May 15, 2021
Instructors

Thatcher Hinman

French & German teacher
hinmant@hartfordschools.net
802-295-8610 x*x2126
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Katy Allis-Paredes

Spanish Teacher
allisparedesk@hartfordschools.net 
802-295-8610 Ext. *2128

Scott Tarbox 

French & German Teacher
tarboxs@hartfordschools.net 
802-295-8610 Ext. *x2123

Cassandra North
Cassandra North
Spanish Teacher
northc@hartfordschools.net
802-295-8610 Ext. *2123

World Language Program

Scroll down to see all of the World Language courses that are offered at HHS! Want to learn a language we don't offer? Sign up for World Language Lab!

This course is designed for students wishing to learn a language other than Spanish, French, or German. Students work as a class on language-learning strategies and study a language of their choice by setting goals and working toward them using online and community resources.  Last year, students explored Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and American Sign Language.


Explore the world... while learning a language!

In the last few years, HHS students have traveled with WLC Department Programs to Germany, France, Martinique, Québec, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Check out past trips and learn more about the program.


Courses

French 2
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: French 1 or Intermediate French credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring  

Building on skills learned in French 1, students study additional verb tenses (e.g., present, past, and future) and more extensive vocabulary. Student understanding and knowledge of Francophone cultures, including Quebec and Belgium, will grow deeper as we read authentic texts and watch films in French.  


French 3
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: French 2 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

Students in French 3 will experience a significant jump in their understanding and use of the language as activities become more creative and sophisticated. The course expands upon work begun in previous levels and gives students additional tools to communicate (spoken and written) and express themselves in a variety of situations in French. 


French 4 (Advanced) 
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: French 3 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall 

Lessons based on authentic sources including newspaper, magazines, literature, music and film create learning opportunities for students to explore Francophone histories and cultures. Students will be given opportunities to review and master basics as well as study advanced grammar notions. When combined with the AP-level class, students pledge to speak exclusively in French during class. 


AP French Language & Culture (Advanced Placement) 
Open to: Grade 10-12 
Prerequisite: French 4 (Advanced) credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. French 4 (Advanced) MUST be taken the semester immediately prior to taking AP French. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Spring 

The class will explore six themes: identities, esthetics, contemporary life, global conflicts, families and communities, and science and technologies. Students will be given opportunities to debate hot topics, write emails, prepare persuasive essays, and speak with and/or write to native in connection with a topic related to the six themes. In accordance with AP Standards, instruction will be given entirely in French and students pledge to speak exclusively in French during class. 

Exam expectation: Students will take the AP exam in May for a fee of approximately $90. (The exam fee should not deter any student from taking this course. The College Board offers fee reductions, and the school will cover the fee for students with additional financial need.)    

Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP exam in the spring as part of the course requirements. Failure to take the exam will change the identification of the course on the transcript to read "Advanced" rather than "AP" and the grade value will be reduced from weighted to unweighted.  
 

Spanish 1 
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: None 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

In Spanish 1, students will learn the tools for basic conversation about daily life, including greetings, question words, numbers, preferences, and activities. The course will introduce basic reading and writing skills and will allow students to explore a variety of topics related to the Spanish-speaking world. 


Spanish 2 
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or Intermediate Spanish credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

Spanish 2 is an expansion of Spanish 1. Students will listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish, using the language to explore a variety of topics from the Spanish-speaking world, including sports, poetry, music, art, geography, and current events. 


Spanish 3
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

This course expands the skills practiced in Spanish I and II and introduces additional language structures to talk about the past and the future. Students will practice the tools they need to navigate daily life and travel situations. Students can expect articles, essays, and presentations in Spanish about Spanish-speaking communities around the world in order to improve written and verbal communication skills. 


Advanced Level Spanish Classes 
Advanced Topics in Spanish covers complex grammar points and helps students to build vocabulary through the lens of a new topic each year. The course runs each fall and leads to an advanced credit. The course can stand alone or serve as a bridge to the AP Spanish course offered in the Spring. 


Advanced Topics In Spanish: España - Historia, Cultura y Actualidad 
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: Spanish 3 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block, Fall Semester, every other year. This course will be offered in 2022-23. 

In this advanced-level class, students will use the Spanish language to look at history, geography, popular culture, current events, sports, the arts, and cuisine in Spain. It may be taken after Spanish 3 or another Advanced Topics in Spanish seminar. Learning experiences focus on authentic sources, including newspapers, magazines, literature, poetry, music, and film.  

Advanced Topics In Spanish: La actualidad en Latinoamérica 
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: Spanish 3 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block, Fall Semester, every other year. This course will be offered in 2021-22. 

In this advanced-level class, students will use the Spanish language to look at history, geography, popular culture, current events, sports, the arts, and cuisine in Latin America. It may be taken after Spanish 3 or another Advanced Topics in Spanish seminar. Learning experiences focus on authentic sources, including newspapers, magazines, literature, poetry, music, film, and guest speakers. 


AP Spanish Language & Culture (Advanced Placement) 
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: A credit of one or both Advanced Topics in Spanish courses. Students MUST take one of the courses the semester immediately prior to taking AP Spanish, and demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Spring 

AP Spanish Language and Culture continues the work students begin in Advanced Topics in Spanish. As students prepare to take the AP exam, they will learn about a variety of Spanish-speaking cultures and demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. The course is comparable to a third-year college course. Learning experiences require students to integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to analyze and synthesize information from authentic Spanish language sources. 

Exam expectation: Students will take the AP exam in May for a fee of approximately $90. (The fee should not deter any student from taking this course. The College Board offers fee reductions, and the school will cover the fee for students with additional financial need.) 

Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP exam in the spring as part of the course requirements. The decision not to take the exam will change the identification of the course on the transcript to read "Advanced" rather than "AP" and the grade value will be changed from weighted to unweighted.  

German 1 
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: None 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

This course introduces the student to German language and culture. Students will learn to communicate in German about their families, friends, various sports and activities, travel and food. 


German 2 
Open to: Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: German 1 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

This course will review and build on the work begun in German 1. Students will gain a greater understanding of how the language works and will express themselves in increasingly complex statements.  

German 3 
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: German 2 credit and student demonstrates proficiency at that level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

This course is designed to strengthen students' knowledge of the German language and German culture, balancing cooperative group work and structured independent learning to achieve these goals. The course will focus on 4 major themes: 1) German music, film, authors and art; 2) German internet and contemporary media; 3) German history and politics; and 4) German geography. This class will balance both independent learning and group learning. It will also be a chance to review and strengthen language skills, as well as work on several advanced research and writing projects. 


Advanced Topics In German: Nach Deutschland!
Open to: Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite: Student must demonstrate proficiency at the German 3 level by passing the World Language & Culture Proficiency Assessment. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring

For the first half of this advanced-level course, we will focus on themes relevant to our exchange trip to Germany: Daily life in Germany, living with a host family, Food, School, and Community Service. The second half will focus on themes such as German art, film, literature; Fascism, Communism, and Democracy; architecture and innovation; and other specific themes that interest the class. This course can be repeated more than once. 


World Language Lab
Open to: Grades 10-12 (Grade 9 requires instructor's permission) 
Prerequisite: Interested 9th graders need to set up an interview with a World Language Department faculty member before signing up for this course. 
Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring 

This course is designed for students wishing to explore the language of their choice and consists primarily of an independent language program. Students are encouraged to identify their passions and create their own authentic learning opportunities. Students will guide their own learning through connecting to and accessing resources to aid their endeavors. Teachers in this program serve as guides and resources for students to access experts in the community as much as possible; therefore, the experiences available are not limited to the walls or traditional schedule of Hartford High School. Students wishing to pursue this type of education must be able to work independently, collaborate with others and be willing to document and demonstrate their learning in several different forms, including but not limited to: daily reflections and presentation. Students enrolled in this course will receive an elective credit. This course is not intended to replace any language course that is already offered at Hartford High School.    

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