WORLD LANGUAGES

The World Language Department aims to provide all students with the opportunity to study a second language, regardless of their individual learning styles. Teachers foster an appreciation for other cultures and peoples, and prepare students for college study and their future roles in the world community.


Spanish I
  • All Grades

Spanish I is a conversational class. As such, the focus is on speaking and working towards proper pronunciation as well as a more natural conversation. Students practice their speaking skills through dialogues that will help them navigate the Spanish-speaking world. Through these dialogues we learn how to ask and answer basic questions, order food and drinks, ask for the check in a restaurant, bargain in the marketplace, ask for directions, describe others and ourselves, use question words, talk about likes and dislikes, ask and answer questions about family members and how to invite someone to do something with you. Grammar topics covered include the sounds of the language, gender of nouns, noun-adjective agreement, plurality of nouns and adjectives, conjugating the verb ser (to be) as well as regular verbs in the present tense.



Spanish II
  • Grades 10, 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Spanish I

Spanish II is a conversational class. As such, the focus is on speaking and working towards proper pronunciation as well as a more natural conversation. Students practice their speaking skills through dialogues that will help them navigate the Spanish-speaking world. In this course, students expand on their prior mastery of vocabulary and knowledge of Spanish. Students acquire vocabulary associated with physical descriptions, the human body, food and drink, locations, geography, health, travel and family and meeting people. Grammar lessons reinforce present tense conjugations (regular, irregular) as well as look at the preterit and imperfect tense of both regular and irregular verbs. There is a continued focus on proper pronunciation, sentence structure, reading and listening comprehension, and cultural aspects of the Hispanic community. An introduction to Spanish Literature will be explored.


Spanish III
  • Grades 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Spanish II with teacher recommendation

In addition to various more sophisticated points of grammar, students will conclude their study of the subjunctive mood, including its past tense. Increased use of the classroom language lab and other in- and out-of class interactive exercises will continue to develop the students’ ability to speak and understand Spanish. Increased sophistication will be expected both in oral expression and writing. Students will continue to study Hispanic culture through readings, videos and authentic sound recordings. An introduction to literary analysis will begin in the second semester. With a completion of basic grammar, students will work to improve their writing by developing organization and analytical skills in the language. Cultural and contemporary issues in the Hispanic world will be a main focus of study, using outside materials including videos and Internet sites.


Spanish IV Honors
  • Grade 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Spanish III
  • By teacher recommendation only

The Spanish IV Honors course is designed to help students move from the intermediate level toward the advanced level of proficiency in interpersonal, presentational and interpretive communication modes in Spanish. Unit goals are stated in the form of essential questions relating to the course’s six themes: global challenges, beauty and aesthetics, families and communities, personal and public identities, contemporary life and science and technology. These essential questions drive instructions: students are regularly assessed and receive formative feedback to refine communication skills and develop deep understandings relating to the essential questions. Course goals, assessments, and a student portfolio are organized in three areas: spoken communication, written communication and facilitating skills. Also, these skills apply to various activities and disciplines relevant to the 22 countries where Spanish is spoken. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions will be an integral part of this course.


Spanish Literature Honors
  • Grades 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Spanish IV
  • By teacher recommendation only

The Spanish Let course seeks to expose students to a third-year, college level introduction to peninsular and Latin American literature while developing a student’s ability to comprehend and analyze literary works and develop academic writing skills.


American Sign Language I
  • All Grades

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of this visual-gestural language (receptive and expressive), as well as learn about the culture, community, and history of Deaf people. Students begin by acquiring vocabulary, which quickly moves into signing sentences, and ultimately, dialogues; in learning any language, conversational context is important. American Sign Language structures have both similarities and differences to English and uses grammar as an aide to understanding the language rather than the main focus. Students are assessed both receptively as a whole class and expressively with individual and group projects. Students will be using the text Master ASL! Level 1 by Jason Zinza. Students will also have the opportunity to attend Deaf events outside of school and use other educational materials to enrich their understanding of Deaf culture and community.


American Sign Language II
  • Grades 10, 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite ASL I

In American Sign Language II, students will continue to learn language structures and acquire vocabulary, as well as explore the culture, community, and history of Deaf people. Conversational context will become more advanced and incorporate more complex language structures. Receptive and expressive language skills will continue to be assessed using a variety of methods including whole class, individual, and group projects. Students will be using the text, Master ASL! Level 1 by Jason Zinza. Students will also have the opportunity to attend Deaf events outside of school and use other educational materials to enrich their understanding of Deaf culture and community.


American Sign Language III
  • Grades 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: ASL I and ASL II

ASL III is an advanced sign language course in which the students will use the skills that they have learned in their ASL I and II classes. Students will continue to learn basic concepts of communication and develop a more in-depth understanding of Deaf culture. In this level III course, students will learn how to sign and present a lyrical song of their choice as well as participate in an annual Poetry Sign and Share. Students will have the opportunity to attend Deaf events outside of school and use other educational materials to enrich their understanding of Deaf culture and community.


American Sign Language IV Honors
  • Grades 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: ASL I, ASL II and ASL III
  • By teacher recommendation only

ASL IV is an advanced sign language course in which the students will use the skills that they have learned in their ASL I and II and III classes. Students will continue to learn concepts of communication and develop a more in-depth understanding of Deaf culture. In this level IV course, students will sign and present a lyrical song of their choice as well as participate in an annual Poetry Sign and Share. Students will have the opportunity to attend Deaf events outside of school and use other educational materials to enrich their understanding of Deaf culture and community. ASL IV is a voice-off class; instruction will be offered using ASL only, taught with intensive conversational usage.


Latin I
  • All grades

In Latin I, students learn basic Latin grammar and vocabulary, comparing both of these elements to the English language. In addition, they develop Latin translating skills through practice exercises and passages from Unit 1 in the Cambridge Latin Course series with online supplements and support. All the while, the class studies the people, culture, economy, and history of Rome through this course text, guided online activities/research, and student presentations about the major Roman gods and other aspects of the ancient world.


Latin II
  • Grades 10, 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Latin I

In Latin II, students continue their Latin studies by learning more sophisticated grammatical concepts, expanding their Latin and English vocabulary, and developing their translating skills through more passages from Unit 2 and 3 of the Cambridge Latin Course series with online supplements and support. For a long-term project, students work collaboratively to produce a historically accurate map with D printed replicas of select ancient Pompeian landmarks, well preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. In addition, students will continue to prepare for the National Latin exam in the second semester.


Latin III/IV
  • Grades 11, 12, PG
  • Prerequisite: Latin I, and II

In Latin III, students complete their study of Latin grammar, continue to build a reading vocabulary, and further develop their translating skills through continued work from Units 3 and 4 of the Cambridge Latin Course series with online supplements and support. Students also perform independent research related to various areas of interest related to our work from the CLC series. All the while, individuals in the class prepare to take the National Latin exam at Level I, II, or III – appropriate for their particular skill set.

Graduation Requirements & Course Selection Guide

To earn a Forman diploma, students must successfully meet the following credit requirements:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of Mathematics
  • 3 credits of History, including U.S. History
  • 3 credits of Science, including two lab Sciences
  • 1 credit of Thinking and Writing
  • 1 credit of Introduction to Academic Reading, Metacognitive Strategies or Executive Function Coaching
  • 1 credit of Perspectives in Learning
  • 2 credits in the Arts
  • 2 credits of a World Language are strongly recommended
  • .5 credit Health and Wellness
  • .5 credit Winterim, per year
  • 10 hours of Community Service, per year

Click here for the Course Selection Guide

 

Forman School
12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone: 860.567.8712
Fax: 860.567.8317

 

Forman School is a coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently.

 

 

 

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