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Modern and Classical Languages

Modern and Classical Languages Graduation Requirements (6 semesters)

Students are required to complete six consecutive semesters of the same language.  Most students will take level I freshman year, level II sophomore year and Level III junior year, leaving the senior year for an optional level IV language, or the possibility of trying a new language.  Some students opt not to take a fourth year of language. Students who qualify for level II as freshmen must still abide by the 6 semester requirement taking them to level IV by junior year (e.g. Latin II, Latin III, AP Latin IV) or the possibility of a different language after completing the third level of the original (e.g. Latin II – Honors Latin III – French I).  Students who decide to switch languages after freshman year will still have to complete six consecutive semesters of the same language until the end of senior year. (e.g. Spanish I – French I – French II – French III)

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Modern and Classical Languages Department

Courses

Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek is a Senior elective intended for fourth-year students who have already completed the required three years in a given language and wish to gain exposure to a new language before graduation. It is a two-semester course intended to give students familiarity with Ancient Greek. It is expected that students have no prior knowledge of the language. All instruction will be done in English. The goal is to enable students to read and comprehend original texts in Ancient Greek. Students will also be expected to compose original sentences in Greek. The target text will be Homer’s Odyssey, with the goal of having students reading short passages from the work throughout the second semester. The language material will be supplemented by historical and cultural topics from the Ancient Greek world, giving students further insight into a world very different from our own, but one whose influences has continued to the present day. The cultural lessons will include additional readings from ancient Greek authors in translation.

French 1

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Cedric Ebiner
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

Using D’accord 1, this course is an introduction to the basic elements of the French language and culture. The learning of a foreign tongue is an academic experience like no other. French is a living language, which is why the student is expected to participate fully in the class. The speaking, understanding, reading, and writing are all the different aspects that are introduced to the student during his first year of French. Additionally, memorization of vocabulary and conjugations is an integral part of this first year of French. The textbook’s related website offers many opportunities for the students to do independent written, oral or aural work online. The instructor is committed to make use of educational technology on a regular basis.

French 2

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Open to: Sophomores
Length: 2 Semesters

French II continues with the text D’ accord 2 , its accompanying materials and on-line resources to teach the speaking, understanding, reading, and writing skills that were introduced in French I. Lisons Comme Ça provides students with short texts and stories with comprehension questions to help them gain mastery of the syntax of French and increase their vocabulary as well as their knowledge of French history and culture. Stress is placed on oral communication, vocabulary is enriched, and the students start to write paragraphs and short essays. The students are involved in a variety of classroom activities such as conducting informal interviews, working in pairs or small groups to promote proficiency. The grammar is more complex and includes the past tenses. Audio recordings, videos, and films are an integral part of the program. Cultural content will concentrate on France, a general review of geography, Paris and its major monuments, major cities, provinces, and departments, and other French speaking countries around the world.

French 3

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

French III continues with the text D’ accord 3. Tableaux Culturels de la France provides students with longer texts and stories with comprehension and composition questions to help them gain mastery of the syntax of French and increase their vocabulary as well as their knowledge of French history and culture. The emphasis of the third year course is on building vocabulary, increasing knowledge of more advanced idiomatic expressions, and continuing to expand the student’s understanding of French grammar. Proficiency in speaking and writing are the key goals. Listening comprehension is emphasized through the use of audio recordings, videos, dictations, on-line activities, and exposure to the spoken word in a variety of contexts. The cultural component will continue to expand the student’s knowledge of France and will include a study of the French speaking world.

French 3 (Honors)

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Honors French III continues with the text D’ accord 3. Tableaux Culturels de la France provides students with longer texts and stories with comprehension and composition questions to help them gain mastery of the syntax of French and increase their vocabulary as well as their knowledge of French history and culture. The emphasis of the third year course in on continuing to build vocabulary, speaking and writing proficiency, oral comprehension, and written composition. This is a course accelerated in pace and more comprehensive in content for those students who have excelled in French II. Students are expected to write longer composition and use higher critical thinking skills in their work. The cultural component will continue to expand the student’s knowledge of France through current events and a study of the historical and technological contributions of the various provinces. This is a full year course. Successful completion of this course will provide the basis for recommendation to French IV A.P.

AP French 4

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

French IV A.P. is an intensive course whose goal is proficiency on the third year college level in writing, speaking, listening, and reading comprehension. In order to advance to this level, the student will have maintained at least a B average in the first three levels and have received the recommendation of the foreign language department. Course work will be comprised of a complete review of all grammar, weekly writing assignments on subjects which range from the mundane to the profound, reading of articles, literary excerpts, practice in oral expression in highly structured situations, as well as practice in relaxed social discourse. Class size is small to facilitate maximum participation. Students are expected to use French at all times. All students must take the A. P. Exam in May. These students are also encouraged to take the SAT II exam in French.

Latin 1

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Teresa Kawamata
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

This is the first year sequence of Latin. In this course, the students read passages of Latin prose and comprehend the main ideas and supporting details of the adapted texts while acquiring an understanding of the basic grammar and syntax of the language. They also acquire an understanding of the Greco-Roman culture and its influence upon Western Civilization. The students’ English language skills are strengthened through the study of derivatives, reading comprehension strategies and, and common linguistic structures. Students also connect the study of Latin with other disciplines such as geography, history, sociology, archeology, anthropology, and mythology.

Latin 2

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Cedric Ebiner
Open to: Sophomores
Length: 2 Semesters

Continuing with “Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 3”, Latin II is a course that stresses reading comprehension, vocabulary development, translations, grammar, and syntax. The student is required to engage in constant reading of Latin texts, practice of grammar concepts and memorization of vocabulary, conjugations, and declensions in order to acquire a thorough knowledge of the language. Since new material cannot be understood until the previous material has been mastered, it is expected that all students will have retained the grammatical concepts and vocabulary from LATIN I.

Latin 3

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Cedric Ebiner
Open to: Juniors

Latin III will focus primarily on translating texts by Latin authors. Before the student begins studying difficult passages, he undergoes a thorough review of grammar. A few additional new topics of grammar are also part of this course. At this point, the writings of Caesar, Phaedrus, Cicero, and various Christian authors are read. The class comprises many aspects of Roman history and culture. Technology for presentations, projects and different aspects of learning is used on a regular basis.

Latin 3 (Honors)

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Teresa Kawamata
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Honors Latin III is a college-level course that stresses the reading of Latin prose and poetry authors. Vocabulary, forms, grammar, syntax, and literary figures of speech are continuing objects of study, but the thoughts expressed by Roman authors in poetry and prose, as well as a deeper consideration of Classical civilization and the Western Classical tradition are predominant concerns of the course.

AP Latin 4

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Teresa Kawamata
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Latin 4 is a course designed for qualified students (3.0 G.P.A. in first three years of Latin or approval of instructor). Students will read selected sections of Books I to VI in Latin. These readings will be supplemented with English translations of the Odyssey and Illiad. Class sessions consist of translations and discussion of significant Virgilian passages. This is a RESTRICTED COURSE.

Mandarin 1

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Michael Mikita
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

Mandarin 1 is designed for beginners with no background in the Chinese language. The course introduces students to the pronunciation and basic sentence structures of Mandarin Chinese, as well as the reading and writing in Chinese characters. By the end of the year, students are expected to pronounce the sound of Mandarin with reasonable accuracy, to understand and sustain simple conversations in Chinese, and to master Pinyin Romanization. A heavy workload and stringent requirements will prepare the student in a verbal, aural, and written manner for Mandarin 2.

Mandarin 2

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Michael Mikita
Open to: Sophomores
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is a continuation of Mandarin 1 that emphasizes oral communication and writing. In this course, students develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills though a variety of activities and projects. Throughout the five units, students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary and expand their reading comprehension of simple texts. A variety of teaching resources will be used to assist students in learning and practicing the language.

Mandarin 3

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Michael Mikita
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Mandarin 3 continues with the Integrated Chinese text, which provides students with more complex narratives giving them the tools to improve their ability to express themselves in Mandarin while incorporating insights into Chinese history and culture. The third year emphasizes expanding student vocabulary, building student understanding of grammar and structure and increasing familiarity with idiomatic expressions. The text, projects, and activities include lessons on discussing more difficult but necessary topics such as weather, dining, sports, and travel. Listening comprehension is emphasized through the use of audio recordings, videos, dictations, on-line activities, and exposure to the spoken word in a variety of contexts. The cultural component will continue to expand student knowledge of Chinese geography, history, literature, and philosophy.

Mandarin 3 (Honors)

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Michael Mikita
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Honors Mandarin 3 is a restricted course for students that have excelled in Mandarin 2 or its equivalent. Admission to this course is through written and oral examination. This course is a faster-paced engagement with the Integrated Chinese text, permitting shorter time frames to acquire new vocabulary and the study of Chinese characters. Instruction in Honors Mandarin 3 will be conducted primarily in Chinese, and will provide students with a thorough grounding in a wide range of practical and applicable language elements. Students will be constantly required to produce written and spoken exercises, activities, and projects to utilize complex grammar structures, and will be expected to provide more homework with less time for turnaround, along with having additional responsibility for self-study. Students in the honors course will distinguish themselves through rigorous application of the larger character set usually covered in a year-long college equivalent.

Mandarin 4

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Michael Mikita
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

The Mandarin 4 course is designed to prepare students for advanced continued study of the language at the collegiate level, and is open to students who have successfully completed Mandarin 2 and 3. The course and all discussions, lectures, written exercises, and presentations will be conducted exclusively in Chinese. In addition to the course textbook, students will be encouraged to engage with realia from the Chinese-speaking world, as they are introduced to literature, newspapers, and other Mandarin language media. Beyond the regular study of grammar and vocabulary, students will work on projects and hands-on activities providing opportunities to employ the language in real-world situations. Students will also be introduced to works of modern and classical Chinese writers and will become better acquainted with history and culture. As the majority of students in Mandarin 4are seniors, a capstone project will conclude their Loyola Mandarin experience and help segue to continuing with the language in college.

Spanish 1

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Kaitlin Collins Pardo, Amado Machorro
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

The primary goal of this first course in Spanish is oral proficiency. However, both the oral and written activities that are provided stress the beginning point of total communication. Vocabulary build up is stressed as the students learn how to express themselves with the use of a taped program, a teacher picture file and the use of TPR activities.

Spanish 1 (Honors) for Non-Native Speakers

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Ana de Castro
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is for students who have some grammar school experience in Spanish or who have knowledge of Spanish because of their home environment. Admission to this course is by written examination, oral examination and recommendation by the department Chairperson. Students in this class cover oral, grammatical and written material that is usually covered in four (4) semesters of a regular Spanish 1 and 2 courses.  At the conclusion of this course, students will improve their level of proficiency and will be able to enjoy the target language.

Spanish 1 (Honors) for Native Speakers

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Pablo Pedroarias '93
Open to: Freshmen
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is for students who have some grammar school experience in Spanish or who have knowledge of Spanish because of their home environment. Admission to this course is by written examination, oral examination and by recommendation of the department chairperson. At the end of this course, students will be able to use and comprehend various facets of Spanish. Articulation and proficiency will be achieved through the study of accent rules, the 19 indicative and subjunctive tenses, the parts of speech, essay writing, reading comprehension skills, and vocabulary enhancement.

Spanish 2

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Jose Sustaita, Kaitlin Collins Pardo, Concepcion Contreras
Open to: Sophomores
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is the continuation of Spanish 1 that stresses oral communication but with more stress on the grammatical structure of the language. The verb conjugations are learned and the various moods of the language are also introduced for usage and understanding. Vocabulary build up continues to be stressed and the students are targeted to speak about a great variety of topics by the end of this two-semester course.

Spanish 2 (Honors) Non-Native

Teachers: Ana de Castro

Spanish 2 (Honors) Transition

Teachers: Concepcion Contreras

Spanish 2 (Honors) for Native Speakers

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Concepcion Contreras
Open to: Sophomores
Length: 2 Semesters

This is a restricted course for students that have taken Honors Spanish 1 or its equivalent. Hispanic students that have finished their foreign language requirement in another language and wish to take Spanish usually qualify for this course. The course stresses the correct writing of the language and the course is conducted solely in Spanish. The use of idiomatic expressions is stressed during the second semester oral reports are required of the students. This course has 2 sections: one for native speakers and one for non-native speakers with prior experience in honors Spanish. A third section of Honors Spanish II is comprises of students who excelled in regular Spanish I, passed a placement exam, and received the recommendation of their Spanish I teacher

Spanish 3

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Amado Machorro, Pablo Pedroarias '93
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This class focuses on the development of the student’s verbal, audio, and written skills in Spanish. Grammatical concepts are reviewed and analyzed, while vocabulary development and comprehension are fostered in conversational and situational settings. It is expected that the student will be able to understand and express himself in the target language. Accent rules, pronunciation skills, grammatical topics, and cultural awareness are added to enhance the oratory development of the student.

Spanish 3 (Honors) for Non-Native Speakers

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Ana de Castro
Length: 2 Semesters

In this course the students will learn the use of vocabulary idioms, colloquialisms so as to be able to express themselves at a near native level. Sentence writing and structure is emphasized the first semester. The students will constantly be required to write and give oral explanations to justify his syntax. The second semester is an introduction to Spanish culture, history and literature. The student will read and interpret various selections of outstanding Spanish prose and verse. At the end of the year, the student will be ready for AP Language and Culture Spanish 4 and also be ready to take the achievement examination in Spanish.

AP Spanish Language 3

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Jose Sustaita
Open to: Juniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is recommended for students who have completed four semesters of Honors Spanish with at least a B+ average. Since the great majority of the students selected have been in the Spanish Honors Program, only a quick review of grammar is needed in the first quarter. The emphasis of this course is fourfold. First, the students are trained to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish. Second, they work on the acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as of modern Hispanic literature. Third, the students are trained in the ability to write expository passages and fourth, throughout the entire course, the students practice their ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. Admission to this restricted class is by permission of the Chairperson of the Department. All students must take the A.P. examination in May.

Spanish 4

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Pablo Pedroarias '93
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This two-semester course is for students who have successfully finished the 3 years Loyola High School graduation requirement and wish to continue their study of Spanish. Instead of focusing on preparation for the AP Spanish Language in May of their senior year, they wish to concentrate on further perfecting the four disciplines of listening, writing, speaking and reading. The course consists of many and varied activities that make the hands-on natural approach both enjoyable and very practical. Students are especially motivated in this class for they realize that they will need to perfect this language since they hope to live and work in the southwestern part of the United States, especially California.

AP Spanish 4 Language

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Amado Machorro
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is recommended for students who have completed six semesters of Spanish with at least a B+ average. Since the great majority of the students selected have been in the Spanish Honors Program, only a quick review of grammar is needed in the first quarter. The emphasis of this course is fourfold. First, the students are trained to comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish. Second, they work on the acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as of modern Hispanic literature. Third, the students are trained in the ability to write expository passages and fourth, throughout the entire course, the students practice their ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. Admission to this restricted class is by permission of the Chairperson of the Department. All students must take the A.P. examination in May.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Teachers: Ana de Castro
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

The goal of the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature class is to help students be open to growth and intellectually distinguished as they read and analyze Spanish and Latin American literature while maintaining or improving writing skills, aural comprehension, grammar usage, and depth of vocabulary.  The course will be conducted exclusively in Spanish:  discussions, lectures, written exercises, assessments, and oral presentations.

At the end of this course, the student will have completed an introductory/survey course in Hispanic literature at the college level.  Toward this end, selected works from the literature of Spain and Latin America will be read and discussed in class.  Students will be open to growth, intellectually distinguished, and committed to justice as they understand the philosophies, social conscience, and intellectual challenges of renowned authors from Spain and Latin America.  The student will read and analyze (in writing and orally) the literary works of the authors recommended by the Advanced Placement Board.  The course is a survey of Hispanic literature in the genres of novel, short story, poetry, and drama.  The writers represent a variety of styles and thematic interpretations from Spain and Latin America.    

Beginning a Second Foreign Language

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Length: 2 Semesters

Students with an exceptional proficiency in their first foreign language and a high GPA overall are invited to begin a second foreign language along with the first or after completing their language requirement. If a student opts to begin a second language before completing his requirement, he will continue his first language at least to level III attainment. He may drop his second language at the end of any academic year if he so chooses. Students with two languages simultaneously make a schedule adjustment with the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs and/or their Counselor. Each student’s schedule is handled on an individual basis. This usually involves some required summer school course to satisfy all his graduation requirements. The departmental requirement remains the same for the student who has two languages; that is, he must attain competency in level III of the first language as his graduation requirement.

Foreign Language Teacher Aides

Teachers: Pablo Pedroarias '93
Open to: Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

A fourth year course for students who select a teacher for the purpose of helping in class participation, evaluation and tutoring. Students must posses a 3.0 G.P.A. in all three years of the specific language; the student must obtain written permission from both the teacher under whom he will work and from the department chairperson.

Foreign Language Directed Study

Department: Modern and Classical Languages
Open to: Seniors
Length: 1 Semesters

A fourth-year course of study designed for students who are interested in pursuing learning on their own. Students who apply must be capable of extensive self-discipline at home and on campus. Students will study a subject of their own interest, reporting weekly on their progress. Students must possess a 3.0 GPA in all three years of the specific language, and obtain written permission from both the teacher under whom they will study, and from the department chairperson. A Directed Study Contract must be completed before approval.

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