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Click on the headings below to read an overview of each World Language course offered at Holy Cross.

  • French I

    French I is a beginner course for students who have never taken a foreign language. Directions and instructions begin primarily in English in the first semester and gradually change towards basic French instructions for the second semester. Students will engage in constant grammar and vocabulary practice/drills through text exercises and completion of workbook pages. Various projects will be assigned to perfect the pronunciation through technology such as prayer/poetry recitations. This course is designed to successfully prepare students for French II. Course Prerequisite: An open mind and willingness to learn.

  • French II

    French II is an intermediate course for students who have completed French I. The goal of this intermediate course is to further the students’ knowledge of the French language and related cultures as well as to recognize its effects within our community, city, state, nation, and world. Louisiana Content Standards for High School Foreign Languages will be met in this class. Course Prerequisite: Completion of French I.

  • French II Honors

    French II Honors is an advanced intermediate course for students who have demonstrated motivation and an aptitude to excel in French. Students in French II honors will move at a faster pace and use additional supplementary material than other sections of French II. Supplementary materials will be in the target language and expose students to a wider variety of authentic material. Students will be expected to use the target language on a daily basis: spoken, written, and through assigned readings of journal articles, short stories, and classic literature. They will be expected to write positions on topics such as art history, social justice, and French culture using their language skills. Directions for exercises and tests will be given in French. Project based learning will provide honors students the ability to apply their skills and raise the bar for their learning. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English II Honors and a minimum completion of French I with a year-end grade that is no lower than a B.

  • French III Honors

    French III Honors is an advanced intermediate course for students who have successfully completed French I and French II or have demonstrated language proficiency as heritage speakers. Students in the French III Honors will move more quickly and use additional supplementary material than in a non-honors course. Students will also be expected to express themselves on a daily basis in the target language through speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension. The majority of instruction will be given in French. Students will work to perfect pronunciation and grammar with the use of technology and varied performance assessments. Students will explore francophone culture and evaluate similarities and differences between these French-speaking countries and cultures. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English III Honors or higher and a minimum completion of French I and French II, with year-end grades of no lower than a B.

  • French IV Honors

    This course is designed for students who have excelled in French III and wish to continue their study of the French culture and develop a greater proficiency in the French language. Grammar is reviewed, refined, and practiced as students build upon previous knowledge and expand their vocabulary. The ultimate goal of French IV Honors is to develop fluency in French. This is achieved through class discussion of current events, history and literature. Students will be expected to write compositions and give oral reports on literary works, newspaper and magazine articles, and news broadcasts. We will also explore Francophone music and film in class, with the goal always being to increase students’ comprehension and proficiency in French, as well as familiarize them with French and Francophone culture. Students will also interview native French speakers and report their findings to the class. Lessons will be completely in French, and students will be expected to speak French at all times with minimal exceptions. The ultimate goal is for students to feel comfortable and express themselves articulately when speaking freely and independently.

  • AP French Language IV

    Advanced Placement French Language is a course designed to emphasize the use of the French language for active communication and in preparation for the French AP exam. Students will develop and refine the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, as well as strengthen their vocabulary comprehension (for reading literary texts, magazine and newspaper articles, etc.) They will refine the skills necessary to express themselves coherently, creatively, and with reasonable fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken French. AP French IV also focuses on increasing students’ knowledge of francophone cultures. We will discuss current events and developments regarding politics, economics, environment, and health, as these topics comprise the subject material on the AP exam. The course is conducted in French with the goal of attaining proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. AP French focuses on the mastery of communicative language skills as well as the content of the available texts, both current and classic. Through various writing, speaking, reading and listening activities, students will expand their vocabulary, develop better writing skills, refine their listening ability, and be able to articulately express themselves in French. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English Honors or AP and a minimum completion of French III Honors with a minimum final grade of B.

  • Spanish I

    Spanish I is a beginner course for students who have never taken a foreign language. Directions and instructions begin primarily in English in the first semester and gradually change towards basic Spanish instructions for the second semester. Students will engage in constant grammar and vocabulary practice/drills through text exercises and completion of workbook pages. Various projects will be assigned to perfect the pronunciation through technology such as prayer/poetry recitations. This course is designed to successfully prepare students for Spanish II. Course Prerequisite: An open mind and willingness to learn.

  • Spanish II

    Spanish II is an intermediate course for students who have completed Spanish I. The goal of this intermediate course is to further the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and related cultures as well as to recognize its effects within our community, city, state, nation, and world. Louisiana Content Standards for High School Foreign Languages will be met in this class. Course Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish I.

  • Spanish II Honors

    Spanish II Honors is an advanced intermediate course for students who have completed Spanish I, and are also enrolled in English II Honors. Students in the Spanish II Honors will move at a faster pace and use additional supplementary material than Spanish II. Students will also be expected to use the target language more on a daily basis: spoken, written and through assigned readings such as magazines, newspapers, poetry, and literature. Directions and instructions will begin primarily in English in the first semester, progressing towards total immersion for the second semester. Various projects will be assigned to perfect the pronunciation through technology as well as performing extemporaneous speeches and oral presentations, such as poetry recitations and or skits. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English Honors and a minimum completion of Spanish I and Spanish II, with a minimum final grade of B.

  • Spanish III Honors

    Spanish III Honors is an advanced intermediate course for students who have completed Spanish I, Spanish II and are also enrolled in English II Honors. Students in the Spanish III Honors will move at a faster pace and use additional supplementary material than Spanish III. Students will also be expected to use the target language more on a daily basis: spoken, written and through assigned readings such as magazines, newspapers, poetry, and literature. The majority of instruction will be given in Spanish. Various projects will be assigned to perfect the pronunciation through technology as well as performing extemporaneous speeches and oral presentations, such as poetry recitations and or skits. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English Honors and a minimum completion of Spanish I and Spanish II Honors, with a minimum final grade of B.

  • Spanish IV Honors

    Spanish IV Honors is an advanced course for students who have completed Spanish I-III and are also enrolled in English IV or V Honors. Students in the Spanish IV Honors will further their development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and augment their awareness of the Hispanic/Latino culture through exposure to Spanish literature, history, music, and video. The majority of instruction will be given in Spanish and students will also be expected to use the target language more on a daily basis: spoken (whether casual conversations or discussions/debates), written (daily journals and class activities), and through assigned readings (magazines, newspapers, poetry, and literature). Various projects will be assigned to perfect the pronunciation through technology as well as performing extemporaneous speeches and oral presentations, such as poetry recitations and or skits. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English IV or V Honors and a minimum completion of Spanish I-III, with a year-end grade that is no lower than a B.

  • AP Spanish Language IV

    The AP Spanish Language course, equivalent to a 3rd year college course in advanced Spanish, culminates with the AP Spanish Language exam in May. At the AP level, this course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish, with the rare exception of having to explain administrative procedures and difficult grammar. Everything including instructions, lectures, group work, activities and assignments are presented in Spanish and students are required to speak Spanish at all times in the classroom setting. To this end, students sign a pledge titled “Palabra de honor” indicating that they will use Spanish exclusively in class.

    This course is intended to refine students’ communicative skills across the three communicative modes, Interpretive (receptive communication), Interpersonal (interactive communication) and Presentational (productive communication), thus developing students’ reading, speaking, listening and writing skills at a high level of proficiency. This goal is met by class activities which compel students to analyze authentic resources (texts, audio recordings, video and DVD), such as, but not limited to, newspaper articles, Internet articles, current events, music, magazine selections, Spanish websites and film clips, all without subtitles, unaltered and in Spanish. Students will then be able to combine their own opinions with those generated from these authentic resource materials, and then synthesize all of this information into an oral presentation or written composition, resulting in student-led discussions, debates, group participations, and essays in Spanish. Course Prerequisite: Enrollment in English Honors or AP and a minimum completion of Spanish III Honors with a minimum final grade of B.

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