This is the first of a four-year sequence designed to develop language skills: oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. In this course, a solid grammar foundation is laid. Students learn to comprehend and form relatively simple questions, commands and statements. Attention is given to accurate grammar, pronunciation, and intonation as well as to the structure and vocabulary of the language. Students are introduced to the various cultures of French speaking countries. The intended minimum outcome for this course is for students to reach the ACTFL novice-mid level of proficiency.

     

    French 3-4: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: French 1-2 or equivalent Grades 9-12 This second-level course continues to develop skills acquired in first-level course. Emphasis is still on the spoken language and grammar acquisition with increasing amounts of reading and writing. General knowledge of the language and of the culture of countries in which French is spoken is extended as well as a study of the History of France. The intended minimum outcome for this course is for students to reach the ACTFL novice-high level of proficiency.

     

    French 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit Prerequisite: French 3-4 or equivalent Grades 9-12 This class provides extensive reading opportunities; varied writing practice; continuing vocabulary and language development; and a wide range of communication activities. Course includes an introduction to literature through short stories, poems, and brief introductions to important works by French and francophone authors. Global awareness developed through presentation of the culture of France and the French-speaking world. Emphasis on building and reinforcing active communication skills. The intended minimum outcome for this course is for students to reach the ACTFL intermediate-low level of proficiency.

     

    French 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: French 5-6 Grades 9-12 This fourth-level course continues to develop skills acquired in previous courses. Emphasis is still on the spoken language with increasing amounts of reading and writing. General knowledge of the language and culture of countries in which French is spoken is extended, as well as the History of France. The intended minimum outcome for this course is for students to reach the ACTFL intermediate-mid level of proficiency. Students are eligible to receive French 103 and credit from Mt. Hood Community College. 

     

    German is only offered as a 2-Year language option. Successful completion of both of these courses meets the World Language Graduation requirement. However, there is not the option to continue with high level German courses. Note: Students currently taking German 3-4 can forecast for levels above German 3-4.

    German 1-2: (Offered 2021-22 School Year) Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. No Prerequisite Grades 9-12 Did you know that German is considered the sister language to English? Did you know we share many common words, and some are identical, such as Hand, Arm, and Finger? It is not as hard as has been thought to learn to speak and write German. Semesters 1-2 focus on hearing and understanding the language, learning to say and write things for basic expression interpersonal situations. We use many ways to get there, including remaining 100% in German during class, active dialoguing, music, storytelling, and creative play. Our goal will be to make learning go smoothly by making it enjoyable, and you can count on growing your speaking skills. The intended minimum outcome of this class is a novice-mid level with studied topics on the ACTFL scale. German 3-4: (Offered 2022-23 School Year) Course credit earned: World Language or Elective(1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 1-2 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 3-4 continues to focus on hearing and understanding the language, expanding the number and type of language functions through seeking topics of interest and cultural comparison. Additionally, we continue to remain 100% in German during class, actively dialoguing, listening to music, storytelling and creative play. Building on skills from first year that can be characterized as language in small chunks, in German 3-4 we combine them into longer, purposeful strings.; We will read more and write more, and continue to enjoy our new skills and learn together as a community. The intended minimum outcome of this class is a novice-high level on the ACTFL scale.

     

    German 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 3-4 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 5 & 6 begin to move beyond topics of personal interest to topics of community concern. Students at this level normally can sustain sentences and will work toward paragraphs and longer speaking & writing. Reading and writing for different purposes in German increases at this level. Furthermore, as we gain competence as speakers, writers, and readers, we take time to refine our accuracy and understanding of grammar. Naturally we continue to remain 100% German during class. The intended minimum outcome of this class is intermediate-low level on the ACTFL scale.

     

    German 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 5-6 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 7 & 8 continue with topics that go beyond personal interest to topics of community concern. Text length will increase as well as writing. Students at this level work toward consecutive paragraphs and more academic speaking & writing for a variety of purposes in German. Furthermore, as we gain competence as speakers, writers, and readers, we take time to refine our accuracy through a deepened understanding of structures. Naturally we continue to remain 100% German during class. The intended minimum outcome of this class is intermediate-mid level on the ACTFL scale.

     

    Russian 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Russian 3-4 or equivalent Grades 9-12 This third level course explores more advanced grammar, such as past and future tenses, verbs of motion, expressions of comfort and necessity, and develops more speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing. There will be further investigation of Russian culture and literature, including poetry. The intended minimum outcome is intermediate-low on the ACTFL scale. Admission to Russian 5-6 is contingent on successful completion of Russian 3-4, or by demonstrating comparable ability in all 4 skill areas.

     

    Russian 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Russian 5-6 or equivalent Grades 10-12 This class is a continuation of Russian 5-6, and will focus on solidifying grammar, using future tense, perfective and imperfective aspects, expanded use of verbs of motion and transportation, and higher levels of speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension. Students will read and analyze short stories and some poetry. The intended minimum outcome is intermediate-mid on the ACTFL scale. Admission to Russian 7-8 is contingent on successful completion of Russian 5-6, or by demonstrating comparable ability in all 4 skill areas.

     

    Russian Immersion 1-2: First year for Russian Immersion HS Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Russian Immersion in Middle School or Teacher Discretion Grades 9-12 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Russian immersion students in all modalities of the Russian language (speaking, reading, writing skills, and listening). The fundamentals of critical thinking and literary analysis are taught through reading and analyzing short stories, poems, and longer works. Also, the study of grammar and contextual vocabulary is done through the study of art, literature, history, culture, and current events. The main topics of this course are education, self-exploration, and generations/families. The intended minimum outcome is Advanced-low on the ACTFL scale. Students are expected to speak only in Russian in class.

     

    Russian Immersion 3-4: Second year for Russian Immersion HS Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Russian Immersion or Teacher Discretion Grades 9-12 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Russian immersion students in all modalities of the Russian language (speaking, reading, writing skills, and listening). The fundamentals of critical thinking and literary analysis are taught through reading and analyzing short stories, poems, and longer works. Also, the study of grammar and contextual vocabulary is done through the study of art, literature, history, culture, and current events. The topics of this course are around geography and global issues. The intended minimum outcome is Advanced-low on the ACTFL scale. Students are expected to speak only in Russian in class.

    Russian Immersion 5-6: Third year for Russian Immersion HS Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Russian Immersion or Teacher Discretion Grades 9-12 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Russian immersion students in all modalities of the Russian language (speaking, reading, writing skills, and listening). The fundamentals of critical thinking and literary analysis are taught through reading and analyzing short stories, poems, and longer works. Also, the study of grammar and contextual vocabulary is done through the study of art, literature, history, culture, and current events. The topics of this course are professions, description of people’s appearances, emotions, etc. The intended minimum outcome is Advanced-low on the ACTFL scale. Students are expected to speak only in Russian in class.

     

    Russian Immersion 7-8: Fourth year for Russian Immersion HS. Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Russian Immersion or Teacher Discretion Grades 9-12 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Russian immersion students in all modalities of the Russian language (speaking, reading, writing skills, and listening). The fundamentals of critical thinking and literary analysis are taught through reading and analyzing short stories, poems, and longer works. Also, the study of grammar and contextual vocabulary is done through the study of art, literature, history, culture, and current events. The intended minimum outcome is Advanced-low on the ACTFL scale. Students are expected to speak only in Russian in class.

     

    Spanish 1-2: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. No Prerequisite Grades 9-12 The first step in a four-year progression in Spanish is designed to develop language skills: oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn to comprehend relatively simple questions, commands and statements and to respond to them orally. Attention is given to accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as to the structure and vocabulary of the language. Sufficient skills in alignment with the ACTFL national language descriptors are developed to be of aid in travel and in the study of culture. Course goal is Novice High proficiency level within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Spanish 3-4: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Spanish 1-2 Grades 9-12 This second-level course continues to develop skills acquired in the first-level course. Emphasis is still on the spoken language with increasing amounts of reading and writing. Students learn to comprehend more complex sentence structures in all modes (speaking, listening, reading, writing). General knowledge of the language and of the culture of countries in which Spanish is spoken is extended. Sufficient skills in alignment with the ACTFL national language descriptors are developed toward functional ability in the language. Course goal is Intermediate Low proficiency level within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Spanish 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 3-4 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 Semesters 5 and 6 of Spanish pace emphasis on task performance and communicative performance, while exploring complex grammar more deeply. More emphasis is given to reading appropriate level texts and to answering questions. We push to maintain consistent use of sentences, with increasing complexity, as we progress toward paragraphs and topics that go beyond personal interest. An additional focus is past tense narration. Grammatical structures are practiced as needed to support the complexity of the language. Sufficient skills in alignment with the ACTFL national language descriptors are developed toward functional ability in the language. Course goal is Intermediate Mid proficiency level within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    Spanish 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0). May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Spanish 5-6. Grades 9-12 This course seeks to develop language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) that can be used in more academic tasks and is taught entirely in Spanish. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions will be emphasized as well as oral skills. Grammar is focused around complex structures and concepts while increasing vocabulary for academic speaking and writing. Reading is increased and a main focus of the course. Sufficient skills in alignment with the ACTFL national language descriptors are developed toward functional ability in the language. Course goal is Intermediate High proficiency level within the ACTFL descriptors.

     

    AP Spanish Language and Culture: (Offered 2022-23 School Year) Credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Spanish 7-8 or Spanish Immersion 7-8 Grade 11- 12 AP Spanish is offered as a continuation of the Spanish curriculum following 4th year and is open to any interested student. Students should be very aware that AP Spanish is an especially rigorous course intended to match the 3rd year of university level study. Students can expect frequent and challenging work in reading and writing. The course focuses around universal themes and cultures while also preparing for the AP exam. No student needs to be perfect in Spanish to take the course or even to pass the AP exam. Spanish is used exclusively in class and any study of grammatical structures is focused on refining the language as it is applied in various contexts. Most student work is centered around application. The course goal is Advanced-low proficiency.

     

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture: (Offered 2021-22 School Year) Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: AP Spanish Language and Culture Grades 11-12 AP Spanish Literature and Culture introduces students to the formal study of a representative body of texts and accompanying art and media from Peninsular Spanish, Latin America, and U.S. Hispanic literature. Emphasis is placed on approaching the study of literature through understanding, summarizing, and relating texts to global, historical and contemporary cultural contexts. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communications, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Special attention is provided to critical reading, analytical writing, and investigative research skills, and students are encouraged to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in the linguistically and thematically challenging AP Literature and Culture’s reading list. Students transition from talking about themselves to discussing global themes.

     

    Spanish Immersion: Lengua y Literatura 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Requires enrollment in the immersion program Grade: 9 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Spanish Immersion students in all modalities of the Spanish language: speaking, reading, writing skills, listening and to develop and reinforce specific language skills that are typically problematic for language immersion students. The fundamentals of critical thinking and literary analysis are taught through the reading, writing and presentation of short stories, plays, poetry, short-novels and/or excerpts of longer novels. This is a content-based class that follows Language Arts and Social Studies grade level standards. Also, the study of grammar and contextual vocabulary is done through the study of art, literature, history, culture, human rights, current events, personalities and influential people of Spain and the Latin countries, and the various Latin communities in the United States. Additional readings enhance the study of the literature and culture of these countries and communities. Grammar studies will focus on: the study of spelling, accentuation and punctuation rules, ser/estar, preterit/imperfect, the sequence of tenses, the compound tenses and the subjunctive mode. Students are encouraged to: read newspaper and online articles published in Spanish speaking countries, go to Spanish speaking plays, and culturally relevant events. Students are expected to speak only in Spanish in class.

     

    Spanish Immersion: Lengua y Literatura 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) May be taken only once for credit. Requires enrollment in immersion program Grade: 10 This course is designed to increase the proficiency of Spanish Immersion students in all modalities of the Spanish language: speaking, reading, writing, listening and to develop and reinforce specific language skills for immersion students and native speakers. With this course students continue to expand their skills established in previous year. Skills in writing and speaking forms will continue to be emphasized. Students are expected to read more, develop critical analysis of literary works and write using more complex structures. Oral presentation will also be an expectation and all students will speak solely in the target language. ACTFL novice-high level of proficiency.