In the Foreign Languages department at The Storm King School, equal emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, competency in written expression and cultural literacy. First and second levels stress rapid acquisition of vocabulary, fundamental grammatical skills, and cultural awareness. Third-year courses provide a comprehensive review of grammatical structures and an introduction to reading and composition. Fourth-year courses are usually devoted to the development of oral proficiency and literary skills. In the fifth and sixth level courses, students delve into the literature originally written in the language they are studying.
(typically taken by eighth graders)
The World Languages course is an experience that traverses three culturally unique languages—American Sign Language, Chinese, and Spanish—whose influences, applications, and diversity have had a tremendous impact across the globe. During each of the three trimesters, 8th grade students will have the opportunity to experience one of these languages and discover the excitement and rigor that each has to offer. The course creates an intensive, multicultural, cross-classroom approach that challenges students to examine the fundamentals of language through its cultural origins as well as ask questions about the nature of language and its usage. Along with preparing students for the intensity of a prep school language curriculum, World Languages parallels the school’s mission to immerse all students in a community that emphasizes personal experience and discovery.
Texts: Realidades 1 Textbook and Realidades 1 Practice Workbook Pearson Prentice Hall
This course builds upon basic Spanish grammar and language structures as well as knowledge of a variety of Hispanic cultures. The class is also designed to give students ample practice in the four important skill areas in learning a language: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Students will enhance your command of the Spanish language through listening exercises, homework, quizzes and tests, and short writing and reading assignments. Also, activities will expand understanding of Hispanic cultures through Spanish language films and music, group projects, and current news from the Spanish speaking world.
Text: Realidades 1 Practice Workbook Pearson- Prentice Hall, Realidades 1 Textbook
This course is meant to improve student proficiency in Spanish and advance command of grammar and language structures as well as knowledge of a variety of Hispanic cultures. The class is also designed to give ample practice in the four important skill areas in learning a language: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Students will enhance their command of the Spanish language through listening exercises, homework, quizzes and tests, and short writing and reading assignments. Also, activities will expand understanding of Hispanic cultures through Spanish language films and music as well as cultural projects.
This course continues the proficiency level that was begun in the previous ASL 2. Within this class, the students will utilize their vocabulary and fingerspelling base in order to begin communicating in simple ASL grammatical structures. Students will practice both their receptive and expressive skills in pairs, small groups, as well as full class exercises. Equal in importance to learning effective communication will be the expansion of knowledge with regards to Deaf history and culture. Students will gain an appreciation for important events and significant individuals’ contributions to history. In addition, new technology and its impact upon the deaf community will be explored.
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