RHS World Language Department

Faculty

Julie Dore
Stephanie Palmer
Melissa Shaughnessy (Department Head)
Jacqueline Tabares

GRADE 9GRADE 10GRADE 11GRADE 12
French I

Spanish I

French II

Spanish II

French III

Spanish III

French IV, V

Spanish IV, V

 

Summer work for Ms. Shaughnessy's Spanish 4/5H students can be found here.

 

FRENCH I (1 Credit)

This course introduces students to basic French expressions, culture, and grammar, with emphasis on the present tense. They will learn to ask and answer questions relating to everyday topics of conversation, and they will read short articles and write simple paragraphs.

FRENCH II (1 Credit)

Students will be expected to understand, ask, and answer more difficult questions on topics of general interest. There will be emphasis on the main past tenses, and students will learn more detailed vocabulary. They will continue to study and read about Francophone cultures in French.  Course is offered at the Honors and College Prep levels.

FRENCH III (1 Credit)

There will be more emphasis on spoken French and discussion using more specific vocabulary. Students will write more compositions in the language, read more difficult passages and study more advanced grammar, with emphasis on the subjunctive mood.  Course is offered at the Honors and College Prep levels.

FRENCH IV (1 Credit)

Students will read longer selections from French literature and will apply the grammar studied over the past three years. Students will understand, read, speak and write in French. They will delve into French history through readings and film and will develop a strong knowledge of French culture.  Course is offered at the Honors level only.

FRENCH V (1 Credit)

Students will study advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary and will compare and contrast the cultures of Francophone countries and their own. They will read and discuss French literature and view selected films in French.   Course is offered at the Honors level only.

SPANISH I (1 Credit)

This course introduces students to basic Spanish expressions, culture, and grammar, with emphasis on the present tense. They will learn to ask and answer questions relating to everyday topics of conversation, and they will read short articles and write simple paragraphs.

SPANISH II (1 Credit)

Students will be expected to understand, ask, and answer more difficult questions on topics of general interest. There will be emphasis on the main past tenses, and students will learn more detailed vocabulary. They will continue to study and read about Hispanic culture in Spanish.    Course is offered at the Honors and College Prep levels.

SPANISH III (1 Credit)

There will be more emphasis on spoken Spanish and discussion using more specific vocabulary. Students will write more compositions in the language, read more difficult passages and study more advanced grammar, with emphasis on the subjunctive mood.  Course is offered at the Honors and College Prep levels.

SPANISH IV (1 Credit)

Students will read longer selections from Hispanic literature and will apply the grammar studied over the past three years. Students will understand, read, speak and write in Spanish. They will delve into Spanish history through readings and film and will develop a strong knowledge of Hispanic culture.  Course is offered at the Honors and College Prep levels.

SPANISH V (1 Credit)

Students will study advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary and will compare and contrast the cultures of Hispanic countries and their own. They will read and discuss Spanish literature and view selected films in Spanish.   Course is offered at the Honors level only.

 

Since 2017, the senior class has taken a field trip to the Museum of fine arts after studying hispanic art and literature. It serves as an excellent reward and an exciting way to spark interest in language and culture outside of the classroom. This year we hope to combine with the french 4 class, as well.

Occasionally we indulge by sampling traditional dishes prepared by each other or by the teacher. Culture is a major aspect of learning a new language and working towards becoming a culturally aware citizen. Spanish students will study different countries and traditions, as well as some of the typical and beloved foods of those countries. A common favorite is always tapas from Spain!

Each year, RHS works to collect hygiene products for people in Guatemala. We package them up and send them along with local a local non profit named Worthy Village. Language students often help encourage donations and volunteer to pack and load them up. Last year RHS collected over 10,000 items to donate! Additionally, Spanish students study the daily life of rural Guatemalans and compare the US and Guatemalan economy/environment.

Language students are able to demonstrate their knowledge and mastery in a variety of ways. Teachers often use online platforms such as voicethread and Adobe Spark to assess communication skills. However, many students prefer using Snapchat as a digital storytelling tool or presenting cumulative projects to their peers using Google Slides.

The World Language department at RHS loves games! Oftentimes we use tools such as Kahoot, Quizizz, Peardeck, and Quizlet live to do quick check ins on our class progress. Other times, you can find classes broken into groups playing classic games such as Apples to Apples or bananagrams in the target language. This gives students a chance to work on those interpersonal communication skills in an informal and relaxed setting.

French students will have the opportunity to travel to Québec to experience the Winter Carnaval celebration.

While in Québec city, students are immersed in an authentic French-speaking environment and are able to practice language skills acquired in class, try new food, and learn about Québeçois history & culture as well as have fun dog sledding, snowshoeing, tobogganing and tubing!

 

Student work samples:

Quick clip using google expeditions

https://twitter.com/i/status/832743558515798028

 

Sean sugrue’s presentation from level 3

https://spark.adobe.com/video/KA22fogpb9UXF

 

Aiden’s level 1 presentation (it’s really long)

https://voicethread.com/myvoice/thread/6297754/32443640/33880644

 

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