The SDA English Department provides a thorough language arts experience to all students, emphasizing reading, writing, vocabulary and the spoken word. Students learn research and critical thinking skills as well.
SDA students are privileged with a rare opportunity of attending high school in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, helping them to understand and respect differences. With this environment in mind, SDA language teachers bring students toward the primary goal of all language — communication — by emphasizing active class participation.
They also use a variety of media (language tapes, movies) to increase student interest in and versatility with language. All students are required to take a minimum of 2 years in either Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese. Pending Department approval, each student is afforded the opportunity for advanced study in her chosen language.
|201 SPANISH I||(9) Required||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course provides the student with the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, composition and reading skills to enable the students to understand, speak, read and write the Spanish Language. An attempt is made from the start to have the student develop an affinity with the culture and civilization of the Hispanic world as well as that of Spain.|
|211 FRENCH I||(9) Required||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course will provide the student with the knowledge of basic French grammar and vocabulary. The student will also have the opportunity to learn about French culture and civilization. Classes will present opportunities for the student to hear, speak, read and write French and to understand the French language when she encounters it. Composition work on diverse topics is required.|
|202 SPANISH II||(10) Required||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course is a continuation of Spanish Level I. Reinforcement is given to the student in the area of oral expression, reading, writing, comprehension and culture. Grammar and practical conversational material are stressed, as well as cultural readings.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I.
|212 FRENCH II||(10) Required||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course is a continuation of French I. The student will continue her study of French grammar, culture and civilization. Classes will present opportunities for the student to hear, speak, read and write French and to understand the French language when she encounters it. Composition on diverse topics is required.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I.
|233 SPANISH III (Honors)||(11) Elective||Course Credits 5.0|
|The work in Spanish Level III is an intensive continuation of the previous level. Special emphasis is given to grammar, vocabulary building, conversations and literature. The social life (political, economic, cultural, etc.) of Spanish speaking countries is stressed as well.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II with a 2.5 average or better, and approval of instructor.
|243 FRENCH III (Honors)||(11) Elective||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course is primarily designed to develop a more intense knowledge of the French culture, civilization and literature, while at the same time, enhancing the student’s oral and written abilities. Students will be obliged to do oral reports as well as composition work.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French II with a 2.5 average or better, and the approval of instructor.
|234 ADVANCED PLACEMENT SPANISH||(12) Elective||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course allows students to develop language skills in the area of speech, composition and grammar. The course will emphasize understanding formal and informal spoken Spanish; acquisition of vocabulary; the ability to compose expository paragraphs, and the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. Course content areas will include art, history, culture, literature and current events related to the Spanish speaking world. The A.P. Spanish language Exam given by the College Board will be administered by the end of the course.
Prerequisite: A 3.25 average in Spanish III and the approval of the A.P. Spanish Language teacher and the department chairperson. Students must demonstrate true interest and commitment to the subject.
|214 FRENCH IV (Honors)||(12) Elective||Course Credits 5.0|
|This course provides the opportunity for students to continue their study of the French language at a higher level without committing to the rigors of the Advanced Placement course. Students will engage in intensive reading, extensive communication, and mature essay writing.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III Honors with a 2.5 average or better and the approval of the instructor.