About Foreign Language at SMHS

St. Michael High School offers four different foreign languages: French, Latin, Spanish, and Russian. In this diverse world, the need for learning a second language is unquestionably important. Studying a foreign language will not only open up students to a better understanding of the world they live in, but the critical thinking involved will improve their minds as well. In addition, learning the structure and vocabulary of a second language will also help improve the students’ English skills. Knowing a second language can also assist students in their future education and career opportunities.

Course Offerings:

French I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Department Placement Criteria for freshmen only.
Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to conversational French. Basic vocabulary and grammar are taught as listening, reading and writing skills in French are developed. Actual use of French in the classroom will increase as the year progresses

French II – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: French I.
Description: French II is a continuation of French I. An in-depth study of French grammar and culture is explored. The student will acquire an extensive vocabulary in the language through daily use of all skills. Actual use of French in the classroom will increase as the year progresses.

French III – Honors
Level: Honors
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: French I and II; teacher recommendation.
Description: This course offers further opportunities for understanding and speaking French, learning about the culture and history of France, and learning new words and structures. More stress is placed on reading French literature and on writing than in previous courses.

French IV
Level: Honors
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: French I, II and III; teacher recommendation.
Description: French IV is a continuation of French III. This course is designed to improve the student’s mastery of French. The emphasis is on French literature and composition. Emphasis will be on conversational French.

Latin I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This introduction to Latin structure and vocabulary emphasizes comprehending Latin passages. Enrichment is provided through the study of English derivatives from Latin and through the study of Greek myths and Bible stories important in world literature. The course work is related to students’ needs by contrasting English grammar with Latin structures and by presenting Roman civilization as a basis for modern cultures and languages. Students can take part in Latin Club activities.

Latin II
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Latin I and teacher approval.
Description: Intensive study of Latin structure and vocabulary as well as English derivatives and structure are included in the course. Reading passages in Latin II are selected from ancient authors. Latin Club activities are also important to students in the second level.

Latin III – Honors
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Latin I, II and teacher recommendation
Description: This course continues the study of grammar begun in Latin I and II and builds on more complex concepts with the goal of reading the Latin prose of Cicero and Caesar. Latin texts provide students with an in-depth study of the Roman Republic. Students can take part in Latin Club activities.

Latin IV – Honors
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Latin I, II, III and teacher recommendation
Description: This course continues to build proficiency in the Latin language with a focus on reading and grammar skills. Students will increase their understanding of Latin vocabulary and grammar with the goal of reading several Roman authors of both prose and poetry. Texts become increasingly sophisticated in vocabulary, structure, and depth of meaning and provide an opportunity to read and comprehend the literature in addition to in-depth discussions of Roman history and culture. Authors may include Eutropius, Vergil, Horace, Augustus, or others. Students can take part in Latin Club activities.

Spanish I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Department Placement Criteria for freshmen only.
Description: Spanish I will serve as an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. Special attention will be given to the development of pronunciation, speaking, and listening skills.

Spanish II – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Spanish I.
Description: Spanish II will enhance and develop skills learned in Spanish I. The subject area will include advanced grammar, advanced vocabulary, and additional verb tenses, as well as increased conversation and composition skills.

Spanish III – Honors
Level: Honors
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Spanish I and II; teacher recommendation.
Description: Spanish III is an advanced course in which skills learned in earlier courses will be enhanced and further developed. Special emphasis will be placed on both written and oral communication while advanced reading selections shall include novels, short stories, and periodicals.

Spanish IV
Level: Honors
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish I, II and III; teacher recommendation.
Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish literature and composition. The main emphasis is on mastery of skills and vocabulary expansion.