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Spanish 1 

This class is an introduction to Spanish. It serves as a strong foundation to the more advanced levels that follow. The focus is to give students a secure handle on all aspects of language and to build written and spoken comprehension of everyday situations. Grammar and vocabulary are important components of this course. The class is infused with conversational activities. Songs, dialogues, and projects add enthusiasm and vigor and allow students to further explore Hispanic culture. Students are expected to take thorough notes, do nightly homework, and keep organized binders. Students are graded on participation, homework, class exercises, presentations, projects, and exams. 


Spanish 2

Spanish 2 is a course designed to expand knowledge of the Spanish language and the students’ conversational and written skills. More advanced grammatical concepts are introduced. Linguistic concepts are more challenging at this level. A variety of creative projects, both written and oral, permit students to use their linguistic skills. Videos, music, and various cultural activities and projects continue to expand Hispanic culture. Students are expected to take thorough notes, do nightly homework, and keep organized binders. Students are graded on participation, homework, class exercises, presentations, projects, and exams. 


Spanish 3

This course is for the enthusiastic student who is seriously interested in furthering his/her linguistic skills in Spanish. Grammar is refined and continues to be an important part of the curriculum. Expanded vocabulary prepares the student for a more advanced level of conversation. Emphasis is on spoken and written proficiency. Skits, presentations, essay and literary reading selections are important elements of the course. Videos, songs, and an array of material provide variety and introduce geography, history, art, music, and the cuisine of Latin America and Spain. Students are expected to take thorough notes, do nightly homework, and keep organized binders. Students are graded on participation, homework, class exercises, presentations, projects, and exams. 31 


Spanish 4

AP Spanish Language and Culture

This is a challenging course in which AP students specifically prepare for the AP exam given by the College Board. In this intense course, students are engaged in activities oriented toward achieving a higher level of proficiency in the four (4) language skills: speaking, listening, comprehension, and reading and writing. Cultural topics are a major focus of the course. Literary works include both prose and poetry. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students enrolled in AP Spanish are strongly encouraged to take the AP Exam given in May. Students are expected to take thorough notes, do nightly homework, and keep organized binders. Students are graded on participation, homework, class exercises, presentations, projects, and exams. 


French 1

This course is an introduction to French. Students are taught in French from the very first day of class instruction. Correct pronunciation, oral comprehension, vocabulary, and basic structures are introduced and developed. Oral activities form the major component of the class period. Students are expect to participate actively and with enthusiasm every day. They are evaluated on both oral and written progress through tests, paragraphs, dialogues, and class participation. Extracurricular experiences through food, games, films, songs, and French Club activities provide students with insight into French-speaking cultures and their people. 


French 2

French 2 is designed to expand the student’s ability to understand and respond to conversational situations of everyday life. The past tenses are introduced and practiced extensively, along with the use of object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and other appropriate structures. Vocabulary is expanded significantly. Students are evaluated through dialogues, written tests, dictations, oral readings, and some impromptu role-playing activities. Cultural experiences are provided through food, games, songs, films, children’s books, and French Club activities. 


French 3

French 3 emphasizes intermediate to advanced conversation, grammar, and literature. Texts, various poems, a variety of songs and an in-depth study of grammar and structure form the heart of the course. Oral discussion and the sharing of ideas, reactions, and feelings form the major component of the class period. Cultural experiences continue to be provided through songs, food, games, films, poetry, and French Club activities. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in cultural activities outside the classroom such as the various French contests and poetry readings held at Sonoma State or at the Alliance Francaise. 


French 4 

French 4 proceeds largely through oral discussion and the sharing of ideas derived from the reading materials. These include a large body of oral and written materials such as short stories, poetry, short plays, newspaper articles, radio broadcasts, songs, and videos designed to represent a variety of genres and time periods, challenging in both structure and content. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in cultural activities outside the classroom such as the various French contests and poetry readings held at Sonoma State or at the Alliance Francaise.