An independent Catholic school for girls in grades 7-12

world languages

Students enter Ursuline Academy with variations in their backgrounds and abilities in language skills. Through the various course levels, the department is able to meet each student where she is and provide her the content, skills and experiences that develop proficiency, fluency and cultural awareness expected at the college level. In near-immersion classroom, teachers emphasize the three modes of communication--interpersonal, interpretive and presentational-- that help instill a love of language while promoting deep appreciation of culture. Students an all three languages can move through the sequence to advance to the highest level, the College Board-approved Advanced Placement course.

 

Language Classes

French 7

Grade 7 students experience an introduction to the study of the French language. Students work towards competence in conversation through lessons and exercises that place an emphasis on acquiring listening and speaking skills. Additional work in reading and writing complements and reinforces newly acquired language skills. Grade 7 students complete the first half of the French I curriculum.

French 8

Students will continue to increase their oral and aural proficiency in French. They will expand their command of topical vocabulary and their control of basic structures. Students will comprehend a variety of written sources and will be able to communicate effectively in writing. In addition they will continue to develop their appreciation of the culture of French-speaking countries. Grade 8 students complete the second half of the French I curriculum.

French I

Students will develop communication skills in French through proficiency-based activities. They will learn structure and relevant vocabulary in culturally accurate contexts. Students will appreciate the wide scope and diversity of French culture through readings and discussion of authentic materials. Guided practice encourages writing ability in a variety of styles and formats. (Grade 9)

French II

In French II students continue to acquire aural, oral, reading and writing skills through the  comprehensive listening and speaking program. Instructors place increased emphasis on structural concepts, idioms, and syntax through oral and written exercises and directed short compositions. (Grades 9 or 10)

French III

French III students will further develop their proficiency in narration in past, present and future tenses, including extensive practice of the subjunctive mood. They will increase aural comprehension of a variety of authentic sources. Students will comprehend written French in both fictional and nonfictional modes. They will express their ideas in written form through factual and creative writing in French. In addition they will expand their appreciation of the wide variety of geography, history, and cultures of French-speaking countries. (Grades 10 or 11)

French IV

French IV builds on the skills of French III and seeks to reinforce students’ oral-aural proficiency with an increasing emphasis on global and detailed reading and writing skills. Students continue their intensive study of structure using a variety of classic and contemporary texts intended to reinforce the grammatical competencies acquired in previous years of study. Audio, film, and interactive resources are used in the classroom to refine pronunciation and listening comprehension skills. Additionally students will develop their expression of ideas in written form through extensive practice in creative and factual formats. (Grade 11 or 12)

AP French

Conducted completely in French, the College Board-approved AP French Language and Culture is designed around six themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. Students enrolled in this fast-paced course practice advanced grammar topics, narrative and expository writing, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and extemporaneous speaking. Students analyze, reflect on, and discuss contemporary issues and explore a wide range of topics. Through their reading of  Francophone literature through the centuries, they study Francophone culture and history and write essays and reviews. Students are well-prepared to take the AP French Language and Culture examination in the spring. (Grade 12)

Latin 7

Latin 7 introduces students to the fundamentals of the Latin language by emphasizing elementary Latin morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.  To contextualize the language and lay the groundwork for subsequent study, the course introduces students to classical geography, mythology, and daily life.  For texts, students use Jenney’s First Year Latin  and Roach’s Libellus Fabularum Latinarum.

Latin 8

Latin 8 students continue to master morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, while translating increasingly complex sentences and stories about Roman history and mythology.   Students continue their studies of Roman culture, with a focus on Roman values, mythology, daily life, and basic Roman history. Latin 7 and 8 comprises the year-long Latin I course so that, as 9th graders, students may enter Latin II.

Latin I

Latin I introduces high school students to the fundamentals of the Latin language through morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.  As students progress through grammar topics, they read increasingly complex sentences and stories.   To contextualize their language experience, Latin I students also learn about classical mythology, the city of Rome, and daily life. Students use Jenney’s First Year Latin course and Roach’s Libellus Fabularum Latinarum. (Grade 9)

Latin II

Latin II students finish their study of Latin grammar and basic vocabulary, with a focus on translating difficult syntax.  After students complete Jenney’s First Year Latin, they translate from intermediate level readers about Roman history and Greek mythology, supplemented by a study of epigraphy and Roman graffiti.  By the end of the year, students transition to translate authentic Latin prose authors such as Petronius, Eutropius, or Caesar.  Cultural topics studied include famous men of ancient Rome, Roman education, warfare, and heroes of mythology and poetry. (Grade 9 or 10)

Latin III

In their first complete literature course, Latin III students use their language skills to translate a survey of Latin literature.  Their exploration of Roman genres will include both prose and poetry and authors such as  Cicero, Caesar, Eutropius, Ovid, and Catullus.  Students will consider historical, political, and social contexts of their texts, especially focusing on the Late Republic and pay special attention to rhetorical devices and meter (hendecasyllables and dactylic hexameter).   (Grade 10 or 11)

Latin IV

Students continue their survey of Latin literature and genre and focus further on on literary criticism.  Through close reading of various genres, students evaluate how authors engage form and technique, intertextuality, views of women, and methods of persuasion.  Students will consider the forms and techne of the Latin genres of commentary, oratory, epic poetry, and love elegy by studying Caesar, Cicero, Sallust, Ovid, Vergil, and Horace. (Grade 11 or 12)

AP Latin

Advanced Placement Latin follows the College Board’s syllabus of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War.  In addition to creating precise literal translations, students will investigate Latin grammar and syntax, the Roman army, and literary analysis.  Students will discuss the impact of the following themes: Roman values, warfare, history and memory, human beings and the gods, views of non-Romans, and literary style. (Grade 12)

Spanish 7

Grade 7 students experience an introduction to the study of the Spanish language. Students work towards competence in conversation through lessons and exercises that place an emphasis on acquiring listening and speaking skills. Additional work in reading and writing complements and reinforces newly acquired language skills.

Spanish 8

In grade 8 students continue to increase their oral and aural proficiency in Spanish. They expand their command of topical vocabulary and their control of basic structures. Students will comprehend a variety of written sources and will be able to communicate effectively in written form while developing their appreciation of the culture of Hispanic countries. Spanish students completing grades 7 and 8 are usually prepared for Spanish II in grade 9.

Spanish I

Students new to the language develop communicative skills in Spanish through proficiency-based activities. They learn structure and relevant vocabulary in culturally accurate contexts while appreciating the wide scope and diversity of Spanish culture through readings and discussion of authentic material. Students develop their writing ability through guided practice in a variety of styles and formats. (Grade 9)

Spanish II

In Spanish II students continue to acquire aural, oral, reading and writing skills through a comprehensive listening and speaking program that places increased emphasis on structural concepts, idioms, and syntax.  Students build their competency through oral and written exercises and directed short compositions. (Grade 9 or 10)

Spanish III

In Spanish II students continue to acquire aural, oral, reading and writing skills through a comprehensive listening and speaking program that places increased emphasis on structural concepts, idioms, and syntax.  Students build their competency through oral and written exercises and directed short compositions. (Grade 10 or 11)

Spanish IV

Spanish IV builds on the skills of Spanish III and seeks to reinforce students’ oral-aural proficiency with an increasing emphasis on global and detailed reading and writing skills. Students continue their intensive study of structure using a variety of classic and contemporary texts intended to reinforce the grammatical competencies acquired in previous years of study. Instructors use technology, audio, film, and interactive resources in the classroom to refine students’ pronunciation and listening comprehension skills. Students develop their expression of ideas in written form through extensive practice. (Grade 11 or 12)

AP Spanish Language and Culture

The College Board-approved AP Spanish Language and Culture course is rigorous and taught exclusively in Spanish. Students sign a pledge to communicate only in Spanish at all times during the class. The objectives of the course are to enable the students to communicate effectively in spoken and written Spanish, and to comprehend authentic audio and written sources--essays, magazine articles, and newspaper articles-- related to the six themes around which the course is organized. Using these various sources, students discuss, compare and contrast topics about Family and Community, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, World Challenges, Personal and Public Identities.  Students are well-prepared to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture examination in the Spring. (Grade 12)

 

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