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Standards

The Worcester Public Schools promote second language acquisition to expand students horizons and allow them the opportunity to communicate in a second language. This program is founded on the belief of the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning that all students should converse, read, and write in at least one language in addition to standard English.

The purpose of the World Language program is to promote language proficiency in order for students to engage in purposeful communication and appreciate other cultures and peoples.

French I

This course will begin to develop communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students will also explore various facets of culture in the French-speaking world.

French II

After successful completion of French I, students will continue to develop communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students will also continue to explore various facets of culture in the French-speaking world.

Latin I

This course emphasizes vocabulary and the grammatical elements of the language. Translation is both from Latin to English and English to Latin. Students will gain knowledge of the life, customs, geography, and the culture of the Ancient Romans. Latin vocabulary as a source of English derivatives is emphasized.

Latin II

This course continues the emphasis on the vocabulary and the grammatical elements of the language begun in Latin I. Translation is from both Latin to English and English to Latin. Students will gain knowledge of the life, customs, geography, and the culture of the Ancient Romans with emphasis on the historical impact of Julius Caesar. Latin vocabulary as a source of English derivatives is emphasized.

Mandrin Chinese I

Students will begin to develop communication skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing of Chinese. They will also start identifying distinctive culture aspects of China. They will learn greetings/ responses, numbers up to 100, time of the day, weekdays, Months, year, simple statement sentences, simple interrogative sentences, family and family members, the things we use everyday, things we do for fun, the place we live including the Chinese geography, cities and famous national parks. Students will know about 250-300 Chinese characters by the end of school year.

Mandrin Chinese II

Students will continue to develop communication skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing of Chinese. They will review what they learn from Chinese 1 and then learn more on the topic of transportation, food and drink, weather and travel, shopping and summer plans. Students will learn at least 500 Chinese characters and be able to have everyday conversation in Chinese accurately and appropriately by the end of the school year.

Spanish I

Students will begin to develop communication skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will explore various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish II

Students will continue to develop communication skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will continue to explore various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Advanced Placement Spanish