Foreign Languages Department

Foreign Languages Department

Department Chair: Edwin Miranda

The Northeast High School world language department vision is that every student participate with cultural competence in a global economy and pluralistic society through the attainment of high levels of proficiency in at least one language in addition to English.  Our vision is grounded in the belief that:

  • All students can become multi-lingual/multi-literate
  • Students will engage in globally transformative experiences through language learning
  • Acquisition of more than one language leads to cognitive, academic, economic, health, and social benefits, and supports 21st century skills
  • Acquisition of more than one language is an essential component of a world-class education/experience, and is critical to students’ college, career, and world readiness.

Our mission is to provide a world-class language education:

  • Through the integration of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities
  • Through the meaningful integration of appropriate technology into teaching and learning
  • By leveraging the linguistic diversity of school communities to enrich language programs
  • By leveraging institutions of higher education and various other resources to strengthen language programs and provide diverse, authentic learning experiences.

Courses:

Spanish:
Introductory course to guide students in developing faculties in Basic Spanish.

Spanish II: 
Spanish II continues to guide students in developing their language skills at an intermediate level

Spanish III Honors: 
An advanced course designed for students who have completed two years of Spanish study. Taught 90% in Spanish.
Prerequisite: C or better in Spanish II, B recommended

Spanish IV Honors: 
An advanced course designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish study. Taught 90% in Spanish.

Spanish for Spanish/Heritage speakers:

Spanish for Spanish /Heritage speakers 1: Students who already have a background speaking Spanish at home will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in their native language.

Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test     

Spanish for Spanish/Heritage speakers 2: 
Students that communicate in Spanish fluently will continue to develop and enhance their communication skills.

French:

French I: 
Introductory course to guide students in developing skills in Basic French.

French II:
French II continues to guide students in developing their language skills at an intermediate level

Prerequisite: C or better in French I, B recommended          

French III Honors:
An advanced course designed for students who have completed two years of French study. Taught 90% in French.
 Italian:

Italian I: 
Introductory course to guide students in developing facilities in Basic Italian.

Italian II: 
Italian II continues to guide students in developing their language skills at an intermediate level

Prerequisite: C or better in Italian I, B recommended

Italian III Honors: 
An advanced course designed for students who have completed two years of Italian study. Taught 90% in Italian.

 

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese I: 
Introductory course to guide students in developing facilities in Basic Chinese.

Chinese II: 
Chinese II continues to guide students in developing their language skills at an intermediate level

Prerequisite: C or better in Chinese I, B recommended       

Honors/AP/IB guidelines (requirements & procedures), articulations & dual enrollments

AP Spanish Language and Culture: Designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Exam. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish.

Prerequisite: B or better in Spanish for Spanish Speakers II,  Spanish III or Spanish III Honors, but A recommended.

AP Italian: Designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture Exam. This course is conducted exclusively in Italian.

Prerequisite: B or better in Italian III or Italian  III Honors, but A recommended.

AP Chinese: Designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture Exam. This course is conducted exclusively in Chinese.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme:
Language AB Initio: courses are for beginners (that is, students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen). These courses are only available at the standard level.

Language B: courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. They may be studied at either higher level or standard level. The course is designed to prepare students to take IB Diploma

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