JPS World Language Course Descriptions

ARABIC A
Marhaba! The focus of Arabic A is to build the basic foundation for success in subsequent levels. By the end of Arabic A, students will be able to ask and answer simple questions on familiar/personal topics, understand carefully constructed speech that is sympathetic to the needs of non-native speakers, write using learned phrases and memorized expressions, and have a basic understanding of cultures in Arab-speaking countries. Topics that will be covered include: introductions, room vocabulary, school classes and supplies, and family and foods.

ARABIC B
Marhaba! Arabic B begins where the first year left off. Students will improve and increase their three modes of communication. By the end of level two, the students will be able to start, maintain, and end a simple face to face conversation on topics that are familiar to them. Students will also be able to understand what is said clearly and slowly on familiar topics and read and understand authentic written materials. Further, the students will be able to describe their interests, activities, and personal experiences using several simple sentences in the present and past tenses. Topics included are: school daily routine, staying fit and healthy, and create a good community.

ARABIC C
Marhaba! In Arabic C, there will be an increased focus on grammar. This class will expand students' reading and writing skills in addition to learning subject areas, such as art and culture. Students will be able to produce short writings about different daily activities, give short and concise oral presentations on topics of interest, and acquire more knowledge about the Arabic culture.

SPANISH 1
Spanish 1 is a course designed to guide students in the practice of being adept world citizens through the use and exploration of a language new to them. Students will be immersed in the target language and investigate Spanish-speaking cultures in their immediate-and world-communities. The four modalities of listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be practiced to acquire vocabulary, develop communication skills, and enhance language learning strategies in the context of Spanish-speaking cultural situations.

SPANISH 2
Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1. In Spanish 2, students will continue to work towards becoming adept world citizens through the use and exploration of the Spanish language. Students will be immersed in the target language, further developing a wide vocabulary and building upon the communication skills learned in Spanish 1. Students will develop and practice these skills through the four language modalities of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be expected to use Spanish almost exclusively in class to enhance language acquisition. Spanish 1, or equivalent course work with teacher recommendation, is required to take this course.

SPANISH 3
Spanish 3 is a culmination of Spanish 1 and 2. Students will complete more in-depth cultural study in Spanish as well as be expected to use Spanish nearly exclusively in class. Students in Spanish 3 will also prepare for moving on to high school Spanish through more writing and reading analysis. Students will practice starting and maintaining a conversation in Spanish. At the end of Spanish 3, students will write an essay that will be assessed for high school Spanish level placement. Spanish 2, or equivalent course work with teacher recommendations, is required to take this course.