World Languages

Course Descriptions

 

BARD063 Introduction to Language
This one-semester course gives students an opportunity to explore multiple world languages, with the goal of making an informed choice as to which language to continue studying for the next five semesters. Beyond that, students gain a nuanced understanding of each language studied, and from that, a greater understanding of the broader functions of language. Additionally, a unit focusing on English grammar and usage prepares students for the grammatical understanding of English necessary for studying world languages effectively in an American context.

Students currently select a sequence in either Spanish (BARD064-66) or Chinese (BARD067-069); a third option may be added in the future, as is the case at other BHSEC schools.

BARD064 Spanish 9
BARD065 Spanish 10, Part I
BARD066 Spanish 10, Part II
This introductory sequence in the Spanish language presents the foundational skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, within a context of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Students learn fundamental grammatical structures and vocabulary, but they also explore how Spanish is distinctive as a language, and as a cultural phenomenon. Excerpts from Spanish music, film, and literature are used as real-life examples in experiencing Spanish. As the sequence progresses, students are exposed to a broader scope of uses and applications of the language, and they develop the ability to use Spanish with greater independence in more natural settings.

BARD067 Chinese 9
BARD068 Chinese 10, Part I
BARD069 Chinese 10, Part II
This introductory sequence in the Chinese language presents the foundational skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, within a context of the cultural diversity of the Chinese-speaking world. Students learn fundamental grammatical structures and vocabulary, but they also explore how Chinese is distinctive as a language, and as a cultural phenomenon. In addition to textbook materials, the course is supplemented with real-life examples from Chinese cultural artifacts. As the sequence progresses, students expand their range of vocabulary and structures, with the goal of using Chinese to accomplish everyday tasks in real-life settings.

Students’ experience of World Languages in the 9th and 10th grades is equivalent to one full year of college language study for students with higher outcomes. Students with higher outcomes will begin their college World Languages courses at the Intermediate I and II levels. Students with additional needs for review will take one semester at the Beginning II level, and one semester at the Intermediate I level. The Beginning I level courses will not be regularly offered, though they do exist for students who wish to take an additional language as an elective.

BARD074 College Beginning Spanish II
BARD075 College Intermediate Spanish I
BARD076 College Intermediate Spanish II
This sequence in high beginning and intermediate Spanish grammar, composition and conversation aims to solidify students’ command of grammar and increase their fluency in spoken and written Spanish. Students at all points in the sequence are also introduced to the analysis of literary and non-literary texts, cinema and other cultural artifacts. Various text and media sources, including literature, film, music, and popular culture, are used to access contemporary topics in Hispanic culture and to foster conversation and composition writing. Students will participate in class discussions in Spanish, complete grammar exercises, and write compositions of progressive length and complexity.

BARD080 College Beginning Chinese II
BARD081 College Intermediate Chinese I
BARD082 College Intermediate Chinese II
This sequence in high beginning and intermediate Chinese grammar, composition and conversation aims to solidify students’ command of grammar and increase their fluency in spoken and written Chinese. The reading and writing focuses on traditional Chinese characters, with increasing attention over time to simplified forms as well. Students at all points in the sequence are introduced to various authentic texts and artifacts. Various text and media sources, including literature, film, music, and popular culture, are used to access contemporary topics from throughout the Chinese-speaking world. The cultural activities also foster conversation and composition writing and grammar practice. Students will participate in class discussions in Chinese, complete grammar exercises, and write compositions of progressive length and complexity.