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The Reno High School World Languages Department recognizes the importance of a multi-lingual background in a world where countries are becoming increasingly interdependent. At least two years of study in the same world language are required of students graduating in the Honors Program. Many colleges, however, require three to four years of world language study. A student should consult his/her counselor for specific college requirements.

All world language teachers require a notebook, a workbook, and a $5 class fee. Most teachers assign daily homework and evaluate students with both written and oral tests, as well as class participation. Students in levels 5-6, 7-8, or 9-10 are required to purchase their own dictionaries. All courses are electives and are full-year courses earning one credit. To ensure success in these classes, it is required that students earn at least a “C” or have special releases signed by the receiving teacher (this only in extraordinary cases for extraordinary reasons; for example, a student who has spent time in the country or in an immersion program and can prove his/her ability to do well in the desired level).

Students who receive an academic grade of “F” at the end of the semester will be encouraged to consider dropping the second semester class, and to retake the first semester class the following year. Students receiving credit in levels 5-6, 7-8, or 9-10 also satisfy the Humanities requirement for graduation.

Credit in all world language courses at the 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 levels applies toward the Honors Diploma.

French 1-2 4551/4552

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)

This course provides practice for the first-year French student in all four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is also designed to enable the students to make use of vocabulary and cultural information if they ever travel or live in a French-speaking country.

French 3-4 4553/4554

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 1-2 or teacher approval

This full year course is designed for the second year French student. It provides continued practice in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students become increasingly familiar with, and proficient in, cultural and linguistic aspects of the language.

French 5-6 (H) 4555/4556

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 3-4 or teacher approval

This full year course is designed for the third year French student. The course emphasizes greater fluency, better pronunciation and intonation, and improved skill in understanding native speakers. It also focuses on composition skills and review of French phonology, syntax, and grammar. The course enables the student to gain a greater awareness of the cultural contributions of French speaking world in art, music and literature.

French 7-8 (H) 4557/4558

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 3-4 or teacher approval

AP French Language 4581/4582

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of French 5-6 or teacher approval

The Advanced Placement French Language and Culture course is designed to prepare French students for the AP French Language and Culture exam. The goal of AP French is to develop students' communicative ability in the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) through the use of authentic materials. This course will develop students' listening comprehension and reading skills using different kinds of authentic texts and aural materials. AP French will hone students' ability to express themselves in both written and oral French at the level of intermeidate to pre-advanced range. These skills will be practiced through the study of cultural aspects of the French and francophone world in six major categories set by the College Board. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. All AP exams have a cost associated with them.

Spanish 1-2 4611/4612

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)

This course provides practice for the first-year Spanish student in all four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is also designed to enable the students to make use of vocabulary and cultural information if they ever travel or live in a Spanish-speaking country

Spanish 3-4 4613/4614

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1-2 or teacher approval

This second-year course is designed to provide more practice in the basic language skills, especially helping students to become more proficient in listening and speaking skills. The course emphasizes continuing mastery of Spanish phonology and grammar; and developing and improving skills in reading, speaking, writing, and vocabulary. Students will also be exposed to the geography of the Spanish-speaking world and to various aspects of Hispanic civilization and culture.

Spanish 5-6 (H) 4615/4616

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 3-4 or teacher approval

This third year Spanish course emphasizes increasing mastery of Spanish phonology and syntax and developing and improving skills in reading, grammar, writing, vocabulary, and speaking. Students will become more proficient in written and spoken Spanish. Classroom instruction will be conducted primarily in the target language. Students will have an increasing awareness of the cultural contributions of Spain and Latin America in art, history, and literature, as well as social issues unique to the Americas.

Spanish 7-8 (H) 4617/4618

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 3-4 or teacher approval

Spanish 9-10 (H) 4619/4620

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts HONORS credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 7-8

Spanish 9-10 (H) is a course that reviews and synthesizes language structures. Literature is introduced and thoughtful discussion of ideas presented is encouraged. Reading, writing and speaking, with more sophisticated proficiency, is stressed. Extensive reading, written compositions, and oral examinations are required. Students will focus on their communicative ability in the three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational. Students will also learn a great deal of culture throughout Latin America and Spain. Students may retake the AP Spanish Language exam at the end of this course if they wish to improve their score. This course is instructed in Spanish and satisfies the Humanities credit requirement for high school graduation and qualifies for an Honors Diploma.

AP Spanish Language & Culture 4641/4642

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Language Arts credit)
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 5-6 or teacher approval

The Advanced Placement Spanish Language course is designed for those students interested in broadening their knowledge of Spanish at a pre-college level. The goal of AP Spanish Language is to develop students’ communicative ability in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Students will participate in daily prompts that emphasize listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Extensive reading in the language is required. Written compositions and essays are assigned regularly and oral work is required. A complete review of grammar is included. Completion of this course satisfies the humanities requirement for high school graduation. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. All AP exams have a cost associated with them.