Presque Isle High School
World Languages Department


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Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives of the World Languages Department

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience, whether communication takes place face-to-face, in writing, or across the centuries through the reading of literature. Our students must have the linguistic and cultural skills to communicate successfully in a pluralistic society at home and abroad. All students should develop a level of proficiency in at least one other language. All students should study language and culture in an integrated fashion, beginning in elementary school and extending through their entire school experience. Whatever their heritage, there is an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of themselves and others through the study of another culture.

The organizing principle in today's modern language classroom is communication, which highlights how (grammar) and what (vocabulary and content) as well as why, to whom and when (social and cultural aspects of language). While grammar and vocabulary remain essential tools for communication, learning to use a second language in meaningful and appropriate ways is the ultimate goal of Modern Languages instruction.

As we aligned our curriculum to the Learning Results, we struggled with the term "mastered." In almost no case do we feel that students master most aspects of a language in a four year sequence of study. We decided that we were more comfortable with the term "proficient," which more accurately reflects the skills of a high school student in SAD # 1 who has studied a language beyond level two.

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World Languages Dept. Faculty



Caroline Dubois
(French II, III & IV, Conversational French)
Travis Esposito
Trevor Esposito
(Spanish III & IV, French I)
Department Chair
 

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World Languages Course Descriptions

Enrollment is subject to previous academic performance, test scores, and teacher recommendations.

CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH (1 CREDIT) Grades 9&10
This course is designed to focus on oral communication skills. Emphasis will be on common vocabulary relating to everyday needs. Units, including work situations, food, sports, health, travel, and everyday situations, will incorporate the culture of French speaking countries and compare them to ours. Students will be expected to be active participants in communication through speaking and listening, and will work with basic reading and writing.

CP FRENCH I (1 CREDIT)
French I is a course designed to introduce students to the French speaking world by introducing and reinforcing speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Customs and cultural awareness are important components of the course. Language skills will be reinforced and evaluated by classroom oral communication as well as written activities.

CP FRENCH II (1 CREDIT))
French II provides a continuity of the first-year French program by enlarging upon and becoming more involved in oral and written self-expression, listening and reading comprehension. Much emphasis is placed on daily performance with partners in communication activities. Cultural components of this course continue to emphasize the diversity of French culture around the world.

CP FRENCH III (1 CREDIT)
French III encourages students to use previously acquired skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to develop more confidence in self-expression. Students are introduced to more advanced reading materials through units including mysteries, poetry, music, history and geography of French speaking countries. Strong emphasis is placed on communication skills in group and paired activities.

CP FRENCH IV (1 CREDIT)
With continued emphasis placed on spoken French, French IV students should be prepared to express themselves in the target language. The curriculum will include, but not be limited to, exploring the French influence in North America, working with contemporary French poetry, and studying French literature.

SPANISH IA (1 CREDIT)
This course is designed to allow students extra time to practice and master the first half of the CP Spanish I curriculum. The course focuses on everyday communication, and emphasis will be on common vocabulary relating to everyday needs. Students will be expected to be active participants in communication through speaking and
listening, along with basic reading and writing.

SPANISH IB (1 CREDIT)
PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SPANISH IA
This course offers students the second half of the CP Spanish I curriculum. This course focuses on advancing listening and speaking skills in everyday situations, while addressing grammatical and cultural connections to a student's native language. It continues to advance reading and writing skills as well, so that students completing this program will be prepared to continue into the CP Spanish II program. Included will be the study of world
cultures, history and current world connections.

CP SPANISH I (1 CREDIT)
Spanish I is a course designed to introduce students to the Spanish speaking world by introducing and reinforcing speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Customs and cultural awareness are important components of the course. Language skills will be reinforced and evaluated by classroom oral communication as well as written activities.

CP SPANISH II (1CREDIT)
Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I or Spanish IA and IB. It offers new structures and expands on the comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in Spanish I / Spanish IA and IB. There is greater emphasis on conversation and speaking abilities. Cultural components of this course continue to emphasize the diversity of Spanish culture around the world.

CP SPANISH III (1 CREDIT)
Spanish III encourages students to use previously acquired skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading, as they continue to build their knowledge base and develop more confidence in self-expression. Students are also introduced to more advanced writing tasks and reading materials through units including the legends, history, music and geography of Latin America.

CP SPANISH IV (1 CREDIT)
Spanish IV is designed to help students deepen their knowledge in Spanish Language and Culture. This class is taught almost exclusively in Spanish and encourages students to speak likewise. Activities include oral and written self-expression with an emphasis on poetry, the arts, history and the geographical diversity of the Hispanic world.

For additional information on courses and graduation requirements, please refer to the PIHS Program of Studies handbook, available in PDF format.

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Last updated: April 8, 2014