Foreign Language Courses

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Foreign language instruction at B-P is offered in French and Spanish. Foreign language study introduces students to different cultures and also helps them to understand their own language and culture in a new way. All students should complete as many years of foreign language study as possible. Foreign language study is often a requirement for college-bound students.

French III

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12
This course introduces readings in French to help students in their studies of the culture, customs and values of the French people. Students learn more sophisticated grammatical structure. By the end of the course, the goal is for the student to speak and write in the target language with some error but to have a degree of comprehensibility relative to that of a native speaker. Students take a comprehensive Regents exam at the completion of this course.

Spanish I

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 9-12
Students in the high school may use this as an introductory course. It is also recommended for students who have not mastered the material taught in the Spanish I course offered at the middle school. Spanish I involves a communicative presentation of Spanish with an emphasis on listening, reading, speaking, and writing about relevant topics. Relevant culture is discussed. Instruction is supplemented by relevant technology. Continuation of this sequence may lead to Regents credit.

Spanish II

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 9-12  |  Spanish II Syllabus
This course will prepare students who have mastered Level I to sustain brief conversations, produce short written passages, interpret written material and understand spoken portions of the language. Understanding culture is an important topic in the Level II course. Instruction continues to be supplemented by relevant technology. Together with Level III, this course reinforces and adds to the skills needed to communicate in the language as well as to achieve success on the FLACS exam, which is given at the end of Level III.

Spanish III

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12  |  Spanish III Syllabus
Students in this course continue to work toward proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish, as well as improving their cultural understanding. Students take the FLACS exam at the completion of this course.

Spanish IV (FMCC SPA 201)

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12  |  Spanish IV Syllabus
This is a half-year course focused on reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the upper intermediate level. This course expands on previously acquired language skills from Spanish I, II, and III. Students develop their vocabulary, knowledge of grammatical structures, communication skills, and cultural awareness. Instruction is supplemented by relevant technology. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Spanish III and a passing grade on the FLACS exam. To receive college credit, students must pay a fee for this course that is determined by FMCC.

Spanish V (FMCC SPA 202)

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12  |  Spanish V Syllabus
This is a half-year course focused on reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the advanced low level. This course expands on previously acquired language skills from Spanish I, II, III and IV. Students develop their vocabulary, knowledge of grammatical structures, communication skills, and cultural awareness. Instruction is supplemented by relevant technology. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Spanish IV. To receive college credit, students must pay a fee for this course that is determined by FMCC.

AP Spanish Language and Culture

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (i.e., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions), practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture), and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). Students will investigate the following topics: beauty and aesthetics, contemporary life, families and communities, global challenges, personal and public identities, and science and technology. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Spanish V. Students may earn college credit depending on their scores on the AP exam and individual institutional policies.